How to Use Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is very versatile and be used in a wide variety of applications. Click a topic below to learn more!
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: How is it Formed?
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is formed by diatoms absorbing the mineral content within a water body to form a shell around their cell membrane. These diatoms, in this particular case, absorbed a high amount of silica and low amount of metals within this particular body of water in the Reno, NV region of the United States. Over thousands of years, these diatoms build up on top of each other forming a huge fossilized deposit. Literally, these diatoms were formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Now, the diatom itself is a particular one called the Aulacoseira diatoms created in the Miocene Epoch
The shell formed around the diatom’s cell is considered to be primarily amorphous silica. Its shape and hardness have everything to do with how it works. It hardness keeps it from dissolving like other hard minerals. The diatom’s tubular shape and holes along the diatom’s wall allow it to absorb moisture, hence its use as an anti-caking agent! The tubular shape of the diatom gives it more surface area than other shaped diatoms and this means it has greater absorptive capacity with the holes that open to the center. This allows the diatom to absorb unwanted fungus and bacteria within the gut! Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth does not swell in the stomach and has no physical or chemical capability to absorb nutrients, medicines, or herbs.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is almost all silica at 89% and is pure white to off-white in color, showing its purity. There are other mines of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth here in the US and world. You will find that those other mines have a product that is almost grey or red in color since it has a higher amount of metals like iron or even clays that are not meant to be ingested. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is OMRI organic.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is Not Sand or Glass
picture of our diatoms under a microscope
The most common thing in the sand is crystalline silica and is usually in the form of quartz, which, because of its hardness, really does not weather through thousands of years. Many mines of diatomaceous are not rated food grade because of the high amount of quartz or crystalline silica found within its diatoms. Crystalline silica is not meant to ingest and will cause problems if animals eat it. Amorphous silica is better for ingestion and found that some of the silica can be absorbed into the blood stream to help with silica supplementation with animals. Beach sand is mostly made of a varying weathered material from inland rocks and transported to the beach via wind, rain, rivers, and/or shells and other hard parts precipitated out of the ocean water by marine organisms. Quartz is the main component of glass making and crystalline silica or quartz will make a clear and hard glass. Quartz is a hard and white or colorless mineral consisting of silicon dioxide, found widely in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. It is often colored by impurities (as in amethyst, or citrine)
Fresh Water vs Salt Water Diatomaceous Earth
picture of a fresh water diatomaceous earth mine
Fresh water deposits like ours have a consistent diatom presence. Their fossilized shells have maintained their tubular structure. This shape and strength of the fossil shell are critical to its effectiveness. Our deposit has 89-92% amorphous silica content. This deposit is also more consistent in its purity. A fresh water deposit in the mountains, such as ours, formed when snow was pure and its run off provided the water source these diatoms lived in. Salt water deposits contain a mix of types of diatoms of different shapes. Their fossilized shells are fragile and break easily. This renders them ineffective for our purposes and down right dangerous to ingest. The salt water deposits are less predictable in their sediments due to their open environment.
Whats the Difference Between Amorphous and Crystalline Silica
Amorphous silica is silica in its naturally occurring state. It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs to live. Diatoms are found in all water sources and are the main food for aquatic life. Diatomaceous Earth becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme temperatures by manufacturing means and in minute amounts through naturally occurring extreme heat such as volcanic activity. The type of diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool and other filtration systems is crystalline silica that has been heated naturally or by man to make it crystalline. Crystalline silica is extremely dangerous when inhaled or ingested. IT IS NOT BIODEGRADABLE!!!
Diatomaceous Earth – Household Uses
Make a paste with diatomaceous earth food grade and water to make a metal polish. Diatomaceous Earth food grade also makes a very inexpensive soft scrub for the shower, sink and faucets.
Garage/Driveway Oil Stains:
To remove oil stains from garage floor or driveway: Make sure area is dry and completely cover the stain with diatomaceous earth food grade. Let the powder soak up the oil for 24 hours. Remove the excess with a metal spatula or paint scraper and dispose.
Diatomaceous Earth food grade can be used in the same way as baking soda to banish odors. Leave an open box or jar of diatomaceous earth food grade in the refrigerator and freezer. Replace with fresh DE every week or so.
For fresh smelling footware, place some diatomaceous earth food grade into the ends of two knee high nylon stockings and tie a knot the top. Place the stockings inside shoes or boots. Leave until used again.
