Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Diatomaceous Earth & Why You Should Use It

Here is a link to Hot Belly Mama's blog.
http://hotbellymama.blogspot.com/2009/09/i-love-you-mr-de.html

She talks about diatomaceous earth as a natural way to get rid of bugs. I have had ant hills in the garden all summer & didn't remember how great this would be to use. This weekend it's ant patrol time...

7 comments:

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I have to say that I had a lot of fun reading her blog :-) She really made me feel she lived in a war zone :-) :-) :-) But I can´t understand what this D/E is! What does it contain? It sure sound as if it works anyway! and I really understand whay one wants to kill all flies and other nasty insects that exist during summer :-) :-) :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

fullfreezer said...

Oh, I love diatomaceous earth! We used a lot of it when we lived in Virginia and had slugs the size of a Buick circling the garden. I need to get some more for here for next year. The snails are fierce this year. Of course that could have something to do with the record amount of rain we've had this year.
Thanks for the link.
Judy

Barbara said...

Diatomaceous Earth is wonderful product with many uses which I also use. Very important to not breathe in product. While it is natural is is like Abestos in your lungs if inhaled. Can be found in the garden center of any home improvement center.

littlegreengardengal said...

I use diatomaceous earth in my garden for snails and slugs, and also used it in my house this summer when the ants came in. I buy mine food grade from a co-op. I know several people who take it themselves and give it to their pets to keep away parasites, although I've never done that myself.

For Christer- diatoms were microscopic organisms that lived on earth a long time ago (I don't remember if they still exist alive or not- I am recalling this from college biology class and that was awhile ago!) and this DE is their remains which are found in deposits in the earth at different locations. If you look under the microscope you can see the different shapes of their shells, which are sharp and are what cut the bugs and cause them to die.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Thanks for the information! Even if it is natural it sounds as if it woulkd be very forbidden over here :-) I mean the thing how it can give troubles if breathing the thing.
Christer.

Mount Belly Mama said...

ha ha ha! That was funny. I'll have to go back and read my post to see if it feels like a war zone.

It worked the first night for us. Took care of whatever was biting me at night!

Barb and Steve said...

Thanks for all the tips! Sorry you won't be able to use it Christer, I have heard other countries are much more careful with products than we are.