Herron Farms Dawsonville 706-531-4789

. Organic Farming, Hydroponics, Earthworms/Red Worms Africans Self Sufficiency, self sustainment, homesteading, Square foot gardening, vermiculite, vermiculture and vermicomposting.


45th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival October 27 & 28, 2012

Posted by Tim Herron on October 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dawson Days, this weekend, lots of fun, tons of old cars........

Gas Price's

Posted by Tim Herron on October 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A great free web site for checking the gas price any where and how much it will cost you to get there.


I did not build this

Posted by Tim Herron on September 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I did not build this, I had lots of help.

about 1,000,000 red worms

300 pure bred rabbits

100 chickens

and lots of coffee

Insect-killing Sprays

Posted by Tim Herron on July 13, 2012 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Insect-killing Sprays

Basic Soap Spray

2 Tablespoons


dishwashing liquid

1 Gallon of warm water

Mix and use as a spray.

Repeat as necessary.

*Most effective on softbodied

insects; mites,

aphids, whiteflies, thrips,

* Soap penetrates the cell

membrane and causes the

insect to dry out

*Very little residue

Lovely Lemon Spray

Peels of 2 large or 4 small


1 Quart of water

Boil the lemon peels for

10 minutes. Cool. Take

out the lemon peels and

put the solution in a spray


*Limonene, found in the

peels is the effective


*Also good as a flea

shampoo, however, just

like people, pets can be

allergic. Make sure you

test before using directly

on the skin. Any signs

you can just wash it off

right away.

Sticky Flour Spray

2 to 4 Tablespoons of wheat or

potato flour

_ Teaspoon of biodegradable

dishwashing liquid

1 Quart of warm water to

dissolve the flour so it can pass

through the sprayer.

This is an old recipe.

The flour dust turns into a

sticky substance that can hold a

pest like a sticky trap. Or the

insect eats it, and the flour

affects their digestive tracts.

Insect Repellents

All-purpose Garlic Spray

6 Cloves of garlic

_ onion

1 Tablespoon cayenne


1 Tablespoon


dishwashing liquid

1 Quart of water

Put the first 4 ingredients

into a blender, add some

of the water, and blend

until smooth. Pour

mixture into a jar and add

the rest of the water. Let

steep for 24 hours (or a

couple of hours if you

need to it just will not be

a strong.) Strain, and then

pour the liquid into a

spray bottle. Treat plants.

Keep extra spray in

refrigerator for up to 2

weeks. Treat again if


Hot Pepper Spray

3-4 Hot peppers chopped


2-4 Tsp. Tabasco sauce or

hot pepper powder

1 Quart of boiling water

1Quart of cold water

2 Drops of biodegradable

dishwashing liquid


Drop hot peppers into a

pot of boiling water.

Remove the pot form the

stove a let steep for

24 Hours (same as garlic


Remove the peppers after

steeping and add cold

water to dilute the pepper

solution. Add the soap to

help the spray stick to the

plant. Remember check a

small spot first, before

spray the whole plant.

Tomato Leaf Spray

2 Cups of chopped tomato


1Quart of water

_ Teaspoon of


dishwashing liquid

Combine the tomato

leaves and water in a

saucepan. Heat to

simmering, then turn off

the heat. Let mixture

steep until cool. Strain

the leaves from the water

and add the soap to the

water. The solution

should have a “tomatoey”

smell. Use in a spray

bottle, and apply as


Rabbit Terms

Posted by Tim Herron on June 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Different Terms!!!!!!

• A Pure Bred Rabbit= A Rabbit of any one breed, that has never been crossed with another breed.

• A Cross breed= Can be 2 perfect pure bred rabbits, or two mutts, if they are not from the same breed they are Crossbred.

• Pure bred is pronounced pure bread. Like the loaf of bread.

• Pure breed, is pronounced like creed or seed.

• Rabbit breeders sometimes put a Tattoo in a rabbits Left ear for Identification, the right ear is reserved for Registration numbers.

• A Pedigree is only a chart, like a birth certificate, basically only a pure bred has one, but any animal can have one.

• Leg’s are won at shows, even though you have a Grand Champion, You can still win legs for best of show, best of breed etc.

• The more legs, the more value.

• To become a registered rabbit, first-you need a pedigree, and a A.R.B.A. Card, both in your name.

and then you will need an A.R.B.A. Judge for your breed.

• If it meets ALL the SOP for that breed, the judge will Tattoo the right ear, and your rabbit will be on record at A.R.B.A. and worth considerately more.