To remove stains from carpets, cover the stain with diatomaceous earth food grade and lightly work into the stain. Let set for at least 2 hours and vacuum up.
Garbage Can Odor:
To deodorize a garbage can with diatomaceous earth food grade, sprinkle a cup or so of diatomaceous earth food grade in the bottom of the garbage can. Will deodorize and absorb moisture.
Reducing Toxic Pesticides using Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth)
What is the Story?
Firstly, we live in a world where our “elites” have legalized the use of toxic pesticides. Unfortunately, to the household or the commercial farmer for a majority of the United States of America, it is readily available. Secondly, we have a new EPA administration that wants to roll back regulation on pesticides. For everything in the name of helping the economy from “evil regulations”. We all know the truth of how toxic they are but how toxic are they? Secondly, we want to be able to provide you with actual science on these chemicals. Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth) has eliminated these types of pesticides in households and gardens. We all have families and animals we love. There is no reason to cause real physical and psychological harm in the name of efficiency. In the next section, I want to explain some insecticides and what they kill. Scientific information related to the toxicology to humans is something we will share also. Not only humans but did you know that we have a growing number of bee deaths. Consequently, not only from GMO glyphosphate but this next list of pesticides can do the same. In conclusion, California is the ONLY state that counts the thousands of pounds that are used every year in their state. As a result, this number is getting to the 10,000+ of tons each new year….
Pesticides and Information about Toxic Effects on Humans
Seems like pesticides provide many benefits for farmers and consumers. Consequently, the price we pay the for the convenience is not right. There are some profound side effects that, without the help of the EPA, cause:
- Cancers – With a great deal of concern and debate surrounding pesticides. There is a large body of evidence that claims pesticides cause cancer in systems of the body. To counter this, the EPA has “reviewed” these pesticides and will provide toxicology information. But there is no mention of an alternative or a reduction plan.
- Endocrine Complications – A wide range of reports suggest that males lose their testosterone, androgens, and a healthy male reproductive organ. Who wants that? In some cases, frogs have been turned female!!!!
- Infertility & Sterility – Exposure to Pesticides has been linked to destruction of egg production, loss of sperm count, and many still-births
- Brain Damage – Pesticides may be to blame for mild cognitive dysfunction (MCD) and all the way to causing Parkinson’s in some European countries. Frying the cognitive function of a child before their brains develop. Very sad!
- Birth Defects – The link between birth defects and using pesticides is first in household pesticides that you can spray on insects to kill them on contact. These pesticides have a residual effect that WILL get to the placenta and WILL get to your baby.
- Respiratory Disorders – Have you noticed all this Asthma? Get your pesticides and chemicals out of the house. Put them in a detached building or a storage container approved by the EPA. The rise of wheezing, chronic asthma, chronic bronchitis, and farmer’s lung in the last 20 years should tell you something about the connection.
List of Pesticides and References to Toxicology
Insect Growth Regulators
Firstly, primarily focused on the rise of Fire Ant colonies in the south. In recent years the spike of this chemical in that area is staggering! Pyriproxyfen is the chemical and is in brands like Nylar, Spectracide, and MANY fire ant baits. Check out this link to Pubchem/NIH explaining the toxicology of the chemical.
Microbially Derived Insecticides
To start, most popular in brands that kill Bagworm, caterpillars, or thripes. Comes in granule, but mostly in spray form. Spinosad is the chemical that’s used widely all over the United States! There are natural forms but are less effective on the market than synthetic counterparts. Types of spinosad have been found on dead bees and considered to cause bee deaths. Furthermore, you will find this chemical in bagworm or tent caterpillar sprays and other products similar. Spinosad also finds its way into insecticidal soaps that claim to be OMRI Organic.
Botanical or plant derived pyrethrums
To start, this is included in brands like raid flying insect killer, schulz’s Plant Spray, and many others. Beings it is one of the most popular, it is the most widely used. Associated with asthma and chronic breathing conditions is troublesome. Pyrethrum is a chemical that is common place to find in the blood stream of animals and children. Lastly, people use this type of pesticide for any flying, garden, or crawling insect.
More information is available at the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.
In conclusion, Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth) has made as much a dent as possible in the use of these chemicals. We will continue to promote this NON-GMO and Organic way of eliminating pesky insects from the household and garden. Therefore, done without poisoning our mother earth and poisoning the individuals we love. I encourage you to do your own research. In addition, when you have the time today, check your chemical cabinet to see if you can find any of these chemicals in your home. Lastly, Check out our page on Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth by clicking here!
