diatomaceous earth - did I buy right kind?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GoodEgg, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    Finally the feed store got DE in. They didn't know there was more than one kind, and couldn't tell me if this was it. I'm guessing that since it doesn't mention pools on the bag, and is listed as an environmentally friendly insect killer, this SHOULD be the one? It doesn't say a thing about food grade either though.

    Anybody know how I can tell for sure? It is "Safer Brand" and says "ant and crawling insect killer". It also says not to contaminate feed with it.

    I had also heard (if anyone knows this as well) that it can be fed to cats/chickens to control worms, but I'm thinking garlic is safer?

    Thanks!!!
    trish
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nope. If it says something like 85% Silicon, it is dangerous around your birds. It MUST say FOOD GRADE or it is not. Period. Don't feed it to any animals at all. Food Grade DE is perfectly safe for animals and humans to eat.
    DO NOT put that in your feed. Either use it where animals can't get to it or take it back to them for a refund.
     
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  3. Barb Schuetz

    Barb Schuetz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You CAN use DE for interbal and external parasites on/in chickens and other pets and livestock, BUT not the kind you got. There are different grades of DE and the only one's you should use for your animals will say food grade or feed grade. The difference between the two is that the food grade is ok for humans too but the feed grade is not recommended for human consumotion. If it actually states not to 'contaminate' feed with it, I wouldn't use it anywhere near my animals.
     
  4. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Needs to say Food grade if not toss it in the woods!lol:)
     
  5. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks SO much. It says 77.69% silicon dioxide from diatomaceous earth.

    I did ask and they said I can return it within a week, because it cost more than the 50# feed and I can't waste that kind of money.

    I guess I have to keep looking then? Nowhere on the bag does it say anything about "food grade" or "feed grade" and the folks at the feed store had no idea that there was more than one kind. .... sigh

    Thanks so much for the info!

    trish
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Feedstore folks are notoriously ignorant of what they ought to be experts on. YOU have to know exactly what to tell them and be firm about it. They will even argue with you when they are completely in the wrong.
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Yup, it's the same stuff that I got. Don't use it around your birds. IT works wonders however one Fire Ants!!
     
  8. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dirtworks.net...best site going for d/e!
     
  9. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Have you email [email protected]

    He can tell you what stores carry it near you just email him your zip code.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here are Custom Milling Dealers in Florida. They sell Perma Guard Food Grade DE for a good price.

    Victoria Caccavone - Morriston, FL 352-465-8057

    Suwannee River Alpacas - Live Oak, FL 386-208-0879 or 407-908-8051

    D & D Farm & Feed - Thonotosassa, FL 813-986-8588

    Bob Monfort - Arcadia, FL 863-993-7988

    Judy Anderson - Palmetto, FL 941-722-4809

    Golden Acres - Monticello, FL 850-997-6599

    Jean Riley - Homosassa, FL 352-628-0156

    Kavudu Haven - Center Hill, FL 352-568-0624 or 352-406-2742

    Dianna Kinney - Dade City, FL 813-546-2009 or 352-588-5181

    Barbara ZImmerman Lake Butler & Orlando, FL 386-496-1612 or 321-287-5399 or 321-287-5570


    Futrals Feed Store - Fort Myers, FL 239-334-3431

    Steve Oaks - Tallahassee, FL 850-421-0800

    Bill & Donna Mahanna - Mims FL 407-349-0794

    T. J.'s Feed & Farm - Branford, FL 386-935-2505

    Chris Kuchcicki - Punta Gorda, FL 941-637-1372

    Judy Long - Lecanto, FL 352-746-6551

    Ron Ayres - Frostproof, FL 863-635-0744

    Bill Leslie - Brooksfield, FL 352-544-0337

    D & D Feed - Bloomingdale, FL 813-662-9296

    D & D Feed - Lakeland, FL 863-859-6015

    Wildwood Feed - Wildwood, FL 352-748-2297

    Steve Dula - Eustis, FL 352-273-0471

    Suwannee Hardware & Suppy - White Springs, FL 386-397-2551
     

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