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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:02 pm 
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Food grade diatomaceous earth has many uses. The information below will
tell you some of the differences in grades of diatomaceous earth, along
with information on how to use food grade diatomaceous earth.

Natural Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled
plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes
that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the
world. These deposits are mined from underwater beds or from ancient
dried lake bottoms.

Diatomaceous earth is mined, milled, and processed into a myriad of
types for a large variety of uses. Filtering and filler are two main
uses but diatomaceous earth also ends up in paints, cosmetics, drugs,
chemical insecticides, etc. Because the milling produces different sized
and shaped particles, it is important not to use the filtering type for
agricultural purposes.

Pool filter grade diatomaceous earth has been heat and chemically
treated and will poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is
always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth
to use in and around your household.

Diatoms (DE) are the grass of the oceans and lakes. Just as grass is the
staple food of earth animals. Diatoms (algae) are the food of the ocean
or fresh water grazers. Magnified 7000x, diatomaceous earth looks like
spiney honeycombs.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is EPA approved to be mixed with grains to
control mealworms and other pests and has been exempted from tolerance
requirements as an inert, inactive ingredient in chemical pesticides.
Diatomaceous earth is EPA approved against indoor and outdoor crawling
insects. Diatomaceous earth is USDA approved as an anti-caking agent for
animal feed. Diatomaceous earth is FDA approved for internal and
external use and has a rating of Food Chemical Codex Grade.

DISCLAIMER: Any food grade diatomaceous earth uses other than those
approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly reports of what farmers,
others, and we ourselves have done with diatomaceous earth.
Additionally, the following material is not intended as a substitute for
the advice of a physician or vet. This information is not intended as a
substitute for the reader's independent judgment and personal
responsibility. Health issues are far too important to delegate to
anyone else. It is highly recommended you seek information and counsel
from as wide a variety of sources as possible, as in the end YOU make
the decisions.

Our diatomaceous earth is Codex Food Chemical Grade. It is a
non-treated, non-milled, non-calcined fresh water form of Diatomaceous
Earth and is pure white in color. It contains less than 1% silicon.
There are food grade diatomaceous earth products that are yellow or tan
in color which indicates a higher iron content. Those which are gray in
color contain more clay.

INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL: Food grade diatomaceous earth makes a very
effective natural insecticide. The insecticidal quality of diatomaceous
earth is due to the razor sharp edges of the diatom remains. When
diatomaceous earth comes in contact with the insects, the sharp edges
lacerate the bugs waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery diatomaceous
earth absorbs the body fluids causing death from dehydration.

Food grade diatomaceous earth has been used for at least two decades as
a natural wormer for livestock. Some believe diatomaceous earth
scratches and dehydrates parasites. Some scientists believe that
diatomaceous earth is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or
parasites. Regardless, people report definite control. To be most
effective, food grade diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to
catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs
and back to the stomach. A minimum of 60 days is suggested by many, 90
days is advised for lungworms.

Food grade diatomaceous earth works in a purely physical/mechanical
manner, not 'chemical' and thus has no chemical toxicity. Best yet,
parasites don't build up a tolerance/immunity to its chemical reaction,
so rotation of wormers unnecessary.

DOGS, O.C. Collins, DVM, Midland Animal Clinic And Hospital, Midland,
TX:"In clinical observations of feeding dogs over 35 lbs. 1 tbsp./day
and under 35 lbs. 1 tsp./day of DE, within seven days all ova
disappeared from stools. DE controlled Ascardis (Toxacara canids),
Hookworms (Anclyostoma caninum), and Whipworms (Trichuris vulipis)."

HORSE, L. Thomas, Trainer, L. Frank Roper Stables, Winter Garden, FL:
"With horses fed approximately 5 oz. of DE mixed in the feed twice
daily, the following results were observed: Stopped scours even on
horses that had not responded to any other medications. Noticeable fly
reduction. Horses showed an increase in appetites. Weight gain due to
better feed conversion. Reduction in manure odor. Elimination of any
internal parasites. Healthier appearance.

Daily recommended food grade diatomaceous earth feeding rates:

Kittens - 1/2 teaspoon
Cats - 1 teaspoon
Puppies - 1/2 to 1 tsp.
Dogs under 35 lbs. - 1 teaspoon
Dogs over 35 lbs. - 1 tablespoon
Dogs over 100 lbs. - 2 tablespoons
Cattle, Dairy Cows, & Hogs - 2% of dry feed ration
Chickens - 5% in feed
Goats & Sheep - 2% in grain
Horses - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration
*Humans - 1 heaping tablespoon daily

Internal feeding of food grade diatomaceous earth helps eliminate most
internal worms, though possibly not all. It's also excellent when fed
daily to keep down fly loads, since food grade diatomaceous earth is
eliminated from the body, exactly the way it went in, it helps reduce
the manure odor and kills flies that come in contact with it.

