Halamanin's Diatomaceous Earth is a natural substance that is commonly used in gardening as a pesticide and soil amendment. It is made from the fossilized remains of microscopic aquatic organisms called diatoms.
Diatomaceous Earth has a powdery texture and is composed mainly of silica. It acts as a mechanical insecticide, meaning it physically damages the exoskeletons of insects, causing dehydration and ultimately leading to their demise.
One of the key advantages of diatomaceous earth is that it is effective against a wide range of garden pests, including ants, aphids, fleas, mites, slugs, and beetles, among others. It is considered a natural and non-toxic alternative to chemical pesticides.
The sharp and abrasive particles of diatomaceous earth create a barrier that pests must crawl through, effectively reducing their population.
It can also be used as a soil amendment. It helps improve soil drainage and aeration by adding a gritty texture to heavy soils. It can also contribute to the overall fertility of the soil by retaining moisture and providing trace minerals.
Diatomaceous earth is generally safe for humans and pets, it is still recommended to wear protective gear such as gloves and a mask when applying it to avoid inhaling the fine particles.
How to Apply:
You have options for how to use our Diatomaceous Earth, depending on the bugs you want to target:
- Squeeze a puff of the powder into crevices in the walls, steps or walkways around your vegetable garden where some bugs might be hiding.
- Spread the powder around the base of plants to target cutworms, Japanese beetles, slugs, snails, squash bugs, and other bugs that you can't see during the daytime.
- Sprinkle the powder anywhere on the soil where insects will encounter it, such as entrances to garden beds or the sides of paths.
- Sprinkle the powder onto the leaves and stems of plants plagued by insects.
- Apply a puff of diatomaceous directly on bugs as you see them. Use enough of the powder to coat them completely and heavily.
*Weight and volume may slightly change during delivery due to exposure to temperature changes.