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

    Aug 30, 2013
    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

    May 25, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    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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