One of the main reasons i am planning on getting chickens is so i can add their poop to my compost pile, which will make my fruit trees so happy. thus, i'm leery of using DE because it will make its way from the coop to pile and kill the bugs that are there doing their jobs. if you're not using DE, why? if you are and compost, have you noticed an effect on your pile? i'm also worried about it killing the good bugs, like bees, that are just passing through. and would it kill geckos? i see my property (as well as the neighbors') as a whole ecosystem, and don't want everything else to suffer for the chickens. are there other ways, aside from DE, that i can help protect my chickens from mites?