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Pine needles


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Pine is bad for T's, because it gives off aromatic hydrocarbons (phenols.) These phenols, which give the wood their scent is the reason why, for example, cedar wood shavings are known to repel fleas & why pine oil is a known ingredient in disinfectant (pine disenfeactant is not a brand name, but a stement of fact.) It is also why pine oil has been used as a natural insecticide for years.

When animals (& humans,) are exposed to pines aromatic hydrocarbons they are known to be absorbed through the respiratory system & enter their whole system.

Google will bring a lot of information up about the dangers of using pine (& Cedar,) shavings in animal enclosures & about it's impact on health, when those humans work in saw mills that work with a lot of pine &/or cedar wood.

The following may be of interest.


Pine oil has been known for centuries for its many uses. It can be used as a cleaner, disinfectant, air freshener and insect repellent. Some of our customers in particular, say that it “works amazing for fly problems,” – knocking them right out of the air, and keeping them at bay because they hate the smell of it so much.

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