What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous Earth is an organic material made up of diatomic fossils. The fossils used to be aquatic organisms. These fossils are crushed into a powder which can be used to manage pests.
Why should you care?
This product works by absorbing the oils and waxes found on the insect’s bodies, which in turn works to dry out the insect. The abrasive edge of the product also works to scrap and scratch the pests as they molt into their next instar. Finally, this powder also makes it difficult for the insects to respire.
When should you use it?
Diatomaceous Earth will yield the best results when added at the beginning of fill and the last load, where heat and moisture build up due to convection.
How to get Diatomaceous Earth?
Call or visit your nearest Westview Co-op Agro Centre for more information:
Hanna - (403) 854-2820
Drumheller - (403) 823-5555
Horseshoe Canyon - (403) 677-2777
Eagle Hill - (403) 556-2113
Consort - (403) 577-2802
Fun Facts about Diatomaceous Earth:
- It is organic.
- Ingestion doesn’t need to occur for it to work.
- The name “Diatomaceous Earth” comes from the fact that this powder is made up of ground diatomic fossils. These are fossils that were aquatic at one point in time.
- This can be used to control rusty grain beetles as well as weevils, confused grain beetles, grain mites and can be used in gardens.
- Pay attention to adding product at beginning of fill and the last load, where heat and moisture build up due to convection.