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DE question?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Acre of Blessings, May 14, 2008.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Does the DE help with fly control? I need to know.
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    If you feed it to your animals, yes. You can add it to your chick feed and it will prevent the flies from hatching in the poo, thus cutting down on the flies.
  3. mergmet

    mergmet Songster

    what about feeding to horses and dogs?

    how much and how often for


  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Last edited by a moderator: May 14, 2008
  5. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    I use DE for everything (horses, dogs, cats & koi) on our small farm and have found it controls flies wonderfully, IF used regularly. I get mine from FreshwaterOrganics.com and it runs about 64.00 for a 50# bag and is food grade DE. Price includes shipping cost [​IMG]).
    We also use the fly predators around the horse barn and except for a few flies now and then we are relatively fly free compared to where I work. (No DE, No Fly Predators and flys galore.) The only thing with the Fly Predators is that you cannot put them around where the chickens can get to them...we found out the hard way that they just love to eat them [​IMG], so we use them around the horse barn and manure pile and everything works out great.

    Here is the info for Freshwater Organics:
    Fran Tully

    11089 Justin Park Dr, Sandy, UT 84092, USA

    Randi Lynn/Alabama
  6. mergmet

    mergmet Songster

    thanks, this is great info!

  7. I use De when I clean the coop. I put down a thick layer of hay and new hay in the nests, I take a sifter and sift it over the hay really good and rub the roosts down as thick as I can get it on them, So far I have had no problem with flys,But ----------we do have ticks,and since DE is harmful to bees,I do not spread it around anywhere outside the coop. Since the hay from the coop is full of poop,it makes good mulch for my garden, and I don't think it should bother the bees. I do hang fly strips from the co op outside just in case any flys come visiting. Also check out Dawn419, she is one of the mods and also sell DE, so she can help you with anything you need to know about it. marrie
  8. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    i got some DE coming so.............. [​IMG]
  9. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Last edited by a moderator: May 14, 2008
  10. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    May 14th at 2 p.m. you posted...

    Quote:Then again, on May 14th at 8:28 p.m. you post...

    Quote:So you are saying that you noticed a fly reduction in just under a 6 hour period?

    Just curious...as I've never seen it work so fast and here's my food grade DE page loaded with my personal experiences since using it for almost a year and it has never been an "overnight wonder" for me.

    Dying to know what you did that was/is so different...


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