DIY Flea Powder for Dogs (Recipe)
Have you ever had that SINKING feeling when you found a flea on your dog’s back and where like “Ugh, not again”.
I don’t know about you, but my dogs get fleas. Especially in the spring and summertime. And they can be frustrating to deal with.
That’s where this DIY flea powder for dogs comes in.
It’s an unfortunate fact that spring and summer often bring fleas, ticks, and other pests to your dog and your home.
But many commercial flea treatments are full of harsh chemicals and nasty insecticides.
They can be so harsh on our pup’s skin!
And sometimes they smell noxious, too.
But you can avoid those chemical treatments with this all natural flea powder you can make at home.
Safe Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs
This flea powder base is diatomaceous earth. This ingredient is important because it works manually to kill fleas by cutting into their bodies.
It sounds kind of gross, but it’s very effective and chemical free!
I recommend using this flea powder with one of the best natural flea shampoos for dogs that I’ve listed here.
By washing your dog first and THEN applying this flea powder, you’ll get better results.
Flea Powder – Diatomaceous Earth Recipe
- 1 cup Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
- 1/2 cup Neem Powder
- 1/2 cup Yarrow Powder
- 20 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil*
- *Leave out the essential oil if using for cats.
- Mix all ingredients together and put in a shaker top container. I used a mason jar with a shaker top lid (I got my mason jar shaker top lid at Christmas Tree Shop, but you could make your own by drilling holes in a regular mason jar lid).
- Apply from head to tail along your pet’s spine in dry conditions. Brush your pet’s fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder on the belly and legs. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as you can.
- I have found that brushing the fur in the opposite direction and applying the flea powder with a cosmetic puff works really well. I also found the fleas seem to like the tail, the area right above the tail and the belly/groin area so I made sure to pay extra attention to those areas to get them well covered.
Thanks to Primally Inspired for this Recipe.
This also makes a great safe flea treatment for carpets.
To use on carpets, all you need to do is shake it onto the carpet and let it sit for about 20 minutes and then vacuum up.
The vacuum will pull a lot of the powder out of the carpet, but some will be left behind and that part will still have the same action on the fleas.
If you’re using it on carpet make sure you color test an out of the way corner first to check to see that the homemade flea powder doesn’t stain. I could see that happening on a light carpet (my carpets aren’t light enough where it matters)