DE ~ Diatomaceous Earth

Friday, June 7, 2013

What is Diatomaceous Earth? 

Quite simply Diatomaceous Earth (Smite Organic) is the fossilized remains of ancient algal shells called Diatoms or Phytoplankton. Diatoms are the grass of the waterways of the planet.  Much in the same way grass is the staple food of land based herbivores. Diatoms (algae) are the foundation basis of all aquatic life and form the most plentiful group of individual species known to man.  There are more types of Diatoms in the world than all land plants combined.

The Diatoms living in the waterways absorb minerals and elements from water enabling them to ‘build‘ their tiny shells.  Consequentially, the fossilized remains have captured and contain the some 15 trace minerals used to form the shell.  As they die the microscopic diatoms drop to the bottom of the waterways and form deposits of essentially marine sediment.

These sedimentary deposits are later mined, milled, dried and bagged creating Diatomaceous Earth or more commonly known as DE and or Smite Organic.   DE is widely used internationally for a host of industrial, agricultural and horticultural applications.  

Just like all animal and plant groups there are many different species of Diatoms – potentially some 25,000 types world-wide.   Some Diatoms are salt water based, others are fresh water based.  

Salt water based DE is generally used for industry as a filtration aid, paint and chemical additives.  Salt water forms of DE is known to be harmful to humans and animals and should only be used for their intended industries. - We do not stock or sell salt water DE, but please be aware of this if purching from different merchants.

Note; Our Fresh-water Smite Organic DE is considered to be ‘Food Grade’ and has been shown to have a myriad of uses.   For a number of decades fresh-water or food grade DE has demonstrated to have excellent health benefits for mammals and plants when used correctly.

Some of these areas include …

  • In the Garden
  • In the Home
  • For Pets
  • On the Farm
  • Horticultural Applications
  • Stock Feed Supplement
  • Grain Storage protector
  • Anti-caking agent
  • Commercial Insecticide
  • Consumption by mammals

General

Smite Organic Diatomaceous Earth has a multitude of helpful and practical uses in the garden, orchard and horticultural applications - these are well documented on overseas websites.  Unfortunately, in New Zealand due to the ACVM Act (Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines legislation) we are unable to claim the majority of them - technically.  The ACVM has re-classified natural and organic Diatomaceous Earth as an Agricultural Compound - something of and irony in itself!  Consequentially there is no alternative but to work through the complex and expensive process to register it as such. Pending registration we have been legally bound to remove meaningful applications and information from our website until registration is granted.  As a result we apologize for the lack of detail in this section.

Discourage fleas, ticks, mites and lice that can be a nuisance around the home as a result of household pets.

Applied thoroughly but lightly - DE is a desiccant which means it has a drying effect.

Dust DE in and around beds, within bedding, kennels, baskets, perches in and around the home where blood-sucking parasites may be present.  Pay particular attention to areas your pets spend a lot of time or parasites are likely to be. Apply regularly for best results.  It has been quoted that the fleas that you actually see are only 10% - 20% of the population.  Severe infestations may require additional natural control methods in conjunction with DE.

For inside pets, DE can also be sprinkled into your household carpet in light and even doses.  Leave for a couple of days before vacuuming.  Be cautious with the application, too much has been reported to clog up certain vacuum cleaners.

Applied to kitty litter boxes DE will assist moisture absorption, odour control and reduce attraction by flies.  
Diatomaceous Earth will not harm mammals or your avian friends.  Avoid the eyes as DE will dry them out and be uncomfortable.
Areas that may benefit from drying out, such as hot spots and irritable areas can be dried with a light application of DE. 

Diatomaceous Earth in the Home

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (Smite Organic) is useful in controlling and discouraging insects from your home, garage, workshop, sleep-outs, sheds – just about any building where control is necessary.  

DE can be applied around the skirting of floors, under furniture, around the backs of cupboards and closets, nooks and crannies and everywhere you may be having or potentially could have an insect problem.  

Dust around internal and external window sills and doorways to discourage entry by pests.  DE can be added to a pump up type sprayer and applied to external building surfaces as per plant application methods.  For maximum external control, add 5mls per litre of Pyrethrum to further deter outside nasties from coming in.  

