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Diatomaceous earth (aka, DE) is a naturally occurring, soft, chalklike sedimentary rock that is made from tiny, fossilized water plants and can be easily crumbled into a powder. In its powder form, DE dehydrates an insect's exoskeleton, killing them, so it makes a great nontoxic pesticide. You can disperse DE around your garden to protect your plants. To do so, fill a large spice shaker with it and dust it around the soil of your plants. Try Earthworks Health to order diatomaceous earth and a dispenser, if you need one.

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Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
I can't find it at Home Depot or Lowe's, but I keep meaning to go to a local nursery. I suspect I might find it at a place like that.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Is "online" the only place you can find it, or do they sell it at local stores like Home Depot or Lowes, etc.?
Home Home 8 years
I've used DE a lot on my garden and around the house for bugs. Some people use it as a flea treatment, too!
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Oh, nevermind, I see that you say it's non toxic.. cool.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
ps, is it toxic at all to animals or humas? Could you put it in your basement to get rid of spiders?
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Such a good idea, and it would probably work to sprinkle it around the foundation of your house to keep spiders, ants & other bugs from coming in. Interesting, might have to look into this.
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