Organic Non-Toxic Pest Control that is safe enough to EAT!


Alright! this is John Kohler from growingyourgreens.com,
today we have another exciting episode for you coming at you from the backyard garden
and today’s episode – I’ve got some problems, man, I’ve got some bugs in my
garden. Let me go ahead and show you guys. I don’t know if you can see this okra plant
here that is pretty kind of close up but we got ants running up and down the little stems
of the plant here and on the bottom of the leaves, if we look very closely, you can see
all these little black dots. Man, these are like aphids sitting on the bottom of my leaves
and the ants are basically farming the aphid poop which is sugar which is food for them.
And basically what happens is the aphids suck the lifeblood out of my okra so that it is
not going to be as productive. Plus, they got all these pesky ants everywhere that are
kind of pissing me off. Now this is the middle of the summer time – hundred plus degree weather.
And you do not want to be spraying any kind of water solution or watering your plants
in the middle of the day because you will get leaf burn for sure. So normally I would
treat this with like a Neem oil and Dr. Bronners Sal Suds soap, I will post a link down below
to the video where I explain how to do this so this means that I could spray in the early
morning or the late evening you know after the sun goes down and it is cooler so that
I will not damage the leaves. Now the problem is I always have something to do and I can’t
always spray in the early morning or the late evening, so instead of using my favorite Dr.
Bronners Sal Suds and the Neem oil which is probably one of my favorite ways to control
insects organically, I am going to show you guys another way that can actually be applied
any time of day and you can use this instead of or in conjunction with the Neem and Dr
Bronners. If you do want to use it in conjunction with, I would recommend always alternating
so do like one week do the Neem, Dr. Bronners and then do this next one I am going to show
you and then do the Neem and Dr. Bronners and always rotate because insect may be immune
to the Neem and Dr. Bronners, some of them, if you don’t properly apply it, but the
one I am going to show you guys today they will not grow any immunity to ever. So let’s
go over, sit down and share with you guys this new organic pesticide that I’ll be
applying today. So the natural and organic product that I’ll
be using to control the insects this round is this stuff right here, it’s actually
called the Perma-Guard Crawling Insect control and this is EPA registered and basically what
it is, it is diatomaceous earth and what that diatomaceous earth is basically the skeletal
remains of some microscopic sea creatures that lived thousands of years ago, so the
skeletons of us are made out of calcium, the skeletons of the sea creatures are actually
made of this silica. So it is this silica that actually does the pest control, and this
is, this works by mechanical action for example the Neem works, you know, basically just by
being, being toxic to the pests. Whereas, and the pest may develop immunity to this,
whereas this works by mechanical action so mechanical action what I mean is simply this,
imagine if there was like a glass bottles right and they took the glass bottles and
they broke them up into small pieces right and then they put you in a tank of the glass
bottle shards and then rubbed that all over you and just rubbed it all over you, man,
you would just get cut and you would bleed red blood from the inside out until you had
too much blood loss and you’d lose your life. So how the diatomaceous earth works
much like if we would bleed all our blood out, this stuff actually basically works by
dehydration. It basically cuts open the insect, it gets dehydrated because it cannot keep
all it’s fluid inside and it loses its life, so much like we would never be immune probably
to glass shards, the insects will never be immune to the diatomaceous earth, also abbreviated
as DE. So this is the special diatomaceous earth that is EPA registered for crawling
insects. You know, whether you got aphids or whether you got ants and cockroaches, whether
you got problems with some spiders, I mean, this stuff will work on all those creatures.
I mean, it’s a wide, it works on a wide range of creatures so this is really cool,
I mean just one product will do it all and the cool thing about this stuff is that it
is not made in a factory, you know, made by any chemical company, this stuff is mined
out of the earth. So the diatomaceous earth is basically (uh/a) fossilized deposits of
these diatoms or these creatures and there are different kinds of diatoms so not all
diatomaceous earth harvested from different places are always equal because there are
fresh water diatoms and salt water diatoms, so the kind I recommend you guys get are the
fresh water diatoms which are right here because the properties will vary, you know, depending
on the source of the diatoms, fresh water, salt water, and where they are harvested from.
So in diatomaceous earth there are basically two kinds of silica, there’s crystalline
silica and amorphous silica and in addition the diatomaceous earth also contains up to
like twenty other different trace minerals within it. And the thing you want to remember
is that, that the silica, the amorphous silica is fairly non-toxic, whereas the crystalline
silica you know can cause silicia-osis and mess your lungs up and all this kind of stuff.
So you want to make sure you get diatomaceous earth that has a lot of amorphous silica and
not a lot of the crystalline silica and the Perma-Guard brand has high levels of the amorphous
silica and low levels of the crystalline silica. So this I like a lot. So one of the cool things about the diatomaceous
earth is that it is approved and armory certified for use in organic agriculture, you know,
another thing I want to say is that not all diatomaceous earths are created equal, I mean
this stuff, brand I like the most Perma-“gruad” (sic) [speaker corrects] Guard brand is EPA
registered for insects and it says uh silicon dioxide from diatomaceous earth eighty-five
percent, other element oxides ten percent, moisture five percent, total a hundred percent.
Here is another brand that I got actually at a local, uh, hardware store and on this,
