I don't want to start a barrage of OT emails with this post. Just a quick 
warnng to be careful
I tried the food grade diatomaceous earth this weekend to try to stop the 
fleas. I have all hardwood floors - really old ones, with lots of crevices for 
the flea eggs to hide in.
I wore a good sanding mask which blocks small particles. I opened the windows 
(as many as I could without danger of the cats getting out).
I sprinkled it in the product on the floors using a sieve. I gently swept it 
into the cracks in the floor in my bedroom & hallway. If did not create any 
visible dust clouds, etc.
I went outside, took the mask off & sat for a bit. 

When I went back inside I could not breath. My mouth immediately became parched 
& my throat started closing.
I grabbed some water & went back outside. 

I spent the rest of the day with the mask back on washing the floors trying to 
get rid of the stuff.
Please be careful. I am a very active, relatively young  person. I don't have 
breathing issues.  This was quite scary.
In addition to the breathing issues, some of it got on my skin & it just 

Again, yes, this was the food grade kind.

I know people on this list use it & have no problems. That's great. But if you 
have not tried it, please be careful if you do. Try it in a very small area, 

I guess I will go back to vacuuming & flea combing.
I may use the rest in the yard since most of the problem seems to be my dog 
bringing them in from outside.


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