Diatomaceous earth is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants. It is believed that 30 million years ago the diatoms, tiny, single-celled algae found in plankton, built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite.
The diatoms are mined and ground up, resulting in a powder that resembles and has the same texture as talcum powder.
What does it look like?
It comes out to look like fine, white, crystalline powder made up of the fossilized shells of the microscopic diatoms.
What is it composed of?
3% magnesium, 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 2 % iron, and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium.
Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth can be utilized as a pest control device. It is safe around animals and children. Diatomaceous earth is a deadly product to those insects comprised of exoskeletons. Bedbugs are amongst the list of insects it kills and repels.
Diatomaceous Earth’s potential to kill is due to its sharp microscopic edges, and not because of a chemical action like most toxic poisons.
How does diatomaceous earth kill bed bugs?
Complete insect control and extermination may take up to several days for the bed bugs to die off. Although chemical poisons act faster and have a shorter residual effect, and Diatomaceous Earth works slower; diatomaceous earth will remain active and nontoxic as long as it remains in the environment.
The process by which Diatomaceous Earth kills bed bugs is natural, containing no synthetic chemicals, odors, or additives of any sort. Once Diatomaceous Earth mineral is applied, it resides until swept up or vacuumed.
Additional effective, and entomologist approved ways of protecting you and your household from these bed bug pests are available on www.bedbug.com