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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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Diatomaceous earth is known to be an effective insecticide and for many years it has been used as a natural alternative to chemicals for the purpose of pest control.
Recently, a study at the University of British Columbia used Red Lake Food Chemical Codex Grade Diatomaceous Earth to test the effectiveness of DE against parasites on organically raised free-range layer hens. The hens used were Bovan Brown (BB) and Lowmann Brown breeds. Test groups were dusted with Red Lake Earth to test its effectiveness against Northern fowl mites.
Both breeds of hen, when dusted with Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth, showed significantly fewer Northern Fowl mites when compared to control hens, which were dusted with fine white sand.
Overall, the study concluded that Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth is effective in controlling Northern fowl mites in both BB and LB hens when applied externally.
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