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It works and no harmful chemicals for your pets!,
This review is from: Bundle: Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade 50 Lb with Applicator (Kitchen)
I have been a big fan of DE for many years. You have to make sure you get DE in food grade and not the kind used for swimming pools. I used this for dogs I have pulled from shelters on mange and it killed the mange mites. Again, no expensive vets bills or poisons for your pets.
Use it too around the perimeter of your home to kill spiders and other pests.
We have several dogs from rescue and they are on pasture grass...loaded with ticks and fleas. I place this in their kennels and on them directly. We have no problems with insects and my dogs suffering from bites.
Pricing: This is a great price for the 50lb size. You think you will not use this much, but trust me you will. As long as you store in indoors where it is free from mositure, it will last for a long time.
** Caution: You will need to wear a mask and buy a sifter to apply this cause you must not breathe in the dust. If you buy the DE, you need to buy an applicator to protect you and your pets fro mthe dust.
Other that that you are looking at a organic way to stay pest free!
Food grade DE is also used for a dewormer. I put it my pets food monthly so they are not taking toxic chemical dewormers. Not to mention the savings from not having to but those toxic dewormers saves me quite a bit in money.
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Initial post: May 19, 2010 12:57:15 PM PDT
I'm confused. You say that you need to wear a mask but other say this is food grade and completely safe. We can ingest this but not inhale it? Some people say they spread this on carpets but won't you be inhaling it when you step on the carpet or disturb it? Please clarify. I don't want to buy the wrong thing.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010 12:18:19 PM PDT
Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe to eat. It is nothing but finely ground fossil shells. Because it is very absorbant, it is commonly added to flours as an anti-caking agent. But it will irritate lungs and eyes if you inhale a cloud of it.
Diatomaceous earth kills pests (both external pests and internal parasites) by working its way into their bodies and dessicating them, and also by cutting up their digestive tracts if they ingest it. The particles of DE are too small to hurt the digestive systems of mammals. It takes about 72 hours from contact to kill grasshoppers.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2011 6:24:13 AM PST
I personally would not use it on carpet. These are microscpoic diatoms. The basically shread the exoskeleton on an insect like fleas or ticks. Because of that, I would not want to inhale it so it does not get into my lungs.
I wear a small make and use a cheese shaker to put it on my dogs, so the dust from the powder is down. Too, you can just place it on their bedding and they can benefit from it that way.
This is also used a a dewormer when taken internally. Again, get FOOD GRADE not the DE that is used for swimming pools.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2011 5:35:24 PM PDT
I wondered about that too.
It's "food-grade" ... but don't inhale it?
It's edible, but not inhalable?
I don't get it.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2011 8:00:52 AM PDT
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Is there any way to determine by looking at DE whether it's food grade or non-food grade? There are several sellers on Amazon who sell food grade DE, but in one of their product descriptions, the seller warned that out of many sources in the U.S. of DE, only four are food grade.
So, since anybody could label their DE as food grade, and since apparently the non food grade is at best ineffective and at worst toxic or lethal--is there any way to tell which is which, other than by reading the labels, which may or may not be deceptive or even accidentally mixed up? Thanks so much.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2011 8:06:33 AM PDT
karen b: Have you ever choked on a piece of food that "went down the wrong way"? Food is meant to go into the digestive system, not the lungs. Similarly, diatomacious earth apparently won't harm you if you eat it, but it will irritate or harm your lungs. It's fine, like dust or flour.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2011 11:01:11 AM PDT
It must be listed on the bag the grade. This company is reputable, so they will sell what you order.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 8:04:16 PM PDT
Debbie Doss says:
would you inhale flour or corn starch?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 3:43:40 AM PST
The difference between lungs and stomach -- get it?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 5:01:02 AM PDT
Janice G says:
ONLY the FILTER GRADE DE is DANGEROUS to BREATH.
The "dangerous" part of DE is the amount of crystalline silica that is in it. Filter grade (used in pools filters, etc) is 65% crystalline silica while food grade is less than 1/10 of 1%! DE is safe to breathe as long as the crystalline content is under 2%. Food grade is 20X lower than even that level.
It can be used for odor control for your refrigerator/freezer & garbage cans. Used in face mask or cleanser to exfoliate your skin. Make a paste w/ water as a "soft scrub" cleaner around your kitchen & bath.