What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous Earth is not just for bed bugs, but actually has many practical uses. When you break it down, D.E. is simply fossilized algae, which is why it also goes by the name “Fossil Flour”.
Diatomaceous earth is farmed from mines in several areas of the world. It is a simple process of extracting and refining the materials to an appropriate degree, in preparation for being sold as a usable product. Most commonly Diatomaceous Earth is used as natural pesticide for crops, fields at a time. Some farmers also feed it to their livestock to prevent and eliminate parasites.
fD.E. goes by several names, including: Diatomite, Diatoms, Fossil Flour, Fossil Schell Flour, Schell Flour, etc. It is a unique substance that is mostly consisting of the following: Silica, Clay Minerals, and Iron Oxide. We highly recommend for whatever you are using it for, always buy the “Food Grade”. Mostly this is what is available, but it’s always good to check. The food grade ensures your total safety in using D.E. for any application.