DE supplier

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Picco, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    I'm looking for an online supplier (or store) that sells feed grade DE (diatomaceous earth). Has anyone found a good one, preferably one thats cheap and reliable?
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I use Custom Milling out of Georgia


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    Diatomaceous Earth
    Food Grade DE
    Diatomaceous Earth or DE for short, is the fossilized remains of the diatom, a single celled aquatic plant that lived some 20 million years ago. The remains of the diatoms formed deposits of diatomite in sedimentary layers. It is found in various dry lake bed deposits which were formed anciently from the skeletons of millions of microscopic diatoms as they died and fell to the bottom of the lake or sea bed. It is dug out of the ground and mined in different parts of the world.

    Diatomaceous earth is used in a wide range of industrial applications. Industrial grade DE is used in swimming pool filters and is not suitable for home use. The industrial DE has been put through a process which has been heated to extremely high temperatures and even though it looks the same it is like glass. The food grade is widely used as an anticaking agent in prepared feed mixes. Custom Milling, Inc uses DE in all of our feed formulas. The FDA has not approved DE as an internal parasite control, but it has approved it for animal consumption.

    Many farmers use DE in their grain bins ( about 7 lbs/ton of grain) When weevil eggs hatch out and the larvae come in contact with DE they dehydrate. Diatomaceous Earth will dehydrate any soft bodied insect or insect larva. Many people use it as a garden dust. Many of your chemical garden dust products have an inert ingredient in it. The inert ingredient is usually Diatomaceous Earth. The best way to use it is early in the morning when the leaves are wet. You can use a duster or you can use an old pair of panty hose and dust the leaves good. You can also protect fruit trees by sprinkling DE around the base and by making a solution with water and soap and painting the tree trunk. This creates a protective buffer zone against migration of Japanese beetles and other insects.

    You can dust your animals with it to control fleas, ticks, mites and other parasites

    25 lb bag $13.95 50 lb bag $21.95 + shipping

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  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA Its in central VT ......might not be too far from where you live. Cool site!!!
  4. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Thanks lurky, its an hour and a half's drive away. It looks like a place I'd like to check out. I'll have to see if I'll want to drive or pay the shipping.
  5. 6chix

    6chix Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    Western Ma
    Hey Lurky

    I'll let you know when I am heading up that way to pick up some DE. I need to get some and it looks like the closest place around. How are the girls holding up with all the snow? Mine won't even come out of the coop into their run.
  6. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:I shoveled mine and made them oatmeal with brown sugar and they came out for that. But otherwise they wouldn't either. I found it easier to just pay the extra for shipping the DE to me. When you add the gas price and your time up....just dont get too much. I got a #10 bag and it goes pretty far. I have barely made a dent in it.

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