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Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a form of silica that can kill insects by desiccation, by absorbing their
waxy, oily, outer layer. When this thin, waterproof layer is damaged, the insect or insect egg loses
water and dies. DE also has microscopically razor sharp edges, which works as an abrasive sandpaper
to kill the insects. This killing action is a mechanical not pesticidal one. If kept dry, DE has an
indefinite shelf life and remains effective for as long as it is present. DE, also called 'sharp
sand', is sourced from the fossilised remains of freshwater single-celled plants.
Uses: Internationally DE has a wide range of uses in organic agriculture and household pest control and is included in products which are registered, marketed and certified for the control of cockroaches, silverfish, ants, fleas, flies, ticks, lice, earwigs, aphids, white fly, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers. Anecdotal information on the web includes its use for head lice and biodynamic tree paste. Please note it is not registered for these uses in Australia. In Australia its range of registered uses is limited. Current research and product development is focused on:
More information on Diatomaceous Earth...
Australia is very strict regarding registration, labelling and marketing of pest control and health related products. The information available via internet searches needs to be balanced with the fact that currently only Absorbacide has gone through all the regulatory channels in Australia as a pure DE product.
This food grade diatomaceous earth is accepted by organic agricultural standards and is registered to control various insect pests of stored products such as farm-stored feed grain, farm-stored seed grain, grain for human consumption, grain bins and silos, food processing and warehousing facilities.
Minor Use Permit application pending for Bed Bug and Hive Beetle.
It can be applied as a dust or spray. For treatment of building structures only, apply mainly to structural cracks, crevices and inaccessible areas. Absorbacide will leave a visible residue on treated surfaces and should not be used where such residues are unacceptable.
Material Safety Data Sheet
For further information and large quantities please contact www.mtsylviadiatomite.com.au
This is untreated, unheated agricultural diatomaceous earth not the diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool filters, which is dangerous and has no pest control properties.
Amgrow Tomato And Vegetable Dust
This multi-purpose insecticide contains food-grade Diatomaceous Earth, pyrethrin and piperonyl butoxide. Pyrethrin provides the knockdown effect on pests, while the Diatomaceous Earth kills insects mechanically, damaging the skin of the insect so it dehydrates. Suitable for the control of pests in the garden and outside the house, including aphids, caterpillars, codling moth, flies and ants. Apply dust to plants with the easy-to-use 150g shaker pack.
Diatomaceous Earth 88 - 89%
Piperonyl Butoxide 10%
Material Safety Data Sheet
PB163 minimum 3 per order
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