Mix in animal feed or grain and/or feed free choice. Our goats, fowl,
and dogs eat it free choice.

*Some recommend to dose humans by mixing food grade diatomaceous earth
in a glass of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well
before breakfast, to allow diatomaceous earth time to move through and
absorb toxins from one's digestive tract without interfering or
absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids. Some report great results
consuming 1 tsp. in a glass of water prior to each meal, 3x/day.

If fecal counts are not zero for worms and ova after feeding DE for 30
days, increase the daily dose. Feeding too small a dose of DE will not
give desired results. Increasing the dose, even if greater than the
above recommendations, will not harm anyone. Some horses do fine on 1/2
cup of DE daily, others need a full cup. This reminds us, that all
beings are different. So again, if the worm and ova counts are not zero,
increase your daily dose.

diatomaceous earth into pets coat, fur, and bedding to dehydrate fleas,
lice, mites, and ticks. Dust them lightly, but thoroughly, as in order
to kill the parasites, they must come in contact with the DE. Note,
external application can take up to 72 hours to dehydrate external

Lightly sprinkle in household carpet. Leave for 2-3+ days, then vacuum.
Please do not get heavy handed with the DE in your carpet, as I have
heard from some people advising it causes problems with their vacuum.

PLEASE NOTE: Many people advise using ONLY food grade diatomaceous earth
eliminates a flea problem, but we cannot say that it does this for
everyone. If you are dealing with a flea infestation, we usually
recommend food grade DE in the household carpet, pet bedding, on the
pets, and outside in the dry areas where fleas congregate. But in the
moist areas, such as lawns, gardens, etc., we have always recommended
using beneficial/parasitic nematodes. These microscopic nematodes
parasitize flea larvae. DE, as far as we know, only kills the adult
fleas that come in contact with it. So DE possibly does not kill flea

It is said that only 5 to 15% of a flea infestation are the adult fleas
that you see. The remaining 85 to 95% of your infestation are the larvae
waiting to hatch!! As such, and although we have many customers who
advise using only food grade diatomaceous earth worked to eliminate
their flea problem, we still recommend using the food grade DE in
conjunction with beneficial nematodes in outdoor moist areas.

BOXES: We use DE throughout the barn, fowl coops, and pastures. When
mucking the barn and coops, I lightly, but thoroughly sprinkle
diatomaceous earth absolutely everywhere! It keeps the kidding barn
"cleansed" and dry. In between barn mucking, I sprinkle diatomaceous
earth on wet spots to help dry them out and keep flies from laying eggs.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is excellent in the fowl coops -- on the
ground, in nesting/dusting boxes to prevent lice and mites. Sprinkle
directly on fowl feathers to eliminate mites and lice. One application
of diatomaceous earth has their feathers growing back quickly.

Food grade diatomaceous earth applied to manure piles keeps fly loads

Dairy cow owners put food grade diatomaceous earth in burlap bags, so
cows can rub against it and sprinkle themselves with DE, which helps to
eliminate flies, that land on them, as well as lice and mites.

Apply to moist kennel areas to reduce odors, dry the area, and prevent
pest breeding.

Deodorizing and absorption are natural functions of diatomaceous earth,
so add to kitty litter to absorb odors and keep the litter box drier.

A small amount of food grade DE applied to livestock waterers keeps
algae from growing on hot summer days.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is great for compost piles, to prevent
breeding pests and control odors.

YARD, GARDEN, & LANDSCAPE APPLICATIONS: DE's minerals are great for the
yard and gardens.

Apply DE to ant hills. Small ants may require a few applications to
completely eliminate them, as they burrow new hills elsewhere, when we
plug their initial hill with DE, but if we keep at it, eventually they
disappear. Big ants are eliminated within two applications of a
reasonable amount of DE applied to their ant hill. Ants in trash cans
can be controlled by either painting DE around the bottom of the trash
can or sprinkling it dry around it. They'll go elsewhere, as they do not
like walking over DE, so you'll need to find their home to completely
eliminate them, but it will keep them away from areas you put DE.
Sprinkled around the house foundation keeps new crawling insects from
coming inside.

We mix food grade diatomaceous earth with water to paint our fruit tree
trunks with it, like a white wash. The DE keeps ants OFF our fruit
trees. 1 cup applied to ½ gallon of water works well. Good as a white
wash for wood fencing too.

1 to 2 cups per gallon of water can be used to apply diatomaceous earth
in a backpack or hose end sprayer for problem infestations of mites,
aphids, fungus problems, etc. Food grade diatomaceous earth will turn
whatever you paint or spray with it white -- so it may look like a
"white" winter at your place.

caterpillars, cut worms, army worms, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, snails,
spiders, termites, scorpions, silver fish, lice, mites, flies,
centipedes, earwigs, slugs, aphids, Japanese beetles (grub stage), fruit
flies, corn earworm, cucumber beetles, corn borer, sting bugs, squash
vine borers, thrips, loopers, etc., etc.