ORGANIC PEST CONTROL
FOR GARDEN INSECTS:
Firstly, all you need is Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth, and either an inexpensive Pest Pistol Powder Duster ($8.99) or the more heavy duty Dustin-Mizer Powder Duster ($34). For very large agricultural applications, most use the Hudson Bak-Pak Duster Sprayer ($319).
For DRY APPLICATION of Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth, use a duster and cover entire plant, applying to both top and bottom of leaf. Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth will need reapplication after a heavy rain. Applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. It is a long lasting, effective powder as long as it is visible and dry. You may also side dress plants or form a circle, as a barrier, around the base of the plant.
Insects cannot build up resistance or immunity to Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth as they do with chemicals Wear a dust mask when applying large amounts. Otherwise, just avoid direct inhalation as when using baby powder or any fine powder.
FOR HOUSEHOLD INSECTS:
See our separate page for bedbugs and our page for fleas. We also have how-to videos under the how to section of the website. For household insects cockroaches, ants, earwigs, crickets, silverfish, beetles, and other crawling insects. Lightly coat a thin layer of CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL Diatomaceous Earth in areas where these pests are found and may hide in such as cracks and crevices, behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves, garbage cans and in and around sewer pipes and drains, window frames and in attics and basements.Dust insects directly if possible. Repeat treatment regularly.
It’s best to have two inexpensive accessories for dispensing your CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL Diatomaceous Earth. We suggest the Pest Pistol Powder Duster to puff it into crevices ($8.99), and our Plastic Shake Dispenser ($4.00). They are both refillable from the original container.
Do not try to pour the CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL Diatomaceous Earth into the dispensers from the original container. It doesn’t pour like sugar or sand. Best to use a spoon or scoop.
For Outdoor Use:
Cockroaches, Earwigs, Grasshoppers, Ants, Crickets, and other crawling insects: Lightly coat a thin layer of CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL Diatomaceous Earth in areas where these insects are found such as patios, outdoor sills, window and door frames.
Dust around foundations, along ant trails and around sewer pipes and drains. Repeat treatment as necessary.
CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL Diatomaceous Earth is a natural, organic garden pest control and household insect killer. CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL Diatomaceous Earth kills by physical action, not chemical. The tiny diatoms scratch off the insect’s waxy coating, and dehydrate it to death.
Organic garden pest control called CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL DIATOMACEOUS EARTH! It organically kills garden insects on huge farm crops as well as in home gardens.
PERMA-GUARD CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL—EPA REGISTERED AND APPROVED!
EPA REG. NO. 73729-1-67197 EPA ESTABLISHMENT NO. 67197-UT-001
CHECK OUT THIS GREAT VIDEO ON HOW TO APPLY TO YOUR HOUSEHOLD PETS TO GET RID OF YOUR PETS FLEAS AND IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD!
HOW TO GET RID OF FLEAS
Kill Fleas Naturally
DIRECTIONS FOR APPLICATION
1. Apply Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth to the pet’s entire fur coat making sure to rub it down to the skin. Do this for a period for two weeks, every day. Make sure not to miss the legs, belly, or hind quarters.
2. During this two week period take the product and apply in a light and visible coat to pet bedding indoors, flooring around the bedding, rugs, and upholstery. Leave for the first week, clean, and then reapply for the next week in the same fashion.
3. Clean thoroughly indoors and see where you stand. In most cases this eliminates the population and cuts off the gestational period. We do understand that in some cases fleas can get out of hand and we ask if you still notice some to reapply for another week or two both to your pet indoors.
IF YOUR PETS ARE OUTSIDE:
1. Apply Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth in the same fashion to your pet’s entire fur coat every couple of days to ensure a good preventative measure.
2. Apply Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth also around the perimeter of kennels, cages, perimeter of your house and make sure it is light visible. BE sure to reapply to the perimeter and other areas if it rains.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 all summer to ensure the proper protection
4. (Optional) Florida is one of that states that has sand fleas and they are in huge numbers so some choose to apply to the entire lawn a few times to kill off a majority of the population. Mix 1/2 Lawn Sand & 1/2 Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth in a fertilizer spreader to ensure the product falls correctly and evenly. Product is very fine so be sure not to open the spreader too much. Play with it to get the right application rate. Make sure the application is light and visible and re-apply after every rain
(*Rule of Thumb…If it rains and you are unable to see the application it is time to re-apply). For example, try to apply to the lawn when you have a stretch of sunny and clear weather to avoid the product being washed away the next day if it rains.
