Q: What is the difference between pure food grade DE and the BBB? What is the advantages and disadvantages of these two products? Can the pure food grade DE kills bed bugs?
A: BBB has .02% natural pyrethrin and 1% piperonyl butoxide. It also has a mild attractant, to lure bugs to it, then the natural pyrethrin agitates the bugs nervous system, causing much movement and convulsing, this extra movement allows the DE to puncture the body and the bugs die of desiccation and dehydration. DE by itself can kill bugs, it just takes longer. However, BBB is significantly better at killing bugs. DE is sometime the only choice, when used in grain storage, or directly on food. Also, sometimes it is not necessary to kill all the bugs - like in a garden or in an orchard. DE works well as a deterrent for bugs. In crawl spaces and inside walls, DE makes a very good insecticide because time is not of the essence and it serves as a deterrent indefinitely, as long as it is not disturbed or washed away.
Q: What is the difference between the FPP and BBB or insecticide products? A: FPP is for humans, and animals and is usually eaten, or mixed with a beverage to help with parasites, heavy metals, and cholestrol. BBB is the natural insecticide. It is based on food-grade diatomaceous earth, but it is formulated with natural pyrethrins and a mild attractant. Q: Can I use the same product food grade DE, for human consumption and in grain storage to kill bugs?
A: Yes. It doesn't kill bugs with poisons... it kills mechanically. The same process that kills parasites kill meal worms. Q: Are you saying that FPP and FSF can be taken internally??? I thought the FSF was best used only on the yard?? A: Yes, both can be taken internally. FSF also has some applications in the yard - like killing slugs, and retaining moisture for your lawn and garden.
Q: There is so much on your website, all I need is just clear instructions for the product I have - the organic FPP I just ordered.
A: Mix one tablespoon with water, juice or any beverage, once a day. I suggest in the evening before bed. Initially, you should take it for at least one month. Most people continue to take it indefinitely as a daily supplement to prevent parasites, to remove heavy metals, and to keep cholesterol low, but if you like, you can take it twice a month for three or four days at a time as a preventative maintenance.
Q: What is the shelf life of the FSF and the FPP in the jar? A: FPP will keep indefinitely in the jar. FSF will keep indefinitely if kept out of direct sunlight and dry. Also, if you have FSF in a bag, be sure to store it away from anything with a strong odor or it will absorb the odor (and the taste) of the source of the smell. It can still be used to pick up oil or spills, but you shouldn't eat it or give it to animals once it has been stored around gases. Q: How much of the organic DE should my 55 lb Border Collies be getting and how often?
A: One teaspoon a day mixed with food. (or 2% of the dry weight of the food he consumes) Q: Is FSF safe for children? A: Yes. It can be well hidden in oatmeal, smoothies, or in milk to name just a few.
Q: Is FSF safe for pregnant mothers?
A: Yes. But check with your doctor.
Q: If I dust D-20 around my house for bed bugs, will it harm my children or my pets. A: No. Q: Will D-20 kill the good bugs - like lady bugs?
A: If it gets on them, yes. But if you are using D-20 to control bugs, the lady bugs will have nothing to eat, so they may skip your garden.
Q: Do EPA registrations apply to the FSF product?
A: FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR is not sold as an insecticide and therefore does not require EPA registration. EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) was formed by Congress for the purpose of registering and regulating the use and sale of toxic materials. Probably the most important thing they oversee for the health and safety of the nation are insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. For example, anyone wanting to market a product claiming to kill insects must apply to EPA for a registration number, with acceptable data presented. On acceptance by EPA, a number is assigned to the product and the manufacturer can begin production and sales. Any product offered for insect control not having an EPA number is in violation of the law and the seller can be subject to serious penalties. Perma-Guard insecticides have all the necessary EPA registrations.
Q: Is Diatomaceous Earth hazardous?
A: NO! The IPM Practitioner, Monitoring the Field of Pest Management, William Quarles, Volume XIV, Number 5/6, May/June 1992 offers information on the safe and not safe types of Diatomaceous Earth. Diatomaceous Earth used in pool (any water) filtration contains Diatomaceous Earth that has been chemically treated and heated making the silica crystalline which is a dangerous respiratory hazard and lethal if ingested. The fresh water naturally occurring Diatomaceous Earth deposits that are designated "Food Grade" by the FDA have less than 1% crystalline silica and all other sediment that are considered unsafe are also below harmful limits. These deposits are primarily Amorphous Silica which is harmless when ingested and is commonly used in feed and food industries. The Department of Agriculture in Michigan said in a letter "Our animal pathologist has examined the vital organs and intestinal components submitted, both macroscopically and microscopically, and has found no visible evidence of organ abnormalities. These components consisted of brain, thyroid, rib section, lung, heart, liver, true stomach, small intestine section, large intestine section, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and forestomach. These organs were submitted under affidavit as being from a slaughtered dairy cow having FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR added to the feed for approximately five years." University of Illinois, referring to tests run on dairy cattle fed 2% of FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR as an anti-caking agent in their rations, stated there was no apparent harmful effect and that there was no evidence of the Diatomaceous Earth in the milk. The University of Arkansas did a study to determine whether the addition of Diatomaceous Earth was harmful to chickens. Their conclusion: "It posed no threat."