And at this time of year when the weather is warming, fleas and ticks quickly congregate on the dog. As the cycle begins, the pet market used to rise in the spring to summer. Sales in cedar chips and pine bedding going through the roof. But recently, OSHA has found extreme occupational safety and health problems in their testing of this product. The combination of cedar and pine was well-known for killing and repelling insects. Today, the mixture of recycled paper and aspen shavings are far more superior for rabbits, gerbils, chickens, smaller pets, and contained puppy areas.

Another item bird lovers are using in their nesting sites is the soft needles of pine trees. In Nebraska, pine chips are used as the birds and other small animals will not kick them out of nesting sites as they do cedar chips. Today the wisdom of the ages continues with cedar chests, cedar clothes hangers, and pillows stuffed with cedar wood chips for dogs and cats. And like many other things throughout history, things have changed or developed into something better. Dog owners had problems with mites and straw, so many switched over to cedar chips to naturally repel fleas, ticks, mites, and many other insects. When cedar chips became popular for pet bedding, it was in the company of pine to reduce the odor of the cedar. People primarily used this mix instead of hay due to mite problems.

This was because cedar by itself is nature’s personal bug repellant but the odor by itself knocks your socks off. And birds off their roosts. And kills or makes very ill contained animals. Both softwoods had a reputation for controlling odor, but cedar wood chips were stronger in odor and therefore thought to be more effective than the other wood chips. Bark produced from hemlock or cedar is far less likely to produce splinters and is commonly used as a covering for children’s play areas. The strong odor of the cedar comes from phenol and aromatic hydrocarbons that are released into the air. Unfortunately, it is these same compounds which can be a health risk regarding respiratory problems and the liver.

Chips and shavings from hardwood are safer, as they do not have as many phenols in them. This would be from the aspen and Douglas fir trees. Phenol is primarily a man-made compound, yet is also found in organic material and animal waste. Man designed it to make several products: to make plastics, nylon 6,  bisphenol for epoxy and resins, disinfectants, medical products, and as a slimicide chemical it kills bacteria and fungi in watery slime. The primary route of phenol is entry through the skin. Benzene compounds with one substituent are a phenol. The phenol carries a hydroxyl group, and toluene carries a methyl group.

They usually do not have a heavy fragrance. Most households have canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, or sunflower oils, but others can be purchased at a natural store. Known for their extreme loyalty to their dog host,  infected fleas are known to spread worms in dogs, notably the tapeworm. Cedar chips and fleas may have a relationship, but more bad than good may come of it when there are many other natural cures for fleas. October 13, 1998, by Toshiyuki Masuda. It had a pillow filled with a fibrous member containing an aromatic essence of cedar chips and Japanese cypress to prevent contact with ticks. Ticks are known to produce atopic and asthmatic diseases.

Japanese and South Korea patients were used as participants of the research study. The pillow provided an aromatherapy effect as afforded by a forest bath. The effect appears to be reversible. You have to be very careful with cats as they can be extremely sensitive to essential oils, please don’t spray your cat with cedar water. Hi, I am a 20 year old trying to live without fleas. I own a 9 month old cat, in a house of 2 dogs.

The 2 dogs belong to my roommates. Now I have been told that fleas come from outside and don’t just appear out of nowhere. 80 flea drop from the vet, applied flea shampoo MANY times. Also have tried a flea powder removal. NONE OF THESE HAVE WORKED. I am pretty fed up and have done more research and found the relation between CEDAR and fleas. I now have a bag of cedar chips drying in the sun. My plan is to layer my floor with it aswell as the hallway leading to my door. This might sound stupid but this is where I’m at right now. I’m also a cook, which leads me to beleive I can boil some of the chips and put the remaining natural chemical filled water in a spray bottle and covering my cat in the necessary spots. IM OPEN TO ANY SUGGESTION. Cats can’t metabolize most essential oils and cedar is one of the stronger ones, so I would recommend going a different route. The hands down easiest, fastest, and most effective way to get rid of fleas is to order some Bravecto. It’s a liquid for cats and a flavored chew for dogs, but they both last 3 months. The real beauty of this product is that it’s also used off-label by vets to get rid of mites and mange.