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Natural Tick Repellent

After you've enjoyed a nice camping trip, you might bring home some unwelcome pests. Ticks are ectoparasites and they latch onto your skin and feed off your blood. Your pets aren't immune either, and are even more likely to pick up ticks after spending time outside. If you live in a humid area, close to a river, wooded area, or wildlife live nearby, then you might be more likely to have a tick problem. Any dead foliage or moist areas in your yard make a nice home for ticks. This makes it easier for pets, children, or you to be carriers for them into the house. It's urgent to exterminate them before they multiply in your home and cause health problems. Follow our step-by-step instructions to ensure that your home stays tick-free.

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Feeding DE To Your Cat or Dog

While it's more common to use DE as a flea prevention, many people have added small amounts of DE to their pet's diet. There a numerous benefits a pet can receive from eating DE on a consistent schedule. Pet owners who have given their pets have found their pet has an improved coat, appetite, metabolism, and digestion. Diatomaceous earth is largely made up of amorphous silica, but it also contains calcium, magnesium, titanium dioxide, gallium, sodium and other trace minerals. Keep in mind that there are different grades of diatomaceous earth, so make sure you purchase food grade diatomaceous earth for your pet. Check out the instructions below for the proper amount to feed your pets.


Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

1) Amount of DE to Put in Your Cat's Food

Add DE to your cat's food once a day. The amount depends on the size of your cat:

  • - Kittens: 1/3 tsp
  • - Cats: 1/2 tsp


2) Add DE to the Kitty Litter

You can also get rid of the kitty litter smell by adding liberal amounts to the litter box. This will absorb moisture in the box and eliminate the smell. DE will also repel any worms, larvae, or parasites in the litter box.


Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs

1) Amount of DE to Put in Your Dog's Food

Add DE to your dog's food once a day. The amount depends on the size of your dog:

  • - Puppies & Small Dogs: ½ tsp
  • - Dog under 25 kg: 1 tsp
  • - Dog over 25 kg: 1 tbsp
  • - Dog over 50 kg: 2 tbsp


2) Pretreat and Preserve Remaining Food

If you're having problems with bugs infesting your pet's food (ants, weevils, beetles, flies) then using food grade DE will keep pests away and keep your animal healthy. First, empty your pet's food into an airtight container of a compatible size. As it deodorizes the pet food, it helps deter insects. Use about 50g (12 tsp) of DE per 1 kg of pet food.

Helpful Tips and Warnings

    • Look for other ways to use DE to protect your pets on our Pet Uses page.
    • If you have any questions, be sure to ask your veterinarian.
    • Be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth.


Natural Fly Repellent

Diatomaceous earth makes a great natural fly repellent around the yard and especially on the farm. Moisture and smell often go hand in hand, so DE is a great choice when drying to deodorize and dry these places out. Diatomaceous earth is effective because its porous diatoms absorb moisture and deodorize the area. Before treating areas with DE, it's important to understand the pattern for fly infestations. Dirty livestock habitats and built-up manure increases the rate of fly production. It's key to shovel manure frequently and maintain sanitary living conditions in addition to applying diatomaceous earth. As a bonus, flies typically avoid DE treated places. Once a fly is dusted with DE, the diatoms it will slowly dehydrate; however, in this situation DE works best as a fly repellent. Please see the instructions below for how to apply DE around your yard or farm.

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Diatomaceous Earth Chickens

Lice or mites on chickens are a pain because infestations are usually heavy, and the insects' life cycle is difficult to thwart. However, there is a natural chicken lice and mite treatment with diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth for chickens works to effectively remove the mites and lice in a safe way. As the fine powder coats their coop, it begins to repel the existing lice or mites, while stopping the insects' egg cycle.

Diatomaceous earth consists of porous diatoms that will absorb moisture and deodorize the area. It's the absorbent properties of DE that are so effective in dehydrating insects, providing long-term protection from lice and mites.

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how-to Feed de to Animals

Diatomaceous earth is an excellent feed additive you can give to your animals. Farmers and pet owners alike have sent in many stories telling us of the benefits of feeding their animals DE. With the popularity of organic and sustainable ways to farm, diatomaceous earth provides a cost-effective natural addition to your animal feed. When used as a feed additive, customers have reported the following benefits: reduced vet bills, reduced manure odor, better coat, eye and hoof condition, increased metabolism, decrease in intestinal worms and weight gain. You can learn more by reading our guide below.

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Diatomaceous Earth Benefits: 5 Tantalizing Drink Recipes with Stunning Health Benefits

Some people are skeptical about eating diatomaceous earth for health benefits. It’s weird to think you can eat the same thing that you’re using to exterminate insects. But, isn’t that kind of a good thing? The pesticide you use in your garden, home, and yard is so safe you can eat it. Now, before we delve further into our discussion here, we have to talk a little bit about the different grades of diatomaceous earth. If you’re new to diatomaceous earth, this next section is a must read because it’s an important distinction to make. For our veteran diatomaceous earth-ers, feel free to skip the next section.

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Diatomaceous Earth Human

Many people all over the world have experienced a variety of benefits from ingesting diatomaceous earth. Silica is a mineral that is required for all life on earth, and diatomaceous earth is loaded with it. DE also contains other trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, titanium, boron, manganese, copper, and zirconium. For these minerals, many people add small amounts of diatomaceous earth in a drink or meal. 

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Natural Roach Repellent and Killer

Cockroaches can be a disturbance in any home. Because they tend to show up in the same area that is used by children and pets, it's worth considering a natural roach repellent. Diatomaceous earth is an organic roach control that is pet friendly. Not only will it rid your home of cockroaches, but it continues to work long after chemical solutions have worn away. Another consideration is that roaches also won't build up a resistance to diatomaceous earth like they can to chemical pesticides.

Read the following steps on how to apply diatomaceous earth to your home, and the steps to maximize its effects.

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Diatomaceous Earth Bed Bugs

Remember to be patient when using diatomaceous earth to treat bed bugs. Bed bug infestations are considered by many to be the most difficult infestation to deal with. This is due to a couple different reasons. First, bed bugs are nocturnal, which makes it difficult to monitor where they nest. Second, bed bugs need to come into contact with diatomaceous earth to be effective. You'll need to sprinkle DE close to their nest. However, bed bugs are tricky to spot, so you have to be very thorough when treating your bedroom. Scoping and inspecting the room is necessary in order to find their hiding place. Take a look at our 7 easy steps to treat bed bugs using diatomaceous earth.


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Natural Indoor Ant Repellent

Ants are one of the most common insects that invade the home. Depending on the climate, they can be anything from an occasional nuisance to a persistent pest. Being such a regular home visitor, there are many products devised to take care of them. So why use an organic ant control? It's a natural product mined from the earth as opposed to other pesticides with a chemical base. This is something to consider, especially when children and pets live in the home. It also continues to work long after any chemical products have evaporated, providing a natural ant repellent as long as the powder remains untouched. So how do you treat the indoor ant infestation in your home? Here are some steps for you to follow.

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