Diatomaceous Earth: A Natural Insecticide
Once you have a pest problem, you’ll do anything to get rid of them, including going to the store and picking the most potent chemical insecticide you can find. But what if there was a solution that would take care of the pests and was completely harmless for your family, your pets, and the environment? If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. It’s diatomaceous earth!
How You Can Use Diatomaceous Earth as an Insecticide
Diatomaceous earth works as an insecticide because it has abrasive qualities that cut the pests’ bodies, causing them to die of dehydration. It can be used in the home, garden, and around animals. It is most useful in dry situations but can still be used in wet areas to make it more challenging for pests to survive.
Many indoor pests—including roaches, silverfish, spiders, and even fleas—are impacted by diatomaceous earth. For example, DE can be placed in crevices where cockroaches have been spotted. A few days after the diatomaceous earth has been found by the cockroaches, they will desperately and unsuccessfully search for water and ultimately die a couple weeks later.
While less effective when wet, diatomaceous earth can be used in the garden to make it more difficult for Japanese beetles and cutworms to thrive. When it is dispersed in dry weather beneath plants, it will also kill slugs.
Around the Farm
There are various ways to use natural diatomaceous earth around the farm. Start by adding it to chickens’ dust bath mixture helping to prevent problems with lice. And use it to help control fleas on dogs and reduce parasites in horses, pigs, and other farm animals. Natural diatomaceous is an EPA and FDA approved natural insecticide. Adding diatomaceous earth to animal feed serves as an anti-caking agent and as a natural preservative. Its porous structure enables it to absorb moisture that would otherwise cause feed to mold or rot, helping the feed last longer than it would otherwise.
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Natural diatomaceous earth meets the USDA and EPA requirements when applied according to regulations for pest control and animal feed additive.
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