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Diatomaceous Earth versus Beneficial Bugs

 
Jerry Anderson
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Will diatomaceous earth kill beneficial bugs? Specifically we have Praying Mantis' that we would like to keep alive.
 
Loren Hunt
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Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - Zone 5B
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I have read where people say not to use DE around beneficials such as praying mantis' but then again I have seen people say that they have observed them being fine around DE.

We have and use DE but are selective with its use in regard to insect control. To us it is a lot like insecticide in that it kills the insect, not that it is a chemical of course. (When I say 'we' I mean me and my wife) We try to have plants and beneficials to control the unwanted insects.

Again, there appears to be a lot of confusion on this subject. I think there are benefits to using DE, not just for insect control though. I hope to see more responses here.
 
Loren Hunt
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injust got confirmation from jessica at diatomaciousearth.net that de will kill all insects.
 
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