Under the house DE can be used on piles and structures to prevent entry by ants and cockroaches into the home.


Inside attics and roof cavities you can apply DE throughout the entire area to discourage insect infestations and tackle existing ones.

DE can also be sprinkled into your household carpet in light and even doses to discourage ants and fleas.  Leave for a couple of days before vacuuming.  Be cautious with the application, too much has been reported to clog up certain vacuum cleaners.   Old fashioned wind up sieves have been used for this purpose and tend to distribute well.  Garden rakes or specialist carpet rakes can be used to work the DE around in the carpet if necessary.

Applied to kitty litter boxes DE will assist moisture absorption, odour control and reduce attraction by flies.  

Outside, wasp nests can be easily disabled leading to their eventual demise by hitting them with a couple of large shakes from a shaker directly onto the face of the nest.  Any surface wasps will become coated in DE, wasps entering or leaving the nest will become un-avoidably contaminated with DE which will ultimately kill them.  The population will contract, the hive will no longer be serviced which will result in its self destruction.

Ant trails and nests can be similarly coated in DE which will immediately encourage their change of direction and re-location from the area.  Severe infestations may require a number of applications.    Apply heavy doses of DE around rubbish and recycle bin areas to discourage ant and fly activity in those troublesome areas.  

Upon building a new home or building is an ideal time to apply DE to the inside of walls prior to lining interiors and in conjunction with installation.   Gaining some future-proofing of potential insect nests occurring inside walls and cavities will pay dividends long term and provide ongoing protection.

Smite Organic - Diatomaceous Earth - for Pets

Surface use

Discourage fleas, ticks, mites and lice that can be a nuisance around the home as a result of household pets.

Apply thoroughly but lightly - DE is a desiccant which means it has a drying effect.

Dust DE in and around beds, within bedding, kennels, baskets, perches in and around the home where blood-sucking parasites may be present.  Pay particular attention to areas your pets spend a lot of time or parasites are likely to be. Apply regularly for best results.  It has been quoted that the fleas that you actually see are only 10% - 20% of the population.  Severe infestations may require additional natural control methods in conjunction with DE.

DE can also be sprinkled into your household carpet in light and even doses.  Leave for a couple of days before vacuuming.  Be cautious with the application, too much has been reported to clog up certain vacuum cleaners.

Applied to kitty litter boxes DE will assist moisture absorption, odour control and reduce attraction by flies.  
Diatomaceous Earth will not harm mammals or your avian friends.  Avoid the eyes as DE will dry them out and be uncomfortable.
Areas that may benefit from drying out, such as hot spots and irritable areas can be dried with a light application of DE. 

Smite Organic - Diatomaceous Earth - on the Farm

Smite Organic Diatomaceous Earth has wide ranging applications on the farm and lifestyle block.   Aside from the separately described applications for  orchards, the home and other uses, it can be helpful in a multitude of other agricultural areas.

Spread liberally in sheds, barns, milking sheds, calving pads, stables, pens, kennels, Chcien coops, realistically any animal housing area will benefit from DE.  Its presence will dry wet spots & will make your livestocks lives less stressed, healthier, cleaner and improve conditions for animals and their human keepers alike.


When mucking out stables, livestock pens and chicken coops cover the emptied area well in DE prior to re-installing the hay / sawdust / bedding again.  Once re- installed sprinkle liberally over the new surface.  Flooring surfaces can be similarly coated.  

In between bedding replacements sprinkle DE in areas requiring attention, wet spots, dirty areas and smelly spots.  Keep a large shaker applicator on hand to make for easy application and reduce your pest load in zones that encourage their activity.  

In water troughs apply a small amount of DE to troughs and other livestock water vessels.  It will help to reduce algal growth in these containers and assist to keep them cleaner, nicer, longer.

Wasp nests can be easily disabled leading to their eventual demise by hitting them with a couple of large shakes from a shaker directly onto the face of the nest.  Any surface wasps will become coated in DE, wasps entering or leaving the nest will become un-avoidably contaminated with DE which will ultimately kill them.  The population will contract, the hive will no longer be serviced which will result in its self destruction.

