Ridding your home of unwanted pests and rodents no longer mean having to subject your family and pets to unhealthy and potentially dangerous chemicals. At Breda Pest Control, we don't use those. All of our products are made from diatomaceous earth or DE.
What Is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth is made from the microscopic fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic plants called diatoms. They've been around for millions of years. DE is a natural compound made up of silicon, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron and other minerals. Silicon, which is a component of silica, makes up about one-third of DE. This is not a new form of pest control. The first pesticides made with DE were registered back in 1960.
How Does DE Kill Pests?
Diatomaceous earth is ground up into a fine powder to make pesticide. It works by absorbing fats and oils from insects' exoskeletons. This causes them to dry up and die. It's sharp, abrasive edges facilitate the demise of pests. Products made with DE are registered for use in killing bed bugs, cockroaches, and numerous other pests.
Can DE Cause Unpleasant Symptoms or Harm?
You should take care not to get it on your skin or in your eyes, as it can cause dryness and irritation. It's certainly preferable if your pets aren't directly exposed to it. That's all the more reason why you should rely on an experienced pest control professional to use it in and around your home. However, brief exposure to breathing it will likely cause nothing more than nasal irritation. Obviously, DE should not be ingested. However, even if DE is eaten, little is actually absorbed by the body. Most are excreted. When you weigh the possible harm to your health that can be done by bacteria-carrying pests against the minor irritation, at worst, that could result from the use of pesticides containing DE, there's no comparison.
If you have any questions about our pest control products and their safety for the humans and pets in your household, our experienced professionals will be happy to answer them. Call or contact us online today.