iatomaceous Earth,also known as D.E, or diatomite,is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3 micrometres to more than 1 millimetre, but typically 10 to 200 micrometres. Depending on the granularity, this powder can have an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and has a low density as a result of its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven-dried diatomaceous earth is 80 to 90% silica, with 2 to 4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals) and 0.5 to 2% iron oxide.
Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator.
The Natural Effective and Hassle Free Way to Worm Your Horse Via It's Feed:
Diatomaceous Earth fights insect pests on your pets, in your home and in your garden (ants, fleas, flies, cock-roaches to name but a few) come into contact with DE it ultimately kills them.
The tiny particles of the sharp and hard DE stick to the insect, abrasively rub through and serrate their epi-cuticle and joints, absorb their bodily fluids and they die of dehydration. This process is purely mechanical not chemical. As such there is no build up or chemical residue, the insect cannot build up immunity or become tolerant to it. There is no plant or livestock with-holding period for human consumption.
DE is a desiccant. It absorbs moisture – some six times its own weight.
DE is death to bugs – every-time! However, the insect must come into contact with DE in order for it to work. As a result Fossil Shell Flour is used extensively overseas in domestic and commercial applications as a natural insecticide with OMRI organic registration.
Despite Fossil Shell Flour having a debilitating and eventual fatal effect on bugs and insects it does not harm its warm blooded host and has no negative impact on mammals.
Poultry, Pets and Livestock can be dusted or brushed in DE as a chemical free aid to rid themselves of external parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites and lice.
As well as external parasites it also has positive benefits on internal parasitic control for poultry, farm animals, domestic pets and equestrian applications. Fed daily the hard and sharp honeycombs of the DE lacerate internal worms to which they release their grip on the intestinal walls and get passed out with the rest of the waste.
In addition to this beneficial impact on internal parasites DE cleanses and almost ‘polishes’ the colon and intestinal passages at the same time. This polishing effect removes excess mucus and bad bacterial build-ups internally which may have occurred over time. This provides a greater ability to digest and absorb the feed nutrients being provided. Improved feed conversion, greater weight gains, improved immune systems and overall health are often on the list of positive changes noticed by farmers and users alike.
Perma-guard’s Diatomaceous Earth deposit is 89 - 95 percent amorphous silica. As well as being very high in silica percentage and also contains 15 essential trace minerals including phosphorous, selenium, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron.
The recommended daily dose for worm eradication is half a cup to one cup mixed into one or two feeds.
General health supplement:
Perma-guard’s Diatomaceous Earth deposit is 89 - 95 percent amorphous silica. As well as being very high in silica percentage it also contains 15 essential trace minerals including phosphorous, selenium, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron.
Silica alone is in fact crucial to bones, tendons, skin, cartilage and blood vessels. Silica exists in the blood stream and important organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs. Mixed with your animals normal feed it promotes improved health, well-being, vitality and productivity when used on a daily basis.
As well as the trace minerals, Fossil Shell Flour particles are negatively charged (unusually). Heavy metals, bacteria and viruses, pesticides and drug residues, E-Coli are all typically positively charged.
Some of the reported potential benefits of daily consumption of DE include …
15 Trace minerals – beneficial for soil, plants, animals and potentially even humans
Colon cleanser, digestive aid, has been shown to help with bowel problems
Better feed conversion, improves weight gain and general health
Promotes shinier coats, hair, skin, manes, hooves, nails and plumage
Promotes an environment that insects don't like.
Cost effective health supplement resulting in reduced animal stress, better well-being and potentially reduced vet bills.