Are the food grade products that are safe for animals also safe for humans? I see one (GreenSense http://www.beorganic.com/products/green_sense.html) that has 12% silica.
If part of the benefit is the silica, what is the optimum percentage?
Is there perhaps some other factor in being fit for human consumption, such as processing methods or checking for any possible contaminants?
So I listened to Paul's podcast about D.E. and read his article but I still have a few questions. What exactly does it mean to "use gobs of the stuff"? I have ants farming aphids on my sunflowers and peach trees so I used a bulb duster to coat them... the ants are still there! In fact, they didn't seem to mind the white stuff at all. If I make the plants look like powdered donuts is that going to interfere with their photosynthesis abilities, or respiration or something? Because that's what "gobs of the stuff" means to me now.
Also, no one seems to mention that if D.E. kills bugs, doesn't that mean that the beneficial insects will die too?
I emailed the Perma-Guard folks and they told me that their product is clean enough for human ingestion.
Jami McBride wrote:
Also if you can determine what they are going for in your house food/water/sugar - you can add DE around those things or even add it to the sugar jar, this will send them packing when their goal becomes a source of trouble. After learning this I would add DE to the dogs food dish and not put any on the floor or vents, in less than an hour the ants were all gone and would not try again for about a year.
Sorry about your ants problems, all the best.
My craving for sugar is managable now. My blood pressure has lowered to the point I don't have to take most of my BP meds anymore. I was taking 4 pills a day. Now I take one. As soon as I go to the doctor I will probably stop that one and also stop my blood sugar med. I haven't had a high sugar reading since starting the DE. My fingernails and toenails are white again. The whites of my eyes are brighter and not bloodshot. My teeth sparkle and seem to be whiter. I have more energy. My digestive tract is working wonderfully...
I am taking 1 teaspoon 3xday mixed with about 4 ozs. of my favorite no calorie drink. I understand the recommendation is 1 tbsp. 1xday unless trying to lose weight. Then do the tsp. 3xday.
I saw online where the 16grit sand did stop termites. I believe they discovered this in Australia and have been using it successfully there for some time. I am sorry that I do not remember the sites I saw it on. Perhaps if you do a search for termites and Australia or something of that sort it would come up? I believe someone in the US was using it also, but I have no idea where that site was.
Charles ABatey wrote:there are some studies that have been linked elsewhere on this site that talk about how sand of a certain size (16grit) can be a barrier to termites because it is too big for the termites to easily haul away, and not big enough to support tunnel structures spontaneously on its own. This technique is supposedly used in surrounding foundations, or other areas where wood is in contact with soil. I forget the suggested thickness, but basically since you would want these areas to be as dry as possible anyway to prevent rotting, you would have to engineer a dry space via hill slow, ditches, french drains, or what have you. then surround your buried wood with this 16 grit sand , and the termites, according to this study, wouldn't be able to get through. i will try to find the link that i saw earlier and repost it on this thread.
so my thought was that if you mixed some diatomaceous earth with this sand barrier, it would be an added safeguard. so if the termites do find a weak spot where they could haul away sand or get it to form tunnels, they would also find DE in that spot, further limiting their expansion. And with regard to the wetness issue, as i mentioned before, you are going to want these areas to be as dry as possible anyway, so hopefully there will be limited moisture to mess with them. also since the sand would naturally drain well, it ought to dry out quickly.
i dont know if becoming wet then re-drying affects the effectiveness of DE but it seems to me since the stuff is formed by little ocean creatures in the first place, that even if water while present limits their effectiveness, once the water is gone (dried up) it shouldnt have permanently altered their structure. (of course the possibility exists that due to their microscopic structure, and water's incredible attractive strength at such scale that once wet it may take a very long time for the individual diatoms to become dry, even if the surrounding environment is. This is only speculation, i have no expertise in this matter, just trying to think of all angles)
So anyway, I have not tried this, nor have I tested the sand barrier method alone, simply read about it. However it just seemed to me that it might be a good fit. All just theoretical, any refinement would be welcome. and if anyone is in a position to test this theory, i would love to hear how it worked out, because alas i am not currently able to test it myself.