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Diatomaceous Earth (DE) consists of the sedimentary deposits formed from the skeletal remains of a class of algae (Bacdlariophyceae) that occur in both salt and fresh water and in soil. These remains form diatomite, an almost pure silica, that is ground into an abrasive dust. When the tiny, razor-sharp particles touch an insect, they cause many tiny abrasions, resulting in loss of body water and death by dehydration. DE is 98 percent repellent to insects, yet free of dangerous residues. It is digestible by earthworms and harmless to mammals and birds. The dust contains 14 beneficial trace minerals in chelated (readily available) form. Manure and urine carry these minerals into the soil. Use DE to keep stored feed free of insects. Feed it to poultry and other livestock to control internal parasites. Laying hens will dust themselves in a box of DE to control fleas and lice. It is a digestive activator that helps to control fecal odors, resulting in less offensive smelling manure. DE can be use in your house to help with flea control. The DE silica spears pierce the eggs of the fleas. We spread DE liberally around where our animals sleep and in our oriental carpets. Diatomaceous Earth is an Natural, effective, and safe insect control. Free your pets from ticks, fleas, lice, and mites drive them from your lawn, garden, orchard, and household. It will also control flies, de-wormed your animals Diatomaceous Earth gets rid of insects without the danger of chemicals! It works by dehydration. When an insect ventures into D.E. it absorbs their fluids. When an insect looses ten percent of their body fluids they die! D.E. is so safe that it is used by the USDA as an additive to grain for insect control. The D.E. does not have to be removed when the grain is ground into flour for human consumption because of its food grade rating. Perfect for keeping insects out of food stocks.
The most important differences between individual forms of DE is the shape of the diatom, content of Crystalline Silica, and the purity of the Silica Dioxide. The World Health Organization cautions that DE with a crystalline silica content of 3% or higher is dangerous to humans, (and probably pets and birds as well). There is also two type of DE which is for filter/pool do not use this kind the other is "Food grade quality" which has a crystalline silica content usually lower than 1% and you must be sure that is the kind you are getting.
Call D.E. for short. We use this as a natural de-wormer for our poultry and dogs. But many people use it for farm livestock ie: cattle, goats, hogs etc.
Feed poultry a ratio: 2 lbs. per 100 lbs.
Dr. C.S. Mangen, DVM, San Diego, CA had to say about using D.E. in poultry: Using two groups of birds with each group consisting of 8,000 white leghorn caged layers in their pullet year, which had been producing for five months. After feeding the test group 60 lbs. of diatomaceous earth per 1-1/2 tons of standard mixed feed (17% protein) for 2-1/2 months the following results were observed: There appeared to be fewer flies around the test group. Droppings are of a drier consistency, making for easier cleaning of the house as well as 75% less deaths in the test group. A 2 to 4 case per day increase in egg production by the test group compared to the control group.
M.F. Petty D.V.M. Alabama
test on feeder pigs Eliminated internal parasites in the test group in 7 days. Odor was noticeably less offensive after 21 days. Fly population decreased markedly after 6 weeks.
O.C. Collins D.V.M. Midland Animal Clinic and Hospital, Midland, Tex as
Tests on dogs over 35 lbs. 1 tbs. and 1 tsp. under 35 lbs. within 7 days all ova disappeared from stools. This includes Ascarids, Hookworms, and Whipworms