• A Grand Champ is from a show, where many rabbits have been shown and then re-shown, until only one is left.

• I hope this helps, Tim Herron, Herron Farms Dawsonville Ga. 30534


Memorial Day

Posted by Tim Herron on May 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Notice I did not say, Happy Memorial Day........

Simply because, we have taken the meaning away from it. And turned it into "The beginning of Summer" and more.

All of my Uncle's were in the sevice, and most in Nam, Korea and other God forsaken place's, several were shot, Most of my Great uncle's were in The Big war, a few dident make it. My Mother was in the RAF, My Dad the Air Force, My Brothers were in, My Son is in the 101st. and on this Day as many others, I take a deep Breath, And say THANK YOU.

Please be safe, Have fun, and rember those who have gave their lives, so That I could write this, and you could read it, along with many other things, we take for granted.

Dawson County Chamber Of Commerce

Posted by Tim Herron on May 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I swear, I am thinking about forming an Organization for those of us, that dont want to be "forced" into paying, to be included in the Comunity "list" I cant help but feel like this like strong are tacktics.

Either you pay money to us, of we wont tell people that call, that you and or your company even exist.

Now this is a "non-profit" organization. One that we pay dearly with our tax's to even exist. 

so why then, if a person calls them, they will not tell you of a company or person in the comunity that is doing what you need done. has what you need, or even exists, unless they are a "PAID" member of the local CCC ?

This reminds me of the Unions up North, If you dont pay to Join them and pay the dues, you dont work. Period.

I would say I dont mind a small fee, but the truth is I do. Between the










By the time you get done you have got to hire a person just for the Tax's, another for all the fee's and leagel work.

Can you tell, The CCC has just rubbed me the wrong way? LOL


Gibbs Gardens

Posted by Tim Herron on April 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Gibbs Gardens is spectacular, very nice place to visit, and not far from here. We had a great time on Earthday today.......................

Amicalola BeeKeepers Association

Posted by Tim Herron on April 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1)

A.B.A is sponsering a Bee Keeping School. at the Dawson county Extention office.

April 14, 2012 from 2-5 PM

Reg. is 25.00 and includes one years membership, raffles and door prizes.

706-974-8080 or 706-216-6938

A Beer story Explains US Tax's

Posted by Tim Herron on March 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A Beer Story Explains US Taxes...

In A Way Even A Democrat Should Understand

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.


So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).


Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Decatur Rabbit Breeder association

Posted by Tim Herron on March 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dont forget:

D.R.B.A. Is having the Spring show this weekend (March 24,2012) in Conyers

1400 Parker rd. Conyers Ga. 30012

see their website for more info.

Min Pin and Chi-wow-ah pups for Easter

Posted by Tim Herron on March 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

My Min Pin has had 4 pups, and the Dad is The Chi-wow-a that is in my photo album.

We are not into raising/breeding dogs, just never got the male fixed. we are asking 75.00 and a great home.

If you are interested, send me an email at [email protected] 

New Phone Number

Posted by Tim Herron on December 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I have killed my home phone, and now using my droid and hot spot for internet and phone.

saving about 120.00 per month.

my phone and only phone number is 706-531-4789

email is always easyer at [email protected]

Fish Bait

Posted by Tim Herron on August 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Fish Bait, Fish Food, Bird Food, Reptile Food,

Diatomaceous earth

Posted by Tim Herron on July 16, 2011 at 4:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Food grade diatomaceous earth has many uses and excellent health benefits for humans, plants, and animals. The diatomaceous earth information below will tell you:

Some of the differences in grades of diatomaceous earth.

What food grade diatomaceous earth is and where it comes from.

Why it is important to use ONLY food grade diatomaceous earth.

Information on the many health benefits of food grade diatomaceous earth for people, pets, livestock, and plants.

How to use food grade diatomaceous earth to increase the health of your people, pets, livestock, and plants.

How to use food grade diatomaceous earth for naturally effective parasite control.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the world. These deposits are mined from 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. Because 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 will poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in and around your household.

Diatoms (DE) are the grass of the oceans and lakes. Just as grass is the staple food of earth animals. Diatoms (algae) are the food of the ocean or fresh water grazers. Magnified 7000x, diatomaceous earth looks like spiney honeycombs.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is EPA approved to be mixed with grains to control mealworms and other pests and has been exempted from tolerance requirements as an inert, inactive ingredient in chemical pesticides. Diatomaceous earth is EPA approved against indoor and outdoor crawling insects. Diatomaceous earth is USDA approved as an anti-caking agent for animal feed. Diatomaceous earth is FDA approved for internal and external use and has a rating of Food Chemical Codex Grade.