this is also the diatomaceous earth but it’s only seventy-seven point six-nine percent
and other ingredients twenty-two point three-one percent. So you know when you guys buy the
diatomaceous earth, I would recommend you guys get a really pure kind such as the Perma-Guard,
you know, Crawling Insect Control. Now I want you guys to be aware of this, you know, that
this one here, is made for insects is exactly the same, uh, in most cases as the one that
is food grade, yes. This stuff is so safe, actually it is regarded as safe or has grass
status with the FDA. Because this is used in some of you guys’ food and can be used
as an anti-caking agent in some foods, you know its often fed in animal husbandry to
chickens and even uh cats and dogs to de-worm them. This is excellent to use if you’re
storing grain, so that it keeps the bugs from getting in your grain and eating them. If
this is mixed in with your grain, they’re not going to eat your grain and if you eat
some of this it’s probably not a super huge deal because they also actually put this in
toothpaste. This is actually quite abrasive, in the past it actually has been used, for
like, to make a facial cleansers, like do a little bit of scrubbing on “ya”. Um,
so I mean, yeah, this is the food grade so the thing I am trying to say is that the food
grade and the crawling insect grade, uh, are the same. So, one of them may cost more than
the other depending on where you live and where you’re buying it from, so, you know,
I can’t recommend that you guys use the food grade for insect purposes because it’s
not labeled as such, but you guys can do whatever you want to do and I could tell you I got
a bunch of the food grade stuff I am going to be using for insect purposes, you know,
because it is less money. So, this, the food grade stuff that I am going to be using in
my very garden. Now the thing to remember, that you’re going to have to apply this
stuff and, uh, let’s see here, this stuff is actually like a white powder. Let me go
ahead and show you guys that. Basically it’s a white powder, now you can eat this powder,
it’s food grade, it’s not, well it is food grade, but it isn’t meant to be food
and people feed it to their animals and whatnot. But, I don’t know if you’re really supposed
to consume this, but from what I’ve read online many people do consume it and actually,
it just tastes like you’re eatin’ some rock dust. [laughs] Not too bad, and yes,
people do eat rock dust too for their minerals, so, um, they say that you know an animal that
helps with de-worming and detoxification, that may also be the same with dust. I think
I got an addiction to diatomaceous earth, I think some people have addictions to like
cornstarch, man, this stuffs kind of good. [laughs] But anyway the thing is, um, it’s
non-toxic, you can eat it but the problem is with any fine powdery substance, right,
I don’t want you guys to be breathing in any dust. Whether that’s a dust storm on
the highway or my, my parents used to make me roll up the windows so we wouldn’t breathe
all the dust. You don’t want to be breathin’, breathing the rock dust, in my opinion you
do not want to be breathing the diatomaceous earth dust either, although, it is non-toxic,
you know, I always want to encourage you guys to have your health as one of your greatest
wealth and protect your health and protect, you know, any particulate, diatomaceous earth,
dust, rock dust, anything, from going in your lungs. Because that is probably not a good
idea, so, put on a wet handkerchief or get a dust mask to apply this. So what we could
do, is we could just take the, take this and sprinkle this over the plants ‘cause we
just want to do a fine dusting. What we’re going to share with you guys’ next are some
of the different applicators or two different applicators you can use to apply the diatomaceous
earth into your garden. So now I am going to show you guys, just,
uh, some of the methods to apply the diatomaceous earth. As you guys saw earlier, one of the
ways is just to simply, you know, shake it over and try to get like a fine dusting, you
know. So that is one way. Another way is you could get a standard scoop, they have a special
scoop here, which is a sifting scoop, which has holes in it. So you could actually put
the material in here and just shake this out like this and then that’ll make actually
a nice fine dusting, so this really inexpensive, uh, way to apply it if you have a smaller
space. The way that I’m going to choose to apply it is actually with this tool right
here, actually it’s called the, uh, Dustin-Mizer, so the Dustin-Mizer is a quality, long-lasting
dust applicator, so this can be used for something like diatomaceous earth or for applying sulfur.
If you have some challenges with the mold and I’m going to use this today to apply
the diatomaceous earth. So let’s go ahead and open this baby up and, uh, get dustin’.
So there is a crank that needs to go on here and, uh, some screws and this has a nice little
funnel that you can direct to the angle you want to go, so I like this, because this’ll
allow you to get underneath the leaves, which is very important. If the diatomaceous earth
does not get on the insects, then it’s not going to work properly, even if you apply
it. So you’ve got to make sure that you liberally coat, you know, whatever you want
to coat with the diatomaceous earth Alright, so we’ve got this set. Let’s put this
thumbscrew in there and, uh, I think we’ll be all ready to dust. So now that we’ve got this guy all built,
really easy to assemble, just a few screws you’ve got to put in. We’re going to go
ahead and open this top and this is where all the, uh, product goes in. We’re going
to just go ahead and put in the diatomaceous earth, trying to do it without making too
much dust going around. And it actually does hold quite a bit of product here. Alright,
I think we’re topped off right there. We’ll put on the top and the cap, now ready to dust.
Simply, all we need to do is just turn this and look at that! Makes a fine particulate,
so don’t do this without a dust mask like I’ve just done. Be safe, not sorry. So now we’re going to be Dustin-Mizing my
diatomaceous earth all over my garden, especially where these aphids are at. I’m going to
make sure I get good, even coverage all over, you know, especially the bottom surfaces where
most of the bugs are. [Spraying/mechanical noises] So you guys saw me using this Dustin-Mizer
