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This auction is for one (1) 50 pound bag of Food Chemical Codex Grade diatomaceo us earth. 50 pounds is packaged in a double lined paper bag. This auction ships within 24 business hours of auction win, excluding weekends a nd holidays. Paid auction wins received by noon EST Mon-Fri will ship same day, Local pick-up from our southern California Lake Elsinore location is available f or a $10.00 pick-up fee. (Shipping fees will be adjusted when we process your or der). We wholesale product to 150+ retail stores and veterinarians around the g lobe, so we do not sell direct to the general public from our office locations i n southern California, as we refer customers to our local retail stores, but sin ce our retail stores do not offer 50 pound bags of DE at our auction price, we w ill allow local pick-up for this item. Codex Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (aka Perma-Guard Fossil Shell Flour) has no expiration date as it is already the fossilized shell remains of the bottoms of fresh water lake beds thousands of years old. WHAT IS DIATOMACEOUS EARTH? Diatomaceous earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants (phytopl ankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the world. Diatoms (algae) are the gr ass of the oceans and lakes. Just as grass is the staple food of earth animals, diatoms are the food of the ocean or fresh water grazers. Magnified 7000 times , diatomaceous earth looks like spiny honeycombs. Diatomaceous earth is mined f rom underwater beds or from ancient dried lake bottoms thousands of years old. This means, diatomaceous earth has an unlimited shelf life provided you keep it dry. Diatomaceous earth is mined, milled, and processed into a myriad of types for a large variety of uses. Filtering and filler are two main uses but diatomaceous earth also ends up in paints, cosmetics, drugs, chemical insecticides, etc. Be cause the milling produces different sized and shaped particles, it is important not to use the filtering type for agricultural purposes. Pool filter grade diatomaceous earth has been heat and chemically treated and wi ll poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is always of utmost importanc e to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in and around your househo ld. Our diatomaceous earth is organic OMRI listed Food Chemical Codex Grade. It is a non-treated, non-calcined fresh water Diatomaceous Earth. It comes from fresh water lake beds and is mined, crushed, sifted, bagged, pure white in color and contains less than .5% crystalline silica. There are food grade diatomaceou s earth products that are yellow or tan in color which indicates higher iron con tent. Those which are gray in color contain more clay. DE is EPA approved: To be mixed with grains to control meal worms as well as other pests and has been exempted from tolerance requirements as an inert, inactive ingredient in chemical pesticides For treatment of indoor and outdoor crawling insects

DE is USDA approved: As an anti-caking agent for animal feed

DE is FDA approved: ade For internal and external use and has a rating of food chemical codex gr

DAILY RECOMMENDED FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH FEEDING RATES: Kittens - 1/2 teaspoon Cats - 1 teaspoon Puppies - 1/2 to 1 tsp. Dogs under 35 lbs. - 1 teaspoon Dogs over 35 lbs. - 1 tablespoon Dogs over 100 lbs. - 2 tablespoons Cattle, Dairy Cows, & Hogs - 2% of dry feed ration Chickens - 5% in feed Goats & Sheep - 2% in grain Horses - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration *Humans - 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons daily Internal feeding of food grade diatomaceous earth helps eliminate most intestina l worms, though possibly not all. It's also excellent when fed daily to keep do wn fly loads, since food grade diatomaceous earth is eliminated from the body, e xactly the way it went in, it helps reduce the manure odor and kills flies that come in contact with it. Mix in animal feed or grain and/or feed free choice. Our goats, fowl, and dogs eat it free choice. *Some recommend to dose humans by mixing food grade diatomaceous earth in a glas s of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well before breakfast, to a llow diatomaceous earth time to move through and absorb toxins from one s digestiv e tract without interfering or absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids. Some report great results consuming 1 tsp. in a glass of water prior to each meal, 3x /day. Others prefer to take it at bedtime so DE can work while they are sleepin g. I take my DE in cup of water, stir well and quickly drink. Our employees take t heir daily dose mixed in orange juice, coffee, smoothies, or protein drinks. DE has a pH of 8.0 so alkalizes the body and soil. EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK, BARNS, COOPS, KENNELS, & LITTER BOXES: We use DE throughout the barn, fowl coops, and pastures. When mucking the barn a nd coops, I lightly, but thoroughly sprinkle diatomaceous earth absolutely every where! It keeps the kidding barn cleansed and dry. In between barn mucking, I sprinkle diatomaceous earth on wet spots to help dry them out and keep flies fro m laying eggs. Food grade diatomaceous earth is excellent in the fowl coops on the ground, in n esting/dusting boxes to prevent lice and mites. Sprinkle directly on fowl feat hers to eliminate mites and lice. One thorough application of diatomaceous eart h has their feathers growing back immediately. Food grade diatomaceous earth applied to manure piles keeps fly loads down/elimi nated. Dairy cow owners put food grade diatomaceous earth in burlap bags, so cows can r ub against it and sprinkle themselves with DE, which helps to eliminate flies th

