Diatomaceous Earth - Food Grade to Combat Ants, Flie and Other Insects

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joebryant, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Two days ago, I brought in the hummingbird feeder to change the water. It was covered with ants. Last week I had bought 100 pounds of food grade diatomaceous earth, and I recalled my having read on here how someone killed ants with it. I took about a teaspoon of de and spread it at the base of the shepherds hook/pole that the feeder hangs on. Yesterday, I looked at the feeder, and, voila, not ONE ant on it of the pole or feeder.
    Okay, now here's the presumption/question:
    It seems to me that diatomaceous earth could NEVER deteriorate, so if I sprinkle a contiuous one-inch-wide line of it all the way around my house/garage no ants, spiders, etc., could ever cross the line and live. Wadya think?
  2. geoaware

    geoaware Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2007
    Southern Maine
    We bought DE to try and kill fire ants on our farm...and it was as useless as spreading sugar.
  3. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2008
    Central NY
    It's not a fool proof killing method, but does help to kill the buggers by nicking their outer shells. They die from the injuries. The DE has really sharp edges that can be seen with a microscope.
  4. geoaware

    geoaware Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2007
    Southern Maine
    DE is actually a rock made up form the shells (tests) of microscopic organisims called diatoms that live in huge numbers in the ocean. Unlike most ocean critters that make their shells out of calcium carbonate (which becomes limestone when it turns into rock), diatoms make their shells out of silicon dioxide..or quartz (or if you like, glass).
  5. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    easley sc
    it will wash away when it rains, but give it a try and let us know how it goes

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