to basically crop dust my crops with the diatomaceous earth. Now, after using for this for a little
bit of time, I notice fairly quickly that while this was dusting and it looked impressive
on the camera, it was just simply not coating the leaves, you know, as much material as
I would like. It seemed that basically made it more airborne, so it didn’t have a nice
coating effect. And if your leaves are not getting coated, that means there’s not going
to be enough contact time with the bugs to do ‘em in. So, you know, I don’t know
if I could recommend the Dustin-Mizer at this time to you guys. What I can tell you is that
I got another, um, applicator, that’ll work with the diatomaceous earth. It’s the Gilmour,
uh, applicator for dusting plants, flowers and gardens capacity one pound. So we’re
going to go ahead and pull this guy out and hopefully this guy works a little better here.
Looks like we’ve just got to put this end on right on this end. And we’re going to
just unscrew this little deal-hickey, and, uh, we’re going to fill it up. And then
we’re going to take our food-grade diatomaceous earth and fill ‘er on up. So this holds
about one pound in here. Alright, like, we’ve got it full. Now I’ll just slide this baby
back on, let’s see how this works. [Squeaking, spraying noises] This guys working
pretty good, what you do is you pull this lever back, cock it, and you basically dust
it. [Squeaking continues] Instead of making really fine particulates, you put a nice coating
on there. Almost looks like it’s Christmas here in July, [laughs] in my garden because
I’m flaunting with the diatomaceous earth. Yes, I would definitely recommend the Gilmour
distributor, what do they call it, they call it the spray doc, over the Dustin-Mizer. You
know, for getting a nice even and thicker coverage so it’ll be more effective for
you guys. I’m going to continue to dust my garden [squeaking noises]. So I got all done, finishing applying the
diatomaceous earth in all the affected areas of my garden. It’s worked very well and
I could definitely only recommend this guy, this time, the Gilmour, uh, Spraydog, this
one definitely worked better than the Dustin-Mizer. And last thing I want to let you guys know
is that this diatomaceous earth, man, I think this is really good stuff. Now, should this
be your sole answer to all your pest problems, you know, in your garden organically? Well,
you know, like in those vampire movies when, you know, they got like those, the wooden
stakes and the silver bullets and like some movies, they try to like shoot the vampire
with the silver bullet and he’s immune and sometimes, you know, they put the stake in
and it still doesn’t do nothing. You know, I kind of look at pest control kind of like
them vampire movies. You’ve got to have a whole bunch of different, you know, basically
tools or weapons in your arsenal to fight the bad bugs in your garden. So that you can
get rid of them naturally and organically without chemicals, because above all else,
I think it’s very important not to spray toxic chemicals in your garden to be around
your pets, your childrens. And more importantly, I mean, you are going to eat these crops,
so, you don’t want to be spraying stuff that’s going to be not so good for us and
be ingesting it. So, you know what I mean, this is food grade, you saw me eat it. If
this is on my crops, I don’t wash it off enough, I don’t really care. If it rains
and it washes in the soil, that’s a good thing! It’s probably going to actually enrich
the soil. If your dog has fleas, you can rub it into your dog or cat and make sure, you
know, the dog or cat is not going to be inhaling the par-, the fine particulates. It’s going
to kill the fleas. You can sprinkle this stuff on your carpet, layer it in there and let
it sit awhile and then vacuum it up. It’ll kill the fleas and flea eggs in the carpet.
I mean, this stuffs even good for bed bugs, man, I mean, just put it in your mattress
and stuff. Man, there’s so many different uses for the diatomaceous earth and bugs will
never be immune to it. As long as you apply it properly and get a good coverage, so that
it comes in contact with the bugs, it will work and it will be effective. That being
said, I always encourage you guys to add tools to your arsenal and not just have one tool
that you depend on. Because if this guy doesn’t work, I want you to have other options, so
be sure to check that link below in the video where I use the Neem and Dr. Bronner’s soap.
I do like that combination a lot, this tends to get pretty dusty. I’m pretty dusty today,
I’ve worn a white shirt so you can’t really see how dusty I am, but if I wore a black
shirt I’d probably be covered in the diatomaceous earth dust. And once again, remember to wear
a respirator. Yeah, diatomaceous earth, definitely one of my, uh, favorite products to fight
pests in your garden organically. Wow, man, I’ve got to let you guys know
this experience, so like down beneath, you know, where I walk into my, uh, place. Uh,
there’s a bit, like, ant path, like, it was really bad, it was like, you know, I don’t
know, think highway 101 or one of them big ass highways in L.A., you know, with like
ten car lanes each direction. Maybe 405 down by like Fountain Valley, I mean, that things
wide, right. This is like a multiline highway for ants. I have been having some ant challenges
in the house and plenty of them also in the garden. But literally, I sprayed down this,
um, diatomaceous earth dust and, like, the super highway of ants are, like, a city street.
I’m not going to say they’ve completely disappeared. I’m going to say I see right
now, one, two, three, like, four, maybe five ants now. It was like super highway city,
dude. So if you’ve got ant problems, you know, things like that, you want to keep ‘em
out of your house, you know, definitely put down the diatomaceous earth and it’s definitely
worked for me. And I’m confident it’ll work for you too. So one of the challenges I’ve had here in
the desert is cockroaches, or la “cockarocha”, la cucaracha, [singing] la cucaracha. Wait,
that’s a different song. Anyways, I’ve had challenges with cockroaches and I see
sometimes at night when I come out to harvest some food, I see cockroaches on my plants,
kind of gives me the “eebe-geebes.” And you know, cockroaches are pretty dang, like,