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL): THE NON-GMO & ORGANIC ROACH KILLER
Firstly, roaches are common in the US especially in the arid climates of the southwest and other parts of the US. They are attracted to food that has not been stored properly or left out to be cleaned at another time. Roaches, like many other insects, are becoming immune to pesticides, fumigation, and other treatments while the cost of these treatments continues to climb. I mean, ROACHES CAN SURVIVE A NUCLEAR BLAST! So chemicals are out of the question in regards to controlling the population. Diatomaceous Earth Organic Roach Killer (Crawling insect Control) is an Organic & NON-GMO option to protect your family from poisons and to rid this disgusting insect from your home.
Diatomaceous Earth (Organic Roach Killer) works to kill a roach by dehydrating them to death, whereas with poisons you have to wait for the residual effect to kill them by toxicity. As long as a roach comes into contact with the powder and it gets on its exoskeleton, it is just a matter of time before it dies from the stress of dehydration. Please read and follow these steps to ensure your Diatomaceous Earth (Crawling Insect Control) is used correctly.
- Clean, clean, clean! Good sanitation chores everyday will be your best defense against a roach infestation! That chip that fell behind the couch could have brought them in! When cleaning your home, look for cockroaches and mark the places they like to hide or stay with a piece of colored tape or post-it note. Be sure to check around cracks and crevices with a flashlight.
- Get your vacuum out and make sure to make a second pass in every room to ensure that the carpeting is very clean. Again making maintaining this cleaning method is your best defense. When causing go the extra step and move your furniture to be sure all areas including under furniture is vacuumed thoroughly.
- Damp areas are a no no when trying to apply Diatomaceous Earth (Crawling Insect Control) as this NON-GMO powder needs to be dry to be effective against ANY crawling insect. Using any type of caulk, sealant, or silicone, be sure to seal up any and cracks under sinks, bathroom, near baseboards, or around doors that have poor or missing weather stripping. This fix is permanent and would be a good time to take case of these small cosmetic glitches. It will keep the roaches out and that is what matters the most in this situation.
- This is the step where you need to start applying Diatomaceous Earth (Crawling Insect Control) and if you have not finished cleaning your house to a sparkly shine, please do so before you apply. Areas when an even, light, and visible application needs to be applied to are as follows…Behind baseboards, wall sockets (be sure to take the plates off, light switches (be sure to take the plates off), under appliances, under sinks, cracks or crevices, and where food is commonly dropped and forgotten about. Please use the Pest Pistol Powder Duster to aid you in getting this powder in those locations. Leave applied for 7 days and then repeat steps 1-4 every week for 1 month.
- Apply Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Control (Organic Roach Killer) around the outside foundation of your home. Be sure to go out at least 1 foot from the start of your foundation to ensure proper protection from these bugs and other crawling insects as well. Whether you live in a dry or damp area this is an important step in making sure the roaches come into contact with it before they have a chance to enter the home. This will not deter them from entering but they will not live as long and the hope is that is will dehydrate them for instance before they lay eggs. Leave down for 7 days or after a rain. Reapply and keep applied for 1 month just being sure the product is applied in a light, even, and visible fashion.
- (Optional:) Crawlspaces are a breeding ground for roaches (limited human contact) and need to be treated as well. Take 3-5lbs of Diatomaceous Earth (Crawling Insect Control) and pile it near the entrance. Using a leaf blower or similar machine, point at the pile and blow the powder into the crawlspace. Please give it 15 minutes to settle and then visually inspect the crawlspace being sure it is coated. If not be sure to repeat this process directing the powder to the location where it is not applied to.
Indoor Ant Treatment Using Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth)
Firstly, being one of the most common insects that invade the home can make some prepare for warmer weather when they may want to come inside your home looking for food. They can be a nuisance for the single family home all the way up to become a problem. Why use Diatomaceous (Crawling Insect Control) Earth for ant treatment? Because it is an organic option instead of harming your pets, kids, and yourselves using expensive chemicals. As long as the product stays dry it will outlast any residual effect pesticides have. Plus this product kills by a physical action and not a chemical so there is no way the for the ant to become immune to it. Its 100% effective as long as you are applying it correctly and the ant actually comes into contact with it.
