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Uses For Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous Earth For Insect Control

Have you heard of diatomaceous earth, also known as DE? Well, if not, be prepared to be amazed! 

Diatomaceous earth is an all-natural product that can help you grow beautiful and healthy gardens.The uses of diatomaceous earth in the garden are so versatile. 

Diatomaceous earth is...

Diatomaceous earth is made from aquatic plant fossils. It is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound derived from the remains of algae plants called diatoms. Since prehistoric times, these plants have been part of the earth's ecosystem. The calcareous deposit left by diatoms is called diatomaceous earth. Diatoms are extracted and ground to make a powder that looks and feels like talc.

Things to be cautious of...

Diatomaceous earth is mineral-based and can be used as a pest control product. When using diatomaceous earth in the garden, it is very important to buy only "food grade" diatomaceous earth instead of the diatomaceous earth commonly used in swimming pool filters. The diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool filters undergoes a process, which changes its composition to contain a higher content of free silica. When applying food-grade diatomaceous earth, it is also very important to wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling too much diatomaceous earth dust. This is because the dust can irritate the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth. However, once the dust settles, it will not cause problems for you or your pet.

Pest control....

Our Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is commonly used by our clients as pest control. On these insects, diatomaceous earth works as a deadly powder with tiny sharp edges that can cut through their protective layer and dry them out. One of the benefits of diatomaceous earth to control insects is that insects cannot develop resistance, which is something that many chemical control insecticides cannot say. Diatomaceous earth will not harm worms or any beneficial microorganisms in the soil.

How to apply it....

Our website contains complete instructions on the proper use of the product. As with any pesticide, be sure to read the label carefully and follow the instructions. In the garden, diatomaceous earth can be applied as a powder with a powder applicator.

 Remember that it is important to wear a dust mask when applying diatomaceous earth in this way and always wear a dust mask before leaving the dust removal area . Keep pets and children away from the dust removal area until the dust falls. When using it as a powder application, you need to cover the top and bottom of all leaves with powder. If it rains immediately after applying the powder, you need to reapply. It is a good time to use the powder when it rains or the morning dew falls on the leaves, because it helps the powder adhere well to the leaves. Another great way to apply the product is in a wettable form to avoid the problem of dust particles in the air. To spray diatomaceous earth, the mixing ratio is usually 1 cup diatomaceous earth per ½ gallon or 2 cups per gallon of water. Shake or stir to thoroughly mix the diatomaceous earth powder and water. This mixture can also be used as a paint on trees and some shrubs.

Diatomaceous earth is an amazing product that can really help improve your garden and plant care! Buy a bag and try some out!