Diatomaceous Earth - Natural Substance with many uses

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on a Table

At home, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) offers a natural way to control various pests that infest your home, pets or garden. It can be used for taking care of bed bugs, ants, fleas, dog ticks, flies, spiders, etc. Some pure varieties are also used for human consumption and in animal feed to kill worms and improve digestion. It contains no additives and is also known as diatomite, fossil fleur or kieselgur/kieselguhr.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is essential for anyone looking for natural remedies in their home, yard, garden or homestead. This amazing product is made of tiny, fossilized diatoms (plankton) that accumulated over millennia in fresh water lakes. When mined and left untreated, this fine powder can be used in hundreds of different ways.

Products containing diatomaceous earth are most commonly dusts. Other formulations include wettable powders and pressurized liquids. Currently, there are over 150 products registered for use in USA inside and outside of buildings, farms, gardens, and pet kennels. Some products can also be used directly on dogs and cats. Diatomaceous earth products are generally registered for use against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and many other pests.

There are thousands of non-pesticide products that contain diatomaceous earth. These include skin care products, toothpastes, foods, beverages, medicines, rubbers, paints, and water filters. The Food & Drug Administration in America lists diatomaceous earth as “Generally Recognized as Safe”. “Food grade” diatomaceous earth products are purified. They may be used as anticaking materials in feed, or as clarifiers for wine and beer.