Diatomaceous earthDiatomaceous earth has been right under our feet for eons, waiting to be discovered as a safe, effective control for garden pests, for the relief of flea and tick problems with pets, and for the elimination of parasites in livestock! Diatomaceous Earth is mined from deposits of natural tiffany-like crystal shells of tiny, single-celled plants (algae) and ocean minerals. Today, many people know the value of food grade Diatomaceous Earth as a source of trace minerals in vitamin products for humans, as an additive to animal foods, as an abrasive in toothpaste to help clean teeth!

Our Diatomaceous Earth is a completely safe, high quality, food grade product. Having less than 1% crystalline silica, our D.E. is superior to conventional material. We do recommend wearing a dust mask when dusting D.E. in a greenhouse or any enclosed area. As with any dust, D.E. can irritate eyes and nose and should not be inhaled for extended periods of time.

• National Geographic reports, “Death comes within 12 hours after insects venture into Diatomaceous Earth. Their skins are pierced by sharp edges of the diatom’s siliceous shells, causing life’s juices to flow out.”
• Diatomaceous Earth removes the waxy protective finish of an insect’s shell, causing acute dehydration and death.
• Diatomaceous Earth kills all stages of ticks and fleas when applied in a liquid or dust form to lawns, bedding areas, carpets, and your pet’s fur.
• If used as a preventative, once ticks and fleas are gone they don’t come back.

Climate, temperature, rainfall, the degree of pest infestation, the presence of wildlife, livestock, and pets are variables that will determine the frequency of application. Apply twice a week for severe infestation, until pests are eliminated. Follow periods of heavy rain with a new application, then be guided by recurrent sightings of pests. Since fleas hatch rapidly during hot, humid weather, reapplication may be required every week to ten days until all eggs are hatched and adults no longer reappear.

When you use D.E. on and around your well-loved pets, you may do so without worry. The Department of Agriculture and FDA allows D.E. to be sold as a food additive for up to 2% of an animal’s diet. No worry when pets lick this product from their paws!

Focus on pest hideouts: sleeping quarters for pets and areas of the yard where they play or nap; on, around, and under upholstered furniture; in food storage areas. D.E. may be patted lightly into your pet’s coat, but avoid getting dust in eyes. The coat may feel coarse to touch for a day. Get a bonus for your cat by adding D.E. to Kitty Litter to absorb moisture, dry stools, and thus control odor.

Rid your home of heavy flea infestation! Sprinkle D.E. lightly over the carpet, under and behind appliances, furniture, and beds, and along baseboards where fleas hide and hatch. Indoors, sprinkle D.E. by hand or with flour sifter and brush into the carpet with a broom. Leave D.E. at least six hours (better overnight) before vacuuming.

Apply in spring as the weather begins to warm in your area, again when hottest part of summer is expected, and again before average temperatures drop below sixty degrees in fall. Reapply after heavy rain or for unusual infestations.

Apply D.E. to soil under the plants where insects are a problem. Spray in the center crown of developing cucumbers, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Early application to the growing plant and to the soil just around the root system are excellent preventative measures for control of plant-specific pests; however, we do not recommend blanket application over the entire garden. Apply with the Dustin Mizer, or use with one of the liquid recipes given on the reverse.

Apply directly to tree truck. Place spraying device 1-2 inches from tree and spray trunk from head high to ground. To cover higher branches, mix ½ cup D.E. with one gallon of water and spray foliage, using a pressurized sprayer. Borers attack many trees, especially fruit trees, and ornamentals, and are extremely difficult to defeat once established. In the fall, D.E. scratched into the soil in a two to three-foot band around the base of the tree will provide minerals for the tree and discourage borers from over-wintering. Ornamentals can be protected from aphids, flea beetles, and leafhoppers by dusting surrounding soil in early fall, and foliage in spring and summer.

To control fleas, ticks and other pests year around, use D.E. on a regular basis.
Home: Apply periodically along baseboards on the perimeter of each room, under beds and upholstered furniture. For flea control, be sure to apply before flea season begins.
Cats, Dogs, and Other Pets: Once fleas and ticks have been eliminated from their living area, and a preventative program is established, it may be unnecessary to apply D.E. to your pet’s coat. However, when pets go for a romp outside their pest-free zone, they may need temporary treatment to coat.
Lawn: Apply three or four times each year, more during flea and tick season as required.


    1-gallon water
    ¼ cup Sea Grow
    ¼ cup Nitron Formula A-35
    ½ cup Diatomaceous Earth
    This non-toxic recipe is excellent to use on vegetable gardens, flowers, and lawns. It is also a foliar nutrient and will improve the health of all planets through foliar application.
    1-gallon water
    ½ cup Diatomaceous Earth
    ¼ cup Sea Grow Plus
    Mix together and spray plants 2-3 times per week depending on the severity of the problem. After pests are under control, the spray may be reduced to once per week or once per month as needed.
    1-gallon water
    ¼ cup B.t. Caterpillar Killer
    ¼ cup Diatomaceous Earth
    1tsp Nitron Formula A-35
    ¼ cup Sea Grow
    ¼ cup Insecticidal Soap Concentrate
    Mix thoroughly. Spray roses early in the morning or late in evening. May be applied 3-4 times weekly when needed.
  • ANTS:
    Dust a generous amount of D.E. directly on the ant hill. Extend out about 5 feet from hill. When it rains, reapply after ground is dry.
    Spray or dust D.E. on any area where insects hide such as cracks, baseboards, etc. Also where feed and foodstuffs are stored.
  • FLIES:
    Use D.E. in all areas where livestock is kept. Spray weekly on walls, partitions, feeding troughs, watering areas.

With a program of internal, external, and ground applications, higher yields are expected from animals free of stress and disease! One test showed, when D.E. was included in feed for hogs, internal parasites were eliminated, and hogs stopped destructive behavior of rooting and destroying feeders. The value of D.E. as an additive to animal foods has been known for many years. There are 14 trace minerals in D.E. (Boron, Silicon, Aluminum, Manganese, Magnesium, Gallium, Iron, Calcium, Vanadium, Copper, Sodium, Titanium, Zirconium, and Strontium). These elements are important to animals developmentally in promoting good health and preventing disease. The Department of Agriculture and FDA allows D.E. to be sold as a food additive for up to 2% of animals diet. Animals fed D.E. treated grain have a healthier intestinal tract, and flies around manure in the barnyard may be reduced to the point that spraying can be eliminated.
Dust on or rub D.E. into animal’s coat, or fill rub-socks with D.E.
Feeding instructions: Feed at a rate of 10# D.E. per ton 1st week, 20# D.E. per ton 2nd week, 30# D.E. per ton 3rd week, 10#-15# per ton as maintenance thereafter.

7# per ton (apply 1 oz. to 1 bushel). Diatomaceous Earth applied at the rate of just 7 pounds per ton of grain, will keep bugs out for indefinite periods, doing no harm to the grain but keeping it fresh and insect-free.

Dust or spray D.E. at the rate of approximately 5 to 10 pounds per acre.


Cabbage LooperFlea BeetleStick Bug
AphidDeer TickFleas
Corn EarwormsBud WormHorn Worn
Cut WormsBag WormsWeb Worm
Cabbage WormCaterpillarMidges
WeevilMoth LarvaeMite
Peach BorerPotato BugBlister Beetle
WaspGrass HopperLeafhopper

…and a host of others

Source: Nitron Industries, Inc. 4605 Johnson Road P.O. Box 1447 Fayetteville, AR 72702



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