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Diatomaceous earth - your thoughts

Okay, so this probably isn't the right Forum topic but I couldn't think where to put it.

I want to use Diatomaceous earth as an insecticide.  The cat has had a bout of fleas and I think the chickens might have them too.  Looking into it, I think I could use it as a slug and snail killer and use it for red mite in the coop too.  

What kind of damage could it do?



  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    You use diatomaceous earth on your cat?!

  • FarmergeddunFarmergeddun Posts: 229

    lol no - frontline

  • Stacey DochertyStacey Docherty Posts: 1,759

    I use it for my chickens all the time and was told that it was good for slugs and snails but its too expensive to use on the garden!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Probably mites/lice on the chickens.  Can be debilitating if it is a bad infestation. 

    Louse powder is what you need.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I wouldn't waste it on slugs.

  • dolgarrogdolgarrog Posts: 83

    what is diatomaceous earth??

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    It's ground up prehistoric diatoms, little single-celled things that floated round in the primordial soup. Much like the sort of soup I make. It all ended up caked together and turned into a type of stone, I think, like limestone is made out of old sea shells.

    End of waterbutts's knowledge.

  • FarmergeddunFarmergeddun Posts: 229

    I think it works by dessicating insects

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I'm sure you are right Farmergeddun.

  • Emma1978Emma1978 Posts: 201

    Big fan of D.E. here, for delousing my lovely ladies image

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