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Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized shells of unicellular microscopic water-dwelling plants known as Diatoms.

These tiny unicellular plants use soluble silica (sand) from their environment to make their cell walls. When these organisms die, the shells pile up on the bottom to form thick beds of sediment. These beds, called Diatomite or Diatomaceous Earth, are then mined from the bottom of ancient dried lakes.

Diatomaceous Earth Powder

Diatomaceous Earth Powder

Are There Different Types of Diatomaceous Earth?

YES !!

The kind of Diatomaceous Earth you want is referred to as natural Diatomaceous Earth because it has NOT been calcined or altered in any other chemical way. Natural Diatomaceous Earth is classified as amorphous silica. You only want to buy natural, fresh water sourced Diatomaceous Earth that has less than 1% crystalline silica and is 100% safe and organic. Amorphous Silica is safe for, amongst others, mammals, plants, as a natural pesticide and a soil enhancement medium. Always check to ensure that the Diatomaceous Earth you purchase is Food Grade.

Trace Minerals

Though Diatomaceous Earth is mostly made from silica (known by chemists as silicon dioxide), it is extremely rare to find silica all by itself. Usually, the silica will contain other oxides and trace minerals. When the diatom made its shell, these other things went into the shell as well and so they end up in the Diatomaceous Earth. All mammals need certain amounts of trace minerals to be healthy, so, if the Diatomaceous Earth has the right kinds and amounts of trace minerals, it can be very good for all.

pH

The pH is also important. pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Fresh, pure water has a pH of 7 – it is said to be neutral. A pH less than 7 indicates acidity while a pH greater than 7 indicates alkalinity. Diatomaceous Earth should always be alkaline.

Texture and Size

The Diatomaceous Earth should be as smooth as powder since the size of the particles affect the the absorbability of the Diatomaceous Earth.

Diatomaceous Earth

When crawling insects come in contact with food grade diatomaceous earth it is much like crawling across shards of broken glass. The insects’ movement across the DE helps the razor sharp edges to lacerate its body.

Diatomaceous Earth Uses

Diatomaceous Earth is very useful in a number of ways; amongst others, as anti-caking agent, protecting stored grain, parasite control, deodorization and absorption, insect control and as a source of minerals for animals, plants and humans.

Insect Control

People have a lot of trouble with various insect infestations such as millipedes, ants, fleas etc. in their houses and surrounds. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around the house twice a year and there will be noticably fewer millipedes and ants.

Diatomaceous Earth

Adding DE to areas with horses results in less flies because DE kills fly larvae and external parasites

Some farmers also dust it around the areas where cattle, horse and goats etc spend a lot of time. The animals soon start rolling in this material, resulting in less flies because DE kills fly larvae and external parasites. Other farmers have even found that there are far fewer flies by adding the Diatomaceous Earth to the feed. They have established that the Diatomaceous Earth comes out with the manure – in one end, out the other, and in-between, parasites and coccidiosis bite the dust.

Goats are normally very healthy, however, when goats show signs of lice, the farmers rub Diatomaceous Earth into the fur along their spines every couple days. The lice are gone in a couple of weeks. A healthy, mineral-rich diet seems to be the best way to prevent lice but when real defence is needed, Diatomaceous Earth does the trick.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth guards against infestations such as red mites & fleas

The Diatomaceous Earth looks and feels like a soft powder to humans and animals, but to insects Diatomaceous Earth acts like thousands of sharp shards. When an insect comes into contact with Diatomaceous Earth, it cuts through the exoskeleton and the insect dehydrates. Whether it is around the house, garden or farmyards, in the bedding, or in the grain bins, this is how it works and keeps working for as long as it is present.

Diatomaceous Earth has proven most beneficial to both Poultry and Ostrich Farmers in their combat against such infestations as red mites, fleas etc. Moreover, mixed into their feed, it has been scientifically proven to enhance the bone structure, laying capacity and general health of the birds.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is safe to use on your pets to get rid of fleas

Diatomaceous Earth works as well both as a dry dust or a wettable spray. The wettable spray method is often used in gardens by horticulturalists, gardeners, and in nurseries. When sprayed wet, the material covers the foliage and other surfaces better than the dry dust thus giving better coverage. However, it is only effective once the mixture has dried. Many claim that it lasts longer when applied wet. Furthermore, Diatomaceous Earth is also used as a soil enhancer (granules) in the cultivation of various types of vegetables, plants, trees and flowers.

Diatomaceous Earth works mechanically and not chemically, moreover, it is non-toxic, totally natural, residual and insects cannot develop immunity to it.

Anti-Caking

Anti-caking means that the Diatomaceous Earth prevents feed particles from clumping together, so the feed flows, mixes better and is easier to handle. The biggest benefit for the animals, however, is that when they eat, the food doesn’t stick together so their digestive juices come in direct contact with the feed. Digestion is more complete and feed utilization is higher. They feel better fed and are healthier because they are absorbing a greater percentage of the nutritional value of the feed they eat.

Internal Bugs

All mammals get internal bugs from time to time. Farmers call them parasites and parasites can cause a lot of stress, not to mention that they interfere with how well food is digested. Including DE on a regular basis with feed, controls intestinal parasites. Game and cattle farmers use DE licking blocks which are placed in the areas frequented by these animals to thereby introduce Diatomaceous Earth into their digestive systems.

General

Ever wonder how to control insects without using toxic, chemically-based insecticides ? Has it ever occurred to you that there is a very valid reason that you should vacate a house when you Spray, Raid or “Bomb” the place to get rid of the pests ? Do you really think that the residue is completely gone once you return ?

Enter Diatomaceous Earth. The fossilized shells have tiny little points, which puncture the insect’s exoskeleton and dries them up, therefore operating mechanically and not chemically. Because of this, insects cannot become immune or resistant to Diatomaceous Earth.

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