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I’m going to continue what I did last year to control Gracie’s fleas because, while I had to stay vigilant, I was able to eliminate most fleas most of the time using natural products only. I spent hours flea combing like crazy; bathing her when necessary; dusting Gracie’s coat with diatomaceous earth; and I sprayed various kinds of natural sprays that I made myself using lemons or basil leaves. And I had to vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. I can’t say I eliminated all fleas but I kept them down to a manageable level. And since Gracie has gone through treatment for cancer, there is no way I’m going to use any of the chemical spot-on treatments with all their risks.
A friend brought to my attention another product that I wasn’t familiar with called CedarCide and I’m going to cautiously try that this year too. The ingredients are 10-20% Cedar Oil and 80-90% Hydrated Silica (Silicic Acid). Here’s how the manufacturer or CedarCide says it works:
BEST YET (the name of the flea CedarCide product) is considered a contact killer. The objective is to apply a mist or spray directly on the flea or in the alternative, close enough to him that he can breathe the mist from the sprayer. All insects breathe through their body and when their many breathing pores are exposed to the solution, it triggers a suicide response by commanding the closure of the arthropods breathing pores. Insects must have the available heat found in air to survive, or their internal organs immediately cease to function creating instant death. Use the product liberally the first time making the animal wet with the solution. You will observe fleas falling from the animal at once. Take a moment and make sure the feet, leg pits, groin, belly, neck, tail and rectum are treated well. Cedar Oil is a anti-bacterial and will promote the healing of any sore or dry flaky spots on the Pet often referred to as flea dermatitis. It will also moisten the animals skin with cedar oil, eliminating the dry skin often caused naturally or by bathing the animal. Feel free to use as much BEST YET on the animal as you wish. You cannot overdo the treatment. You will find that this process will stimulate the animals hair making it healthy and attractive. As with any repellent, human or animal, repeat applications depend on exposure to insects. Keep your Pets feet, legs and underbelly treated with a spray prior to entry into flea infested areas. This will help eliminate the fleas that insist on hitching a ride on the animal and returning to your home. Repeated liberal applications on a daily basis to HOT SPOTS or MANGE areas will trigger the mite demise and hair growth will resume immediately. A application into the ear canal with a subsequent external ear massage will destroy any ear mites or chronic fungal organism issues the animal has in that part of its bod
You can read what GreenPaws says about Oil of Cedar but to sum it up, they basially say that we should be cautious with all essential oils if they’re too concentrated. They put Oil of Cedar in the category of “use only if chemical control is necessary” and they label it as a “safer essential oil.” But there’s not a lot of information available on the internet about the product and most of it comes from the manufacturer’s website. If anyone has more information about BEST YET, please write in. And I’ll keep you posted on how it works with Gracie. The flea battle is on…..