MINERALIZATION: Natural food grade diatomaceous earth contains 15 trace
minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc iron,
phosphorous, selenium, etc. People note shinier coats, better overall
health, better production, etc. in their animals who are fed food grade
diatomaceous earth regularly.

FLY CONTROL: Used regularly, DE has pretty much eliminated our fly
population here. Sprinkle DE on livestock when flies are present. Dust
barns, coops, after mucking and throw on top of manure/compost piles. We
feed it daily to all dogs, cats, fowl, and livestock, so it comes out in
the manure of each animal as well and prevents flies from growing in the
manures. DE is our only fly preventative. We no longer use or need fly
bags, fly predators/parasites, fly tapes, or sprays.

Farmers keep hanging burlap bags full of diatomaceous earth for the
cattle to rub against and keep themselves dusted, which eliminates flies
that land on them.

Diatomaceous earth can be put in a backpack sprayer mixed with water to
spray your barn or coop buildings. Reapply DE when rain or water washes
or wind blows it away.

GRAIN STORAGE & PROTECTION: Codex food grade diatomaceous earth is a
healthy non-toxic alternative to chemical contamination of stored grain.
When the grain is to be used, food grade diatomaceous earth can be
easily removed, but need not be. Since it is "food grade", makes no
difference in taste or cooking quality, and adds 15 trace minerals.
Suggested grain storage use: 1 cup of DE will protect 50 #'s of grain --
5 cups of food grade diatomaceous earth will protect 300 #'s of grain --
7 lbs. of DE will protect 1500 #'s of grain or seeds. One source advises
only 1 to 2 #'s of DE per ton of grain.

A study done by ACRES, USA, Inc. advised that after 12 months of
storage, the food grade diatomaceous earth treated material had 15
insects, compared to 4884 for malathion and 16,994 for untreated grain.

MORE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH BENEFITS: Food grade diatomaceous earth has been
reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli,
endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide
residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous
toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Food grade diatomaceous
earth detoxes.

There are some features about food grade diatomaceous earth that
correspond with its ability as both a digestive aid and a colon
cleanser. The honeycomb skeletal form of diatomaceous earth is found,
under microscopic evaluation to reveal a tendency to become filled and
clogged with hard debris such as intestinal scale. Food grade
diatomaceous earth has not been found to cause any insult to the mucousa
or barrier wall.

Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive
charge, wherein it is believed by some that food grade diatomaceous
earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in it's honeycomb
shaped skeletal form.

There is no withdrawal period when given to milking or feed animals. No
toxins. Decreased mortality, increased milk production, decreased
mastitis, better feed conversion.


· DE manufacturers who work in diatomaceous earth mines 5 days/week
advise inhaling it is not a problem (tho of course, don't be snuffing
it) and we 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 food grade diatomaceous earth.

· 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 your skin, hands, and feet, just as it can be to 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 advise too much DE causes vacuum

· NEVER use pool filter grade DE around animals. It can poison or kill them.

· Some people experience a healing crisis (detox reaction) when
beginning DE consumption. If this occurs, reduce the dose, till your
body is cleansed, and then increase to the RDA.

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


· Natural wormer -- eliminates many parasites without chemicals
· Safe, non-toxic, parasites don't build 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
· Reduced scours
· Decreased mortality
· Better feed conversion
· Helps detox heavy metals, ecoli, bacteria, viruses, etc.
· Promotes shinier coats
· Digestive aid
· Colon cleanser
· Better production
· Better overall health
· Eliminates pests in stored grains
· Reduces flies, fleas, ticks, etc.
· Reduces manure odor
· Drying agent
· Reduces moisture and pests in barns, coops, kennel, litterboxes,
compost piles, and other moist areas
· Antifungal properties -- good for garden fungal growth
· Reduces overall animal stress
· Cost effective
· DE health benefits mean reduction in vet bills and dis-ease



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 Post subject: Re: Diatomaceous earth
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:25 pm 
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Great information!! I've been using this in the garden for some time and around the house for fleas.
Knowing to use food grade for flea control on the dogs and worms is something I wasn't aware of. Thanks

 Post subject: Re: Diatomaceous earth
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:26 pm 
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It is also safe to use on puppies. Which is great when you have a litter and the fleas are bad.

Alex & Shannon

 Post subject: Re: Diatomaceous earth
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:05 pm 
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Its in thats why we dont get worms :D I just got a 50 pound sack from a feed store for 27 bucks, its called perma-guard and is food grade. hell i ever took some to see what it was like :))

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