Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth DE Food Grade

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Fossil Shell Flour) has many uses: in the household, with pets, on...

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Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Fossil Shell Flour) has many uses: in the household, with pets, on plants, around livestock, and for stored grain. It is totally organic and listed with OMRI.

With more than 600 deposits of diatomite west of the Mississippi-and only four (to our knowledge) that can be considered food grade-it is very important that people know what they are using. The vast majority of diatomite deposits are impure.

When diatomite is formed, water currents bring in foreign material that mixes with the microscopic diatom shells. This type of diatomite is absolutely without value for practical purposes, but many people tend to think that if it is "Diatomaceous Earth," then it has the same value as other, purer deposits. There are many places where diatomite deposits can be loaded up "for free," but generally this substance has no value. If this impure diatomite is sold for practical usage, the customer may end up with an unpleasant surprise.

Home: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as an Organic Pesticide
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is used around the house as an organic pesticide for the control of ants, cockroaches, silverfish, bedbugs, fleas, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets, ticks, and many other unwelcome pests.

Natural ant control is one of the biggest reasons for the usage of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in and around the home. For complete ant control, simply sprinkle the area of concern with fossil shell flour (DE). When the ants or other pests come in contact with the powder, it is like stepping on broken glass, they will be killed or abandon the area.

Pets: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for Flea, Tick, and Lice Control
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an effective, organic pesticide against fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests that bother our pets.

Plants: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as a Natural Insecticide
Use Perma-Guard Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as a natural insecticide for the non-chemical control.
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Pros: Plenty of valid information available to those who seek it.
Cons: Over rated, over used, often ineffective as pest control, strip mined.
It works for some things... like droppings desiccant. But it provides a false sense of security about pests on poultry and is proven ineffective in humid environments like mine. I consider it harmful to breath and to the environment in it's processed form.
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Pros: No stink in my coop, less flies
Cons: Works only while dry - 'disappears' when wet
I bought this 50 lb bag on Amazon last July and I'm still using it!

I sprinkle it in the coop, before I lay my straw. I sprinkle it in the chickens' dust bath. I also dust my goats and chickens with it for lice/mite prevention... I haven't had problems with of those (as a result?)
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Pros: Zero
Cons: Will NOT work for getting rid of worms.
I believe it is impossible for DE to work if it gets wet.
If would be impossible to kill/rid worms in a WET gut.
Save your money if you are buying this to get rid of internal worms.


Is the DE more or less expensive than PDZ? Am I correct in assuming it's chicken safe since they peck everything.
I am not sure about expense since I don't have PDZ available here either and haven't used it. You must use food grade DE. There are two types of DE, one from salt water which is used for pools, which is not safe for animals to consume, and one from fresh water which it tested for heavy metal content and is "food grade" and is safe for animals should they consume some.

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