Susan Monroe wrote:
And with many people touting the internal-parasite-killing ability of it, they may be using it for that, too. (Like Paul, I don't see the value of that, but someone once told me that I don't know everything...)
If you can force offensive insects to crawl through DE, it has the best chance of killing them. I cover a thatch ant nest area (there are usually quite a few openings) with a coat of DE about half an inch thick.
"CODEX FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH for livestock". Give them the entire term so the 19-yr-old gumchewer doesn't have to think much. If they don't carry it, ask who does. I'm sure they all know what it is.
While this makes them chemically invisible to people and animals and kills via physical...or rather mechanical...means, via cutting, it also works as inert material within the gut, filling it up with something they can't process and blocking further feeding or digesting.
Here are some tips and information.
The dust thing is like Paul said. It's dust. You don't want to breath a lot of it anymore than any other kind of dust. Fresh Water DE-Fossil Shell flour contains mostly amorphous silica which is good for you and even necessary for life on earth. Swimming Pool De and other forms of DE on the market for filtration and other purposes like grinding compounds contain high amounts of crystaline silica which is what causes silicosis you may have read about.
We bag it and work with it everyday and we're all okay. We were crazy before we used it.
I know of no side effects from eating DE.
this seems like it would be particularly good against termites. possibly combined with the sand barrier tactic as an added precaution, any thoughts
Dianne Keast wrote:
Would it be safe to spread a little under the carpet before you install it?? so that way when fleas go down to enjoy the habitat under the carpet they will come in contact with DE?
Robert Ray wrote:
One of my first jobs was working at a swimming pool and DE was used in the filtration system. The DE would be poured from the bag over a series of screen panels and would adhere, the water would flow through the coverd panels now coaed with DE.
Wished I'd have paid more atttention now.