I am sorry, I haven't been following this thread but caught the diatomaceous
warning. Hoping they still make this, but 1-800-flea busters out of FL. is my
favorite product to use. It's a little work, but I think I was over zealous
the first year. Third yr I used it, I was not so diligent, but it worked just
fine. It is safe, and it lasts a year and that's the real bonus. Takes a few
weeks to work, but it really does.
From: Lorrie <felineres...@frontier.com>
Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT-diatomaceous earth - warning
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.
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