Diatomaceous Earth, Kieselguhr, also known as Fossil Shell Flour is natures Non Toxic Pesticide, this product and the knowledge of its benefits has been around for hundreds of years it was commercially available and manufactured in North America as early as the 1800’s. Yet there are so few that know about it. Big chain pet food stores do not carry it, I’ve looked. Some smaller family organic minded pet food stores and health food stores do.
So what is it, what does it do, and how?
Diatomaceous Earth is made up or ground fossilized skeletons of siliceous marine and fresh water organisms, particularly diatoms and other algae.
English: Diatom testa in commercial diatomaceous earth for swimming pool filters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The tiny particles that make up this product are extremely sharp and hard and adhere readily to the hairs on insects causing lacerations to their waxy outer layer causing them to dehydrate rapidly and die. It is Non Toxic to humans and our pets although it is strongly recommended not to breath the dust. This product eliminates fleas with one application, also efficient in controlling bed bugs, ants, ticks, cockroaches, earwigs, silverfish, crickets, millipedes, and centipedes and many more. Food Grade Diatomaceous earth also controls worms in our pets like ringworm, and hookworm.
It is recommended that you use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on your pets there are other grades of this product that are not as clean and toxin free some grades add toxins so be sure to purchase food grade. If it does not say it is food grade on the label it is NOT food grade as most that are sold in garden centers and hardware stores.
Where to Buy:
So far I have only found one pet food supplier that carries food grade Diatomaceous Earth and that is RawPaw click on their name and it will take you directly to their web sight and locations of their outlets, they will also deliver to your door, they also provide dosage amounts to control worms in your pets.
Anyone who knows of other outlets for Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth let me know and I will add the information to this article, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org