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Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine powder made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms whose skeletons are rich in a natural substance called silica. Shaped like a cylinder, these minuscule fossils have razor sharp edges which don’t affect humans but can cut and kill parasites and small insects.
DE acts a powerful insecticide which can be used against a variety of garden pests including aphids, ants, mites, earwigs, cockroaches, snails and slugs. However, it shouldn’t harm worms or any beneficial microorganisms in the soil!
Sprinkle the silica-rich powder around the garden on the affected areas. You can spread it by hand or by using a dust applicator bottle. If it rains right after the dust application, it will need to be reapplied.

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