How To Apply Indoor Ant Treatment Using Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth)
You will need two things:
- Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth and we have two different sizes.
- applicator called the Pest Pistol Powder Duster
- Find areas around your house where you have seen ants crawling. Mark places where you think and where they may be able to enter your house.
- Apply powder in an even and light application to all baseboards using our pest pistol powder duster in every room and be sure to focus on window sills and doorways.
- Apply powder in an even and light application to the outside foundation of your home being sure to go out 6″ from the start of the foundation
- Leave application indoors and outside applied for 7 days and then clean the best you can. in most cases the ants are eliminated and in other cases you may see 1 or 2 of them. Just be sure to repeat if you see more. Its a matter of time as they get killed off that they will realize it is not the best place to look for food and they will leave.
CONTROLLING ANT HILLS USING DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL)
Many have problems with ants in their home and this may be deterred by stopping the problem where it begins, the Ant Hills!
In this post we will go over how to take care of the ants by applying DE to the Ant Hills. This works well for all ant types even fire ants and carpenter.
Things To Gather:
- Broom stick (Metal, Plastic, Wood)
- 2 Liter Bottle of Club Soda
- 1 Cup Diatomaceous Earth (Crawling Insect Control)
- Few Sticks or Flags To Mark Ant Hills or Areas Where Ant Hills are Present
Steps to Control Ant Hills Using Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Control:
- Gather needed supplies, mark off ant hills or areas of any hills using some sticks you find on the ground or use some colored flags to do the job.
- Mix 1 cup of Diatomaceous Earth (Crawling Insect Control) with 2 liters of club soda until well blended. *You may have to stir again to be sure the product has not settled to the bottom of the container
- Take broom stick and stick into the center of the hole of the ant hill and push down about 6 inches. Next you want to twist and bend that broom stick all around while still in the ground. What this does is breaks apart the queens chamber and causes the workers to scramble to try and fix the chamber or make a new one for her to move to quickly
- Remove broom stick and immediately after, slowly pour the solution you just mixed up into the hole you created. The club soda will help to break up more the chambers and expose more of the ants and QUEEN to the diatomaceous earth.
Works very well with any kind of ant especially fire and carpenter in the southern states. Carpenter and sugar ants have smaller mounds and we recommend a smaller stick to break it up. For example the end of a wooden stirring spoon or end of a spatula.
Crawling Inset Control (Diatomaceous Earth): Organic & NON-GMO Wasp & Hornet Prevention
Springtime is a wonderful time to enjoy blooming flowers and lots of showers to help green things up! Spring time can also be a troubling time for some, especially if you are battling wasps or hornets around the house and yard. Many feel it is not safe to let their kids play outside with wasp or hornets around and we don’t blame them. They can be aggressive if provoked so it is better we leave them be. Before the infestation gets to be problem, take into account a NON-GMO and Organic prevention called Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth). This product is very safe for any pets or children and is a great prevention for these insects. They do not like to build their nests where this is applied. Follow these steps to help this season! Be sure to check out our Home Pest Control Bundle to save 16%.
Firstly, Examine your yard and focus on areas where they have built their nests the year previously. The majority of these insects populate areas like your grill, under stairs, gutters, under your deck, and deck furniture. Apply this product to these problem areas in a visible and 1/8 in application.
Apply the product to these areas using our Plastic Dispenser, Pest Pistol Powder Duster, or our Dustin-Mizer Powder Duster. Be sure to get a great coverage area. It may be a good idea to apply in a wet application if you are in a very dry area of the world. Mix 1 cup of this product per 1 gallon of water.
Be sure to repeat this process every 4-5 weeks. If you see more or if you have an unusually high amount of them, there is no problem with applying more. If your application has been exposed to a rain and it washes it away, be sure to reapply it.
Now that we are approaching the fall and winter season, it is time to get some pest control going as any and every insect is searching for warm and food. I am mainly concerned about spiders in this post as spiders are the type of arachnid to hurt us or our children. When it comes to worst time of year for spiders, this is the time when they are active and searching for food and warmth.
How can I deter Spiders from my Home Using Diatomaceous Earth Natural Spider Repellent
Many ask if diatomaceous earth is affective against spiders and yes it is! They are no match for this natural spider repellent product and will be deterred from crawling in it or even being around it. Diatomaceous Earth has the ability to get stock on the outer shell of an insect and when it moves, the product will irritate the shell or skin and eventually dehydrate the insect to death. Sounds like a great way to make a spider go! So let us move to how to apply this stuff to keep them away.
