Harnessing diatomaceous earth for a natural pesticide
Dezone diatomaceous earth is a natural and reliable insecticide for poultry, livestock farming and crop production and is a powerful complimentary active ingredient to any integrated pest management program.
The physical properties of Dezone diatomaceous earth are ideal for control of insect pests and mites when applied as a powder or wettable powder using standard application equipment. When a crawling or flying insect pest or mite makes contact, the result is a static transfer of a few particles of the mechanical insecticide, which absorbs the protective lipid layer necessary for insect pests or mites survival. Insect pests and mites will not become immune to the physical mode of action.
Dezone diatomaceous earth provides a physical, non-chemical mode of action that should deter cross-chemical resistance development. It is registered in 50 states in the United States. Dezone diatomaceous earth has been proven effective against darkling beetles other poultry premise insect pests, e.g. flies, moths and cockroaches and ectoparasite insect pests, and mites (including Northern Fowl and Red Mite), lice, bedbugs and fleas.
Dezone diatomaceous earth is a viable option in any treatment rotation
The results of an eighteen house qualitative study conducted in the fall of 2019 compared Dezone diatomaceous earth to commonly used insecticides. Dezone diatomaceous earth demonstrated that it is a viable option in any treatment rotation for darkling beetle control.
For use in and around poultry and livestock housing structures, swine houses, cattle barns, calf hutches, loafing barns, horse stables and pet kennels to control insect pests and mites. Apply uniformly to infested areas of walls and floors, cracks, crevices, bedding, wall voids and around window and door frames. Applications are permitted when animals are present and may be used over the top of animals.
Apply 120lbs of Dezone diatomaceous earth per 20,000 square foot house in a banded manner under feed lines, feed pans and perimeter boundary using an 18 inch drop spreader.
Apply as a wettable powder to vertical surfaces paying particular attention to cracks and crevices. The amount of product to be applied will vary with the site but should be in the range of 2-5 oz/100 square feet when applied as a single, even coat to the target area.
Apply as a wettable powder to all growing crops to control insect pests and mites. Minimum application rate is 3 lbs per acre; typical rates are 6-20 lbs per acre dependent on insect pest and mite pressure, with a maximum application rate of 70 lbs per acre. Repeat treatments to maintain adequate control in the event of rain and if white residue is not visible.
Dezone: an Imerys Pioneer product
A natural alternative that reduces the use of chemical insecticides, in turn reducing exposure to harmful and toxic substances when being applied on crops, Dezone is strongly aligned with EU commission objectives on chemical pesticides reduction. It is listed among our certified Pioneer products, meaning it represents the highest social and environmental contribution to the downstream value chain, while also demonstrating a low environmental impact in its production phase, compared to its economic value. Pioneer product status is our highest rating for products and services with an outstanding sustainability performance compared to the reference on the market.
- Applications are permitted mid-flock while birds are present, over the top of the birds.
- Zero Restricted Entry Intervals (REI is the minimum amount of time that must pass between the time a pesticide was applied and the time that people can enter into that area without protective clothing and equipment).
- Non-toxic to bees