Using pool filter type D. E.?

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  1. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've found I can get diatomaceous earth around here but it's pool grade for swimming pool filters. According to one page I found, it won't kill bugs because it's been heat-treated (calcined) to form larger clumps, so it's not small enough to kill the bugs.

    Anyone using it?

    If it's not the right stuff, does anyone know any good sources of food grade D.E.? Because the stuff is very hard to find where I am.
     
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    Mystic Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2 the pool kind is not safe to use with your pets
     
  4. MamaBulla

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    I don't know about local places by you, but we've had great luck just finding it at our local feed store. Do you have any Tractor Supply Companies or farm feed stores anywhere in your area or nearby more rural areas? I would think they'd have it. We LOVE that stuff! We've used it against fleas, ticks, and all kinds of nasty pests. Good luck!
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It may also be called fossil flour.

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  6. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My TSC doesn't have it. I asked.

    I don't think this stuff is poisonous, there's no way it'd be allowed around swimming pools if it were. But it may be ineffective since it's mostly not fine enough. My main question is whether it works "well enough" to use until we get our hands on some food grade stuff.
     
  7. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where are you at? check out health food stores. Ours carries it but its more expensive than at a feed store. DONT use the pool stuff it is poison
     
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  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think this stuff is poisonous, there's no way it'd be allowed around swimming pools if it were

    It's not "poisonous", but it's extremely BAD to breath it.

    It's "safe" around pools because it is inside the filters and stays WET.​
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Let me echo everyone else: DO NOT USE POOL GRADE D.E. or even "garden" D.E. Use FOOD GRADE D.E. ONLY.
     
  10. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's not "poisonous", but it's extremely BAD to breath it.

    It's "safe" around pools because it is inside the filters and stays WET.

    I meant its poisonous to animals.
     

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