How to Apply diatomaceous earth inside and outside your home for Spiders
- Inside your home, focus on dark and damp areas of your home and mark them with sticky notes. As an example, your bathrooms, basement rooms, and any utility rooms.
- Outside your home, focus on entry ways to your home and mark them with either sticky notes or flags. Examples would be your entire foundation and entry ways into the home like your doors, garage, and windows.
- Please first apply in a ½” thick application around the locations that you marked outside and also inside. Basically for the outside you may apply to window sills and by the door and around the entire foundation. Inside you want also apply about a ½ thick application to the locations you marked.
- Focus on baseboards and wall outlets inside. You may use our pest pistol powder duster to get into those hard to reach locations. As for the corners of rooms and such please apply to those locations as well.
- Please leave application outside for 7 days and then reapply. Please leave applications inside for 7 days and then clean and reapply to the same locations, in the same fashion.
- Repeat if necessary and please continue until the first real heavy frost.
Diatomaceous Earth Natural Spider Repellent will help in getting rid of spiders and other insects from entering your home like they used too! You will feel safer knowing you don’t have to go around searching for the spiders! Take care this fall and winter and get rid of those pesky creepy crawlers.
We offer food grade diatomaceous and crawling insect control diatomaceous earth at wholesale prices! Feel free to contact our dedicated customer service and sales team at 1-800-228-5836 and we are happy to help you in a timely fashion!
What Are Stink Bugs?
The stink bug is an invasive species from Asia that arrived in Pensylvania in the late 90’s. This insect has gotten its name from its tendency to release a foul odor when eaten, crushed, or disturbed. Stink bugs are a common garden insect that when it becomes cold will move indoors to stay warm. It has 6 legs and is a brown or light gray in color. Its shape is similar to a shield and can get as large as 1″. These insects are primarily found in the Eastern half of the United States but is not limited to the midwest states and even some west coast states including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Habits, Habitat, and Threats
For the most part the stink bug will eat garden fruit and there nymphs will feed off of plant cellulose on leaves, stems, and fruit. Stink bugs like many other garden insects will try to come in your home during and right before the cold months. Many times you may see this insect en masse on the side of a building or house. Stink bugs do have the ability to spread anywhere in the US and this is potentially damaging news to the agricultural industry and most importantly the small garden that is supporting food for a family. Stink bugs do have the ability to bite but it is very rare and they are not poisonous and pose no threat. Although, having about a hundred in your kitchen welcoming you to their new home in the morning is not cool.
How to Prevent and Kill Stink Bugs With Diatomaceous Earth
To really help your home or business keep the stink bugs out, be proactive before the cold creeps up or take the measure now during the cold months to help out right away and to get a step ahead of the upcoming warm season. If you need to get rid of stink bugs that are already in the home please have your diatomaceous earth and a vacuum cleaner ready. These steps below are to help you prevent stink bug infestations inside your home.
- Seal Cracks around windows, doors, house siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood baseboard or mop board if you can.(Good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk will suffice for this)
- Inspect damaged windows for any cracks or openings in the screen or window itself. Please replace if they are damaged.
- On the outside foundation of your home it is a good idea to clear debris and old dead plants away from the foundation about 6-12″
- Apply our Diatomaceous Earth to the cleared area in a visible fashion and be sure not to miss a spot around your foundation
- Reapply the product after every rain and continually apply a fresh application every other day or as necessary
If they are in the home
- Please repeat steps 1-5 first to be sure you have a preventative measure to prevent more from entering your home
- Break out the vacuum and start vacuuming the stink bugs and the rest of the flooring
- Please apply our Diatomaceous Earth product by entry ways, baseboard or mop boards, rugs, carpetting, upholestry legs and bed legs.
- Leave applied and in a light and visible fashion for 3 days
- Clean application and any other dead or alive stink bugs
- Repeat steps 3-5 once or twice a week to ensure proper stink bug control
Stink bugs are essentially harmless unless you are the unfortunate soul to inhale or smell the stink bug’s stink. Very foul and very effective. Stink bugs are also invasive and some species are predatory and will elminate many beneficial insects that help deter leaf cuting insects and others. It is best to help rid these insects from your area and send them packing to Asia.