I don’t know, they’re hard to get rid of. They say if there’s World War three,
the cockroaches will still be around but we won’t. But one of the things that will get
rid of the cockroaches, I’m hap- proud to say, is the diatomaceous earth. So inside
of these irrigation control boxes, that’s usually where the cockroaches hang out. So
I’m going to take these guys off, aw man, they’re all in there! And I’m dustin’
‘em with the diatomaceous earth. Oh yeah. And I seem ‘em covered in the diatomaceous
earth, let’s go ahead and give you guys a close up on that. Alright, there we go man,
there’s the cockroaches, you see ‘em moving in there? They’re all coated in the diatomaceous
earth. And now they’re going to croak. So now I want to show you guys, actually,
where to get the diatomaceous earth. You know, it’s very important that you get a good
quality diatomaceous earth as you guys saw earlier in the episode. You know, I had this
stuff here, the Safer brand and this was just available local to me. If you go into most
stores and ask for diatomaceous earth, they may have a brand like this or they may not
have it at all. But what you do not want to do, is you do not want to go to like a Wal-Mart
or a Home Depot or a Lowes and say “Do you guys have diatomaceous earth?” They’ll
say, “yes we do,” and they’ll send you over to the pool section. And I made this
error before once, in the pool section, they have diatomaceous earth labeled for filtering
for pools, for use in swimming pools. Now this is not the same diatomaceous earth that
I’m showing you guys today. To my, the diatomaceous earth for swimming pools, has actually been
highly processed and heated at high temperatures, so that it loses its effectiveness to do what
we want it to do as gardeners. And so I do not recommend pool diatomaceous earth for
this use, it will not work, and you’ll be wasting your money. And, uh, I don’t recommend
it. And what I did when I was a lot younger, is I found out that diatomaceous earth was
also good for flea control and I moved into a friend’s place that actually had fleas,
so I got a bunch of them pool grade diatomaceous earth, spread it all over the carpet and vacuumed
it up and we still had flea problems cause I, I’d wake up every morning with, uh, bites
near my ankles. Which, man, that really sucked. Because I didn’t get the right diatomaceous
earth, because back in the day, it was a lot harder to find and actually, even today still,
it’s, it is actually quite uncommon. Most garden centers may not carry this product.
Or they’ll carry a brand, like a lesser brand that’s not as pure. You know, I always
want to recommend you guys get, you know, get the food grade stuff. Whether you’re
going to use it for insect control, even though it’s not labeled as such, you can do that,
[laughs] as a right. You can also use it to preserve your food and to feed to your animals,
your pets, and even mix it in with your dog food. I’m going to start doing that. I believe
that’s going to be a good thing. And yeah, get the food grade stuff, that’s going to
be the best source and if you guys want to get the, uh, a good price, I’ve used this
company here. It’s called the diatomaceousearth.com, it’s [spelling] D I A T O M A C E O U S
earth dot com to get this diatomaceous earth you’re seeing here. And I’ve negotiated
special pricing for you guys. Um, and if you use discount code [spelling] G Y G, you get
a special discount on their stuff. Plus, furthermore, the thing I like about them is that they will
offer you and give you guys free shipping on any order over seventy-five dollars. In
addition, because you’re one of my viewers, if you use the discount code [spelling] G
Y G, they will also automatically include a dust mask, uh, you know, with your diatomaceous
earth order because it is that important to me that you guys protect your health and especially
any particulates, you know, going into your nose. So that’s really cool that they’re
going to do that and this is the company I use to get my D E. It’s the company I recommend.
It’s definitely the purest stuff, I have no problem eating it or spraying it on my
crops as you guys saw. Um, be sure to stay tuned for future updates where I show you
guys how this D E worked and the final thing I want to say about the D E. Is that the D
E is very high in silica. Silica is very important, you know, for us, like, it makes your nails
strong and your hair strong. So it could be good for us. And so the other thing I’m
doing with the diatomaceous earth, is I’m actually putting it in my soil mixture. This
will add the silica into the soil. You know, literally the backbone of the plants you’re
seeing behind me here is silica and it’s something that in my opinion can be missing
from the soils of today. While the Azomite rock does have silica, you know, I don’t
think it’s a problem adding in a little bit more silica in the form of diatomaceous
earth. Also, the diatomaceous earth does have water-holding capabilities. So yeah, so besides
spraying it on, uh, for pest control, and besides, you know, putting it in the soil,
you could actually dust it on top the soil to help prevent the creepy crawly insects.
You know, I’ve also have used it to rub into my animals, like, dog or cat’s fur
to get rid of flea problems and make sure they do not breathe in the fine particulate
dust either when apply it, would be my recommendations. And other gardeners I know use this for, um,
for smell control. So, like, when chickens go to the bathroom and they just spray all
this stuff down in order to keep the flies down in the horse stalls. They just put a
whole bunch of this stuff down and that seems to help as well, from what I’ve heard. But,
yeah, diatomaceous earth, one of my favorite natural organic ingredients. Not only can
it control pests but also do so many other things around your home garden and I think
it might be quite beneficial to look into and get some. You know, “I’ve have”,
you know, as you guys saw, I have some cockroach problems and it’s worked on the cockroach
problems. And I’m also going to be using it on some of these ants I’ve got hanging
around here as well. Uh, yeah, diatomaceous earth, one of the seven wonders of the world,
in my simple opinion, especially for organic gardeners. I hope you guys enjoyed this episode.
Once again, my name is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com. We’ll see you next time. Remember, keep
on growing.

