Happy bug free National Meet a Horse Day from Hansi, my goofy Hanoverian
Supposedly from all the reports we’re seeing lately, this is another bad year for bugs. In the East, they say they have more bugs because it was a wet winter. In the West, they say we 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 started early with my secret weapon – DEsect diatomaceous earth (DE) insecticide. 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 months 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 DEsect insecticide! I feel a lot better using DEsect insecticide over the chemical-based fly spray I used to use. That can’t be good for the horses or me. And, insects can't become immune to the mechanical effect of the diatomaceous earth insecticide like they can with other products.
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. We're seeing 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, tomorrow is National Meet a Horse Day, a national celebration where horse professionals nationwide unite with the singular goal of helping new enthusiasts meet a horse for the first time. National Meet a Horse Day is designed to introduce new people to horses and increase accessibility not only to the horses themselves but the horse industry.
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 Minerals, especially when it comes to horses, dogs, and cats, 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 to sustainable solutions. In addition to our mining reclamation efforts, we provide and maintain wildlife habitats in the areas that we operate. Here in Nevada, that means wild horses, burros, sage grouse, and bighorn sheep.
I'm celebrating National Meet a Horse Day with cleaning my barn, using DEsect insecticide and trying to fit in a ride! If you'd like to come and meet Hansi, my silly horse in the photo, and clean stalls, just let me know.
To learn more about DEsect diatomaceous earth insecticide, 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.