What is Diatomaceous Earth and How He Kills Insects?

What is Diatomaceous Earth and how he kills insects?

What is Diatomaceous Earth and how he kills insects?


    Diatomaceous earth is a marvelous, all-natural product that is made from tiny fossilized water plants. From what is known these plants have been part of the earth’s eco-system since prehistoric times.

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants called diatoms. 

About 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite.

In the plankton were discovered diatoms which were very tiny, single-celled algae.

Diatomaceous earth is a fine, white, crystalline powder made up of the fossilized shells of diatoms.

Lightweight, gritty, and porous, diatomaceous earth finds an unexpected ways of uses.

The diatoms are mined and ground up to form a powder that may look and feel like talcum powder to us. It’s also a mineral based-pesticide.

Here is dome information about the composition of Diatomaceous Earth: 33% silicon, 3% magnesium, 19% calcium, 2% iron 5% sodium and many other trace minerals such as copper, manganese, zirconium, boron and titanium.

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

This Diatomaceous Earth which is described here is not the same D.E. used in swimming pool filters. That it’s treated with heat, causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to assume a crystalline shape and it’s never used for pest control.

Diatomaceous Earth can be safely used around all types of animals and is only deadly for pests like insects but is not harmful to earthworms.

Among the list of pests that it kills and repels are: earwigs, termites, mites slugs, fleas, fly maggots, ants, bed bugs, lawn grubs, ticks, roaches, scorpions, cutworms, ear worms, aphids , grass hoppers, snails and other.

It’s not a chemical action that kills them like most toxic poisons. More precisely it 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.

A complete insect control may take some days until the insects will die, 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.

 DE doesn’t evaporate or break down over time. Because it’s a mineral once you put it down it stays there and keeps working.


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3 Responses to “What is Diatomaceous Earth and How He Kills Insects?”
  1. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm


  2. Thespeakman Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Good article – let’s start mining this…

  3. Thespeakman Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Good article – let us start mining this…

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