Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-occurring substance that is currently popular for pest control in and out of the home. DE is made up of powdered fossils, usually from ancient sea creatures. The powder has an abrasive texture, which can cause tiny cuts and suffocation for any insect with a hard shell. In general, DE can be used for controlling roaches, bed bugs, ants, snails and slugs, fleas, flies, ticks, spiders, and other insects with a hard shell.
DE is a safe, non-toxic pest control measure that will not harm children or pets if ingested. However, the abrasive nature of DE can aggravate the lungs, especially in people with existing breathing problems. Make sure you do not use the powder in places where babies or pets commonly sleep or hang out.
Diatomaceous Earth as Pest Control
If you choose to try DE as a pest control measure, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, only use food-grade DE in your home. Any DE mixture that is chemically treated or has additives can be harmful to your health or the health of your pets or kids. Second, DE is mainly a preventive measure. If you have a large population of pests in your home, DE is probably not strong enough to kill that large infestation, so you may have to use it along with an alternative pest control measure. Lastly, use a pump powder sprayer to apply the powder inside and outside your home. Always wear a dust mask when spreading the powder.
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