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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!

And, it’s worthy of use by the Woodchuck of Winter Predictions, Punxsutawney Phil! It’s DEsect, our 100% diatomaceous earth (DE) insecticide. DEsect insecticide is effective for use on all types of animals, not just groundhogs. Most of our sales are for dogs, cats, livestock and poultry, but we're sure glad to have the world's most famous groundhog as a fan.

So, how did Groundhog Day really start? According to folklore, a groundhog's behavior can predict the weather. A sunny day that allows the groundhog to see his shadow will send him scurrying back into his burrow-a sign of six more weeks of winter. A cloudy day where he doesn't see his shadow is a sign that spring is near, and the groundhogs can stay above ground. Punxsutawny, PA held its first Groundhog Day Celebration on Feb, 2, 1887 and it's been a big event ever since.

A little more about why Groundhog Phil will love our DEsect DE insecticide. Diatomaceous earth is deadly to any insect, yet harmless for animals. DEsect controls fleas, flies, ants, and a whole list of other bugs that might "bug" Phil. Phil can dust himself with the DE and also use it in his burrow and sleeping area. DE's mode of action for insect and parasite control is strictly mechanical. The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or insect eggs and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die.

Here’s another blog post that will give you more information on using DE for pets, and groundhogs. Read it here:


DEsect comes in large industrial size bags, as well as three varieties for home use - DEsect Pet, DEsect HG (Home & Garden) and DEsect LP (Livestock & Poultry). For large industrial orders of DEsect, please contact us here at EP Minerals. For small home size DEsect packages, please contact Pro-Terra, our online sales distributor at

We'll all be watching on Thursday to see what groundhog Phil's prediction will be. I'm hoping for a cloudy day at Gobbler's Knob!

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