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DIATOM” is 100% Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.

“DIATOM” is 100% Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (imported from the United Kingdom) also known as diatomite or kieselgur, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 1 micron to more than 1 millimeter, but typically 10 to 200 microns. This powder has an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and is very light, due to its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven dried Diatomaceous Earth is 80% to 90% silica, with 2 to 4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals) and 0.5 to 2% iron oxide. Diatomaceous Earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.

Diatomaceous Earth Powder 500gm and 1kg Bags

  • If Red Mite is already a problem in your henhouse then we would suggest using Poultry Shield Red Mite Eradicator first, to clean out, then when dry apply the powder. We also suggest you use it for residual louse and mite control by applying to nest boxes and house floor when bedding is changed and/or use in purpose-made dustbaths where the birds will get a constant covering when bathing.

    • Residual Red Mite control
    • Natural Wormer
    • Increases digestability of the feed
    • Helps in supplying adequate minerals
    • Aids in greater utilisation of feed value.
    • It will save on feed as less undigested feed passes through the large intestine as waste matter
    • Causes noticeably better health, less sickness and a faster growth gain
    • 100% natural product
    • No Egg withdrawal period necessary
    • Residual Red Mite control. Scatter a good handful around the perch and nesting areas. The mite will crawl through the dust to get to the hens at night. The powder scratches the mites waxy shell causing it to slowly dehydrate and die.
    • This product is not for human consumption.

    Under optimal conditions, the life cycle of the poultry red mite can be completed with a week so that large populations can be rapidly established. This, in conjunction with the mites’ ability to occupy small spaces, makes control measures extremely difficult. The most common form of control of poultry red mite is by the application of pesticides. However, the number of pesticides registered for application in poultry houses is relatively low for reasons including development of mite drug resistance, chemical and antibiotic residues in food and undesirable environmental affects. In addition, the tendency of the mites to occupy small cracks and crevices, and their ability to survive for extended periods without taking a blood meal, alongside their prolific reproduction capacity and short life cycle, make eraidcation very challenging. When handling any poultry and/or applying powders, however safe to use, we would suggest using Rubber Gloves or disposable Latex Gloves and Face Masks.


    Puff into all the corners, joints around the house, perches, nestboxes.

    You need to do this once then repeat around 5 days later just in case you missed them or mite eggs have hatched, as the breeding cycle of a mite from egg to breeding is around 7 days.

    Best used with Poultry Shield Red Mite Eradicator.

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