This product is used in many different applications. a light dusting over the animals coats prevents bug irritation.
Diatomaceous Earth (also known as DE, diatomite, diahydro, kieselguhr, kieselgur and Celite) is a naturally occurring, soft, chalk-like sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous Earth, or diatomite, is not actually an earth; it is a fine powder of microscopic shells created by one-celled plants called diatoms. This powder has an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder and is very light, due to its high porosity. It is composed primarily of silica and consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, as a mild abrasive, as a mechanical insecticide, as an absorbent for liquids, as cat litter, and as a component of dynamite. As it is also heat-resistant, it can be used as a thermal insulator.
Because diatomite forms from the remains of water-borne diatoms, it is found close to either current or former bodies of water. Diatoms are a major group of eukaryotic algae, and are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. The earliest known fossil diatoms date from the early Jurassic, although recent genetic and sedimentary evidence suggests an earlier origin.
This product is used in many different applications. For stock animals, a light dusting over the animals coats prevents bug irritation. Spreading over manure areas defends against fly population. As for plant life, this product is used as a dusting agent over leaf areas and grounds. Sod sprinkling is also recommended in household usage. This product is also used as fillers and in filtration aid.
Diatomite is also used as an insecticide, due to its physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the cuticle, the waxy outer layer of insectsexoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Ficks law of diffusion. This also works against gastropods and is commonly employed in gardening to defeat slugs. (Mixed with a mild sodium solution sprinkling on the grounds surface, will enhance the slug fighting effectiveness). Beekeepers are apparently experimenting with it, to keep small hive beetles from breeding. It is sometimes mixed with an attractant or other additives to increase its effectiveness. Medical grade diatomite is used to de-worm both animals and humans.
Household uses have been proven with diatomaceous earth for the control of ants, aphids, whiteflies, beetles, loppers, mites, leafhoppers, roaches, silverfish, bedbugs, flies, fleas, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets, ticks, and many other unwelcome insects. Diatomaceous earth is safe to use around the home, yard and animals. Diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled in homes, around homes, gardens, lawns, farm buildings, barns, grainries, crops, greenhouses, and storage facilities.
Animal treatments have shown to be very effective. Animal dusting can prevent your animals from pests that bite and become parasitic. Diatomaceous earth is also an additive to all feeds. All livestock horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, dogs and cats. Because diatomaceous earth is completely safe and non-toxic, it stimulates basic metabolism; converts feed better, reduces odor and moisture in barns and stalls; results in healthier coat and hoof condition; keeps fly larvae from developing in manure, noticeably lowering the fly population; controls worms and internal parasites without chemicals; promotes healthier egg production and stronger eggs; and reduces overall animal stress. Diatomaceous earth can be mixed right in with animal feed.
Pets: Our best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Protect both dogs and cats with diatomaceous earth. When rubbed into their coats, sprinkled on bedding, spread in the yard, or added to carpets, Diatomaceous earth is very effective as an organic wormer, it will kill any worms or parasites your pets may have. When using as a wormer, mix Diatomaceous earth into pet foods.
Grain storage surely benefits from Diatomaceous earth. By sprinkling 8-10 lbs per ton of grain while conveying into storage. Diatomaceous earth kills any bugs that are present, and it also protects the grain from further invasion. Bugs cannot become immune to Diatomaceous earth.
Dusting your crops or plants with Diatomaceous earth with as little as 2-3 lbs per acre for young plants. Larger plants will use about 6 lbs per acre. Great for application after your weekly watering. Bugs cannot build up a resistance to Diatomaceous earth.