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Diatomaceous Earth Organic Food Grade Dust 4kg (Absorbacide)
Diatomaceous Earth is an organic food grade diatom powder which is very versatile and popular for various uses including as an organic insect dust around the home and garden and as a high silica mineral supplement for horses, poultry, dogs, cats and other pets. Always read and follow the instructions on the items packaging / label before use.
For Frequently Asked Questions and answers please see the "more info" tab above.
For easy and effective application consider using this dust in conjunction the Professional Insecticidal Duster and the instructional book called "Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth" listed below. This product has a very limited Australian registration, see disclaimer below for more information.
Active Constituent: 900g/kg Amorphous Silica.
Hot Tip: Not every brand of Diatomaceous Earth has the same weight ! Some brands can be much heavier meaning that you get less dust for every kilo you purchase. Our 4kg bag is about 13.3 Litres in size. Dont be fooled by heavier and lower grade alternatives.
International Uses: Internationally Diatomaceous Earth has a wide range of uses in organic agriculture and household pest control and is included in products which are registered, marketed and certified for the control of cockroaches, silverfish, ants, fleas, flies, ticks, lice, earwigs, aphids, white fly, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers. Diatomaceous Earth is also popular as animal and equine supplement.
Australian Registered Uses: This food grade diatomaceous earth is accepted by organic agricultural standards and is registered to control various insect pests of stored products such as farm-stored feed grain, farm-stored seed grain, grain for human consumption, grain bins and silos, food processing and warehousing facilities.
It can be applied as a dust or spray. For treatment of building structures only, apply mainly to structural cracks, crevices and inaccessible areas. Absorbacide will leave a visible residue on treated surfaces & should not be used where such residues are unacceptable.
Disclaimer: Please note that Diatomaceous Earth is not registered in Australia for many of the international and other uses listed above. In Australia its range of registered uses is limited. Current research and product development is focused on:
For easy and effective application, use with Professional Duster, see below.
Questions & Answers:
Q. Is this Diatomaceous Earth safe for humans to eat?
A. The product is registered as food grade for specific uses, but we cannot say conclusively if DE is safe to eat because it is not registered for this purpose in Australia. However we do know staff members and friends of ours who do take this DE regularly by mixing it with juice or water and none have reported serious ill effects and virtually all have been happy with the results.
Q. What is the Country of origin of this Diatomaceous Earth?
Q. Is this Diatomaceous Earth from freshwater or saltwater diatoms?
A. Freshwater. Mostly melosiraspecies.
Q. Just wondering what the difference is between the Equine Diatom and the Diatomaceous. I am feeding it to horses and find it very beneficial against itch in our area. There is quite a price difference between the two products and would like to know the benefits of feeding the Equine Diatom as compared to the Diatomaceous.
A. Both products contain the same Diatomaceous Earth product inside, so the benefits would be the same.
Information from the Manufacturer:
In a trial Absorbacide (Diatomaceous Earth) was used effectively to organically control red mite and reduce lice numbers in laying chickens.
This is our insecticide product. A natural product registered with the Australian Veterinary and Pesticides Authority for use against insect pests of stored grain and registered as an allowable input for organic farmers by the BFA.
Absorba-Cide kills insects by absorbing oils and waxes from the insect cuticle thus facilitating moisture loss and death by dehydration. In addition, the shards of silica in the material abrade the animal leading to its physical disintegration. Resistance is not likely since it is the physical and not chemical properties of Absorba-Cide that make it an effective insecticide.