BettaCrop Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. The genuine "Barrier" that kills insects. Organic & safe insect killer, used as a barrier to control slugs & snails, caterpillars, ants, cockroaches & many other crawling insects. Sprinkle on cobblestones & path. Diatomaceous earth is composed of the fosilised remains of diatoms, a type of hard shelled (composed of 80-90% silica) microscopic single celled algae. It is used as an insecticide because of its physico-sorptive properties. It absorbs fats from the waxy outer layer of insects exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick's law of diffusion. The same thing happens to slugs. 500 grams.
This is now Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.
Diatomaceous Earth kills insects through dehydration. People use this fine powder to kill a whole host of insects such as ants, cockroaches, fleas, weevils, bed bugs, earwigs, silverfish and many more.
It can be sprinkled around the house, both inside and out, as well as "puffed" into wall sockets (disconnect electricity first) to kill those pesky insects.
Always wear protective breathing apparatus as diatomaceous earth should not be inhaled.
Apply around and behind fridges, washing machines etc. Sprinkle around plants in the garden for protection against slugs and snails. Dust around the bedding, puff into the electrical fittings. Some people even use for pubic and head lice, however safety around breathing in the fine dust is important, as this is toxic.
Will not harm earthworms or warm blooded animals.
Diatomaceous Earth is made from the shells of one-celled plants called Diatoms. About 30 million years ago countless one-celled plants called Diatoms lived in the sea and built protective shells out of silica. As the Diatoms died the shells drifted to the floor and built up into deposits and the shell became fossilised. When the shells are compressed into a soft chalky rock they become known as Diatomaceous Earth. It is prepared for commercial use by quarrying, milling, grinding, screening and centifruging, the results is a fine talc like powder. The milling of the product cracks apart the Diatom skeletons to expose microscopic needles of silica that are razor sharp.
Its used as a barrier to control slugs and snails, sprinkle around the plant you want to protect. It is not a poison. It works mechanically. Insects must come in contact with Diatomaceous Earth, as they walk through the barrier the Diatomaceous Earth becomes stuck to their feet and as they clean their feet they ingest the Diatomaceous Earth and in turn shreds their internals causing them to die. Great for use around cobblestones, concrete tiles and etc for the control of ants, simply spread a small amount of Betta-crop Diatomaceous Earth around the area you want protected and sweep into the cracks.
Does not harm warm blooded animals and earth worms are not affected by Diatomaceous Earth. Use as a natural barrier to control sawfly, codling moth, twig borer, thrips, mites, earwig, cockroach, slugs, snails ants and many other insects.
Tom Robinson created the first BettaCrop formula more than 45 years ago, to supply farmers, horticulturalists, and home gardeners with organic plant stimulants and protectors to reduce the damage to the environment caused by the overuse of chemical sprays and fertilisers.
Based on organic and natural principles and strong business ethics, BettaCrop is continuing to lead the way with innovative products to protect the health and wellbeing of customers, with the least possible disturbance to the environment.
BettaCrop is a product of Earthwise Group — a New Zealand owned and operated company. The BettaCrop range is made using only the finest raw materials and we take pride in providing our customers with quality products we know you will love and trust.
We've been doing this since 1964, and BettaCrop products get the job done. They're safer for the people using them and for the planet.
100% Food Grade Diatomaceous earth.
Do not breathe in dust, can be injurious to eyes and lungs. Keep out of reach of children.
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