WHAT IS DIATOMACEOUS EARTH?
Grandpa’s Diatomaceous earth is fossilized Diatoms, a type of algae. Diatoms live for about a week before settling on the sea floor, where they become a siliceous sedimentary rock.
Diatomaceous Earth is a natural pesticide, bed bug killer, and de-worming agent – the effectiveness of which is a result of its high porosity.
Why is Diatomaceous Earth so important?
Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth is a natural insecticide that works through mechanical means. As DE absorbs water when it attaches itself to the exoskeletons of insects, they die as a result of water pressure deficiency. This same desiccant effect makes Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth effective at stopping mold from appearing in the feed.
The animal feed contains wet additives such as molasses that cause the particles to become “sticky”. It forms clumps that not only make the feed hard to pour but is also a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth, when mixed into the feed, coats each particle making feed easier to pour and absorbing the moisture that mold needs to grow. No mold means less wasted feed. And this means more value from each dollar spent on feed.
Not All Diatomaceous Earth is the sameDiatomaceous Earth packaged Under our Grandpa”s Diatomaceous Earth® Label comes from an extremely pure fresh water deposit of the Diatom Melosira Preicelanica. Why is this Diatom so special? Its shape and hardness are important to how it works. Its hardness keeps it from dissolving in liquid. The holes along the Diatom’s wall allow it to absorb moisture, hence its use as an anti-caking agent and mechanical pesticide. Lower quality Diatomaceous Earth often contains unnecessarily high amounts of iron or clay. Lower quality DE can be identified by its dark color. Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth® is almost pure white and consists of 89-94% Silicon Dioxide, which is the source of DE’s benefits. More about different types of diatomaceous earth.
Flea Control Get Rid of them Naturally!!!
How Does Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth® Work?
How does it help flea control? To us, as humans is a very fine powder but on a microscopic level it is sharp, this is how it works. once a flea come in contact with it, Diatomaceous Earth begins to make little cuts into the flea, causing it to dehydrate and die, unlike other products, Grandpa’s Diatomaceous earth® does not poison the fleas, so the fleas never can become immune to this flea control process.
Diatomaceous Earth, will need to be in its dry powder state to be most effective for flea control, we would not really recommend applying to your animal if they have damp fur because of a bath, diatomaceous earth will then turn more into a mud and not be able to catch on to the fleas, as well as it can dry. so if you apply it to your pet, and you give them a bath or they play in some water you will need to reapply diatomaceous earth when their fur is dry.
How long will it take to kill them? using Grandpas Diatomaceous Earth® for flea control, there has been some research done showing it takes 4 to 12 hours to kill a flea when coming in contact with diatomaceous earth, we recommend when you do a treatment, you leave it for 24 hours at a time, just ensuring you get as many fleas at one time as possible.
How to Apply For Flea ControlHelpful Tip’s
- Before anything, make sure you are using food grade Diatomaceous Earth! any other types can be harmful and will not work for flea control. so if the bag does not say food grade, don’t use it. All of Grandpas Diatomaceous Earth® is food grade and you can trust it.
- The best way we have found to make the applying for flea control easier is by using one of our E-Z Fill Dispenser’s.
- If you have respiratory / breathing problems when air is dusty, you may consider wearing a dust mask while spreading Diatomaceous earth around, it could get pretty dusty.
- Due to the fact that fleas eggs hatch about a week from when they were laid, for full flea control you will want to do applications twice within the first week (recommended). then once a week for 3 weeks following. Most people notice a majority of fleas are gone by the end of week 2, we recommend to stick it out for another 2 weeks to avoid a reinfestation.
1. To Your Pet
you can use this same flea control process with the wide verity of household pets we are just going to use a dog for this demonstration. Okay, you will want to take it slow the first time, to avoid wasting the diatomaceous earth.
- Start at the tail of you dog.
- You will want to dust forward against the fur of your dog really working the Diatomaceous Earth deep into their fur. (that’s where the fleas are located.)
- Dust your entire dog, not just their back.
- Avoid getting Diatomaceous Earth in their ears and eyes, only because it is a very fine powder and could cause some irritation.
- No Need to wash off Diatomaceous Earth from your pet. (Just continue your regularly bathing cycle)
2. To Your Home.
you will need a vacuum and a broom
- vacuum carpeted areas.
- Use a broom to loosen up your carpet by moving it in small circular motions.
- This makes it possible for the Diatomaceous Earth to get deep into your carpet.
- This will disturb the fleas getting them to start moving around, causing them to leave their hiding place’s
- Apply a light layer of Diatomaceous Earth on your carpeted areas.
- Also, apply to your pets bedding.
- Clean up after 24 hours. (there is nothing wrong with leaving it longer)
3. To Your Lawn
You will only ever need to treat your yard 2 maybe 3 times during the flea control process.
- You will want to use the large E-Z Fill Dispenser or use a regular drinking glass.
- Spread the Diatomaceous Earth evenly as possible across your lawn.
- As long as the Diatomaceous Earth doesn’t get significantly wet or get rained on, it will remain able to work against fleas.
- apply more heavily in very dry sandy areas.