Happy bug free National Help a Horse Day!
Supposedly from all the reports we’re seeing lately, this is another bad year for bugs. In the West, they say we will have more bugs because it was a wet winter. In the East, they say we will have more bugs because it was a longer, wetter winter. Whatever. All I know is that I’m seeing an early bunch of ants, spiders, earwigs and flies at my house, and I hate bugs.
Unfortunately, I picked a hobby that is intrinsically associated with bugs. Horses! But this year I’m starting early with my secret weapon – natural diatomaceous earth (DE) insecticide. The chemical-free DE is made from microscopic skeletons of prehistoric algae – diatoms - that simply dry out and slice up insects like a samurai swordsman.
I used DE at my barn last year, but I think I started too late in the season and didn’t use enough. Now I’ve got it down. This year, I started using EP Minerals DEsectTM, our OMRI listed (organic) insecticide a few weeks ago, and I use more of it. Every morning after I feed the horses and clean the barn and corral area, I arm myself with a small bucket of DE. I sprinkle it all over the manure pile until it’s white. I use it on any wet spots around the corral. I put it in the horses’ stalls in wet spots in addition to the shavings. I put it around the feed barrels where spiders like to hide. I’m a regular barn girl bug killing machine with my DE! I feel a lot better using non-toxic DEsect insecticide over the chemical-based fly spray I used to use. That can’t be good for the horses or me.
I’m also spreading DE around the perimeter of our house, in the flower beds and around the bushes and trees. Goodbye, bugs! DE won’t harm the earthworms either, so you don’t have to worry about that.
So, does all this effort paid off? You bet. Last year we had very few flies, no earwigs, ants or spiders, but we still have bees, which is great. We haul our manure to our neighbor’s compost pile, and she is happy because the DE that’s in the manure makes for amazing garden material.
On a related subject, today is National Help a Horse Day, a national celebration and contest to raise awareness of the plight of horses. Equine rescues and sanctuaries are encouraged to host an event highlighting the work they do and showing community members how they can help. You can learn more about National Help a Horse Day here http://www.aspcapro.org/aspca-help-horse-day and check out the $100,000 grant pool for equine rescue groups.
You’re probably asking yourself - what exactly does that have to do with EP Minerals and diatomaceous earth? Believe it or not, it is all related. First, we are animal lovers here at EP, especially when it comes to horses and dogs, and we love people who rescue them. I’ve personally rescued a two year old horse off the racetrack, Café, and an 18 year old Shetland mule, Bartholomule, from a bad home.
Second, EP Minerals is committed to the environment and sustainable solutions. In addition to our reclamation efforts, we provide and maintain wildlife habitats in the areas that we operate. Here in Nevada, that means wild horses, burros and bighorn sheep.
To learn more about DEsect or to purchase it directly from EP Minerals or a distributor in your area, click here.
To purchase DEsect in small size packages, visit our exclusive online distributor, ProTerra, at www.pro-terra.com.