Diatomaceous earth is a type of siliceous sedimentary rock formed from the accumulation of dead diatomite which is a type of algae. When the rock is ground into powder, it can be used for a number of purposes. It is used as pesticide and it is highly effective in getting rid of a number of insects and pests both the ones found in animals and plants. As there are different types of Diatomaceous Earth dust, one should be very careful in buying Diatomaceous Earth for pest control. You should not confuse the Diatomaceous Earth used for swimming pool filtration and the one used for pest control.
How Does Diatomaceous Earth kill Pest and Insects?
Contrary to the thinking of many people, Diatomaceous Earth does not poisonous pests and insects. But it kills them by inflicting serious cuts and injury on them. The question that should be answered now is how possible is this.
The Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock. When this siliceous rock is obtained, it is crushed to fine dust. But this fine dust has microscopic sharp edges that are very deadly to the insects and pest. When the dust is applied on plants and animals as pesticide or insecticide, it will cut the outer covering of the insects as they crawl on it. The blood and other lipids that come out of the outer covering of the insects do not coagulate like human and animal blood. Thus, the Diatomaceous Earth dust will absorb the blood and lipid of these insects making them to be dehydrated and to die off.
The Insects that can be killed with Diatomaceous Earth
There are many insects and pests as well as flies that can be killed with Diatomaceous Earth. Some of the insects that can be killed with Diatomaceous Earth are adult flea beetles, twig borer, sawfly, coddling moth, slugs, cockroach, earwigs, ants, silverfish, bedbugs, carrot root flies, carpet beetle, fleas, ticks and many others.
The fact that the list of insect, flies and pests that can be killed with the diatomite dust is long does not mean that it kills all insects. Indeed, there are some insects and pests that cannot be killed with it. It is not very effective in killing flying pests and insects that hide under the leave of plants like aphids. So, it is necessary that you read the instructions leaflet of the Diatomaceous Earth dust you buy in order to find out the insects and pests that it can be used on.
How is Diatomaceous Earth applied?
Diatomaceous earth is normally in powdered form. So, it can easily be blown off by breeze. In order to properly apply this powder, you have to use earth pest applicator. This will help you to reduce waste.
Though Diatomaceous earth is natural and non poisonous, you have to wear dusk mask and hand glove when you are applying it. Continuous breathing of the dust can irritate the nose’s mucous membrane and also that of the mouth. It can also make your hand to be dry when applied with uncovered hands.