from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Consisting of diatoms or their skeletons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or containing diatoms or their coverings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. consisting of or containing diatoms or their fossils.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, belonging to or resembling Diatomacæ.
- Containing or made up of diatoms: as, diatomaceous earth. See infusorial earth, under infusorial.
Such layers, or beds, of diatoms are called diatomaceous earth, or diatomite.
Another product is a dust made of crushed fossils called diatomaceous earth that can be sprinkled on floors.
Industrial steam, vacuuming and abrasives such as diatomaceous earth are some of the methods used for removing and controlling bedbugs.
This filtering, aka fining, is typically performed with fish-bladder isinglass or egg whites, although some companies now choose vegan alternatives such as bentonite clay, silica gel, diatomaceous earth and Irish moss, a seaweed product also known as carrageenan.
I've used soapy water, ProTek, a citrus extract that repels insects, and diatomaceous earth applied while the foliage is wet.
Dust your plants and surrounding soil with diatomaceous earth.
If there is a nest in a patio and the ants are climbing into the pot, try sprinklings of diatomaceous earth (afine powder that irritates ants, also from Green Gardener) around the pots.
After pressing the apples in a series of metal rollers, Mr. Cross poured the juice through a filter containing diatomaceous earth, then stored the fresh cider in refrigerated milk tanks.
So now I'm back and using everything in my amateur and the pro's arsenal: "dry" steam; hot washes, extra long dryer time; everything bagged or boxed; diatomaceous earth, and really, really good cleaning in our bedroom.
Another natural way to get rid of insects is diatomaceous earth, which you can find in many places, including pool supply stores.