Diatomaceous Earth and EU BPR (Biocidal Product Regulation) 1st Sept 2015.
From the 1st of September 2015 Diatomaceous earth will fall within the scope of the EU biocidal products regulation so there will be some changes to our product range. This will mean that to sell diatomaceous earth as a mite control the product will need to be nested and approved to comply with these regulations. Diatomaceous earth that doesn’t mention that it control mites won’t be affected.
Currently, we supply 2 brands, Smite Powder and Diatom Powder, and these will see changes to comply with the regulations.
Smite powder will be relabelled and any indication that it will kill mites will be removed from the packaging and the descriptions on the website. It will be the same product so if you have used it before you can be confident that it will continue to be as effective as before. Smite liquid and Poultry Shield have previously had their descriptions modified in the same way, so although they do the same job they have always done they are now described as cleaning products.
The manufacturers of Diatom are approaching it in a different way with the launch of a new product that will comply with EU BPR which will replace the existing diatom range in September. This will include an aerosol spray version as well as traditional powders. One benefit of the new product will be it’s increased coverage, estimated to go 5 times as far as it’s previous product.
The changes relate to the sale of the diatomaceous earth when advertised as a mite treatment. There is no change to how or why you would use it but in future we will only be able to advise you to use a product that complies with the new regulations although you will still find diatomaceous earth available on the website with a suitable vague description.
First off we’ve added a plastic feed storage bin. This holds 30 litres which works out to a little larger than 20kg of poultry layers pellets. It’s just as good at storing feed for other animals but for less dense feeds such as dog biscuits to won’t hold quite as much.
30 litre (20kg of .layers pellets) plastic feed storage bin
Next we’ve expanded our range of pressure sprayers for use with Poultry Shield, Smite and Bi-oo-cyst to include 3 and 8 litre versions of our existing sprayer. We’ve also added 2 back pack type pressure sprays
12 litre Knapsack Pressure sprayer
There is also a solar powered shed light to light the chicken coop on dark nights
For thin shelled eggs we have 3 new calcium supplements. 2 sizes are intended for the back garden poultry keeper with a large, more concentrated version suitable for farm use.
And finally, 3 vitamin supplements to add to you poultry keeping supplies. 100ml and 500ml Poultry Tonic and a 500ml Prebiotic Multivitamin.
Shell Aid calcium supplement
For Solar Powered Shed Light – up to 6 hours light when fully charged
The Smite will have an instant effect on the red mites it touches, washing away their outer coating so that they dyhydrate. As you’re using, it gently agitate the mixture to keep the diatom in suspension. As the water evaporates it will leave behind a fine film of diatom powder ready to catch out any red mites that dare to cross it.
As the winter has been quite mild this year we’d expect red mite to be a major problem as the weather warms up. Here’s a chance to win a bucket of Smite mite powder in readiness.
Smite Organic Powder is an organic, naturally-mined, mineral product made up of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When crushed to a fine powder it feels similar to chalk powder to the touch, but when viewed under a microscope the fine particles resemble shards of broken glass! It is this ‘broken glass’ effect which is deadly to any insect, but harmless to animals, fish, fowl, food and humans.
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