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DIPEL DF Biological insecticide

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Close up of cabbageWhen Dennis started having problems with bugs on his cabbage, he put DiPel on the plants to get rid of the bugs.

DiPel Information – DiPel DFDissolves better in water than wettable powders. Granulated – no dust or clumping when mixed. Specific to leaf-eating caterpillars, Dipel® is the natural choice for controlling gypsy moth, tent caterpillar, cabbage looper, tomato hornworm, leaf roller, and more. For use on vegetables, fruits, flowers, ornamentals, and lawns. Harmless to humans, animals and beneficial insects. Will store indefinitely if kept cool (70°F/21°C or less).

Diatomaceous Earth – Food Grade

Peppers and Basil with Diatomaceous

The six plants in the front are sweet peppers, the farthest plant on the right is basil and the farthest on the left is hot peppers. These have been dusted with Diatomaceous Earth to kill the insects that were eating them.

Elisha’s Peppers and Basil plants were in really bad shape. The bugs were eating them. She put some food grade Diatomaceous Earth on them and they snapped right out of it and look good now.

Diatomaceous Earth Information – Diatomaceous Earth Food GradeDiatomaceous Earth is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. It doesn’t hurt mammals. “We can eat it. We do eat it! It’s in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain.” (From an article by Paul Wheaton) On a microscopic level, the diatomaceous earth particles are very sharp looking. These particles stick to an insect and get stuck between its exoskeleton joints. As the insect moves, it gets physically cut up. It can also stick to the insects and somehow causes them to dry out. If an insect gets diatomaceous earth on them, they die, but it does not affect us. When you purchase Diatomaceous Earth, make sure you get the food grade. Others may have pesticides or other harmful substances. Safety concerns can be addressed by contacting the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378.

Close up of basil plant with Diatomaceous Earth

Close up of basil plant with Diatomaceous Earth on it to kill the bugs.