at land on them, as well as lice, mites, and ticks. Apply to moist kennel areas to reduce odors, dry the area, and prevent pest bree ding. Deodorizing and absorption are natural functions of diatomaceous earth, so add t o kitty litter to absorb odors and keep the litter box drier. A small amount of food grade DE applied to livestock water keeps algae from grow ing on hot summer days. Dosage rates vary depending on your climate, humidity, and temperature. Food grade diatomaceous earth is great for compost piles, to prevent breeding pe sts and control odors. We use food grade diatomaceous earth on the barn floors at kidding time, instead of using lime which can be toxic. This helps prevent flies and other pests fro m breeding and keeps the newborn kids healthy, happy, strong, and free of dis-ea se. HOME APPLICATIONS: If you are building a new home, barn, or other structure tha t is the perfect time to use DE and apply it on the inside of the walls, in the attic, etc. to prevent pesky bugs now and in the future. Food grade DE can be applied along baseboards, under appliances, inside cabinets and drawers, inside wall outlets, lightly in carpeting, and anywhere you are ha ving an insect problem. Test lightly in an area of your home that you want to ap ply it to make sure you and your family don t have a reaction to it, then apply or reapply as needed. Bugs lay larvae or eggs, so DE must be left out long enough for the hatchlings t o come in contact with it. You can vacuum the treated areas once/week (make sur e some DE is in the vacuum bag to dehydrate any live insects you vacuum up), the n reapply if needed. Since most insects have a laying cycle of 7 to 21 days, we recommend treating inside the home for at least 30 days for best effectiveness. If the insect problem is coming from outside the home, but the insects are now r esiding in your home, treat both outside the home and inside at the same time fo r maximum effectiveness. YARD, GARDEN, & LANDSCAPE APPLICATIONS: DE s minerals are great for the yard and gardens. DE has a pH of 8.0 so alkalizes the soil. Apply DE to ant hills. Small ants may require a few applications to completely eliminate them, as they burrow new hills elsewhere, after we cover their initial hill with DE, but if we keep at it, eventually they disappear. Big ants are el iminated within two applications of a reasonable amount of DE applied to their a nt hill. Ants in trash cans can be controlled by either painting DE around the bottom of the trash can or sprinkling it dry around it. They ll go elsewhere, as they do not like walking over DE. Of course, you will need to find their home t o completely eliminate them, but it will keep them away from areas you put DE. Sprinkled around the house foundation keeps new crawling insects from coming ins ide. We mix food grade diatomaceous earth with water to paint our fruit tree trunks w ith it, like a white wash. The DE keeps ants OFF our fruit trees. 1 cup applied to gallon of water works well. Be sure to stir frequently as the DE settles to the bottom. Good as a white wash for wood fencing too. 1 to 2 cups per gallon of water can be used to apply diatomaceous earth in a bac

kpack or hose end sprayer for problem infestations of mites, aphids, fungus prob lems, etc. Food grade diatomaceous earth will turn whatever you paint or spray with it - white so it may look like a white winter at your place. Food grade diatomaceous earth will not destroy earthworms, if applied to the top of the soil in worm farms and the worms are allowed to work it into the soil on their own. It is actually beneficial to the worms and compost just make sure t o allow the worms to do the work and do not bury/smother them in the DE. OUTDOOR BUGS AFFECTED BY DIATOMACEOUS EARTH: Ants, fire ants, caterpillars, cu t worms, army worms, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, cockroaches, snails, spiders, termi tes, scorpions, silver fish, lice, mites, flies, centipedes, earwigs, slugs, aph ids, Japanese beetles (grub stage), bed bugs, fruit flies, corn earworm, cucumbe r beetles, corn borer, sting bugs, squash vine borers, thrips, loopers, etc. Pests that lay eggs may require a second application to catch the hatching eggs. MINERALIZATION: Natural food grade diatomaceous earth contains 15 trace mineral s: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc iron, phosphorous, seleni um, etc. People note shinier coats, better overall health, better production, et c. in their animals who are fed food grade diatomaceous earth regularly. FLY CONTROL: Used daily, DE helps eliminate our fly population. Sprinkle DE o n livestock when flies are present. Dust barns, coops, after mucking, and dust t op of manure/compost piles. We feed it daily to all dogs, cats, fowl, and lives tock, so it comes out in the manure of each animal and prevents flies from growi ng in the manures. Farmers hang burlap bags full of diatomaceous earth for the cattle to rub agains t and keep themselves dusted, which eliminates flies, mites, and other pests tha t land on them. Diatomaceous earth can be put in a backpack sprayer mixed with water to spray yo ur barn or coop buildings. Reapply DE when rain or water washes or wind blows i t away. GRAIN STORAGE & PROTECTION: Codex food grade diatomaceous earth is a healthy n on-toxic alternative to chemical contamination of stored grain. When the grain is to be used, food grade diatomaceous earth can be easily removed, but need not be. Since it is food grade , makes no difference in taste or cooking quality, and adds 15 trace minerals. Suggested grain storage use: 1 cup of DE will protect 5 0 # s of grain -- 5 cups of food grade diatomaceous earth will protect 300 # s of gr ain -- 7 lbs. of DE will protect 1500 # s of grain or seeds. One source advises o nly 1 to 2 # s of DE per ton of grain. A study done by ACRES, USA, Inc. advised that after 12 months of storage, the fo od grade diatomaceous earth treated material had 15 insects, compared to 4884 fo r malathion and 16,994 for untreated grain. DIATOMACEOUS EARTH DETOX & CLEANSING BENEFITS: Food grade diatomaceous earth h as been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endo toxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some in testinal infections. Food grade diatomaceous earth detoxes the body. There are some features about food grade diatomaceous earth that correspond with its ability as both a digestive aid and a colon cleanser. The honeycomb skelet al form of diatomaceous earth is found, under microscopic evaluation to reveal a tendency to become filled and clogged with hard debris such as intestinal scale . Food grade diatomaceous earth has not been found to cause any insult to the m

