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Diatomaceous Earth insecticide, bad bugs, and National Meet A Horse Day

Posted by Julie Brown

Jul 21, 2017 1:50:40 PM

hansi.jpgHappy 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.

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Effective Pest Control with Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 8, 2017 11:55:47 AM

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Thanks to Linsey Knerl from the Gardeners Path blog for the informative post!
Nobody wants to see this first thing in the morning when they head out to the berry patch. And if you’re visiting my homestead during the gardening months, you’ll hear us refer to “DE” almost daily.The powdery substance, known as diatomaceous earth, is one of my favorite weapons against garden pests.

It has saved my family from losing large portions of our garden to beetles, moths, and other crawly things.

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Prevent Mites in Chickens Using EP Minerals'  DEsect Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Apr 21, 2017 9:05:43 AM

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Check out any feed store or farm & ranch store right now to get your dose of cute – baby chicks! It’s pretty darn tempting to bring a few home and become a backyard farmer. Why not? Many chicken keepers swear by organic diatomaceous earth (DE) like EP Minerals’ DEsect® to keep chicks from getting mites. Mites are bad! They chew up the poor little chickens and suck their blood. DEsect to the rescue!

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Groundhog Day News: Punxsutawney Phil Uses Diatomaceous Earth for Fleas!

Posted by Julie Brown

Feb 1, 2017 4:06:28 PM

 groundhog day.jpgPunxsutawney Phil, Chief Spokesanimal for Groundhog Day

Dateline: Gobbler's Knob, PA. Everyone's holding their breath to see what the world's most famous groundhog predicts. Will he see his shadow? Will we really have six more weeks of winter? After our record rains and snows this January, those of us on the west coast are hoping for an overcast day! But, what do you think Phil is hoping for? Alfalfa and berries are his favorite foods. And he's looking for more diatomaceous earth (DE) to help control fleas. Lots of nasty bugs in those burrows. I've heard he's looking for a non-toxic DE insecticide with no man made chemicals that kills fleas. Hey, we have a product like that!

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National Mutt Day & the Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs

Posted by Julie Brown

Dec 2, 2016 9:52:49 AM

  My dog Harper, listening intently as I tell him about National Mutt Day and diatomaceous earth for dogs

It's National Mutt Day! Also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day. And you know how we love our pets here at EP Minerals, so we like this day. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. The National Mutt day folks claim that mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs - such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind. So, what does National Mutt Day have to do with diatomaceous earth?

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The Top Uses for Diatomaceous Earth on the Farm

Posted by Julie Brown

Sep 27, 2016 11:19:42 AM

  My neighbor's sheep happily eating alfalfa.

I’ve been taking care of my neighbor’s farm for the last ten days while they’ve been on vacation. I guess they figure that a barn girl can become a farm girl for a few days. My charges: sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, bunnies and ducks. Here’s what I learned:

  • Sheep aren’t very smart. And that’s the understatement of the year.
  • Roosters are mean.
  • My husband wants to adopt a turkey as a pet. I think “Turkey Lurkey” would make a great Thanksgiving meal.
  • I like the dwarf goats best. They play on a "goat jungle gym" and are hilarious.

Turkey Lurkey waits for food.

  • Most importantly, these people need some diatomaceous earth on the farm!
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Diatomaceous Earth (DE) for Flea & Tick Control in Pets

Posted by Julie Brown

Aug 10, 2016 11:48:39 AM

harper  My dog Harper at his favorite place, Lake Tahoe, where luckily, there are no fleas.

Here in Nevada, we’re lucky to be high enough in elevation that we don’t have problems with fleas or ticks on our pets. It’s simply too high for those pests. But in lower elevations across the US, we know that fleas and ticks are a huge problem. Pet owners are looking for all alternatives to toxic chemicals to keep their pets pest-free. OMRI tested (organic) DEsect (R) diatomaceous earth is an excellent, chemical-free pest control product to keep your pets bug free.

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Crazy ants driving you crazy? Can DE help?

Posted by Julie Brown

Aug 1, 2016 4:41:44 PM

crazy_ant.jpg Crazy ant image: University of Florida

A few years ago when we first started working on our DEsect® organic insecticide, I noticed that “crazy ants” were on the list of insects that DEsect would kill. At first, I thought our product manager was playing a joke on me. I’d never heard of crazy ants before, and we did list other kinds of ants in addition to the largest number of insects killed on the label. I did a little research. Crazy ants are a real thing, and they’re terrible.

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Protect Your Pets From Ticks with Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 17, 2016 8:04:33 AM

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Thanks to writer Jane Meggitt for her good information on protecting pets from ticks and including diatomaceous earth!

In Portland, Oregon, last week, a beloved collie was slated for euthanasia because of paralysis. He was actually in the veterinary room being prepared for that final injection when an intern spotted something behind his ear. It was a tick, and the vet knew, in rare instances, the neurotoxins from a tick bite can cause paralysis. Ollie, the collie, was treated and is now back home with his owners.

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Diatomaceous earth in the chicken coop keeps your chicks bug free

Posted by Julie Brown

May 10, 2016 4:14:07 PM

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Check out any feed store or farm & ranch store right now to get your dose of cute – baby chicks! It’s pretty darn tempting to bring a few home and become a backyard farmer. Why not? Many chicken keepers swear by organic diatomaceous earth (DE) like EP Minerals’ DEsect®. Using diatomaceous earth in the chicken coop provides a variety of positive benefits for both your flock and your household. Thanks to Urban Chicken for some of the pointers in this blog

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