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Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a naturally occurring substance made from water plant fossils.

The fossils are ground into a powdery consistency which end up having very sharp edges, and any type of bug with an external skeletal structure that comes into contact with it, will have their skeletal structure cut, and as their skeletal structure disintegrates, the insect dehydrates and dies.

Simple but it works.

One note though, DE works best when humidity is low and the soil is dry. The moister DE becomes the less effective it becomes.

For earwigs, millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, cockroaches, ants, scorpions: Lightly coat a thin layer of Diatomaceous Earth in areas where these pests are found or may hide, such as cracks and crevices, behind or beneath stoves, refrigerators, cabinets, garbage cans and in and around sewer pipes and drains, window frames and in attics, basements and crawlspaces.

For ants: Simply sprinkle DE in, on, and around the ant hills to make sure they have to walk through it.

For Fleas: Thoroughly treat floor and bedding in and around your pets' sleeping quarters. Treat surrounding cracks and crevices, baseboards, carpeting and wherever fleas are suspected.

Diatomaceous Earth is effective and long lasting when kept dry. Insects cannot become immune to its action.

As a long lasting control, just sprinkle into cracks and crevices where bugs hide. Any insects that come into contact with it, or ingest it, die within 48 hours.

Active ingredients: Silicon dioxide, from diatomaceous earth 85.0%. Other elemental oxides 10%. Moisture: 10%

One warning though, it can be harmful to anything, including humans, that breath it in because the powdery substance sticks to anything moist, like lungs or eyes, so when you use it, wear safety glasses and a protective mask to cover your nose to avoid inhaling it.

Completely safe to use around pets and children as long as they are kept out of the way while you are applying it.


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