The bugs in the backyard have gotten pretty bad and are eating Thor(my weimeraner/choclab) and I apart. Garlic intake isn't helping. What can I do because I hate the idea of chemical pesticides...and these bugs are too small to catch and eat.
What other paleo foods or Evolutionarily appropriate action can I take against the bloodsuckers?
asked byStephen_Aegis (22913)
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on September 16, 2010
at 04:11 AM
Boric acid is great for indoor pests. It dries out the out skin of insects that breath through the skin. That is why Borax detergent is an old, and very successful, sneaky trick for nuking pests in the carpet. But these days, you can buy the boric acid straight. SPrinkle in to carpet, use a broom to work it into the pile, and then vaccuum lightly to remove excess. This is what the famous 'Flea Busters' company in LA uses. The downside for fleas is it only kills the larval form, but it does break the cycle of flea hatching. It also is great on spiders and cockroach larva as well as ants. Ants won't cross boric acid. The stuff when sold as a pesticide must carry typical pesticide warnings as being a 'poison' even thoguh it is not a poison, it is a dessicant. You can buy it as a 'carpet freshener' and get it cheaper cuz they don't have to pay for the very veyr expensive pesticide license. It is also sold super cheap as a buffer used in many chemical reactions in labs. Boric acid is less poisonous than salt on the poison scale and is ideal for houses with carpet.
Diatomaceous earth is said to work very well in yards. I have not tried it myself, but it works on a similar principle of attacking the sensitive skin of larva, in this case by scratching it with harsh abrassive action.
On the dog, I have not seen anything work much other than chemicals. If it is flies biting on the ears, I use 'Flies off' spray or ointment and that stuff really really works. For fleas and ticks, spot treatements like Advantage work really well. I know they are not paleo, and when I lived in the city in LA, I made due with just boric acid and a flea comb, but out here in the country with the tall grasses, I had to break down and pay for Advantage, even though I prefer to avoid chemicals. But I don't want my dog to be miserable for large chunks of the year.
I worked for many many years at Petco and we sold every herbal thing I could think of including garlic pills, lavender, citrus spray, and other herbs. You learn pretty fast which nonchemical products do and do not work by the response of the hundreds of customers. ONly ones that really worked were diatomaceous earth and boric acid, with the best being the latter. Technically, the latter is not really 'paleo' either, but at least it is not a poison.
on September 15, 2010
at 11:05 PM
Lemon Eucalyptus works for me for mosquitos. It's better than deet at least.
on September 15, 2010
at 08:14 PM
If you're talking mosquitoes, just suck it up. It's possible to develop a tolerance for mosquito saliva, which is what causes the itching and welts. Grok probably hardly even noticed mosquitoes.
Black flies, deer flies, etc and on the other hand, are a real PITA, because they bite a chunk out of you. You can't develop much of a tolerance for that.
Are you wearing dark brown/black clothing (I'm thinking esp. of a nice black felt hat that I leave at home during black fly season)? Some biting bugs home in on colours that look like food animals. Dress in light colours that don't stand out against your background, and the bugs won't be quite as annoying as if you're dressed in head-to-toe black (and looking like a tasty bear to a myopic mosquito).
Smoke also keeps them away, and is very paleo.
I seem to recall that smearing oneself liberally with bear grease worked for Natives. Also very paleo.
There's probably room here for self-experimentation among the no soap/no 'poo crowd too ;D.