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sterling-archer

Diatomaceous earth- anyone using it?

We have used it for red mites on the chickens and it seems to nail mites fast. Its dries them out. 

 

Has anyone ever used it themselves in powder or a tea etc? Just curious 

 

Sterl

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I tried it once against fungus gnats - used it as a top dressing - not a good idea was too fine a powder and was hydrophobic so was a problem watering - and when water finally mixed it turned in to a think clay/muddy layer which didnt let water through.  Maybe it would have been better to mix with top inch or so of compost but i have found a load sticky traps quite successful against gnats.

 

No comment on using it against mites - but i think is like talc and as is very fine isnt the best for the lungs.

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@highgrower

 

Sounds bad as a top soil lol

 

And yes you have to be careful around it and your airways. The good quality stuff is always food grade so does not carry silicate and thus silicosis risk. The risk is just the same as any inert dust. 

 

Sterl

 

 

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I've used it in soil mixes, but wouldn't recommend using it anywhere near fans, if you value your lungs.

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really good on small plants/clones, dust all over then wash off a day later.

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