October 30, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin
Diatoms, are a single-celled marine micro-organism found in abundance in large bodies of water. A particular usefulness to humans begin when these tiny organisms die and their skeletal remains settle to the bottom, become fossilized over time and accumulate to produce one of nature’s most beneficial and healthful substances: diatomaceous earth.
Diatomaceous earth is often harvested from areas where large bodies of water once stood and is marketed in two grades – industrial and food grade.
Industrial grade diatomaceous earth is used for many purposes including water filtration systems in swimming pools.
Food grade natural freshwater diatomaceous earth is perhaps best known for its use as a non-toxic insecticide in agriculture for grain storage.
How much Diatomaceous earth to add to a 5-gallon bucket of wheat/grain?
Food grade diatomaceous earth is an organic method to rid wheat of “critters” and is particularly useful for long-term storage, yet it is not harmful to man or animals. It is also inexpensive and easy to use.
For each 5-gallon container, put in one and a quarter cups of diatomaceous earth and roll the container until all the wheat grains are dusted.