One of the many benefits of diatomaceous earth is its use as a natural pest control. Registered as a pesticide, DE controls cockroaches, silverfish, ants, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, crickets, spiders, and other pests.
How Should I Apply Diatomaceous Earth?
We generally recommend using diatomaceous earth outside your home. All you need to do is apply a thin layer of the DE in your flower beds, around your home’s foundation, in your lawn, along the edges of your patio, across your exterior door thresholds, or anywhere you want to control bugs.
There are two ways to apply diatomaceous earth. While wearing a pair of garden gloves and a mask, toss handfuls in the areas you want to control bugs. You can also load the diatomaceous earth into a dust spreader, which you can find at a hardware or home improvement store. In either case, it’s best to wear a mask to avoid breathing the powder. Inhaling too much of it can irritate your throat and esophagus, due to sharp the edges of the diatoms. Keep the area dry as much as possible. If the rain arrives, you’ll need to reapply.
Interior places to apply diatomaceous earth are: around the base of your kitchen cabinets, behind the washer and dryer, or around the perimeter of your garage. You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth on your carpets, leave it overnight, then vacuum it — and any dead bugs — up in the morning. The same goes for upholstered furniture and mattresses. DE is known to kill those tiny pests that no one wants in their bedding or camping gear, bed bugs.
Advantages of Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth has several advantages over chemical pesticides. First, bugs cannot build up a resistance to DE. Insects can, and do, adapt and resist chemical pesticides, often requiring higher doses or new chemicals to be effective. Second, diatomaceous is 100% chemical free. It’s certified as safe by the FDA, so you don’t have to worry about it being harmful to your family or your pets.
Third, unlike chemical applications, diatomaceous earth doesn’t lose its effectiveness. As long as it is in place and dry, it will continue to work. Lastly, DE is beneficial for your plants and lawn, in addition to its pest-control perks.
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