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I vaguely remember reading about or seeing somewhere about a product to put on your lawn to take care of fleas/ticks/bugs etc. Does anyone have any personal knowlege on any products and how/if they work, dog/child friendly and anything else I haven't thought of? Thanks in advance!
 

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Dietinacious (spelt wrong) earth, it is used in pool filters and bugs hate it. and is very safe for pets.
Diatomaceous earth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ;)

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Pest control

Diatomite is also used as an insecticide, due to its physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects' exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate.[9] Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick's law of diffusion. This also works against gastropods and is commonly employed in gardening to defeat slugs. However, since slugs inhabit humid environments, efficacy is very low. It is sometimes mixed with an attractant or other additives to increase its effectiveness. Medical-grade diatomite is sometimes used to de-worm both animals and humans, with questionable efficacy.[10][11] It is most commonly used in lieu of boric acid, and can be used to help control and eventually eliminate cockroach and flea infestations. This material has wide application for insect control in grain storage.[12] It has also been used to control bedbug infestations, but this method may take weeks to work.[13]
 
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