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Roundworms from pigs in the garden??

 
Renate Howard
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Someone on another forum just posted that they used pigs to clear an area for a strawberry bed and now their family is battling roundworms from eating the strawberries, even 3 years later!

I've seen it said that pigs are great at clearing ground for new gardens, and I've passed that along, but that was before I knew the risk of eating food that has been grown in pig feces!

Pig roundworms can infect humans and do (I read one estimate that around 1 million Americans have roundworms) and in humans the body can make them into a granuloma and if it's in a bad place it can be bad - like causing seizures or blindness!

I took a stool sample in to the vet and it came back clear, but I don't know which pig it was from or if I need to test the whole herd to feel safe now.

Will cooking destroy the worm eggs? Like, would it be better to grow potatoes where the pigs have been, because you always cook them, than greens, tomatoes, etc. that are eaten raw? Or do you need to stick with things that are always held well off the ground (like corn)?
 
S Carreg
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I know nothing at all about this, sorry. But I was curious, so I started googling. This wikipedia article says that humans are not afflicted by the same one as pigs... don't know if that helps or not though! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascaris_suum
 
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Hi Renate: Feed your pigs food grade dimatatious earth, mix it in with their grain, 2 % of gross feed. They will not have worms of any kind , or any other intestinal parasites. I also walk around their pen and sprinkle d.e. on top of poop piles killing all the larva the flies leave. cuts down on the smell quite abit also. I have bought it on line at around 54$ a 50# bag also found it at big r stores for same price. Make sure you are buying food grade, it realy is very good stuff ! Good luck Tom
 
Renate Howard
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Thanks Thomas, will do! I've got some around here somewhere, need to find it!
 
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