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When talking about tick control many of us look the other way as we do not want a tick infestation. Such a horrible bloodsucking parasitic arachnid that makes the lives of many terrible during the warm season. Many different products are on the market currently that may work but are so toxic that I would not dare let my pets or children play around it. Some of these products are insecticides designed to kill ticks but will also kill your pets or kids if they are not careful. Spring is coming and we want to be sure that all of you have the right information to help repel and stop ticks from infesting your home and areas around your home without the need or even the thought of insecticidal poisons.
Rid Ticks From Your Home
Most tick infestations start in your home when a tick attaches themselves to a pet or yourself. Ticks then either attach themselves to your skin or they may fall off and slowly scurry to a hiding place. As of late, a disease called Lyme has made its way into mainstream news and deer ticks and other ticks are known to carry this debilitating disease.
In 2015, 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
View this data from the CDC by clicking this link! Let it be known that our product can help you get these things out for good and let us show you how!
Home & Pet Tick Prevention
- Cleaniless is the most important step here and needs to happen before you apply DE. These little bloodsuckers can hide in furniture, stored clothes, rugs, drapes, for very long periods of time. So get out your vacuum and start vacuuming your furniture, fabrics, rugs, and wash all clothes on the highest heat setting possible and dry on the highest heat setting when you can. This method sucks up many ticks hidden there. Going that extra mile by moving furniture and appliances to get to those places is a must! This cleaning again is essential in your battle to rid them!
- Apply your DE using our plastic dispenser and pest pistol applicators! We have the DE and those two applicators in a bundle for you for extra savings! Click this link to be directed to the product page to check it out! We recommend you apply your DE to where the carpet or flooring meets the baseboard or wall. We also suggest that you apply to entryways to your home like window and door frames. Apply to and in furniture, rugs, fabrics, and drapes. Please apply in a light and visible fashion.
- Leave application down on those locations for 7 days and then vacuum the application up. Please note that a shop vac will work better as a normal vacuum may become troublesome if you vacuum too much at once. Wash the drapes or fabrics that you can again.
Repeat steps 1-3 until the problems gone!
Outdoor Tick Control & Prevention
So many of us have a large tick population in our yards and it’s troublesome to send your kids or pets outside anymore. Who wants 15 ticks on your dog after spending an hour outside? Nobody, and the fact that those ticks can get into the house, yuck! Really there is no way to rid every tick from your yard. They are so invasive that you would have to make it look like a bakery exploded in your yard by applying DE to every square inch or you could simply remove the foliage and grass completely. Both of those options are not practical so we will give you some tips and tricks when using DE to rid ticks from your yard.
- Ticks hitch a ride with animals and rodents so be sure to mark locations where you may have seen rodents or animals like deer, rabbits, or squirrels. These locations could be buildings next to your home, groups of trees, piles of wood, compost piles, sheds, barns, unattached garage, and anything else you built around your home.
- You may want to clean these areas if they have any debris. If you find holes or indentations in the ground, fill them back in. Level them off with your yard grounds. Like you see above, unstack and restack your wood to free any ticks in the woodpile.
- Leaf litter you find during the beginning is a hot spot for tick activity and let me tell you, they love to hang out at this location. Be sure you rake up all that dead leaf material and dispose of it well away from your home and yard. Keep the ticks from mating and increasing the population. Keep your grass cut and trim those hedge bushes to keep them away from there also
- According to the CDC, it is very wise to form a 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas (Groups of trees) to diminish tick migration into your area. Be sure to cut your lawn regularly and keep any swing sets, decks, or patios as far away from the edge of the trees or wooded area as possible. At least 8 feet away! Construct a fence around your property to keep out unwanted rodents from populating in your yard and increasing tick populations. Also clean trash, compost piles, and undisturbed areas. Keep rodents from nesting and giving you a tick headache!
- Be sure to apply DE to the outside foundation of your home, any unattached buildings, and around wood piles, compost piles, and anything that is considered clutter that you are not able to move off your property. Apply a light and visible application to your pets fur coat and skin is a wise idea also. Do this 1-2 times a month during tick season and every time a rain washes the application away.
