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Wet Diatomaceous Earth Application (Indoors)

Wet applications make using DE a breeze; it is distributed evenly and in just the right amount. Because wet applications function best for warm and dry locations, there may be some limits to this method’s application. While not the perfect way to apply for all situations, it is certainly one of the easiest.

Also, if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma, you may want to consider a wet application for DE before anything else.

Step 1:

Using a funnel, fill a spray bottle with 4-6 tbsp for a spray bottle you have at home. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Screw on the lid or nozzle and give it a shake.

Step 2:

After you have identified the area of your home that needs DE and if it is both dry and warm, you can begin applying your DE mixture. Spray once or twice and move on.

Step 3:

If you are using a spray bottle that that has spray and squirt settings, choose spray. Holding the nozzle about 1′ to 2′ from the area, spray once or twice, and move to the next area.

Step 4:

Allow for the water to evaporate. You should have a thin and evenly spread DE resembling dust.

Step 5:

Vacuum the area once you notice deceased insects and repeat applications as needed.

Wet applications make using DE a breeze; it is distributed evenly and in just the right amount. Because wet applications function best for warm and dry locations, there may be some limits to this method's application. While not the perfect way to apply for all situations, it is certainly one of the easiest. Also, if yo

Diatomaceous Earth Is The All-Natural Way to Save Your House (and Plants!) From Pests

When your favorite houseplant becomes infested with spider mites or aphids do you: a) Obsessively try to combat the issue with every home remedy you’ve read online; b) Shrug your shoulders, hope they go away, and get used to living with insects; or c) Throw the plant out the window and go buy a new one. For me, it’s A, B, and C, in that order. Or at least it was, until I discovered diatomaceous earth, an all-natural solution that works like a charm to kill insects indoors. And it’s good for more than just plants…

For the unfamiliar, diatomaceous earth is a powdery “soil” that’s made up of ancient fossilized algae plants called diatoms. Diatomaceous earth is mined from sediment deposits of streams, rivers, lakes and oceans and is extremely common. It’s also extremely effective at killing indoor insect pests.

While diatomaceous earth feels like baby powder to human hands, the tiny granules actually have jagged edges that are razor sharp to insects. The abrasive particles nick the insects’ bodies at the same time as the absorbent dust soaks up the oils in their exoskeletons, killing them by dehydration.

As mentioned, this substance is a great way to take care of your plant’s bug problem. Simply sprinkle the powder on top of the soil in your planter. For best results, do this when the soil’s surface is dry to the touch—but before your plant is in dire need of watering—since soaking up water will make it ineffective.

Here’s some even better news: You can also use diatomaceous earth to take care of other household insect pests like silverfish, ants, roaches, bed bugs, and earwigs by sprinkling it around baseboards or other affected areas. Make sure to put it in all areas where they like to hide, including cracks and small holes.

Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe for Humans & Pets?

Unlike with pesticide sprays, you don’t need to worry about exposing your family or pets to diatomaceous earth, especially if you use the food-grade kind. (Food grade diatomaceous earth is used commercially in makeup, water filters, and even food and beverages as anti-caking agents and clarifiers.) It’s a good idea not to breathe it in (wear a dust mask or cover your face with a scarf if you’re worried) since the fine particles could induce coughing fits or make it hard to breathe, but once the dust is settled you’re good to go.

Where to Buy Diatomaceous Earth

Have an insect infestation you need to take care of ASAP? You can easily find diatomaceous earth at your local garden center, Home Depot, or at online retailers like Amazon.

It's the chemical-free way to combat spider mites, aphids, silverfish, ants, roaches (and more of your other favorite bugs) at home. ]]>