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Non-Toxic Pesticide for Equids

Human Grade DiatomaceousEarth

What it is and Where to Find it.

DiatomaceousEarth (Human Grade) is a fantastic natural pesticide that deters all manner ofinsects that torment our animals. We feed this as a parasite killer to allour rescue horses. We do not use paste wormers or those that are bagged and put into feed. These are full of chemicals. Here is an overview of the substance andlinks for buying it online if your local feed or garden supply storedoes not carry it.

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Itis a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils offreshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder andobserved through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of brokenglass. Deadly to any insect and completely harmless to animals, fish,fowl or food. Most insects have a waxy outer shell covering theirbodies, diatomaceous earth scratches through this shell causing theinsect to dehydrate leading to eventual death.

General Reviewof Diatomaceous Earth

DiatomaceousEarth mode of action for insect and parasite control isstrictly mechanical. The microscopically sharp edges contact the insector parasite, and pierce their protective coating, so they soondehydrate and die. The larvae is affected in the same way. This makesDiatomaceous Earth an excellent and totally natural control, with noindicating of mechanical or chemical damage to the animal tissue. Itcan be used as a dust for fleas, lice and other external pests byrubbing into the coat of the animal.

Both internal and external parasite and insect pest control will resultin improvement in health, appearance and behaviour, as well asassimilation of feed, which means improved weight gain and lowered feedcost.

Animal Use -Suggested Feeding and Application Rates:

AnimalSuggested Rate
Equids: 5 ounces (1 cup by volume) in daily feed ration (dosing isbased upon a 1200 lb. horse)

For further information about human gradeDiatomaceous Earth, visit these links:

Herbal Remedies

Diatomaceous Earth ~ Safe to Use

Heartland Hollow

Where to find Human Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Advanced Hydroponic
783 French Mill Rd
Dandridge, Tennessee 37725
Toll Free: 1-800-521-1643
Phone: 865-397-6299
Fax: 865-397-5165

American Agriculture
9220 SE Stark
Portland, Oregon 97216
Toll Free: 1-800-433-6805
Phone: 503-256-2400
Fax: 503-256-2402

Asheville Agricultural Systems
45 Banks Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Toll Free: 1-877-653-4112
Phone: 828-253-4112
Fax: 828-253-4245

Atlantis Hydroponics
1035 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia 30606
Phone: 706-543-9980
Fax: 706-543-9919

Better Than Nature
#90 - 2798 Hwy. 97 North
Kelowna, British Columbia V1X 4J8
Toll Free: 1-888-868-2299
Phone: 250-868-8978
Fax: 250-868-8850

Growco Indoor Garden Supply
423 Norwood St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
Toll Free: 1-877-939-6900
Phone: 616-454-6900

Home Harvest® Garden Supply Online
3807 Bank Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Toll Free: 1-800-348-4769
Phone: 410-327-8403
Fax: 410-327-8411

Northwest Hydroponics
9315 SE Henry St.
Portland, Oregon 97266
Toll Free: 1-888-752-8963
Phone: 503-788-2843
Fax: 503-788-4018

Quick Grow
#1, 1204 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 3K5
Toll Free: 1-877-426-4769
Phone: 403-276-5156
Fax: 403-276-5773

The Grow Store
8640-8644 West Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80215-4013
Toll Free: 1-888-510-0350
Phone: 303-205-0350

Greentrees Hydroponics and Grow Lights
2581 Pioneer Ave., Unit D
Vista, California 92081
Phone: 760-598-7551
Fax: 760-598-6486

9140 Ravenna Rd. Unit 7
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
Toll Free: 888-258-0670
Phone: 330-963-6997
Fax: 330-963-6701

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