Does Diatomaceous Earth kill all the good bacteria, yeasts and microbes also?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brummie, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. brummie

    brummie Chirping

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    Sorry if this has been asked before but I could not find it.

    So does the Diatomaceous Earth kill all the beneficial bacteria, yeasts, good microbes and other organisms that keep a healthy balance in their environment as well as the bad ones?

    If it does then is it really a good idea to be using in in the soil for dust baths, or in the deep litter method or even for worming?
     

  2. DStewart PDX

    DStewart PDX Chirping

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    To my knowledge, diatomaceous earth is not anti-microbial. It kills arthropods by slicing them into tiny pieces with its knife-like edges. It is not a chemical remedy, to my understanding. Should have no effect on something as small as a bacteria.
     

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