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Feed Supplement, Insecticide/Pesticide

Fine Grade

Fine Grade (Feed Supplement, Insecticide/Pesticide)

Diatomaceous Earth benefits for Livestock


DE has received recognition around the world as a beneficial feed additive for all livestock.  It has been used as a digestive aid, Mineral and Trace Element Supplement and for parasitical control.  It is used extensively in the USA and Europe, its use in Australia has been limited by its supply.


Livestock to benefit include Beef and Dairy Cattle, Horses, Poultry, Goats, Pigs, Sheep and Domestic Animals.  Though this list does not limit the types or breeds of animals DE will benefit.


Studies show a general to significant improvement in the following areas:

  • Optimizes animal health

  • Control of internal parasites (will not control heart or lung worm) and external parasites

  • Reduced odours – particularly noticeable where intensive farming practices are in use

  • Controls flies, ticks, fleas, buffalo fly on the animal, in pasture and around pens

  • Reduces infant mortality

  • General improvement in wellbeing

  • Greater resistance to disease and parasites

  • Improved appetites in picky eaters

  • Healthier appearance

  • Improves growth and development

  • DE will also provide the animal with calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and sulphur trace elements


In addition to the above improvements and in relation to specific animals:

Dairy Cows 

  • Increase in milk production and butterfat %

  • Incidence of mastitis reduced


  • Increase in egg production

  • Control of Bird lice

  • Dryer droppings allowing easier cleaning of house


  • Greater weight gain

  • Reduction in odour

  • Less destruction of housing


  • Improvement in coat sheen

  • Cured scours

  • Increased appetites and increased weight

Dogs and Cats and Domestic Animals

  • Controlled internal parasites completely within seven days

  • Overall healthier animals

Feed Supplement for Livestock and Pets


The following rates are only a suggestion as livestock and pets vary due to the difference in farming procedures and animal size. <insert table>

How Does it Work?

It is thought that DE works in ways similar to holistic medicine, benefiting the entire animal. It is believed that the structure of the DE stimulates the digestion and aids in improving feed conversion and absorption of nutrients, essential elements and trace elements. In short the animal is able to gain more of the available nutrients from the feed you are feeding them.  Therefore it makes economical sense to use DE as a regular addition to your feeding routine.

External Use?

Use as a dust or a spray to control external parasites.To use as a spray mix 250grams with 4litres of water and spray livestock.

Spray and Dust around living quarters and bedding.


DE is a highly effective organic pesticide, insecticide and fungicide. DE offers protection against disease, fungi, nematode and insect attack but without the negative and often toxic effects sometimes associated with manufactured chemical products. 

DE is a totally safe organic powder suitable for the control of insect pests around the farm, home, office, factory or warehouse, in fact anywhere insects are a problem. It is so effective that any insect that comes in contact with DE will die in 48 hours or less. It is the formation of the actual Diatoms themselves that are fatal to insect pests rather that it’s chemical composition (as DE is totally non toxic). The sharp edges of the Diatoms cut the insects exoskeleton and draws moisture from inside the insects – this is call Desiccation (dehydration). DE is not a knockdown because it is not a poison but it does achieve the desired results and is used extensively in the USA and Europe as a method of pest control for many years, and is now readily available in Australia.

Indoor Use

Apply a thin layer of dust in any area where pests are found; under skirting boards, sinks, kitchen cabinets, behind and underneath fridges and stoves, laundries.

Outdoor Use

Apply liberally around garbage bins, windows and doors, entrance points, garage, sheds and workshops, gardens, fruit trees, veggie patches, pets, pet housing and bedding for the control of common pests in and around the house and garden.

Insect pests controlled include:

All Ants, Caterpillars, Cutworms, Armyworms, Fleas and Ticks, Bedbugs and Carpet Beetles, Centipedes, Cockroaches, Potato Beetles, Crickets and Earwigs, House flies, Millipede and Mites. Scorpions, Silverfish and Spiders, Scorpions, Slugs and Snails, Lice, Fruit flies and Vinegar Flies, Aphids and Weevils, 12 spotted Cucumber beetle, Green Veggie Bug, Corn Ear worm and Corn Borer, Harlequin Bugs, Leaf Miners and Loppers, Squash Vine Borers, Thrips and White Flies, Peach borer and Pecan Weevil, and Grey Back Cane Grub.


Industries to benefit

Bakeries, Health food stores, Naturopaths, Hospitals and Clinics, Food Manufactures, Organic Feed Stores, Animal Shelters, Catteries, Kennels, Schools and Child Care Centres.

Application Rates

Dust: as a dry powder until the area is lightly coated with DE

Spray: by mixing 500gms to 5 litres of water, keep agitated and spray the area to be protected. But remember that DE works best when dry.

As a Barrier: Apply DE in a 10cm border around the property to be protected. This is particularly  important when controlling Fire Ants and Termites.


Remember that the insect must be in contact with the DE for it to be effective. If you spray the DE directly onto the insect the DE must first dry before it begins to take effect.

So while you may not get an instant result as you would with a knockdown spray the benefit if using a product that in Natural and Organic, safe for you, your family and the environment, makes it all worthwhile.

Note: All care should be taken when applying DE Dust.
The dust particles could irritate lungs and long term use if constantly inhaling could cause potential damage. Additionally protect skin as DE is particularly drying and may affect sensitive skins.


Use standard protection as you would when using any insecticide, although DE is non toxic.


Refer to our Material Safety Data sheet for further information.

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