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Diatomaceous Earth as Pest Control

Pest control can be a very tricky matter for many homeowners. You can’t just pick a bug spray and start spraying indiscriminately but trying to manually capture or kill the pests can be impractical. Instead of going for the bug spray every single time, you may want to consider getting diatomaceous earth a try. What is diatomaceous earth anyway? Let’s take a closer look.  

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What Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is a material made from fossilized remains of plankton and other tiny water-dwelling organisms called diatoms. Unlike other pest control options which are chemical in nature, diatomaceous earth works mechanically. This is because its particles are shaped in a way that wounds the insects and draws out their bodily fluids.

How Effective Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth will kill most insect pests, but how fast does it kill the insect? According to experts in residential pest control services, it takes about 24 hours for diatomaceous earth to kill an insect. Depending on where you place it, it can take as little as 5 days for most pests in an infestation to come in contact with diatomaceous earth and kill them en masse.

How to Apply Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is pretty easy to use; you just put a bit of it in an area and hope pests crawl over it. However, in order to be truly effective, you’ll have to figure out common spots where pests tend to crawl over when exploring your home. These spots often include corners, spaces inside cabinets, and areas underneath stationary furniture.

Caution Still Required

Although diatomaceous earth is considered a “clean” product, you should still take extra care when handling it. It’s possible to develop respiratory issues if you inhale too much of it. If you want to make sure this pest control option is applied safely and effectively, get help from certified pest infestation experts.

Want to learn more about diatomaceous earth? We’re here for you. Bugworks Pest Control Co. is the leading pest control company in the area. You can call us at (956) 450-8958 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.

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