Very scary Beth,  Thanks for the warning.

On 07-01, Beth wrote:
>    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 burned.
>    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, first.
>    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.
>    Beth

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