ucosa or barrier wall. Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge, whe rein it is believed by some that food grade diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria o ut of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form. We use diatomaceous earth to clean sinks, water troughs, etc., as it cleans like borax making clean up around the house, barns, kennels, and pastures quicker an d easier. OTHER NATURAL DE HEALTH BENEFITS: Dehydrates internal & external worms and parasites

Controls bugs: fleas, flies, ants, bed bugs, ticks, mites, lice, aphids , silver fish, cabbage worms, spring tails, etc. 15 trace minerals excellent for animals, humans, plants, and soil

No feed withdrawal for milk or feed animals Decreased mastitis Reduced scours Decreased mortality Better feed conversion Helps detox heavy metals, e-coli, bacteria, viruses, etc. Promotes shinier coats, skin, nails, hair Digestive aid Colon cleanser Helps stop feces, dirt, and rock eating Digestive aid Better production Eliminates pests in stored grains Reduces manure odor Drying agent

Reduces moisture and pests in barns, coops, kennels, litter boxes, compo st piles, and other moist areas Anti-fungal properties good for garden fungal growth, ponds

Reduces overall animal stress Cost effective DE health benefits mean reduction in vet bills, feed bills, and disease

Food grade diatomaceous earth works in a purely physical/mechanical manner, not c hemical and thus has no chemical toxicity. Best yet, parasites don t build up a t olerance/immunity to it, so rotation of wormers is unnecessary. People often ask if it is safe, since it is labeled "Codex Food Chemical Grade D iatomaceous Earth". This Codex rating was obtained because DE is safe for inter nal consumption and thus is labeled "Food" grade, BUT since DE "acts" like a che mical by dehydrating insects, it is exceptionally useful in organic farming, gar dening, and home pest control. The "Chemical" Grade rating tells us it can be u sed like a chemical (since it simply dehydrates insects), but is safe for intern al consumption as well. Without the "Chemical" rating, those wanting to use it for flea, tick, fly, ant, or other insect control would think it's only useful a s a feed supplement in food, so it was labeled "Chemical" grade since it acts li ke a chemical, but it is NOT a true chemical like a pesticide or insecticide. It is perfectly safe for oral consumption. CAUTIONS: DE manufacturers who work in diatomaceous earth mines 5 days/week advise inhalin g it is not a problem (tho of course, don't be snuffing it) and we have not had problems when inhaling DE in small amounts. IF you have asthma or some other lu ng ailment, either wear a mask or be very careful when using food grade diatomac eous earth. Do NOT get diatomaceous earth in the eyes. DE is drying to the eyes, so do NOT put it out when you or your pets are downwind of it. DE is drying to your skin, hands, and feet, just as it can be to your pets. Do NOT use heavily in carpet. Some advise too much DE causes vacuum problems. NEVER use pool filter grade or any diatomaceous earth other than those labeled " Food Grade" for yourself or your animals. It can poison or kill them. Some people experience a healing crisis (detox reaction) when beginning DE consu mption. If this occurs, reduce the dose, till your body is cleansed, and then in crease to the RDA. Remember, DE will kill beneficial insects as well, so don't put it on your flowe rs where the honey bees go and use wisely.