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What is Celatom® AFA?AFA stands for Animal Food Additive. AFA
is a CODEX Food-Grade natural diatomaceous earth (D.E.) product
composed of microscopic diatoms that were deposited in ancient lake
beds. These diatoms are made of amorphous silica in complex lacy shapes,
which promotes a high absorption capacity and makes AFA an ideal
product for anti-caking applications in grain and animal feed storage.
AFA is non-toxic and safe for the environment.
What does AFA do?The
benefits of D.E. as a natural insecticide for grain storage, garden,
and animal use are well-established in practice. Natural D.E. powders
have been used by farmers for centuries. With the increased popularity
of organic and sustainable farming methods, more and more livestock and
pet owners are re-discovering the natural benefits of D.E. as an animal
feed additive. We cannot make claims about internal therapeutic benefits
because of the prohibitive expense of the clinical studies that would
be required by the government. However, many livestock and pet owners
that have used AFA over the long term tell us they have experienced:
Control of fleas and ticks
Elimination and prevention of worms and internal parasites without chemicals
Improved feed efficiency (more gain per lb. of feed)
Reduced odor and moisture in barns and stalls
Improved coat and hoof condition
Fewer flies due to preventing fly larvae from developing in manure
Reduced annual vet bills
Reduced overall animal stress
How much AFA should I feed?Feed
about 2% of the weight of the regular feed rations over several weeks
for noticeable results. More will not be harmful. We feed 1 teaspoon
twice a day to our 40lb Rescue Dog and two tablespoons per day to our
Alpacas. For our personal use (human supplement) we take 1 tablespoon
twice a day.
Is AFA safe? Natural Food-Grade
diatomaceous earth products such as AFA are approved by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) as an additive and anti-caking agent for
animal feeds and stored grain, at up to 2% in the feed formulation.
What is CODEX or "Food Grade" Diatomaceous Earth? For D.E. to be called "Codex” or “Food Grade”, it must meet the following requirements:
Celatom-AFA Stated Value
Perma-Guard Stated Value
20 ppm max.
15 ppm max.
Less than 1%
Loss on Drying %
Loss on Ignition
7% max. on dry basis
What is in AFA?The
diatoms are made of silica. As a naturally-occurring mineral, AFA
contains many chelated trace nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium,
and others that may be beneficial in the animal’s diet.
If D.E. is so absorbent, can I use it in animal beds and stalls?D.E.
can be spread in animal bedding for odor and moisture control. This
will also control fleas, ticks, and any other unwanted hard-shelled
insects/parasites in animal bedding areas.
With all the chemicals
already ingested by livestock today, isn’t it time we gave them
something that is non-toxic for them, us, and the environment?
WARNING: NOT ALL D.E. IS SAFE FOR ANIMAL FEED!
AFA is made from a special grade of diatomite ore which is low in arsenic and other harmful elements. Some other grades have too much arsenic
to be safe for use in animal feeds, and are NOT CODEX Food-Grade. D.E.
grades designed for swimming pool filters are processed at high
temperatures (calcined), and therefore contain crystalline silica, which
is not recommended for animal feed.
AFA is a natural fine powder which is safe,
non-crystalline silica, and moves easily through the digestive tract.
Also diatomaceous earth that is used as an insecticide must be below ten
microns in size to be effective, (Katz 1991a: Calvert 1930; Allen
1972). D.E. products with larger particle sizes are not recommended for
feed or insecticide use.
Good rules to follow when buying diatomaceous earth:Obtain the M.S.D.S. (Material Safety Data Sheet) Is it Fresh Water Diatomaceous Earth or Salt Water Diatomaceous Earth? The particle sizes and effectiveness can be very different. What is the Crystalline Silica content? What is the micron size? Is it CODEX Food-Grade D.E. which is low in Arsenic?
How does D.E. kill insects?
When insects come in contact
with diatomaceous earth, the D.E. absorbs their protective wax coating
and their shells are damaged by the glassy diatoms. This combination
causes them to die by dehydration. There is no survival and no built-up
immunity as there is with chemical insecticides. D.E. also does not
break down as chemicals do, and the more that it is used, the more
insects feel unwelcome in the area.
Is all D.E. safe to use?
AFA, kills insects by cutting and
puncturing insects’ exoskeletons and absorbing their body fluids. These
products do not contain harmful chemicals, and are completely safe for
humans, domestic animals, birds, and even worms and helpful bacteria in
the soil. But they are death to insects, and a remarkably effective and
long-lasting insect repellent on any surface. Birds that eat insects are
not harmed, and may even benefit from the extra trace minerals in the
EP Minerals has the necessary federal and state government registrations of our D.E. for use as an insecticide.
Excerpt from The IPM Practitioner, Monitoring the Field of Pest
Management, William Quarles, Volume XIV, Number 5/6, May/June 1992.
"Both swimming pool grade and natural diatomaceous earth come from the
same fossil sources, but they are processed differently. The natural
grades are mined, dried, ground, sifted and bagged. The pool grade is
chemically treated and partially melted and consequently contains
crystalline silica which can be a respiratory hazard. Thus, it is
imperative that only natural diatomaceous earth be used for insect
control. This non-crystalline silica is not a hazard…"
"Ingestion of diatomaceous earth is not toxic to mammals. Rats fed a
daily diet containing 5% freshwater diatomaceous earth show no
abnormalities after 90 days (Bertke 1964). Dairy farms sometimes feed
their animals food containing 1 to 2% diatomaceous earth to control
worms and other internal parasites (Allen 1972). Impoverished humans
sometimes add diatomite to their baked goods in order to stretch their
flour supply (Cummins 1975). It is so safe for use on food that the FDA
has exempted diatomaceous earth from requirements of fixed residue
levels when added to stored grain (Fed. Reg. 1961). The U.S. EPA also
allows its use in food storage and processing areas (Fed. Reg. 1981)."