If you are an avid gardener or farmer, you know full well what aphids can do to your plants. If left untreated aphids can eat your plants in a matter of days to weeks, completely stopping any harvest from happening. Aphids come in a variety of colors but all do the same, eat your plants! Many individuals will use chemical pesticides to kill the aphid population but what they do not realize is the pesticide will not be forever in the fruit of the plant. Now, no one wants that for dinner! We do offer Diatomaceous Earth as an organic and NON-GMO solution to killing your aphid infestation on any plant whether indoors or outdoors, in the ground or in a container. This is the ultimate aphid control and let us explain how to use it against them!
How to Apply Diatomaceous Earth For Aphid Control
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- Be sure to put on a dust mask and goggles to protect your eyes and lungs while applying.
- For aphid control, Using our plastic Dispenser, apply diatomaceous earth liberally to the top sides of leaves and around the ground around the plant or if growing in a container, apply to plant and then to the soil and around the container where it is sitting.
- Taking our Pest Pistol Powder Duster, puff the product onto the undersides of the leaves where aphids may want to lay eggs
- Repeat steps 1-3 every few days or after every rain or watering to prevent further infestations.
*In dry and arid climates please mix 1 cup diatomaceous earth with 1 gallon of water to spray apply the product to plants. Again be sure to reapply if not visible or after every rain or watering.
Thrips can be a problem for the greenhouse grower all the way to the field or garden grower. To control thrips we need to understand what a thrip is and its habits and habitats. After we learn what the thrip is, we can better understand how the thrip acts, habitats, and how to GET RID OF THEM. Thrips contribute to a huge amount of headaches from the professional and commercial grower, greenhouse grower, down to the gardener. Thrips can make a healthy plant look like it’s on its last leg, in a matter of a day or two depending on the infestation.
Lifecycle and Information
As you can see above thripes if left untreated can cause some serious damage to your produce! Thrips damage plants by feeding on leaf and flower tissue, leaving a silvery appearance. They also lay eggs in leaves and flower tissue in young developing fruit (such as cucumbers). This damages leaves and flower petals and causes distorted and damaged yields. Thrips can also transfer disease such as the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus so it is very important to keep these pests out of your grow!
- Nymphs and adult thrips are very small, straw colored, long insects that are a little less than 1mm long.
- Adults have narrow, fringed wings; nymphs are wingless
- Thrips can move FAST and prefer to hide in folds of leaves and fruit
- Females lay eggs in plant tissue and each female lays between 6-10 eggs per day over her lifespan of 4-5 weeks. Eggs hatch in 5 days with 72F weather.
- Nymphs feed on plant tissue for 8-10 days, then drop to the ground to complete development in protected sites on the ground or greenhouse floor.
- Thrips have an immobile stage, the pupal stage, which takes 7-10 days
- When adults emerge they fly to upper parts of plants and begin laying eggs after a day or two.
- Use yellow or blue sticky cards at a rate of 1 trap per 500-1000 square feet. Place traps at tops of the plants, around the canopy.
- Count the number of thrips on traps weekly; replace traps every 3-4 weeks as the glue dries out
- Use a 1-15x lens to examine leaves for presence of thrips or signs of feeding damage.
Control Thrips With Diatomaceous Earth
Earthworks Health LLC offers a bundle package that combines our awesome applicators to help you apply and a whole 50lb bag of the diatomaceous earth itself. Feel free to click here to be directed to the information page of this product bundle! As with any pest, a combination of monitoring and an effective product like diatomaceous earth to kill them is going to be the most effective way to rid them. Please see below for steps on how to use diatomaceous earth to kill a thrip infestation on your plants.
Steps on Applying DE to Kill Thrips
- Clean up any dead plant material on or around plants to prevent other varieties of insects that may cause harm to your plant. In my experience bugs that eat my plants are drawn to the dead plant material. So if you are greenhousing it this year, get your room cleaned and disinfected before you start really growing.
- Apply Diatomaceous earth, in a visible fashion, to the entire plant and be sure to focus on tight areas or areas where plant foliage may be folded. Be sure to get the underside of the leaves
- Apply a 1 inch think layer of DE on the grounds from the center stem out a few inches past the drip line of the plant. This step is super important to be sure we get any of the dormant nymphs that come to the ground to develop into adults. This action prevents the nymph from becoming an adult, where adults fly to the canopy and lay eggs.
- As a prevention you may do this action every 2 weeks in your grow. But during an infestion its best to keep up on the application on a weekly basis.
- Be sure to reapply after every rain or watering as DE will get washed away. Just be sure its visible, very important
- Repeat steps 1-6 as needed throughout the growing season
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