Mitex is a purified silicate mineral formed from the remains of silica-shelled diatoms many millions of years ago.
It is a very effective drying agent and can be used to kill insects by desiccation. It has been assessed under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (COPR) for use as a pesticide.
The product has been approved by the FDA in the USA and has been awarded a rating of Food Chemical Codex Grade and in Europe it can be used in animal feeds under EC Directive 70/524 and its amendments with an E number E 551c.
Poultry - Mitex should be dusted at a rate of 15 to 30 grams per (m²) total hard surface area. Initially a powder fogger should be used to apply 30g/(m²), prior to bird placement. This should be followed by a second application as feathers and litter cover the treated surfaces of the house. Please note moisture inactivates Mitex.
Grain Stores - In line with HGCA recommendations (please note moisture inactivates Mitex):
Treat the fabric of the empty storage silo or storage area with a powder fogger at the rate of 10 g/m2
Silo* and Floor† storage of grain:
Mitex is used for surface treatment of dried stored grain. As stated previously, moisture inactivates Mitex and any evidence of mould should be treated with Mycostat first.
Treat the top 30 cm with 200 g/m2 which equates to ~ 1 kg/t.
Treat the top 30 cm with 600 g/m2 which equates to ~ 3 kg/t.