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Diatomaceous Earth: Is This A Super-Product?

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  2. jerry shively

    horse wormer

    February 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

  3. fran harmon

    i was told that i could mix the product with my rabbit feed to rid worms but i can find no answer on how much to mix with the feed. my rabbits weigh about 3 – 4 lbs a piece.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

    • Hi Fran,

      Thanks for contacting us!

      Unfortunately, at the moment, Red Lake Earth is registered only as an anti-caking agent and flow aid for use in animal feed. We are aware that consumers have found many other uses for DE beyond what it is registered for (including as a de-wormer) however, due to the fact that Red Lake Earth is not registered for this use, we cannot advise that our product be used for this purpose.

      At this time, we have not conducted any scientific research as to the effects of DE as a de-wormer. There was a recent study conducted at the University of British Columbia using Red Lake Earth with chickens that you might find interesting (here is a link to the study, if you would like to review it: Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth Free Range Organic Laying Hens Study). However, no studies have been done using DE with rabbits.

      Here are links to a couple more articles (found on our new blog – that I thought you might find useful/interesting:
      What is an Anti-caking Agent and Flow Aid?
      Diatomaceous Earth in Animal Feed: Easy Measurement Formula

      I hope this helps! If you have any other questions or comments please let us know!

      February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  4. Annette

    is the red lake earth diatomaceous good for human comsumption?

    February 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    • Hi Annette,

      Thanks for visiting our blog!

      No, unfortunately, Red Lake Earth is not approved for human consumption. In fact, contrary to popular belief, there are no DE products currently on the market that have been approved by the FDA or CFIA for human consumption (although it may appear otherwise).

      Here is an article that I thought you might find interesting. It discusses this topic in more detail: Diatomaceous Earth for Humans: What You Don’t Know

      I hope this helps!

      If you have any further questions or comments please let us know!

      February 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

  5. Kelli

    Okay, I purchased a 20lb bag of Red Lake Earth Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade from Tractor Supply yesterday. My problem with my .6 of an acre lot, is that there are FLEAS and ANTS everywhere!!! I’ve paid Terminex to come spray my yard twice this year and its not helping. So anyhow, I own chickens that get to run free around my property during the day, and two pit bulls that stay outside. I also have two young children and another on the way. I asked them (@ tractor supply) what my best option would be for treating my flea infestation, with avoiding chemicals, they told me to buy this stuff “Red Lake Earth Diatomaceous Earth” and that if the fleas crawl over it, the power stuff will cause them to die…. is this true??? If so, how long will it take to work?? Also will the morning “dew” affect it’s strength?? Please respond ASAP if possible, thanks.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:22 am

    • Hi Kelli,

      Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth is not currently registered in the US as a natural pest control product – this is why you will not find any instructions on the packaging for this purpose. The product is registered as an anti-caking agent and flow aid in animal feed (not to exceed 2% of total diet). We are aware, however, that many people do use diatomaceous earth (DE) for pest control. In fact, Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth is registered in Canada for this purpose and we are working on having it registered in the US as well.

      DE is composed of the fossilized exoskeletons of tiny organisms known as diatoms. Red Lake Earth also contains a naturally occurring clay known as calcium montmorillonite (or calcium bentonite). The DE works to kill insects by lacerating their exoskeletons and dehydrating them. The insects must come in direct contact with the DE in order for it to be effective. Diatomaceous Earth can take anywhere from a few days to a week or more to kill an insect (the time it takes depends on many different factors including humidity, etc.) Please see: Diatomaceous Earth for Insect Control: When to Re-Apply

      DE will not be effective when wet however, once it is left to dry it will continue to function. In the case of a rain storm or wind storm you will have to re-apply the product, as it is easily washed and blown away.

      I hope this helps!
      Please let us know if you have any further questions!

      September 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

  6. kimberly

    Does Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth with calcium Bentonite contain more than 10mg/kg of arsenic and more than 10mg/kg of lead ?

    September 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    • Hi Kimberly,

      No, Red Lake Earth is considered both food and feed grade meaning that it contains less than 10 mg/kg of arsenic and lead and less than 1% crystalline silica.

      Here is an article from our blog that provides more information Diatomaceous Earth: Food Grade vs. Feed Grade

      I hope this helps!

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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