Our diatomaceous earth is organic OMRI listed Codex Food Chemical Grade. It is a non-treated, non-calcined fresh water Diatomaceous Earth. It is mined, crushed, sifted, bagged and pure white in color. It contains less than .5% silicon. There are food grade diatomaceous earth products that are yellow or tan in color which indicates a higher iron content. Those which are gray in color contain more clay.

INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL: Food grade diatomaceous earth makes a very effective natural insecticide. The insecticidal quality of diatomaceous earth is due to the razor sharp edges of the diatom remains. When diatomaceous earth comes in contact with the insects, the sharp edges lacerate the bugs waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery diatomaceous earth absorbs the body fluids causing death from dehydration.

Food grade diatomaceous earth has been used for at least two decades as a natural wormer for livestock. Some believe diatomaceous earth scratches and dehydrates parasites. Some scientists believe that diatomaceous earth is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or parasites. Regardless, people report definite control. To be most effective, food grade diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. A minimum of 60 days is suggested by many, 90 days is advised for lungworms.

Food grade diatomaceous earth works in a purely physical/mechanical manner, not "chemical" and thus has no chemical toxicity. Best yet, parasites don’t build up a tolerance/immunity to its chemical reaction, so rotation of wormers is unnecessary.

People often ask why our DE is rated Food Chemical Codex Grade. If it was only labeled as "food" grade, people would think it is only useful as a food supplement and since DE "acts" like a chemical by dehydrating insects, it was labeled "Chemical" grade since it acts like a chemical, but it is NOT a true chemical like a pesticide or insecticide. It is perfectly safe for oral consumption.

*CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS OF FEEDING CODEX FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH TO DOGS, O.C. Collins, DVM, Midland Animal Clinic And Hospital, Midland, TX: “In clinical observations of feeding dogs over 35 lbs. 1 tbsp./day and under 35 lbs. 1 tsp./day of DE, within seven days all ova disappeared from stools. DE controlled Ascardis (Toxacara canids), Hookworms (Anclyostoma caninum), and Whipworms (Trichuris vulipis).”

*RESULTS ON FEEDING CODEX FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH TO WALKING HORSE, L. Thomas, Trainer, L. Frank Roper Stables, Winter Garden, FL: “With horses fed approximately 5 oz. of DE mixed in the feed twice daily, the following results were observed: Stopped scours even on horses that had not responded to any other medications. Noticeable fly reduction. Horses showed an increase in appetites. Weight gain due to better feed conversion. Reduction in manure odor. Elimination of any internal parasites. Healthier appearance.

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, Alpacas, & Llamas - 2% in grain

Horses - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration

Zoo animals - 2% in daily feed

*Humans - 1 heaping tablespoon daily

Internal feeding of food grade diatomaceous earth helps eliminate most internal worms, including roundworms, pin worms, tapeworms, etc. It's also excellent when fed daily to keep down fly loads, since food grade diatomaceous earth is eliminated from the body, exactly 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 glass of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well before breakfast, to allow diatomaceous earth time to move through and absorb toxins from ones digestive 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.

If fecal counts are not zero for worms and ova after feeding DE for 30 days, increase the daily dose. Feeding too small a dose of DE will not give desired results. Increasing the dose, even if greater than the above recommendations, will not harm anyone. Some horses do fine on 1/2 cup of DE daily, others need a full cup. This reminds us, that all beings are different. So again, if the worm and ova counts are not zero, increase your daily dose.

For information on how we personally use food grade diatomaceous earth when dealing with worm infestations, Click Here. Please NOTE, when you know you are dealing with a worm infestation or tapeworms in particular, it is the opinion of Wolf Creek Ranch that it is best to at least double the recommended dosage as suggested above by the manufacturer. Remember, the diatomaceous earth MUST come in contact with the worms in order to "dehydrate" them and since worms can kill us or our pets and at the very least, cause disease, more is better to prevent having to deal with disease or death.

IS FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY? Definitely! When food grade diatomaceous earth is fed in adequate daily amounts, it eliminates all intestinal worms and parasites. This helps the human or animal better absorb the nutrients from the food they eat, which in turn benefits the being, but also greatly benefits the unborn infant or animals by passing on these nutrients to them helping to make them stronger and healthier as well.

For human use, it is best to start at a small dose - 1/2 teaspoon for the first few days while making sure to drink plenty of clean fresh pure water (not city tap water) and slowly increasing the dose as your body tells you it is okay to do so and to make sure you don't have a heavy detox.

