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The use of food grade diatomaceous earth as a natural pest control product is quickly becoming popular, with many people drawn to DE due to the fact that it is safe and natural. In order for the product to effectively kill insects, they must come in contact with it. When they crawl across the DE, the insect’s outer shell is lacerated by the sharp particles of the diatomaceous earth and the powdery substance dehydrates and kills them. In fact, the calcium bentonite that is contained in Red Lake Earth contributes to this desiccation process.
While it is not registered as a pest control product, many people use Red Lake Earth for this purpose. They sprinkle the product in any areas where pests may be, in order to kill them. However, in her book, Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How To Tips, Tui Rose discusses the use of diatomaceous earth as an insect repellant.
When they were first discovered in 1702, it was believed that diatoms were tiny animals. In fact, unlike other algae, diatoms do exhibit many animal-like behaviors. No two diatoms are identical. Each organism extracts and ingests silica from the water around it, creating a unique structure that is used for support, locomotion and protection. Unlike animals, diatoms contain chlorophyll and give off oxygen. In fact, together diatom populations produce approximately 80% of the world’s oxygen! Diatoms, although they exhibit some animal-like characteristics, have been classified by scientists as plants.
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Our customers are very creative when it comes to how they use our product. While Red Lake Earth is currently registered only as an anti-caking agent and pelleting aid for use in animal feed, many of our customers have seen amazing results for various other uses. The information below was provided by a customer, explaining how she uses the product and the results that she has seen.
A few years ago I started purchasing Red Lake Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth from the local pet/livestock feed store.
I am a market gardener and I till a small amount of Red Lake Earth into every row before planting. This prevents root maggot damage. As well, the DE helps the soil retain subsurface moisture.
Red Lake DE has been an immense support to control above ground insects, both hard shell and soft bodied insects, such as aphids. I use it in greenhouses and potted stock for control of aphids, white flies and fungus knats. In greenhouses, I spread Red Lake Earth around the perimeter. When applying DE to my plants I use a rose duster which works very well to administer the powder.
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Scours is very common in calves and can be potentially fatal. In fact, scours causes more financial loss to cattle producers than any other disease-related problem.
Scours is not a disease but rather the symptom of a disease, which can be caused by many factors. Scours is characterized by diarrhea, resulting in rapid dehydration. The loss of bodily fluids through diarrhea also creates the loss of certain electrolytes. The combination of dehydration and loss of electrolytes creates a change in body chemistry, potentially leading to death. Infection is often the primary cause of damage to the animal’s intestine however death from scours is most often due to loss of electrolytes, changes in body chemistry, dehydration, and change in acid-base balance.
The known causes of scours can be due to both noninfectious and infectious causes.
Noninfectious causes of scours include inadequate nutrition, exposure to severe environments, insufficient attention to a newborn calf, or a combination of these conditions. The most common noninfectious cause, however, is inadequate nutrition of the pregnant cow and an inadequate environment for the newborn calf. Deficiencies in vitamins A and E as well as trace minerals are often associated with higher rates of scours. As well, mud, overcrowding, contaminated lots and other inadequate conditions can lead to scours, as calves experience high levels of stress and are exposed to increased levels of infectious agents.
Infectious causes of scours include exposure to bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Clostridium perfringens, etc.), viruses (coronavirus, rotavirus, BVD virus, IBR virus), protozoa (Cryptosporidium, coccidian) and yeasts and molds. The most likely cause of bacterial scours is E. coli. Newborn calves are often exposed to E. coli from the environment, especially when sanitation is inadequate.
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