Diatomaceous Earth (8oz)
For carp fishermen who warehouse various dried seeds, grains, and particles - to be eventually prepared as bait - Diatomaceous Earth is a useful defense against infestations that could easily destroy it. It is good practice to store your dried corn, tiger nuts, hemp seed, and other particles and dry goods in air tight, bug proof containers. But the truth is, most animal feed (and human grade) dry goods contain insect eggs which over time will hatch into larva that will ruin your future bait stores.
Diatomaceous Earth is an organic gardening pesticide that has been used by some farmers and pest control professionals for decades. The compound is made from the ground-up bodies of prehistoric diatomic fossils. When ground, these tiny oceanic skeletal pieces are very sharp, and produce the effect of many miniature razor blades on the respiratory systems of any smaller insect or bug that inhales it. It also causes drying of the mucous membranes of breathing holes and lungs in bugs.
Though effective against insects, it is not much of a concern for larger creatures. Because the particles are so small, DE is safe to use around other wildlife, children, and pets.
Anyone who is particularly sensitive to particulates (such as those with asthma or any other type of breathing condition) will want to avoid directly breathing in the dust. Wear a dust mask to avoid coughing fits and temporary irritation.
To apply lightly dust and mix the DE powder into your particles or dry goods. No need to overdue it or get technical with measurements, but remember a little bit goes a long way. For best results store in an airtight container until ready to use.
No special steps need to be taken when it’s time to prepare your particles or incorporate dry goods (like cornmeal) into your favorite dough or boilie recipe. Our DE is “food grade” and so is safe for use in food products and preparation.