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100 thoughts on “Organic Non-Toxic Pest Control that is safe enough to EAT!

  1. You can also use de by mixing it with water and applying it with a pump sprayer. It'll have to be reapplied after a rain if needed just as dusting would as it'll just get washed off the foliage. I use to spray brush around lawns and so on to keep ticks away from peoples properties. Yes, it will unfortunately kill any bees or beneficial insects that come in contact with it too though

  2. I thought of a way that works really well and cheap and easy to use to apply the D.E. Go to the Dollar Store and buy one of those old fashion ketchup or mustard bottles with the little caps. You just pump and squeeze, it's just that simple.

  3. But what about my red wigglers and other beneficial insects? I wouldn't want to also kill them in my soil.

  4. John, I thought I read that DE powder that falls to the ground will kill your worms around your plants, Is that true.

  5. My XGF killed my Vac by trying to suck up DE. It's so fine it'll burn the motor unless you've got a shop vac with a filter. I miss that Vac…

  6. DE is a good non-toxic treatment, but it also affects pollinators!
    Diatoms are algae, found until nowadays in both salt and fresh water. DE is composed of their skeletons, called 'frustule', which are composed mostly of silicium and are not soluble . They thus sediment almost intact in the bottom of sea and lakes and, in some places, have accumulated for millennia. Using it to supplement the soil will only change it's physical properties but not the available nutrients, since they don't really dissolve in these conditions. As for the insecticidal properties, they are correlated with oil and water absorption capacity of the amorphous(not crystalized) silica composing the frustule powder. Arthropod mortality is due to desiccation and inversely correlated with relative humidity (less bugs die when atmosphere is humid). DE dries de bugs to death but there is no proof that it physically harms them though. For oral use in humans, there's no serious study of it's effects and mechanism of action, all the claims regarding health improvement by eating diatomite are to be taken with caution.

