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Kathleen Payne
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I bought a 2.5 lb container of DE for bugs but now I'm not sure if it is the correct type. On the label it says, diatomaceous earth/Celatom. My researching has just left me still unsure and hope you can clear me on this product. Please clarify what product I have and its uses. Thank you for your help which is so appreciated!
 
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Kathleen Payne : Best Guess it will work fine, Diatoms from which we get Diatomaceous Earth, were ancient Algae that continuously grew a Glasslike shell around
themselves, kinda Barrel shaped but if you looked at a single "Corn chex'' ''wheat chex'' ''Rice chex'' you would have a near look-alike, as these continued to grow
their shells during their entire life, the 'shells' come in different sizes !

There are grades of D.E. that are very carefully Filtered so that when stacked in a layer they will themselves be super accurate Filters, this is for Scientific and
manufacturing work. A Specific grade works very well in filtering Swimming Pool Water !

I suspect that the normal D.E. sold for killing bugs has a certain size range that the D.E. Processor has had tested with good reviews of his product ! Different Co.s
will have different standards, I expect that D.E. with mostly Large ( on a microscopic scale ) Diatoms with a few broken corners would have the best Results as it is
the Diatoms Scraping off the bugs protective wax coating, and puncturing the shells that dehydrates and kills the bugs !

There are still other grades that end up in food and in paints, And in a case ofGood boy gone bad we are seeing D.E. being used a Fracking Propants, as you
did not specify what grade of D.E. you have I can not give you an answer but I am sure others will be able to help you identify what you actually have and the best
uses for it ! I will continue to follow this post, together we all can learn a lot ! big AL
 
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Thanks Big Al for your explanation. I'm still not too sure what type it is. I bought it from an online company, Soapgoods, and I copied exactly what is on the label of the 2.5 container I received. I finally had to use some today because I have little black beetles in my truck and really need to get rid of those little buggers! I sent the company an email to find out specifically what grade of DE I have, so just waiting on their reply. At any rate, thanks again. It's much appreciated!!
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