Re: Fleas, worms, and garlic?
Second: I use diatomaceous earth in my household carpet. Pet grade (this is the brand my holistic vet sells: http://www.naturalanimal.com/
) can be dusted on carpets, bedding, the pet itself, and ingested to kill worms. Also can be used outside for slugs, but is only effective against fleas when dry (rain has to dry off to be effective again).
Fourth: Herbal shampoos/essential oils. Warning: do not use essential oils on cats! Cedar, citronella, neem, eucalyptus, orange, rosemary, and several other oils/herbals are great against fleas. I'm fond of Ark Natural's "Neem Protect" spray and shampoo, Touch of Mink's "3 in 1 Pet Shampoo", and Snook's (www.snookdog.com
) "Herbal Shampoo" and "Flea Tea Dip". On dogs, you can even get away with applying the essential oils on the back of the shoulder blades, but do research on any necessary dilutions.
Fifth: Lastly, I supplement the diet. My dog gets a daily supplement by the aforementioned Snook's. It's a blend of garlic powder, brewer's yeast, rosehips, and kelp. Her ration of this mix as a 70 lb dog is about 1/4 tsp. Very low dose. She has been on this for about 5 months with no problem. I have customers at my store and friends that have used it for years. I think that garlic in a low dose to repel is far less toxic than any chemical that kills fleas.