  7. That last applicator you used reminds me of the fly spray sprayer I saw my aunt use when I was a child. Not good for humans, but it got rid of the flies for a while.

  8. I've used it too in my bed when the dog had the fleas. Only in the spring did she get them. Once we got rid of them, we didn't have them anymore until the next spring. Also when we lived in the mountains the wood ants wanted to come in. Every year I would spread just a small trail completely encircling the house. They would leave and never come into the house again until the next spring also. Good stuff.

  9. DE is effective with just a light dusting; john, I believe you are putting it on too thick. Too thick because you are creating a contaminate that will be there a long time. Later, when the wind blows this dust, even though it probably will have rinsed off the plant, will be air born again.

    Also, the only safe way to pick up DE is wet. Never vacuum dry DE; the action of disturbing the dust will make it air born. Like I stated previously, a light dusting is effective and a light cloud of DE may cause cancer.

  10. If you can see it on your plants, you've added too much. You used about 10 years worth in this video for the typical garden.

  11. Thanks for the tips on Organic Non-Toxic Pest Control!! We've been seeing some caterpillars and ants on our tomatoes and greens! This video was right on time!!!

  12. hey john your roaches are small my roaches are 2 inches big they all fly the simple why to kill them i drink beer maybe 6 cans after work put i put them on the floor thy might have a few drops left over but when i get up my big feet knocks them over the roachs love beer me to but when they drink they just fall over on there backs the ones that drank a little less don,t ran away they just freeze they don,t bite everything put on this world has a job to do so much food can u eat it all i only eat all if times get bad u see if they bite me i am the fed if not have a great day u smaller pests if times get really bad u might be my next snack u eat young plants from the earth to eat them if i was a plant u are eating my babies u have not been to were i come from if u wake up tomorrow have a great day for my plants i say live or die most listen some don,t you can talk to plants they listen they cant talk but they do brown leafs no flowers put u do,n,t understand

  13. Use food grade DE only! I use DE on my animal's food for horses, pig, chickens, dogs, for deworming and they seem to really like the flavor. I also put it on the ground in my chicken coops for dust baths for mites, etc. and can do the same – dust on the other animals for mites, fleas… So must use food grade as it is non toxic if people &/or animals will be exposed to it.

  14. earth worms are and important part of our soil structure , the are and asset to the garden !!! where you live you may not have them . I am told that they do not live in sandy soil . I would not mix it in my soil here i want them they detoxify soil also ! I have used hydrate lime and it works very well and is cheep . Just remember that it has to be hydrate lime , and your duster will work best when there is a little dew on the leaves and then it sticks and you dont need massive quantity on the plants . Also lime will not hurt your earth worms , but will raise your ph and add calcium , which is needed by most plants and is also organic

  15. Hey I had a product for ants got it on amazon 10 years ago the instructions were to sprinkle it around ants homes, and then watch for piles of ant parts it said it made the ant hallucinate and cannabalize each other!lol it came in a small brown wrapper like you would see drugs packaged, the best part is it was packaged at a Malaysian highschool.

  16. Always a pleasure learning new stuff from you, John. The problem with DE is that it will also be hazardous to bees.

  17. My friend waters her plants in the morning and then use the dustin-mizer thing. She said the water helps adhere the DE to the plants.

  18. i used to manage properties and have used this stuff in many apartment units to get rid of all bed bugs. btw, … for those who live in a coop or dorm or shared living situation just know that using heat (lots of space heaters or just hot sun), UV light (you can use a black light) .. and this stuff (DE) on your space and it will be immune to bed bugs… to this day I sprinkle some around home and even closet corners, bases of furniture etc from time to time just out of precaution. – I had problem once 12 yrs ago when i was investing in pre foreclosures… then learned about this stuff and have been spread de ever since and never had a bug problem again. 🙂 not to mention helped out a lot of folks who they had to pay hundreds of dollars for a pest guy to come 🙂 Thanks again John!!!

  19. Would Diatomaceous Earth work with Cannabis plants in the late-flower cycle? (buds formed and all)

    Spider Mites are @$$H0%#$!

    I'm thinking that I can just spray DE everywhere, then allow for the air circulation/fans to eventually remove the DE from the plants before harvest. Thoughts?

