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Ingredients Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth has been used as an insecticide beginning thousands of years ago. Furthermore, China used diatomaceous earth as an insecticide 4,000 years ago. Birds take “dust baths” using soil and clay dust to fight off mites and other parasites. In the US, diatomaceous earth has been used as an insecticide to control codling moth larvae, flea beetles, bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, and other insects, for instance.
How it Works Inert dusts, like diatomaceous earth, kill insects by desiccation. In other words, the dust removes the outer layer of wax or grease that is a part of an insect’s exoskeleton. The dust absorbs waxy fats and oils from the epicuticle or skin of insects and other invertebrate pests. After the insect’s coating is removed, it cannot retain water and dies from dehydration.
Diatomaceous earth can be used as an insecticide on a wide variety of insects including:
- Flea Beetles
- Carpet Stains
- Driveway/Garage Oil Stain Remover
- Fridge/Freezer Deodorizer
- Metal Cleaner
- Pest Remover
- Shoe Deodorizer