Living in a low humidity region like Southern California has positive and negative sides. We can have nearby beaches and great weather all year. But do you know who else enjoys the endless sunny days with us? Fleas! Lots of them.
This is a disaster for cat and cat owners!
A typical cat flea doesn’t REALLY ask a lot from life. All it wants is a comfortable place to live, proper nourishment, a chance to raise a family and the company of like-minded friends. These are why fleas, if given the chance, will automatically live on our cat’s back. We clearly do not want this, don’t you?
Haze and I have been blessed with not having any flea issues. However, I received tons of email asking for cat flea solution. So, after doing lots of research, I’m finally here to give you brilliant ideas and advice!
Today I’m giving you my homemade flea powder recipe. This flea powder will work to get rid of a pretty major flea infestation in your home and on your cats. The good news is that we don’t have to use any toxic chemicals ever again to dismiss fleas around us.
Bonus point: this flea powder also works at repelling and killing ticks, flies, mosquitos, ants, spiders and other bugs. AWESOME!!
First of all, you need to know that putting any sort of toxic chemical flea treatment on your cats can cause of pet poisonings and there is a big warning to not let it come into contact with human skin. Therefore, IT IS NOT OKAY TO PUT IT ALL OVER OUR CATS.
Second, you need to know that it is much more COST EFFECTIVE to make it by yourself, especially if you have a flea infestation. You are going to need a lot of it and you can make all of the mixture by yourself.
Tick Collar to Remove Fleas on Your Cats
However, before I share how to make the homemade flea powder, here I give you another most effective, simple, and affordable solution aside from flea powder. This wonderful water resistant collar aims to protect your cat from fleas.
This water resistant collar removes insects such as fleas and mosquitoes by immersing them with plant extract for several months. Here are several benefits of using this collar:
- You can avoid the problem of regular treatments.
- It gives long-term protection up to 8 months even in water.
- You also don’t have to remove the collar when your cat is taking a bath.
- This collar is a high quality collar that is safe and comfortable for you and your cats.
- It is super light-weighted collar.
- It is made from natural herbal ingredients that will not harm the health of your cats.
- This brilliant collar can be tailored to the size of your cats and you can cut the extra length if it’s too long.
Size: S: 38cm x 1cm; L : 62cm x 1.3cm
This collar saves your cat, so what are you waiting for?
The Ingredient List of Homemade Flea Powder
This homemade flea powder is composed from Diatom Flour, Neem Powder, and Yarrow Powder. All 3 ingredients are traditionally used as very effective insect repellents and recommended by many holistic vets as a successful flea and insect killer. Therefore, you might not want to put it too much in your yard because it will also kill other insects that we love like butterflies, bees, and beetles.
1. Food Grade Diatom Flour (also called Diatomaceous Earth or DE)
Diatomaceous Earth is a dense powder consisting of fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are composed of a natural substance called silica. Under a microscope, DE is very sharp, causing the insect exoskeleton to be damaged and destroyed by dehydration. Diatomaceous Earth destroys insects by physical action, not by chemical action. It is important to note that DE particles are so tiny that they just look like a fine baby powder for humans and animals. It’s really just a mineral silica. Food grade, fresh water DE is harmless to both humans and pets. However, the other grade is not harmless. Thus, you must check it more than once that you buy the right FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH.
2. Neem Powder
Neem is herb that is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used for centuries as a very powerful herbal insect repellent, repellent for fleas, ticks, lice, mites, bees and mosquitoes. Neem has a few natural active ingredients that make it so effective. For example, the Neem compound, Azadirachtin, disrupts the metamorphosis of insect larvae. Therefore, by inhibiting molting, Neem prevents the larvae from developing and die without producing a new generation. Azadirachtin is so repulsive to insects that they would rather starve to death than touch some amount of neem. The neem compound is called salanin which is equally as effective as a repellent. In a few study results, it has even been shown to be even more effective for repelling biting insects than those containing DEET chemical concoction.
Neem also has many moisturizing properties and helps to get rid of excess dryness and scaling. It helps to soothe irritated skin. The antibacterial properties of neem prevent the creation of any further infection of the body. Since Diatomaceous Earth can be very dry, Neem helps protect your cat from excess dry skin.
3. Yarrow Powder
Yarrow’s earliest known use and most common use in the world of herbal medicine is as a natural wound healer. It is also considered a sacred herb by many cultures around the world because of its healing power. Yarrow is a wonderful anti-inflammatory product for skin conditions and soothes irritated skin. Moreover, It is also anti-microbial and has pain-relieving properties. Since flea cats tend to get secondary infections from flea bites, Yarrow protects your cat from secondary infections and also helps soothe red, irritated skin.
Here are The Homemade Flea Powder Recipe:
- 1 cup Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
- 1/2 cup Neem Powder
- 1/2 cup Yarrow Powder .
- Combine all the ingredients together and place them in the top shaker jar. I used a mason jar with a shaker top lid (I got my mason jar shaker top lid in the Christmas Tree Store, but you could make your own by drilling holes in the standard mason jar cover).
- Apply from head to tail along the spine of your cats in dry conditions. Brush your cats’ hair in the opposite direction so that the product comes into contact with the skin. Evitate your eyes and nose. Apply the mixture on your cats stomach and your cats arms. Try to put the flea powder on as much skin as you can.
- I’ve found that brushing the fur in the opposite direction and applying the flea powder works rather well. I also found that the fleas seem to like the tail, the area just above the tail, and the belly or groin area, so you have to make sure you pay SUPER extra attention to those areas to get them well covered.
To use this as a general repellent, you better apply once a month during active flea season or the end of spring and summer. That would be sufficient.
REMEMBER: If your cat gets a bath or gets wet, it will need to be reapplied.
If you have a flea infestation, you should apply these mixture more often, depending on how bad of an infestation that you deal with. Some are successful with applying as little as once a week, but others need it more often.