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What is Diatomaceous Earth and How Does It Kill Insects?

DE Powder Bedbugs What is Diatomaceous Earth and How Does It Kill Insects?Diatomaceous earth is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants. Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants called diatoms. Diatoms are tiny, single-celled algae found in plankton. These plants have been part of the earth’s ecology since prehistoric times.  It is believed that 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite.

The diatoms are mined and ground up to render a powder that looks and feels like talcum powder.  The resulting diatomaceous earth is a fine, white, crystalline powder made up of the fossilized shells of the microscopic diatoms.  Lightweight, gritty, and porous, diatomaceous earth finds a surprising array of uses. One of Diatomaceous Earth’s most intriguing uses is as a mineral based pesticide.

Diatomaceous Earth is composed of:

-3% magnesium,

– 33% silicon,

– 19% calcium,

– 5% sodium,

– 2% iron and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium.

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural (not calcined or flux calcined) compound.

It is important to note that Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth differs from Pool-Grade Diatomaceous Earth.  Pool grade DE is Diatomaceous Earth produced for pool filters and it is treated with heat, causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to assume crystalline form. Pool grade DE should never be used indoors or around the home for pest control.

diatom diatomaceous powder What is Diatomaceous Earth and How Does It Kill Insects?Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth can be used as a pest control product safely around animals and children.  Diatomaceous earth is only deadly to insects with exoskeletons.   Among the list of pests that it kills and repels are: ants, termites, slugs, snails, fleas, fly maggots, aphids, bedbugs, mites, ticks, roaches, earwigs, scorpions, cutworms, ear worms, lawn grubs, grass hoppers, and many more.

Diatomaceous Earth does not kill due to a chemical action like most toxic poisons but rather kills by the structure of its sharp microscopic edges. The hard bodies of the pests are sliced open by the material and it literally dries them out and they die. Complete insect control may take several days as the insects die off, but whereas chemical poisons act fast and have a short residual effect, diatomaceous earth, while working slower will remain active and nontoxic as long as it remains in the environment.

Diatomaceous Earth Kills Pests Naturally – No Synthetic Chemicals, No Odor or additives of any kind. Order Diatomaceous Earth Now and make the bed bugs and fleas go away for good. DE doesn’t evaporate or break down over time.  DE is a mineral and once it is applied it stays put and keeps working until it is vacuumed or swept up.

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