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Best Way to Get Rid of Ants and Roaches: Diatomaceous Earth

Updated on February 2, 2017
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

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Getting Rid of Ants | Roaches | Diatomaceous Earth

The idea is to get rid of pests like ants and roaches without hurting people, including kids, or pets. The very best thing for this and other things is diatomaceous earth. To show you how no-toxic it is to mammals like us, they sell food grade diatomaceous earth that you can consume or have your pets consume it.

I just read a Huffington Post article on 9 ways to get rid of ants including cayenne pepper, vinegar, mint leaves, baby powder and sticky tape. The only ways that worked were the boric acid and diatomaceous earth. But it said that the boric acid is not safe for kids and pets so diatomaceous earth was the only one they could recommend. I started using it a few weeks ago and it worked for me. Wikipedia says:

Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae article: Diatomaceous Earth Has Many Benefits says:

Few people give much thought to lowly diatoms, single-celled marine micro-organisms that are found in abundance in large bodies of water. However, when these tiny organisms die, their skeletal remains settle to the bottom, become fossilized over time and accumulate to produce one of nature's most beneficial and healthful substances: diatomaceous earth.

The sharp points found on fossilized diatom exoskeletons create a safe and non-toxic strong abrasive that scrubs intestinal walls and cuts up any parasites present in the digestive tract. Additionally, as it passes the digestive tract, it attracts and absorbs pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. It also absorbs and removes pesticides, heavy metals, and drug residues.

To take it internally just mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of it with liquid or food. Above webpage also tells how much to use with pets. You can put around where different insects like cockroaches, ants and roaches like to hang out. The sharp points on it scratch the exoskeleton of insects causing them to dry out and die. The powder absorbs fats on the exoskeleton of insects drying them out further.

To make it more effective against roaches mix with equal parts of flour and cocoa. Then the roaches will carry it back to their nest. People have used it as a toothpaste and facial scrub. It is supposed to be good at taking heavy metals out of the body and it is anti-fungal. After the diamotaceous earth absorbs the heavy metals it comes out in your solid waste that is also known as stool or feces. It acts similar to taking clay internally in this aspect.

It is also very high inn different minerals but you will see from other things that I have written that people should get minerals from food not non-foods. Diamotaceous earth and salt are not foods. As far as using it as a facial scrub, it turns out that shampoo and soap are very unhealthy and cancer-causing and are actually doing the opposite of what they are supposed to do. For more on this see: The No Poo Revolution or Movement. Many are giving up using shampoo and using something non-toxic.

How to wipe out the whole nest of ants

This is a little more complex and severe. Boric acid is not non-toxic and not safe for humans and animals. This should kill all the ants in the nest in 5 days. You use a mixture of boric acid and sugar dissolved in water. Then you could put it on cotton balls or anything like that will absorb the solution.

If you use too much boric acid the ants will reject it. If you use too little it will not hurt them. This webpage says that they will be gone overnight so I guess it can take 1 to 5 days. It says to use 1 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of boric acid and 3 cups of warm water.

The video below has more on this way to get rid of the ants. You may need to go to a hardware store to get boric acid. The video below says to follow these strict ratios.

2 tablespoons of sugar

1/4 teaspoon of boric acid

1 tablespoon of water

Soak liquid in 3 cotton balls and place outside

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    • paizley profile image


      5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I found my first dead roach (brown-banded) this morning from the DE I sprinkled around the kitchen. I have seen others acting erratically (I assume from DE) and was able to kill those with my shoe. I find the roaches are not repelled by heavier dusting as I have seen them crawl right thru it, powder on their bodies. Then I laugh an evil laugh and say "Die, MF." So I guess it's working. Finally. I used food-grade. I'm sure others are dead but their carcasses are where I can't see them. Evil LOL. There are some nymphs and I have seen them go into crevasses where I applied DE. So here's hoping they'll all die. The worst thing is many of these come in from outside so I doubt I'll ever be roach free but at least I won't have an infestation. Where I live, we have Turkestan, Oriental, and brown-banded roaches that come in from outside, especially after a heavy rain. Oh yes, and the "lovely" German cockroach, too. Brought one home in a sack of potatoes. I HATE roaches!!!!!

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      Kate P 

      7 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      I remember learning about diatoms in biology, and found them quite fascinating and beautiful. This hub brings them to a whole new level, though!

      What a fascinating hub, and I love anything that is natural, without the use of neurotoxic chemicals. This is a wonderful idea.

      Rated up, useful, and interesting.


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