Safe Pest Control

What is Diatomaceous Earth or DE?
Why DE is safe to use?
How to buy DE?
Where can I get the Right Stuff?
How to use DE?





What is Diatomaceous Earth?
"Diatomaceous earth is a mineral product mined from the fossilized silica shell remains of unicellular or colonial algae from the class Bacillariaphyccae, better known as diatoms ".





Why DE is safe to use?
It has NO POISONS, NO SMELL, it is NATURAL, it does not HARM ENVIROMENT, it is SAFE FOR HUMANS AND ANIMALS, it is EASY TO APPLY and SAFE TO APPLY TO THE PANTRY AND ANYWHERE IN THE HOUSE





How to buy DE?
There are several important things that you need to know before you buy DE.

A. Source
DE is the shells of one-celled water creatures called diatoms. That means that some of these lived in salt water and some in fresh water. DE from a fresh water source is better and safer to use. Make sure the DE you use is AMORPHOUS DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (ADE). In an article on DE in COMMON SENSE PEST CONTROL QUARTERLY, published by BIRC, Volume III, Number 1, Winter 1987, the matter of safety is explored. "Both swimming pool grade and natural diatomaceous earth come from the same fossil sources but they are processed differently. The natural grades are mined, dried, ground, sled and bagged. The pool grade is chemically treated and partially melted and consequently contains crystalline silica which can be a respiratory hazard. Thus, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ONLY NATURAL DIATOMACEOUS EARTH BE USED FOR INSECT CONTROL. This noncrystalline silica is not a hazard as the human body apparently can dissolve it. " "Silicosis refers to lung contamination and irritation by crystalline of free silica (Si02). Crystalline describes the orientation of the Si02 molecules which occur in a fixed pattern in contrast to the non periodic, random molecular arrangement defined as amorphous. Exposure to free silica is an occupational hazard to workers. "

B. Purity
Look for DE that is at least 99% amorphous silica and never more than 1% crystalline silica.

C. Texture and Size
The DE should be as smooth as cornstarch - this is why people sometimes refer to DE as fossil flour or fossil shell flour.





Where can I get the Right Stuff?
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How to use DE?
Diatomaceous earth can be used to controls of roaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, fleas, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets, and many others!

Diatomaceous earth can be used in and around the home, yard, animal housing, etc. It can be applied as a dry dust, or mixed with water at the rate of 2 oz. per quart and sprayed as a liquid.

Dry Application

Can be applied using any equipment to handle dust or powder, whether it be hand or power operated.

Roaches and Silverfish
  • In most cases, general application is not needed, but one needs to give localized attention to cracks and crevices, under stoves and refrigerators, and in likely hiding places. Be sure to treat around sinks and drain pipes.
  • If there is an opening into the sewer line, blow a considerable amount of product into the line. Being closed, air pressure forces the dust further down the line, coating the upper half of the pipe, leaving no safe place for roaches. This protection exists as far as the line is coated.

Ants
  • Dry Powder: Stir the mound with a rake or other tool, agitating the ants. Apply DE dust liberally on the immediate area, contacting as many ants as possible. Repeat if needed for final results.
  • Wet Application: Use one-half scup of DE with one tablespoon of a mild detergent per gallon of water. Saturate the mound or bed with the entire gallon of mixture. Repeat if necessary.

Crickets, Scorpions, and Box Elder Bugs
Lightly dust areas around windows, doors and other places where pests may enter.

Fleas
  • Animal Application: Apply Perma-Guard Household Insecticide liberally to all parts of animal, close to skin.
  • Rugs: Make a thin coating on the rug. Rake (not sweep) nap back and forth, causing dust to enter the rug. Leave overnight. When cleaning, do not make a special effort to remove the dust in the rug. It will kill live fleas, repel others, and will deodorize the carpet.

Flies
Lightly coat window sills so flies lighting will contact the dust. If the outside walls of the house, shrubbery, outbuildings (such as barns, stables, kennels or corrals) are dusted, flies are greatly reduced. Repeat if needed.

Outside Area
Apply 8 to 16 oz. of dust per 1000 sq. ft. of the yard. Two or three applications per year should do the job. This can be done as dry dust or as wettable powder, using suitable equipment.

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