Diatomaceous (die-uh-toe-may-shus) Earth, isn't dirt or earth, not even colored like
it. It consists of the broken up shells of tiny critters, called diatoms, that lived
long ago and died in groups so massive that they can, today, be mined and bull-dozed.
"DE", as diatomaceous earth is abbreviated, has the neat quality of killing insects
(insectaside, as some say) It's perfect for natural insect control. (Unfortunately,
it kills good ones, like bees and ladybugs, too, so its use shouldn't be indiscriminate.)
It is 100% ecologically safe to the environment and non-poisonous to man and beast.
In fact, if you've eaten anything made with flour (like Bisquick), you've eaten DE.
It's used in commercial grain storage as a means of natural, poison-free, insect
control. So, how does it control insects, or kill insects, and what's it doing on
Fresh Water DE works by slicing open the exoskeleton (outer, hard covering) of insects,
causing them to "bleed" to death. (Actually, their insides leak out, they dehy-drate
and die.) Imagine walking barefoot through a room that has millions of razor blades
embedded in the floor. You've got the picture.