DE and Flies... Just don't breath it in! Like I did...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by fours2many, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. fours2many

    fours2many Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    Naples, Florida
    I bought some DE to spread in the coop for fly control.

    I was carrying the container (large Tupperware w/lid). I had a mask, just had it around my neck, not over my mouth and nose. I was planning on putting it on correctly when I got ready to sprinkle. Well, the chickens and ducks thought I had food and surrounded my. I tripped, the DE flew from my hands. The animals ran. I stupidly tried to catch the falling container and instead, the lid popped off. I got covered with DE. Of course, I inhaled some.

    My throat is very scratchy now. I showered, washed my clothes, but this scratchy, irritated throat is getting to me. I keep coughing, but nothing is coming up.

    I guess I needed to vent, but I also want to warn everyone. It is best to wear your mask from the time you go near the stuff, until you are back away from it.
  2. Debob

    Debob In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    yep, lesson learned. nuff said.
  3. ChksontheRun

    ChksontheRun Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    Central Virginia
    So sorry about the trip, I hate it when stuff like that happens. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids, and realize the cough might last a while. Use throat lozengers to sooth so you dont just cough and cough and cough because of irritation.
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Did the bag have any warnings on it about inhalation exposure? I would definitely check that out and make sure a trip to the doctor isn't needed. I plan on purchasing some next week if I can find it. I will learn from your accident!
  5. ZepChick

    ZepChick Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    coos bay OR
    Hi guys ~ we used to use DE all the time until this happened to us. It can be extremely dangerous to use this product without a mask....our old bag says to use a N95 PAPR respirator, which is a mask used on my TB patients at work. Anyway, there is a warning on our bag, but we decided (since all the chickens' nostrils turned white) that it wasn't worth it. It also depends on the silica content of your product.
  6. fours2many

    fours2many Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    Naples, Florida

    I still feel like there is little scratchy things in my throat. Like tiny glass shards! I am trying not to cough continually, but it is really difficult.

    I wish I would have had the darn mask on. I don't think I will die or anything, I just have this irritation that won't go away. From now on, I will never go near the stuff without a mask. I might not use it anymore. Depends if it works for the flies. So far, there is no difference. Flies are everywhere. I clean the poop every day, adding more pine too. Oh well...Cough, cough...
  7. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    For the Future face mask
  8. Swampwood

    Swampwood Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Krotz Springs, LA
    I thought DE was just for ground insects, never heard of it working for flyers.
  9. calista

    calista Songster

    Jan 27, 2010
    Quote:I was told D.E. keeps fly larvae from developing in manure, noticeably reducing the fly population at that part in their life cycle.
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    fours2many. I'm having the same fly problem as you. It might be because of the very cold winter we had, I dont know. I put down DE in the pen the other day and it's having little effect on the flies, there must be a zillion of them. I had the same thing happen several years ago and I remember using my sprayer with clorox and water mixture with a fine spray nozzle tip to spray the ground and the flies. I had to do it for about a week as I recall, but the fly population dwindled down considerably. I also had the pen secured so the chickens couldnt get in there while I was spraying. I let them in later in the afternoon after I raked the pen out. I hope your throat gets to feeling better, cough drops should help, maybe some cloraseptic(sp) spray.

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