The Bugs Are Here!

    Spring is here and the bugs are out!  This is one part of country living that can be difficult!  Some years ago my family was faced with a dilemma.  Our new home was infested with pesky carpenter ants.  We tried all the store-bought products to no avail, so I called an exterminator.  His solution was to tent the whole house and fumigate with a solution that would kill the ants.  Not only would this require us to vacate the house for several days, but the cost was prohibitive with no guarantee that it would prevent re-infestation.   

      Shortly thereafter someone brought to my attention a health food product that made outrageous claims including its ability to control pest such as ants.  Since we had nothing to lose, we bought some of this natural powdery substance called Diatomaceous Earth and sprinkled it on the ground around our foundation.  To say that I was a skeptic would be an understatement, but within several days we noticed that there were dead ants everywhere!    This stuff really works!  From that day forward we have treated for ants each spring and fall in the same manner, by laying down the ring of white powder around the outside of our house.  We have hardly seen an ant since.   The plus side has been that this product is not dangerous to birds or other animals that could be exposed by eating it directly or by consuming the treated insects.  It is in fact about 89% silica which is a necessary element for humans and animals, but for crawling insects it is devastating.  It kills by physical action, not chemical.  The tiny diatoms scratch off the insect’s waxy coating, and they dehydrate and die.

      Since the incidence mention above, I have been able to pass this secret on to many folks who have suffered from this type of an infestation.  We even use it successfully in the orchard and garden!  The other day my in-laws were complaining about an ant infestation in their basement.  We sprinkled the Diatomaceous Earth around the outside of their house and a week later there is no evidence of ants!

     Food grade Diatomaceous Earth can be purchased inexpensively at most feed stores.  Claims range from pest control to use for controlling worms in large animals and pets, use as a cleaner, odor fighter, metal polisher and human dietary supplement.    See more about this product at