The Amazing Uses of Diatomaceous Earth Around Your Home

Diatomaceous Earth is a popular natural form of bug control in pets. But here are a few more uses of it about your home that you may never have considered…

We have a natural flea control product called DeNeem. It’s a very simple product, containing a codex food grade form of Diatomaceous Earth. You know the white cliffs of Dover?! That’s all Diatomaceous Earth! It is essentially the crushed bodies of zillions and zillions of tiny sea creatures over time, creatures that are high in silicate, which is the good stuff we’re going to exploit in this article. In short, if it’s fleas on dogs you’re worried about, DeNeem is going to do the job for sure. We absolutely do not recommend chemical flea control on dogs. DeNeem is natural and of no risk to you and yours. But fleas on dogs are just the beginning for DeNeem…

diatomaceous earth is what the white cliffs of dover are made of

Diatomaceous Earth is highly effective at killing critters. Most commonly used for fleas on dogs, it will actually kill ALL creepy crawlies including ticks on dogs (though rapid removal with a tick-remover tool is preferred here, we give out one free with every first time order from our shop), mites, bed bugs, lice and red mites on chickens. It kills them mechanically not chemically (the microscope silicate shards lacerate the waxy outer layer of the bug, disrupting their water balance and ultimately sucking the water out of their bodies via osmosis over hours). So not only is it entirely safe to you, your pet and anyone cuddling the dog shortly after, but it won’t poison our rivers, lakes and streams and decimate wild bug life, as chemical drop-ons are currently doing. In our product DeNeem, we couple a high-quality form of Diatomaceous Earth with organic neem then will act as a repellent from that point forward, being the most effective herb for that job. With a price tag of €14.50 for 200g pouch, DeNeem is a very popular and cost-effective product that will last you years. Here’s how to apply DeNeem (and warnings for anyone with lung issues – it’s very fine dust, maybe wear a mask and do outside) is below. Below is a quick how-to vid (though I think this guy is pretty excessive!)

Most importantly, keep that powder dry, it will work quickest that way. Finally, it’s not an instant killer like many chemicals, it might take a full day in some instances (check this plant, one day later), but it will do the job for sure, slowly but effectively. DeNeem has a MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE when bought from us, should it not work. No quibbles.

But here are some other uses of DeNeem you mightn’t have considered:

Use DeNeem to keep ants out, naturally…

I’m only on for killing bugs that are actually causing trouble. So any on my pet or in my house that doesn’t lend themselves to easy removal might be a target. Ants are one such bug in the summer. While no harm, you don’t want them crawling around your breadboard. Regular ant powders contain Permethrin, the same neuro-toxin used in many spot-on flea treatments. You DO NOT want this dust in your home. A line of DeNeem at your doorway will keep ants out of your house as long as it stays dry. If they try to get in across the little barrier, they will, unfortunately, be doing a kamikaze. Even the government of Canada recommends it for this purpose.

Use Diatomaceous Earth to rid of aphids on your plants…

Ever wonder why the herbs you buy in the supermarket never seem to have green fly on them?! I always find that a bit worrying but considering chemicals such as RoundUp (and it’s countless mimics) is so freely used by the agricultural sector and which we now know are giving us cancer, I can only assume there are numerous chemical methods the food industry has at its disposal in this regard. In fact, many of these chemicals are designed to be sticky, staying on the plants after light rain, increasing their efficiency. I always worry about that when I give them a cursory wash under the tap, is that enough?!

Diatomaceous earth kills aphids on plants

If you have some nice, fresh indoor plants and you find greenfly have moved in, and unless you have resident ladybirds who prey on aphids, consider whipping up some DeNeem aphid spray. Simply mix a couple of tablespoons into a litre of water and spray on your plants. It won’t kill them instantly. It needs to dry out first. Aphids will then pick it up as they go along. Repeat every couple of days. Watch this guy using a makeup puffer and puffing it on raw, great idea! He has another video 1.5hrs later showing the aphids are still alive but they’re certainly moving slower. Ideally, the guy would have gone back after 6hrs or 12 though…

The added benefit of this method is that Diatomaceous Earth is often taken by people as a mineral supplement, being so high in so many vital nutrients. We actually need silica in our diet and when consumed in the form of DE, WebMD says it can help with constipation as well improving the health of skin, nails, teeth, bones and hair. Folk also give DE to their dogs to kill gut worms. However, I’m not sure DE works when wet and I’ve never seen actual evidence of this killing worms. As we’re still not sure if it’s perfectly safe when ingested I’d hold off on teaspoons of the stuff until we know more That said, a tiny bit of DE dust is surely no harm and likely very beneficial. It’s at least better than the dust particle remaining on your plants from the alternatives and it’s easily washed off.

I wouldn’t use this outside too quickly. We need to watch the bee population who too can be harmed by DE. Keep it indoors. Mind you, bees are generally only landing on flowering plants, so if you steer clear of them and go easy I’m sure they’ll be fine.

Use Diatomaceous Earth to kill problem spiders…

Spiders are great. While they freak me out a bit, I know they’re eating all the flies and I HATE flies, so that’s good. I remove them where I can and throw them into the neighbours. However, I told you all my false widow story (she was under my skylight, couldn’t seem to get rid of her. Ferocious web spinners, every day I removed the hammock-like web, every day it was back!). I have a baby and a very, very nosy dog. It had to go. I found where she lived and puffed it with DeNeem. No more false widow.

diatomaceous earth kills spiders

 

diatomaceous earth kills spiders

Use Diatomaceous Earth to keep your pet (and chicken) litter bug-free…

Cat trays are pretty dirty, let’s face it. They also attract bugs. Mix some DeNeem into your cat tray to keep at least the bugs at bay. DE is also used in chicken coups on the same principle, red mites being such a pest to them. I love chickens. Will also add some nutrients to their fare and no doubt aid with egg production.

fleas can leave a dog scratching, deneem kills them quickly and naturally

Dr. Conor Brady

After a doctorate studying the effects of nutrition on the behaviour and gut morphology of animals, five years with Guide Dogs as a trainer and supervisor, some success on Dragons Den with the finest raw dog food company and the last few years both writing and speaking on canine nutrition and health, I can say with some confidence that the pet food and drug industry cares not a jot for the health of your pet.
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