    Maybe give them a compressed air spray afterward?

    HELP ME PLEASE!!! :0

  20. I love DE. I’ve been using it for years on my plants, Cats, and for pest control. You have to be careful because some companies with also add chemical pest control to the produce. I told my mother about it for her flea infestation. I told her food grade only for the cats, the dog, the bedding etc. she bought it and when I looked at the package it had actual pest control in it. Poison. How DARE these companies dupe us like this. Anyway thank God I stopped her from using it. So people be careful and READ! I have a question. I’ve never used it I. My garden beds. Will this affect earthworms? I would think it would. I like my earthworms.

  21. i am going to try a media blaster gun. with a pressure regulator set to just a few psi, i think it would work well.

  22. THE KIND OF DIATEMACEOUS EARTH YOU SHOULD BE SURE TO PURCHASE IS 100% FOOD GRADE D.E. I HAVE USED D.E. IN MY YARD FRONT, BACK AND UNDER THE BUSHES ALSO. IF YOU HAVE PETS LIKE CATS AND DOGS, IT HELPS THERE BY KEEPING YOUR YARD FLEA FREE AS IN YOUR FRONT YARD OTHER DOGS GO INTO IF IT IS OPEN AND THEY MAY LEAVE FLEAS.. EVERY TWO DAYS WE WOULD SPRINKLE THE D.E. IN OUR YARD WEARING MASKS TO PROTECT THE NOSE AND LUNGS , WE WORE GLOVES FOR SAFTY PURPOSES AND IT ALL WORKED OUT GREAT AND STILL DOES TO THI DAY SINCE I MOVED BACK DOWN SOUTH….

  23. MR. HOWELL IT WILL NOT BOTHER NEMOTODES NORE EARTH WORMS.. GRUBS AND THOSE OTHERS ARE ANOTHER STORY…

  24. I HAVE SEEN MOST PEOPLE USE D.E. IN LIQUID FORM TO AVIOD POSSIBLY BOTHERING BEES BY GETTING A BOTTLE WITH A SPRAYER THAT CAN SPRAY EVEN UPSIDE DOWN SO THEY CAN SPRAY THE UNDER BOTTOM OF THE LEAVES AND DOWN AT THE GROUND AND ROOTS OF THE VEGETATION.. THEY WOULD ALSO SPRAY EITHER IN THE MORNING OR IN THE EVENING AT WHAREVER TIME YOU NOTICE BEES AND SUCH ARE OUT AND ABOUT…

  25. There's a video on YT with an older man talking about how Diamataceous Earth killed his garden, including earthworms. Is this true? did he use too much? wrong grade? etc? I ask as spring has sprung and i need to be prepared with products but more importantly, knowledge.Thanks!

  26. I also understand that if you mix it in water and then spray it on your plants it leaves a nice powdery film not sure the ratio probably a tablespoon for quart/gallon?

  27. Diatomaceous earth ( /ˌdaɪ.ətəˌmeɪʃəs ˈɜːrθ/) – also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr – is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3 μm to more than 1 mm, but typically 10 to 200 μm. Depending on the granularity, this powder can have an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and has a low density as a result of its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven-dried diatomaceous earth is 80–90% silica, with 2–4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals) and 0.5–2% iron oxide.[1]

    Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protista (chrysophytes). It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

  28. i bought "food grade" diatomaceous earth from amazon and they had to recall it due to them finding lead in it. doesn't d.earth kill beneficials?

  29. what are your thought and view of Bonide 20610 Sulfur Plant Fungicide, RTU, 25 Lbs
    for mold and some insects?

  30. Does anyone know if wheat can be done hydroponicalllllaally…&/or aquaponically?

    Thanks for the videos…love organic but I only know what a or is…not to be confused with a ganic is….the process must not be processed even though everything is processed but not in the Wild…. that must be what a ganic is. …but you can’t add an ore..cuz the ganic is wild and even if you beat it with an ore it won’t be organic….but then again maybe not.

  31. Covered my budding cannabis, 1 plant was infested, tried every damn thing I could. THIS IS IT. I was having fun sticking my finger in it and showing my son I could taste it, tastes like baking Soda. A Close look at the leaf shows the webbing and mites just dead, nothing moving. it really coated the damn webs really bad, I used a 40x and 90x magnifier to look at them. I will for sure hit them next time a week or 2 before flower, heavy. They didn't seem to blink at being coated, from what I see they were working right through it, bud and all even. I want to try and use my Green Cleaner one last time and big fan to dry them out as fast possible. I can say the rest is Bullshit and I tried at least 5 other things suggested or seen online as the killer, they were all a joke. Not this. 11$ and 4LBS did everything far cheaper than other stuff like GREEN CLEANER, Mite Killer, soaps, NONE of that was even close to the devastation this brought to them and the plant is doing fine. This is great for all plants. The guy that showed me this does hydroponics growing all his own food and loved this stuff. He was so right. Many Thanks Dude! I have learned a lot more from you , love the worm casting videos, lots to learn.

