It does have a drying effect on human skin so be sure to wash your hands, arms, 
whatever it contacts. That's how this stuff works. It dries out the fleas. 
Their underside is soft and it simply dehydrates them like prunes. Don't use a 
flour sifter. What I did was take a tablespoon and place it on my shed floor 
(where the fleas were really rocking and rolling and the cats were itching and 
scritching) and with a regular broom swept it slowly and gently from side to 
side and into the baseboard around the floor. I have lino but it's also old and 
slight separations between the each glued down part. So then I kept the cats 
out for 24 hours (do in good weather if you have an outside enclosure attached 
to a cat room) and next day, no polka dots on my pants, no flea bites. Yes, you 
can spread it outside but again, don't poof it into the air if you are 
sensitive and don't do on windy day.  Flea Busters is also good but it's boric 
acid or borax, not good for cats
 to lick from their fur. With diatomaceous earth, you don't have to wait 
several days. Fleas are gone over night. However, make sure you don't inhale or 
you will get all dried out.

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> From: "" <>
>Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 5:50 PM
>Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT-diatomaceous earth - warning
>I was really thinking of using it in the yard and on the deck and seeing how 
>that worked.  So far last year and this year we have had NO FLEA OR TICK 
>PROBLEMS.  The cats only go out on the deck, except Harley.  He goes into the 
>woods, but has only had 2 ticks and no sign of fleas.  KNOCK ON WOOD.
>nOW IF THERE WAS A SOLUTION FOR BUFFALO GNATS.  They raise huge welts on me 
>and so I spend most of my time indoors until they are gone.  They usually 
>disappear when it starts getting hot.
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