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Diatomaceous Earth-Organic pest control

Posted by Tim Herron on August 31, 2010 at 4:52 AM Comments comments (2)

Diatomaceous Earth - Organic pest control

 

Household Pests:

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural, organic insect killer. Diatomaceous Earth kills by physical action and not by chemical so there is NO harm to pets or humans. The tiny hard and sharp diatoms scratch off the insects waxy coating, causing it to dehydrate.

Use Diatomaceous Earth for control of roaches, silverfish, ants, fire ants, bedbugs, lice, mites, spiders, earwigs, flies, fleas, box elder bugs, crabs(std), Pubic and hair Lice, scorpions, crickets, and many other insects. Diatomaceous Earth can be used in and around the home, yard, animal housing, etc. Sprinkle a 2 inch wide border around the foundation of your house to prevent insects from entering.

Diatomaceous Earth will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms.

A Word About BEDBUGS

All over the United States we are seeing an outbreak of bedbugs. DE will not only kill the bedbugs you have, but will do it safely without chemicals. Remember-bed bugs cannot fly, so make sure bed is away from the wall and there is no bedding touching the floor. Surround each of the 4 legs of the bed with DE--this will kill them as they try to get on the bed the only way possible. Dust some DE on the matress and bedding--especially in the creases. Dust DE in the carpets and in corners of room. Remove electrical outlet covers and puff some DE inside the walls. The "Pest Pistol" works great for this. Keep this routine up for several days untill no more bed bugs.

Pubic Lice(Crabs) and Hair Lice: Dust Diatomaceous Earth on all areas of the body that are infested with the Lice (Crabs). Dust your bedding and rooms you have been in with DE also.

 

Plant Pests:

For control of aphids, white fly, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers, and others, use Diatomaceous Earth inside your home, greenhouse or outdoors on fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains and grass, up to and including day of harvest. For dry application of Diatomaceous Earth use a duster and cover entire plant, apply to both top and bottom of leaf. For young plants, as little as two pounds per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, five lbs. per acre is probably sufficient. Diatomaceous Earth will need reapplication after a rain. Applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. It is a long lasting, effective powder. The insects can not build up resistance. DE can be sprayed or whitewashed by mixing 1 cup DE with 1/2 Gallon of water. Stir frequently and spray/paint trees, yards, and fences. Diatomaceous Earth will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms. Wear a dust mask when applying large amounts of it.

 

Stored Grain:

Just add 7-10 lbs. of Diatomaceous Earth to each ton of grain as it is conveyed into the storage. When added to grain, it not only makes it flow better, Diatomaceous Earth kills the bugs that are present and protects the grain from further invasions. Bugs can not become immune because they are killed by physical action, not chemical.

 

Herron Farms Dawsonville Ga. 30534

 

Update to my Robin saved by Vermiculture

Posted by Tim Herron on August 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Well  yesterday, I had to run some deliveries, and My wounded robin again found its way from my make shift nest. I was finally able to find it on the ground.

 

Put inside of a Coors light box, still using the ashtray and rag. I couldn't believe it, within an hour the Mom/Dad Robin was around the box and finally went in, then a few more times. It is wend. now, and the baby is still alive, I am thrilled. Keeping my distance, and just letting it do its thing, any ideas would be helpfull.

Truth in Nature

Posted by Tim Herron on July 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM Comments comments (0)

I got a strange phone call today, It turned out to be the best call yet. I gave away some worms, not a lot of money, mind you. But it felt good to be able to help such a worthy cause.

Raising earth worms for Profit

Posted by Tim Herron on July 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM Comments comments (5)

I have been raising worms of and on since I bought my first pound from Carters Worm farm in 1974. After reading Field and Stream.

I mainly wanted fish bait, when I wanted it, back then stores all closed at least by 9 pm. sometimes we would get to a bait store at 4am to wait till they opened.

Anyway, I keep reading these how to articles, and it is driving me crazy.

YOU CAN NOT, START WITH 250 WORMS, IN A CHILDS SWIMMING POOL AND HAVE ENOUGH TO SELL WITHIN A YEAR.

besides that, when you crunch the numbers.

1/4 pound of worms= about 10.00 plus shipping

cups=about 50.00 per box if you are lucky

extra feed and water, "if"you get to a point where you have a swimming pool full of worms, you will have to bring in some sort of food source. I use all my junk mail, papers, food scraps, oodles of coffee grounds and have droppings from 15 rabbits. and I still come up short some times, so I have some worm food, that I have had made, to supplement when I fall short.

100,000 of worms, sounds like a lot. But most vermicomposters selling worms, have at least that many. after all, that is only about 100 pounds of worms, and selling by the pound at 15-30.00 a pound. 100x30=3,000. sounds like a lot to some, but remember, that is selling 100,000 red worms. that's allot of work. Not to mention the phone calls, the advertising, the web pages, the emails.

again, you are not going to sell worms and make it worth your while by starting off with a few hundred worms. The worm math in these books sounds good, but it isn't a reality.

A swimming pool is great for composting, add some worms and you are vermicomposting. But any one that has raised worms will tell you start small.

I recommend any thing small that holds water, rubber maid, ice chest, barrel and on and on. There is as many ways to raise worms as there ore types, and I have read there is upwards of 3000 different species.

I am not going to get into the specifics of how to raise worms here as there is enough here and all over the web on it, including my own page at www.herronfarms.webs.com

all I am saying, if you want to raise a few worms and sell them to your neighbor, there is alot more to it than just starting with a few hundred worms in a swimming pool.

I personally have found it rewarding to meet so many people. But you have to find the niche in anything you do.

I found a niche in the by products of vermicomposting, by selling the worm castings to local people, also by being a distributor for the worm factory, selling coir and many other things related to raising red worms. not to mention the occasional fisherman.

I am not trying to get rich.

Tim Herron Farms of Dawsonville Ga. 30534

Posted by Tim Herron on July 15, 2010 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Tim Herron Farms of Dawson, is the only licensed worms merchant wholesaler in all of north Ga. and one of only a few in the hole USA.