What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fleas?

When talking with other pet owners, one of the questions that come up the most often is what is the best way to get rid of fleas? Everybody has their own opinion on this subject and I have probably agreed with almost all responses at some point in time. As a pet owner, it is a constant struggle to get rid of fleas. I have tried a ton of products but have settled on a final product that I have been using for quite some time.

FrontlineWhat is the best way to get rid of fleas

When I first became a pet owner I, like most other people, used Frontline. I hated the chemical smell and the cats didn’t like it too much either. The cats would run around the house and throw their backs on the floor as if it was burning them. If they licked the area where I had put the Frontline, they would start foaming at the mouth. It was heartbreaking to see and I thought to myself, if I wouldn’t put that on my body, then why am I putting it on my cats? Not only was this an expensive and harmful chemical but the fleas started to become immune to it and would not die. So I was needlessly administering a chemical that wasn’t useful. So I switched.

RevolutionWhat is the best way to get rid of fleas

I had heard about Revolution and asked my vet about it. Frontline at this point was available over the counter but Revolution was only available at the vet by prescription. Revolution is basically a topical medication because it works internally as well. It is the same type of applicator as Frontline but protects animals from heartworm, ear mites as well as fleas. Revolution is more expensive than Frontline and I also have to get it from the vet which is just another errand to run. It worked great but I had the same issues with it as with Frontline. The cats hated it and I didn’t want to give them any more chemicals. So I switched again.

Diatomaceous Earthwhat is the best way to get rid of fleas

This time, I switched to Diatomaceous Earth as a natural way to get rid of fleas on cats. Diatomaceous Earth is basically fossils. It is soft and fine like powder. It is also porous (I use it to make essential oil air fresheners). Diatom fossil remains create a heavy layer of sediment on the floor of lakes, rivers and oceans. Their skeletons are made of silica, a natural substance, and silica is what makes up Diatomaceous Earth.

I have been using Diatomaceous Earth for almost 2 years now and I haven’t had one problem since I started. I haven’t seen any fleas on them at all. The cats don’t mind the application except for being made to stay still for all of 15 seconds. They have no reaction to it unlike the chemical applications I was using. It is very affordable and 1 lb last me a year as the flea treatment for the three cats.

I love Diatomaceous Earth and it’s uses. There are a ton of things you can do with it. Click here to read about Diatomaceous Earth and flea control. Click here to read does Diatomaceous Earth Kill Parasites. Or click here to read Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Reviews.

Tell me your experience with Diatomaceous Earth. Leave me a comment below! Cheers!

4 comments

  1. I stopped to read this post because I saw Diatomaceous Earth here and it caught my eye.
    First let me say thank you for this good information…i will put it to good use for getting rid of fleas…
    But now more on Diatomaceous Earth. My husband has severe arthritis in his hands. Last week his tennis buddy told him that he once was crippled with arthritis, but started taking food grate Diatomaceous Earth mixed with Aloe Vera juice and the inflammation in his hands completely vanished! I’d never heard of it before and I’m very much schooled in natural health remedies. I see you have a link to another article here about DE…so i’m off to read it now. THANK YOU

    1. You are very welcome! I also take diatomaceous earth internally as I had horrible stomach pains with a bit of acid reflux. It is a great natural cleanser and helps to rid the body of unwanted toxins. I would start slowly with a teaspoon or so if taking internally as you can develop constipation. You can then upgrade to a couple of teaspoons. I have good gut flora now so I just take it occassionally to keep my tummy clean.

  2. I did not know Diatomaceous Earth could be used on cats. I was informed by a coworker that Diatomaceous Earth was great at keeping bugs out of the home by suffocating them in some way when they come in contact with it so I can see now how they would work to combat fleas.

    I personally use Advantage on my cats with no problem but have been trying to get Diatomaceous Earth from health food stores,since its food grade, to use for pest control throughout my house. Is there anywhere else to get it besides the health food stores that my coworker told me?

    1. There are a ton of places to buy food grade diatomaceous earth. I’ve written a review on some of the more popular brands and you can check it out here

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