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    Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous Earth (DE) powder is not earth at all. It is fossibized microscopic one-celled plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes. DE is mined, milled and processed into a lot of different types for multiple uses. People that use DE are killing pests naturally, without harsh chemicals.

    Under a microscope it actually resembles little shards of glass (spiney honeycombs). When the mites crawl, come in contact with or move over the razor sharp edges in the powder, their exoskeleton is punctured by physical action (not chemical action), DE starts absorbing the body fluids dehydrating and causing them to die. Realistically speaking, DE should be used long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or mites. If used outdoors for mite control in run areas, sleeping areas or play areas, reapply after each rain.

    Filtering and filler are two of the main uses: pool grade is used in swimming pool filters to clean, this type is toxic as it has been treated with chemicals and heat. Pool grade will harm any person or animal that ingests it, so it is of the upmost importance to stay away from using this grade in or around the home.

    Food Grade DE has NO chemical toxicity and parasites, mites or similiar can not build up a tolerance to it. Because of it's physical and mechanical manner, food grade DE can even be used internally for worm control. Click here for daily recommended food grade diatomaceous earth feeding dosages.

    Kittens: 1/2 teaspoon 
    Cats: 1 teaspoon
    Puppies: 1/2 - 1 teaspoon 
    Dogs under 35 lbs: 1 teaspoon 
    Dogs over 35 lbs: 1 tablespoon
    Dogs over 100 lbs: 2 tablespoons
    Cattle, Dairy Cows & Hogs: 2% of their dry feed ration
    Chickens: 5% in feed
    Goats & Sheep: 1 % in grain 
    Horses: 1.2 - 1 cup in daily ration
    Humans: 1 Heaping tablespoon daily (best when used right before bed or 1st thing thing in the morning, well before breakfast, allowing the DE time to move through and absorb toxins from the digestive tract without absorbing nutrients from food or liquids)

     

    Internal feeding of food grade DE helps eliminate most internal worms and parasites.

    External applications for dogs and cats: Lightly rub food grade DE into pet's coat, fur and bedding to dehydrate fleas, lice, mites, etc. Dust them lightly, but thoroughly, as in order to kill the parasites. It is not advised to be heavy handed with the DE, as some people have reported having problems with their vacuum. (it has been said that DE does not kill flea larvae)

    Food Grade DE is EPA approved to be mixed with grains to control mealworms, outdoor pests or crawling insects. Diatomaceous Earth is USDA approved for animal feed storage, internal and external usage.
    Note: Can be used in the control of fleas, ants, scorpions or any other pests.

    Food grade DE has also been used 1 cup to 1/2 gallon of water (will turn into a "whitewash") to paint fruit tree trunks to keep ants off. It is best to use a backpack or outdoor sprayer to apply. It will also eliminate problem infestations of mites, flies, aphids, fire ants, ticks, cockroaches, snails, slugs, spiders, beetles, sting bugs, thrips and fungus on dirt, grass, wood fencing, decking, etc. Just don't forget it may turn the area white.

    CAUTIONS:

    • DE manufacturers who work in diatomaceous earth mines 5 days/week advise inhaling it is not a problem (altho of course, don't be snuffing it) and people have not had problems when inhaling DE in small amounts. If you have asthma or some other lung ailment, either wear a mask or be very careful when using the powder.

    • Do NOT get diatomaceous earth in the eyes, DE is drying to the eyes, so do NOT put it out when you or your pets are down wind of it. DE is drying to the skin, hands, and feet, just as it can be for your pets.

    • Do NOT give to very small pregnant animals such as cats, guinea pigs, etc and do NOT feed continually to babies or small animals such as cats, hamsters, etc. DE can be fed on a continuous basis to larger animals and livestock for continuous parasite control and mineralization.

    • Do NOT use heavily in carpet. Some have reported it causing vacuum problems.

    • NEVER use pool filter grade DE around animals, birds, pets. It can poison and kill them.

    • Some people experience a healing crisis (detox reaction) when beginning DE consumptions. If this occurs, reduce the dosage until your body is cleansed, and then increase to the RDA amounts.

    • Remember, DE will kill beneficial insects as well, so please use accordingly.

    BENEFITS:

    • Natural wormer - eliminates many parasites without chemicals

    • Safe, non-toxic and parasites will NOT build an immunity as they do with traditional wormers

    • 15 trace minerals - great for animals, humans, plants and soil

    • No feed withdrawal for milk or feed animals

    • Decreased mastitis

    • Decreased mortality

    • Better feed conversions

    • Helps detox heavy metals, ecoli, bacteria, viruses, etc

    • Promotes shinier coats

    • Digestive aid

    • Colon cleanser

    • Better overall health

    • Eliminates pests & parasites, reducing flies, fleas, ticks also

    • Reduces manure odor

    • Drying agent

    • Reduces moisture in kennels, litterboxes, compost piles and other moist areas

    • Antifungal properties - good for garden fungal growth

    • Cost effective, increases health benefits and reduces vet bills and diseases

     

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