Ask the Expert: What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Question: What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Answer: Diatomaceous Earth is a natural chemical-free powder that can be used to help control crawling insects indoors or outdoors. For those looking for a green product, this may be a good option to look into. Diatomaceous Earth is used for treating slugs, earwigs, sowbugs, cockroaches, ants, fleas, silverfish, bed bugs, spiders, wasps, grain insects, and other crawling insects.

We sell Doktor Doom Go Green Premium Quality Baited Insecticide in each of our stores, this product only has one ingredient: Diatomaceous Earth. This natural insecticide takes advantage of mineral deposits of diatoms which have been found useful in reducing crawling insect pest populations in and around the home. The patented manufacturing process of this product combines two food-grade additives, one of which attracts the insects while the other is a digestive ingredient. This formulation usually kills crawling insects within 48 hours from internal and external abrasive action. This fine powder is odour free, does not discolour and is not harmful to animals, fish, fowl or food, when used as directed. The product is effective as long as it is present and can be used indoors or outdoors.

When using Outdoors: For best results use in areas where dust application cannot be affected by heavy rains or high winds. Effective in controlling Slugs, Earwigs, Sowbugs, Beetles, Wasps, Spiders, Ants, Crickets, Caterpillars, Millipedes, and Centipedes. Lightly coat areas where insects hide, including around building foundations, window and door sills, patios, porches, along ant trails, around gardens, and under hedges, shrubs and trees. Spray application is recommended for Slug control. Do not apply to food crops.

When using Indoors: Cockroaches, Ants, Bed Bugs, Silverfish, Earwigs, Crickets, Millipedes, Centipedes, Spiders and Grain Insects. Lightly coat areas where insects hide, such as cracks, crevices, behind and beneath appliances, cabinets, sinks, garbage cans, pipe and drain openings, attics and basements.

Even though this is a chemical-free product it can be harmful if not used according with the label. When dealing with insecticides the label is the law! Always remember to keep out of reach of children. Avoid breathing the dust. Do not use as space spray. Avoid contact with eyes. And wash your hands after use.

If you wish to self-treat your home, then the professionals at Poulin’s would be available to you for the proper products and guidance, our customers are always treated like an extension of our family and we are here to help in whatever capacity. Visit any one of our seven retail store locations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.

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