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Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
Safe Solutions' Food-grade quality Diatomaceous Earth is sold as a dietary supplement. The following statements regarding its use as a nontoxic pest control device are the opinions of IPM expert Stephen Tvedten and do not represent the instructions given by Safe Solutions.
Diatomaceous Earth is a nontoxic pest control device that works on insects of all species. Unlike pesticides which rely on hazardous poisons to chemically control insects, DE physically controls insects by scouring their exoskeleton through abrasive action. Insects cannot become resistant to physical control, but they do become immune to insecticides. Pesticides not only waste time and money, they also damage human health and environmental ecology.
DE must be used with discretion when applying. For example, when DE is used for organic gardening, care should be taken to not apply DE to the flowers of the plant in order to protect the bees that will land there for pollination to occur. Remember, all insects serve a purpose in nature, even those considered pests, and eliminating them causes change.
DE has long been implemented by farmers to protect their harvest and livestock from attack by insects. DE is added to grain storage bins to stop invading pests and also to livestock feed to eliminate internal parasites and other animal ailments. DE is added to baking flours as an anti-caking agent - you have likely eaten bread that was made from flour containing DE. Eating DE can have many health benefits for animals and humans alike, but it is imperative to only consume DE that is from food-grade quality sources. Some forms of DE can be toxic.
It is important to recognize that not all forms of diatomaceous earth are non-toxic and safe to use for organic gardening and agriculture. DE that is used for swimming pool filters is toxic to humans and will not control insects. Other brands of DE advertised as "insecticidal" often have additives of chemicals such as pyrethrum and piperonyl butoxide - these products are not safe to eat and should not be administered to animals or humans. Safe Solutions DE is 100% non-toxic, food-grade quality mined from uncontaminated fresh-water deposits.
DE, or Fossil Shell Flour, is composed of ground diatoms, microscopic fossils which are mined from deposits of water. Diatoms are the tiny single-celled plants and plankton that live in the sea by the billions, and provide the foundation of the food-chain for all marine life. Even the great whales could not survive without the diatoms. As diatoms die, their exoskeletons drift to the bottom, building up large deposits of diatomaceous earth over time. Geologic changes gradually shift these sea deposits to dry land, making them available for mining. Because of water currents, many deposits become impure, some even containing arsenic, and can be dangerous. Safe Solutions DE comes from a pure fresh-water deposit that is guaranteed as "Food Grade” quality and is 100% non-toxic - no chemical additives.
Pest Control Directions
Safe Solutions only endorses its own brand of Food Grade DE for nontoxic pest control use.
DE should be sparingly applied using a manual pump duster or mechanical power duster.
Spreading the DE as a thin layer of fine powder is more effective than a heavy coating.
When using DE outdoors it is necessary to reapply the dust after periods of heavy rain.
Avoid inhalation of DE when dusting. Avoid contact with eyes - flush with water. Wear a respirator or dust mask when direct prolonged inhalation is unavoidable.
Parasite Removal Directions
Add a spoon of DE to food during meals to eliminate intestinal parasites such as worms.
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Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
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Food Grade Quality · Non-toxic · No Chemical Additives
Dispenses Safe Solutions Diatomaceous Earth into insect hiding places, cracks and crevices. Hold duster upside-down for floor level applications, or hold it upright for dispersion in wall and ceiling voids. Container ~½ lb.