GREATER MONROE KENNEL CLUB
Naturally destroy the little blood suckers by making your
own flea and tick dip.
How to get rid of fleas and ticks.

Flea Dip

2 to 2.5 cups of fresh rosemary
Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the rosemary and let it sit for 1 hour.
Remove the rosemary from the now cooled boiled mixture.
Add to one gallon of water.
Rinse your pet in this mixture.
Allow your pet to dry naturally.

This mixture may also be used in a spray bottle and spritzed on your pet before going
outside… Make sure you get the legs and bottom region.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

DE is a safe and naturally effective flea and tick control product.  Diatomaceous Earth is not a
chemical but a powder comprised of microscopic fossilized remains of diatoms.  So it’s non-
toxic and biodegradable.  These diatoms are microscopic hard shelled creatures found in
fresh and marine waters.  The sharp spines of the diatoms slice into the body of the blood
sucking nemesis and dry their bodies into tiny little carcasses.  Hooray!!  Diatomaceous Earth
works mechanically not chemically; so it’s safe of our world..but not for fleas, ticks, ants,
roaches and other little nasty crawling thingies with exoskeletons.
But here is the good part...DE is so safe that it is used by the USDA as an additive in grains,
flour and foods for insect control...it’s listed as an inert ingredient.  Yep, you have probably
eaten it in your flour, Bisquick, or any number of other products.  NO worries though because
DE also works as a natural dewormer.  Oh yeah and it’s very cheap!  That is always good….
Save the pocketbook kill the fleas.
The only danger is snorting, or deeply breathing or prolonged breathing in the stuff because
the microscopic spines irritate our lungs airways like the  insects.  The other danger is it also
destroys the good insects like butterflies, earthworms, etc… This powder can be mixed with
water and sprayed on plants, edge of your home, interior garages, basements, etc.  For easy
and thorough coverage.
There are two types of Diatomaceous Earth—the food grade kind which is the only kind you
want to use and the pool-grade kind.  DON’T EVER USE THE POOL GRADE KIND because
you and your pet will be seriously harmed...extra doctor/vet bills, hospital expenses and
ambulance fees and you don’t want that.  Only use the food grade Diatomaceous Earth also
called Amorphous fresh water Diatomaceous Earth.
Nitron Industries P>O> Box 1447 4605 Johnson Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas  72702 1-800-
835-0123 Last time I checked I could buy a 50lb bag for $37.45.  Smaller sizes are available
too.  Like 5 lbs for $4.37.  What a deal huh?  But check for yourself; prices I am sure have
gone up….everything else has.
Garden IQ also carries Diatomaceous Earth

Mothballs in the Vacuum

Before you vacuum put a mothball in our vacuum bag.  Vacuum well. Just to be sure the
suckers are destroyed throw the vacuum bag away or seal it in plastic….don't want to allow
those pests to escape their prison of doom.
A friend told me about this so I’m not sure if this really works as well as I know the DE does….

How to easily remove a tick.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball.  Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball
and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on it’s own and be stuck to the
cotton ball when you lift it away.