HOME APPLICATIONS: If you are building a new home, barn, or other structure that is the perfect time to use DE and apply it on the inside of the walls, before installing insulation, in the attic, etc. to prevent pesky bugs now and in the future. DE helps provide a nice safe home environment that doesn't have fleas, mites, ticks, flies, silverfish, cockroaches, bedbugs, centipedes, earwigs, ants - carpenter ants, red ants, black ants, and all other insects and bugs.

Food grade DE can be applied along baseboards, under appliances, inside cabinets and drawers, inside wall outlets, lightly in carpeting, and anywhere you are having an insect problem. Test lightly in an area of your home that you want to apply 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 to come in contact with it. You can vacuum the treated areas once/week (make sure some DE is in the vacuum bag to dehydrate any live insects you vacuum up), then 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 and the insects are now residing in your home, treat both outside the home and inside at the same time for maximum effectiveness.

EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS FOR DOGS & CATS: Lightly rub food grade diatomaceous earth into pets coat, fur, and bedding to dehydrate fleas, lice, mites, and ticks. Dust them lightly, but thoroughly, as in order to kill the parasites, they must come in contact with the DE. Note, external application can take up to 72 hours to dehydrate external parasites.

For maximum flea, tick, mite, and lice protection give Flea Free in their daily water or food, while treating the home, yard, garden, and pet externally with food grade DE.

Lightly sprinkle in household carpet. Leave for 2-3+ days, then vacuum. Please do not get heavy handed with the DE in your carpet, as I have heard from some people advising it causes problems with their vacuum.

PLEASE NOTE: Many people advise using ONLY food grade diatomaceous earth eliminates a flea problem, but we cannot say that it does this for everyone. If you are dealing with a flea infestation, we usually recommend food grade DE in the household carpet, pet bedding, on the pets, and outside in the dry areas where fleas congregate. But in the moist areas, such as lawns, gardens, etc., we have always recommended using beneficial/parasitic nematodes. These microscopic nematodes parasitize flea larvae. DE, as far as we know, only kills the adult fleas that come in contact with it. So DE possibly does not kill flea larvae. To keep fleas and ticks from wanting to jump on your pets, it is best to give them Flea Free in their daily water or food, while treating the home, yard, garden, and pet externally with food grade DE.

It is said that only 5 to 15% of a flea infestation are the adult fleas that you see. The remaining 85 to 95% of your infestation are the larvae waiting to hatch!! As such, and although we have many customers who advise using only food grade diatomaceous earth worked to eliminate their flea problem, we still recommend using the food grade DE in conjunction with beneficial nematodes in outdoor moist areas.

For more information on using food grade diatomaceous earth for flea infestations, Click HERE.

EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK, BARNS, COOPS, KENNELS, & LITTER BOXES: We use DE throughout the barn, fowl coops, and pastures. When mucking the barn and coops, I lightly, but thoroughly sprinkle diatomaceous earth absolutely everywhere! 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 from laying eggs. It helps keep the crickets, ants, silverfish, roaches, earwigs, flies, mites, and all other disgusting insects from bothering us and our wonderful animals.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is excellent in the fowl coops – on the ground, in nesting/dusting boxes to prevent lice and mites. Sprinkle directly on fowl feathers to eliminate mites and lice. One thorough application of diatomaceous earth has their feathers growing back quickly.

Food grade diatomaceous earth applied to manure piles keeps fly loads down/eliminated.

Dairy cow owners put food grade diatomaceous earth in burlap bags, so cows can rub against it and sprinkle themselves with DE, which helps to eliminate flies, that land on them, as well as lice, mites, and ticks.

Apply to moist kennel areas to reduce odors, dry the area, and prevent pest breeding.

Deodorizing and absorption are natural functions of diatomaceous earth, so add to 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 growing on hot summer days. The amount of DE you need to apply depends on the size and color of the water container and climate temperature. Start by experimenting with a small amount of DE in the water container and increase as/if needed.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is great for compost piles, to prevent breeding pests and control odors. It will not harm earthworms, provided you just apply to the top of the compost or worm farm soil. The earthworms will slowly work the DE into the soil making them healthier, as well as the soil. Of course, if you put the earthworms in a bucket of DE, it will dehydrate them.

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, mites, fleas, lice, earwigs, termites, and other pests from breeding and keeps the newborn kids healthy, happy, strong, and disease free.

