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#54453 - 04/03/06 06:21 PM Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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I'm having a flea problem here in my home in Florida. Should I be worried about using food grade Diatomaceous Earth in my carpet without any worries to my birds?
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#54454 - 04/03/06 07:16 PM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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That's the first time I've heard "food grade" associated with diatomaceous earth. It can be used to worm animals! It looks, to me, to be safe but I would still watch my birds carefully to make sure they don't like it! Here is the fact sheet I read that states it to be safe for warm-blooded animals:

Diatomaceous earth

#54455 - 04/03/06 08:23 PM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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When I use Diatomacous Earth outside it seems to make rather large clouds of "dust". Could this hurt a 'too as far as breathing it in??

#54456 - 04/03/06 08:58 PM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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I looked up the Material Safety Data Sheet and the stuff is pretty benign. I would still avoid inhalation whenever possible as it states:

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avoid long term exposure to skin and by inhalation
MSDS - diatomaceous earth

#54457 - 04/03/06 11:17 PM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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The info sheet on it was interesting regarding it's use. I have used this product for about 10 years now,not in any of the manners described-but we use it for filtering purposes-Ever wondered why you notice different tastes in fried foods-clean oil or old oil?? Well you can thank that to daitomaceous earth! Thant is correct-we use it our fryers at work(restaurants) to filter the oil so we can use it again and again and again-before it finally goes bad...Considering what it does I will use it around Daisy-IMHO.

#54458 - 04/04/06 04:18 AM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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Thanks for the MSDS, Charlie. Pretty interesting stuff. I really like using it for pest problems on my plants outside. I never thought to use it for extoparasites indoors, or even around food! Amazing!

#54459 - 04/04/06 02:42 PM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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Most toothpastes used to be made of diatomaceous earth, and may still be, for all I know, so you have used it, probably, and even put it in your mouths! laugh


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#54460 - 04/04/06 02:53 PM Re: Food grade Diatomaceous Earth  
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jodymurch, and others, are right - diatomaceous earth is pretty benign if you don't have an insect's respiratory system. However, the "food grade" diatomaceous earth that Catherine first mentioned does contain pyrethroids - and they are toxic compounds with kidney and neurotoxic effects (I am not a toxicologist, but I asked one last night). We control the roach infestation in our University's animal care center with baking soda, which does the same thing as diatomaceous earth - it packs into the respiratory spiracles of insects, suffocating them. We can't use any insectisides, since many of the animals are being studied for metabolic changes, and toxins would change that.

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