Ant trails and nests can be similarly coated in DE which will immediately result in their change of direction and re-location from the area.  Severe infestations may require a number of applications.

Stock Feed Supplement

All livestock, horses, dogs, cats and feathered friends will gain benefits from regular feeding of DE in their daily rations.   Please see ‘For Pets’ or ‘On the Farm’ for more detailed descriptions. 

Mixed in with your normal feeding regimes animals quickly adapt to the inclusion of DE.  Dogs and cats may require a small amount of water to blend in with the dry DE if dry fed to make it slightly more palatable.  Occasionally it may take a short period of adjustment although it won't take long before they are licking the bowl clean!  Other stock such as cattle, sheep, goats, chickens etc will readily accept it dry blended with alternative supplementary feeds.  Perma-Guard has many reports of farmers watching stock gobble un-mixed DE dry like sugar. 

Smite Organic Diatomaceous Earth has a multitude of helpful and practical uses as a stock feed supplement - these are well documented on overseas websites. Chook Mnaor Limited cannot vouch for the authenticity or factual basis for these uses and suggest that customers assess their suitability for themselves. 

Note; Unfortunately, in New Zealand due to the ACVM Act (Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines legislation) we are unable to claim the majority of these uses - technically.  The ACVM has re-classified our natural and organic Diatomaceous Earth as a Veterinary Medicine - something of an irony in itself!  Consequentially, there is no alternative but to work through the complex and expensive process to register it as such.  Pending registration we are legally bound to remove meaningful applications and information from our website until registration is granted.  As a result we apologize for the lack of constructive detail in this section of our website.  We would be grateful for your patience as we hope to have a resolution to this situation in the coming months. 

Consumption by Mammals

Smite Organic is a Food grade Diatomaceous Earth and has a multitude of positive health related benefits when fed daily to all mammal and avian species alike.  

DE (Fossil Shell Flour) deposit is up to 95% 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.  Silica won’t build up in the body as it is water soluble and easily absorbed by the intestinal wall and rapidly excreted.  Daily consumption is therefore necessary. No studies to date have found negative side effects from too much Silica.
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 (rather rare).  Heavy metals, bacteria and viruses, pesticides, drug residues and the likes of E-Coli are all positively charged.   As the tiny particles of DE sweep through the digestive tract they attract or draw in the positively charged nasties, capture them within their framework and consequentially pass them out as waste.  

Regular consumption of DE can therefore have the potential to have a detoxifying effect on some users.

Some of the reported potential benefits of daily consumption of DE include …

  • 15 Trace minerals – beneficial for soil, plants, animals and potentially even humans
  • Can assist to detoxify bacteria, viruses, e-coli, heavy metals and toxins
  • Colon cleanser, digestive aid, can assist with bowel related disorders
  • Better feed conversion, improves weight gain and general health
  • Promotes shinier coats, hair, skin, manes, hooves, nails and plumage
  • Completely non-toxic, no potential for parasites to gain immunity over time
  • Cost effective health supplement resulting in reduced animal stress, better well-being and often reduced vet bills.  

Feeding in-sufficient quantities of DE has the potential of not producing the desired result.   There are no known side effects from over consumption of food grade Diatomaceous Earth.   Please see ‘DE Dose rates’ for more detailed information.

Recommended dosage rates of Smite Organic for animals and livestock

Kittens 1/2 teaspoon per day
Adult Cats    1 teaspoon per day
Puppies    1/2 to 1 teaspoon p/day dependent upon size and breed
Small Dogs under 15kg 1 teaspoon per day
Medium Dogs 15kg – 35kg 1 tablespoon per day
Large Dogs over 35 - 50kg 2 tablespoons per day
Giant Dogs 50kg + 2 heaped tablespoons + per day
Cattle, Dairy Cows, Pigs 2% of dry feed ration per day
Chickens, Pheasants, Quail 5% mixed in feed per day
Goats, Sheep, Alpacas, Llamas 2% in grain per day
Horses, Ponies, Donkeys 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration
Zoo animals 2% in daily feed
Two legged mammals 1 heaped tablespoons + per day

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