YARD, GARDEN, & LANDSCAPE APPLICATIONS: DE’s minerals are great for the yard and gardens.

Apply DE to ant hills. Small ants, regardless of color, 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 eliminated within two applications of a reasonable amount of DE applied to their ant 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 to 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 inside.

Fire ants will need regular application of DE to eliminate them, but if you continue regular applications, it will eliminate the fire ants.

We mix food grade diatomaceous earth with water to paint our fruit tree trunks with it, like a white wash. The DE keeps ants OFF our fruit trees. 1 cup applied to ½ 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 backpack or hose end sprayer for problem infestations of mites, aphids, fungus problems, 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 to allow the worms to do the work and not bury them in the DE.

OUTDOOR BUGS AFFECTED BY DIATOMACEOUS EARTH: Ants, fire ants, caterpillars, cut worms, army worms, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, snails, spiders, termites, scorpions, silverfish, lice, mites, flies, centipedes, earwigs, slugs, aphids, Japanese beetles (grub stage), bed bugs, fruit flies, corn earworm, cucumber beetles, corn borer, sting bugs, squash vine borers, thrips, loopers, etc., etc.

Pests that lay eggs may require a second application to catch the hatching eggs.

MINERALIZATION: Natural food grade diatomaceous earth contains 15 trace minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc iron, phosphorous, selenium, etc. People note shinier coats, better overall health, better production, etc. in their animals who are fed food grade diatomaceous earth regularly.

FLY CONTROL: Used daily, DE helps eliminate our fly population here used in conjunction with beneficial/parasitic nematodes in wet or moist garden areas. Sprinkle DE on livestock when flies are present. Dust barns, coops, after mucking and throw on top of manure/compost piles. We feed it daily to all dogs, cats, fowl, and livestock, so it comes out in the manure of each animal as well and prevents flies from growing in the manures.

Farmers hang burlap bags full of diatomaceous earth for the cattle to rub against and keep themselves dusted, which eliminates flies and other pests that land on them.

Diatomaceous earth can be put in a backpack sprayer mixed with water to spray your barn or coop buildings. Reapply DE when rain or water washes or wind blows it away.

GRAIN STORAGE & PROTECTION: Codex food grade diatomaceous earth is a healthy non-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 50 #'s of grain -- 5 cups of food grade diatomaceous earth will protect 300 #'s of grain -- 7 lbs. of DE will protect 1500 #’s of grain or seeds. One source advises only 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 food grade diatomaceous earth treated material had 15 insects, compared to 4884 for malathion and 16,994 for untreated grain.

MORE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH BENEFITS: Food grade diatomaceous earth has been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses (including polio virus), organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Food grade diatomaceous earth detoxes.

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 skeletal 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 mucosa or barrier wall.

Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge, wherein it is believed by some that food grade diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.

There is no withdrawal period when given to milking or feed animals. No toxins. Decreased mortality, increased milk production, decreased mastitis, better feed conversion.

WHY IS YOUR DE LABELED FOOD CHEMICAL CODEX GRADE? The ONLY kind of DE we sell is labeled "Food Chemical Codex Grade". This is "food" grade DE, though the "Chemical" sounds scary, it was labeled that way so that people would realize it isn't just to feed to humans or animals, but so people realize it can be used externally for fleas, flies, ticks, mites, bed bugs, and other insect pests in organic farming situations, etc., as it "acts" like a chemical by dehydrating insects, but it is NOT a chemical in the traditional sense of being a pesticide type thing.


· DE manufacturers who work in diatomaceous earth mines 5 days/week advise inhaling 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 lung ailment, either wear a mask or be very careful when using food grade diatomaceous 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 down wind 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 consumption. If this occurs, reduce the dose, till your body is cleansed, and then increase to the RDA.

· Remember, DE will kill beneficial insects as well, so don't put it on your flowers where the honey bees go and use wisely.


· Natural wormer – eliminates many parasites without chemicals

· Safe, non-toxic, parasites don’t build immunity as they do with traditional wormers

· 15 trace minerals – great 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, ecoli, bacteria, viruses, etc.

· Promotes shinier coats

· Digestive aid

· Colon cleanser

· Better production

· Better overall health

· Eliminates pests in stored grains

· Reduces flies, fleas, ticks, etc.

· Reduces manure odor

· Drying agent

· Reduces moisture and pests in barns, coops, kennel, litter boxes, compost piles, and other moist areas

· Anti-fungal properties – good for garden fungal growth

· Reduces overall animal stress

· Cost effective

· DE health benefits mean reduction in vet bills and dis-ease