Borates and diatomaceous earth are natural, ecologically-sound defenses against flea and bug infestations. Borates are naturally-occurring minerals containing boron, the fifth element in the Periodic Table. Boron is an essential micronutrient needed for plant growth. Without sufficient boron, plant fertilization, seeding and fruiting are not possible. People get the boron they need by eating plant-derived food.
Studies indicate that people in a wide variety of cultures consume one to three milligrams of boron per day through a combination of foods and drinking water in their local diets. Borates and boric acid are nutritionally important to maintain optimal health.
Boron combines with oxygen and other elements to form boric acid, or inorganic salts called borates. Borates can inhibit metabolic processes. This makes them useful in controlling insects, bacteria and fungi in everything from construction timbers to cosmetics.
Borates are an essential ingredient in many products. Borates have a bleaching effect in laundry detergents and cleaning products. Borates balance acidity and alkalinity in many applications. Detergents, fireworks and chemical solutions all rely on borates for a stable pH. Borates are used to control viscosity in paints, adhesives and cosmetics. Boric acid is used to modify the structure of glass to make it resistant to heat or chemical attack. Borates are involved in the production of ultra-thin LCD screens and beautiful ceramic tiles and glazes. Borates are important additives in products as diverse as antifreeze, aerosol cans, insulation, and fiberglass (which is the largest single use of borates worldwide).
Borates prevent fungal decay and are deadly to, and will help rid, termites, carpenter ants, roaches, fleas and a host of other pests. But, borates are safe for people, pets and the environment.
Borates can be used with diatomaceous earth for a natural insecticide treatment to protect you, your pets and livestock from fleas and ticks.
Diatomaceous earth can be used almost anywhere around the home, yard or animal housing. The USDA found diatomaceous earth more effective than malathion in protecting grain storage as a means of natural, poison-free insect control.
Borates and DE are effective natural solutions against flea eggs and larvae that emerge from the eggs and feed on debris and organic matter in carpets, soil, or in cracks and baseboards.
Flea eggs and larvae make up about 80% of the fleas in your carpet, furniture, etc. Only 2% (maybe less) of the population is made up of adult fleas; the remaining population is in the pupae stage both on and off the host animal, awaiting proper conditions to hatch.
While in the pupae (or cocoon) stage, the pupating flea is not harmed by any chemical or pest control product. Seeing fleas hatch after your flea control products application is normal. Once all pupae have hatched, the cycle has been broken and your long term flea prevention products will show their worth.
Borates and/or DE can be used for prevention, either before you get a flea problem or immediately after spraying for adult fleas in carpeting.
Change pet bedding regularly and vacuum thoroughly. Vacuuming removes up to 30 percent of the larvae and up to 60 percent of flea eggs from a carpet, as well as the larvae’s food supply of dried blood.
Fleas can continue to develop inside vacuum cleaner bags and re-infest the house. Place a flea collar or moth ball crystals in the bag if you cannot discard after use.
Carpets should be completely dry prior to application. Treat closets and under all furniture (including beds, couches). These non-traffic areas are where flea larvae usually hide to pupate.
Employing a broom or carpet rake, gently sweep powder into carpet fibers until it is no longer visible. Remove loose cushions from furniture and apply along seams, folds, and into corners. Do not apply product to exposed fabrics of furniture.
If possible, leave dusting treatment for 3-5 weeks for maximum effectiveness, in which time all the fleas in the pupae stage will emerge and die. Flea larvae are killed by contacting the borate powder; borates kill immature fleas by contaminating their food supply. Because adult fleas feed on fresh blood only, boron insecticides do not control this life stage.
Borate residual remains even after vacuuming due to the fine particle size. However, the mammals in the house are safe because of its extremely low toxicity. Most applications are good for a year.
As your dog’s guardian, the greatest gift you can give is every chance at good health! Fleas won’t be attracted to the healthy animal, and that health, plus this method, keeps bugs at bay without poisoning anyone in the process.
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