Can I use D.E. in my house to kill bugs?
AFA is very useful around the house for control of roaches,
silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, fleas, crickets, and many other
insects. This can be applied as a dry dust or mixed with water at the
rate of 2 oz. per quart (60 g per liter) and sprayed as a liquid.
be effective, Celatom®
AFA, needs to be applied as a physical
barrier that insects must crawl across to be damaged. Apply dust
liberally around cracks and crevices, under stoves and refrigerators,
and in likely hiding places. Be sure to treat around sinks and drain
pipes. Lightly dust areas around windowsills, doors and other places where pests may enter.
Rugs and carpets: Apply a thin layer of D.E. all over rugs and carpets
to control fleas. Rake the D.E. into the fibers and leave overnight.
When cleaning, do not make a special effort to remove the dust in the
rug. It will continue to kill live fleas, repel others, and will
deodorize the carpet.
For even better control of flies and roaches, liberally dust the
outside walls of the house, shrubbery, and outbuildings (such as barns,
stables, kennels or corrals). Repeat if needed.
How about in my garden?
AFA, will help control aphids, whiteflies,
beetles, mites, leaf hoppers, and many other hard-shelled insects. They can be used on any
fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains and grass -- up to and including day
For lawns, apply 8 to 16 oz. of Celatom®
AFA dust per 1000 sq. ft. of the
yard. Two or three applications per year should do the job. This can be
done as dry dust or as wettable powder, using suitable equipment.
For crops and gardens, Celatom®
AFA can be applied
as either a dry powder or mixed with water and sprayed. The goal is to
get coverage over the entire plant, especially under the leaves. For
young plants, as little as two pounds per acre may be adequate. For
larger plants, 5 lb/acre is probably sufficient. With extra growth, it
might be necessary to increase the amount. An examination of the leaves
will tell if the leaf bottom is covered.
How can I control insects on my pets and livestock?
AFA is very effective against fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests on
dogs, cats, poultry, and any warm-blooded livestock. Celatom®
AFA is a
food-grade product which is preferred for animals which tend to lick
Lightly work the material into the hair of the animal, or provide a
pile or loose bag of it for animals to roll in or rub against to dust
themselves. Pay strict attention to places where the animal cannot
reach, such as the scalp. Dust the ears of the animal with care. Dust
the animal's bedding and areas where the animal sleeps, as well as
cracks and crevices adjacent to them. Repeat once a month or as
necessary. Individual ticks observed on the animal should be dusted
thoroughly. For confined animals infested with fleas and ticks, dust the entire area with D.E.
D.E. is very absorbent and will dry out skin if used over a long
period. Observe the animals’ skin carefully and discontinue use if the
skin becomes excessively dry or irritated.
How should I use DE to control insects in Grain Storage?
damage to stored grain has been a serious problem for millennia. In
recent decades, mankind has resorted to toxic chemicals to control this
Over time, however, some people have developed illnesses from the
residues of these chemicals, and some insects have begun to develop
immunity to the chemicals used.
When Crop-Guard is used for insect control, however, the insects are
killed and they do not become immune. The D.E. harmless to vertebrates
and it is permanent. Its effectiveness doesn’t fade or deteriorate, but
keeps on working as long as needed. Celatom®
AFA is a food-grade product
designed for use in grain storage and on growing plants and vegetables. Blend about 2% by weight of Celatom®
AFA into the stored grain or flour.
AFA has no taste or smell and is
harmless to humans and animals, so it does not have to be removed from
the grain or flour before processing.
Been taking product for 2 solid weeks & digestion
problems improving..Thanks! –MB
You products works great! No more problems with bedbugs.
Great stuff...shared w/mother who shared w/friends...now
they are all using! –AA
EXCELLENT SELLER!!! FAST SHIP!!! WORKS GREAT TO KILL FLEAS
IN HOUSE NATURALLY! –LL
Excellent, Quick. Used as natural pesticide: Killed a
million millipedes awesome –EX
VERY Fast shipping.. Spreads better than regular DE. –OYF
Outstanding value really impressed! –NB
I’ve had chronic constipation all my life…not any more. Will
never leave home without my DE –Employee
I've been using the DE for a month now and have practically
eliminatedmy fly population! I give my horse 1/2 cup every
day...and dust the stall shavings with it. I can't say enough good things
about it. I no longer use the toxic fly sprays and wormersand the
compost pile will soon qualify as organic compost. –JR
This has cleared up my IBS digestive problems… NO MORE
GAS!!!! ;^) –Employee
Great seller. Love the product. no more toxic animals. A++
Best price I found anywhere. Arrived quickly. Thank you!
Gets rid of fleas! Applied+combed in every 3 days for 3
weeks to long hair dog. –TOTM
Has made a tremendous impact on the overall health of my
kennel. Fast Fast ! – MP
Gets rid of fleas! Applied+combed in every 3 days for 3
weeks to long hair dog. – TOTM
Been taking product for 2 solid weeks & digestion
problems improving..Thanks! – MB4U
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