Diatomaceous Earth

By: Fossilpower  25-Apr-2012
Keywords: Flea Control, Termites, Bed Bugs


What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is made up of the microscopic bodies of fossilized phyto-plankton or diatoms, laid down as marine sediment some 20 million or more years ago.

It is high in silicon dioxide and also contains 15 essential trace minerals including phosphorous, selenium, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron. Fed orally to your animals it promotes improved health, vitality and productivity when used regularly. Contains less than 1% crystalline silica.

How It Works As a Natural Flea Killer and Against Other Insects

The effectiveness of diatomaceous earth as a physical insecticide has been confirmed throughout the world – for example by both the CSIRO and Queensland DPI in alone. It has two modes of action.

The tiny diatoms are razor sharp, getting caught in and abrasively rupturing insect cuticles, an effect that is especially lethal to small insects making it a natural flea killer. This then allows the desiccant properties of DE – due to its high silica content - to take effect, drawing out the insect’s moisture causing them to die of dehydration.

Controlled studies have proven the efficacy of diatomaceous earth not just as a natural flea killer, but for a wide range of applications against both insects and intestinal parasites.

General guidelines are listed here.

Cats – 1 teaspoon/day Weaned Kittens – _ 1/4 teaspoon/ day

Dogs – 50kg+ -2 tablespoons/ day 25kg – 50kg – 1 tablespoon/ day

under 25kg – 2 teaspoons/ day Minidogs – 1 teaspoon/ day

Cows/Horses get half cup per day, Sheep/Goats/Hogs get ¼ cup per day, For Chickens and other livestock you need to weight the feed and add 2% of that weight in Diatomaceous Earth. Your livestock will also get the benefit of over 14 trace minerals that make up Diatomaceous Earth.

Keywords: Bed Bugs, Flea Control, Natural Insect and Pest Control, Parasites, Termites, Worms,

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