  32. Yes, you can consume it. It won't hurt ya. I've put a tbsp in some juice. Just be sure to follow up with some fluids afterwards because you can get constipated if you don't. LOL Is there food grade rock dust?

  33. Hi. For those who have a small garden that do not want to buy the machine to coat your plants… I use a powder sugar shaker from an old donut make someone gifted. It works great and the bugs do not eat my plants. You can easily make one with a mason jar with cheescloth,screen or toole. Of course it is a little more work but if your on a budget you still have options. Thank you for the great videos john!

  34. Coke is cheap. What I know crazy. But the bugs it brings kill the aphids. The ants stop farming aphids and collect the sugar. Leaving aphids to be eaten by others. The bad is the frog shit as it attracts them to bugs too. Works in India. I use neem seed and plants in soil too. I use da for fleas in house. It kills the larvae as long as its dry.

  35. John I have a meiwa kumquat tree, Meyer lemon, red lime in my yard in south Florida . The recommended Bayer citrus fruit and vegetable pest control and liquid copper . Can I substitute this stuff with the bayer ? And why about the liquid copper is that ok ?

  36. Things get registered with EPA, because they're toxic or otherwise environmentally hazardous in large quantities.

  37. I read someone puts 1 cup of DE in a gallon of water and uses a sprayer. The water dries, and you have perfectly coated plants.

  38. i'm in legal canada and had my garden destroyed by spider mights so i've just ordered some. high hopes. thank you

  39. Hi … what about after spraying your garden plants &/or veggies with the DE product, won't it also kill the good bugs, like bees, or those helpful small wasps ?!! … maybe that might not be so good, right ?!! … or should l put a large bag over the affected plant, & just spray it? … thanks … Rain … (-_-)

  40. Right, what you Heard? Or did you do actual research? 1 is deadly yet the other isn't.. I'll stick to Castile soap and oil..

  41. I was on to d.e. as a kid with my chemistry set. Used it in Hawaii and put it along edges of my apartment bcuz of huge cockroaches and frickin enormous cane spiders. It worked . Dude…keep it short . Insects….exoskeleton….glass inside crevice of exoskeleton just like samurai guy….slices open skin like outside of above ground pool…equals death by dehydration…2 minute discussion ! Jesus Christ yours almost threw me off a ledge

  42. I’d like to see the front of your bag of DE. I see you show your screw top container, but not the actual bag. (Except the other bag NOT to buy). Thx. Appreciate your sharing SO much over the years . You have a lot of knowledge. 👍🏼

  43. maybe you can use another word besides "Pesticide" because people equate it with chemicals, I know it.just means kills pests but just a thought. Thank you for all your videos and great info

  44. In another video, they misted the garden before blowing the diatomaceous earth onto the plants so that it sticks to the leaves! THought that was a good trick to use.

  45. On some indoor plants what ended up stopping Fungus Gnats from attacking our organic soil pots was DE powder, square stickie bug catchers around the pots and NEEM oil. We're goign to stick with DE now since it's an indoor grow and very minimal infestation. The bugs mainly were attacking our soil and not the plants themselves from what I saw..

  46. Good for pets too. We had a dude ranch and the fly problem was bad around the lodge kitchen. We powdered the horse feed with food grade D.E. and that did the trick! Good for getting rid of parasites, and when the horses pooped and the flies laid eggs in it, the maggots were killed by the DE.

  47. i gottta correct you bro, home depot has the best DE. its food grade, 100% DE and freshwater.its called Harris food grade DE. very affordable and its not jn the pool section, its where bird food and feeders are.. Also, I am certified vampire slayer and wooden stake always, for thousands of years has worked on killing vampires.

  48. Diatomaceous earth is great BUT … IT KILLS LADYBUGS and worms AND butterflies! It kills only arthropods. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthropod

  49. It doesn't work on all insects. Diatomaceous earth only works on arthropods with an exoskeleton. If the insect is not an arthropod with an exoskeleton it is not going to affect them at all, like bees, butterflies, moths, etc. It works on insects with segmented bodies and exoskeletons by forcing them to remove their exoskeleton which causes them to either dehydrate in the sun or exposes them to other predators who devour them because they no longer have their exoskeleton to protect them. Diatomaceous earth is not an insecticide, it is merely an arthropodicide.

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