Eco-Friendly Friday Tips 90 – Insect Elimination

Eco-Friendly Friday

April 16th’s Tip

Insect Elimination: This is the weather that brings the bugs inside the house, and getting rid of them can be a pain – enough to make some people consider poison for elimination. Before you take that route, it’s a good idea to exhaust all other possibilities. I’m going to suggest diatomaceous earth.

from Wikipedia:

Diatomaceous earth also known as diatomite or kieselgur, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder.

Food grade diatomaceous earth is safe for humans as well as pets, but lethal to insects. It causes them to dry up and die – be careful with its use, because it will also kill good insects, such as ladybugs and bees. Diatomaceous earth is a great poison-free option for getting rid of insects such as ants, carpet beetles, flies, roaches, and more.


Flea, Ant, Roach and Rodent Guard is a mixture of Peppermint, Wintermint, Orange, Lemongrass, Catnip, Clove, Spearmint, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, and Frankincense essential oils with food grade diatomaceous earth. I can personally attest to it’s effectiveness because I’ve tried it in our bedroom for carpet beetles, and it worked amazingly. I did find a couple of beetles after, but they were dried up and dead.


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Disclosure: Although Flea, Ant, Roach and Rodent Guard provided a sample product for review on Focus Organic, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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