I recently came across a product worthy of mention, especially during the summer months when insects are more prevalent. Diatomaceous Earth. Diatomaceous Earth consists of fossilized remains of hard shelled algae known as diatoms. What’s important to note here is that this white powdery substance is abrasive to delicate insect exoskeletons which will cut and dehydrate them. And it is chemical free! Just sprinkle the powder where you have the infestation or issue. The Diatomaceous Earth will continue to work as long as it is dry. Really that simple.
If you have children or pets or would like to use indoors, there is food grade Diatomaceous Earth that will be safe for them. Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) can also be used on your pets to rid them of fleas and mites. But always use caution when using as it is a fine powder and a mask is recommended when spreading around your property or indoors.
Give it a try next time before you call your local exterminator. It may save you some money, especially if you are proactive and use it before the heat of the summer months.
August 6, 2014