Diatom Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

Get rid of fleas, ticks, bedbugs, ants, and any exoskeleton insect naturally with 100% food-grade diatomaceous earth.


David Proctor

 Urban Farmer/Rancher

Diatomaceous Earth For Pest Control

by David Proctor

April 20, 2023

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly 

What is diatomaceous earth or DE? 

“Diatomaceous earth is a soft, powdery, porous, and silica-rich mineral that is found in fossilized deposits near dried-up bodies of water.  

This mineral is the result of the accumulation of dead diatoms found in marine sediments, which contain the remains of silica.”

I have found that quite a few people take the 100% food grade internally and according to Dr. Axe has these benefits:

  • Detoxify the body by cleansing the digestive tract, boosting liver function, helping eliminate heavy metals in the body such as aluminum, and acting as a detoxifier for the blood since it carries a negative charge that attaches to free radicals and other harmful toxins.
  • Helps purify water by killing viruses and filtering out heavy metals
  • Fights parasites by adding to the feed given to pets and farm animals.
  • It can be used as a natural insecticide since it absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, which causes them to dehydrate and die.  DE can be used to eliminate bed bugs, house dust mites, cockroaches, ants, and fleas, without the use of toxic chemicals.
  • Beneficial for joints and bones and can help prevent low bone mass.
  • It helps clean and protect skin, nails, and teeth.
  • The use that I thought was interesting was for ants and fleas.  These are two very hardy insects and are hard to get rid of once they make their way into your home.

Diatomaceous earth is a really inexpensive way to control external and internal parasites in your dog and cat.

The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die.  

The larvae are affected in the same way.

But DE is completely harmless to animals.

The only thing that you should be very careful about is not inhaling a lot into your lungs.  

It is easy to do, so if need be, wear a mask if you think you might inhale a lot while working with your pet.

DE can be placed on your pet, cat, or dog and the powder rubbed through the fur to the skin.

When the fleas come in contact with the DE, it will help eliminate them.  

I would really like to try this out on chickens.  

It appears that DE can really help chickens with egg production.

The Food and Drug Administration lists Food Grade diatomaceous earth as “Generally Recognized as Safe”, which means it’s legally allowed to be added to many different types of foods, beverages, and supplements.

In summary, it is my belief that Diatomaceous Earth can be a very useful product for eliminating pests naturally and safely. 

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“The Most Versatile Detoxifier Around.” Dr. Axe. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 April 2023.

“Before You Go…” DiatomaceousEarth.com Official Site to Learn About Diatomaceous Earth. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 April 2023

Winger, Jill “How to Use Diatomaceous Earth.” The Prairie Homestead. N.p., 26 Sept. 2016. Web.20 April 2023

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