Post SHTF Pest Control

by Monday, December 10, 2012

You can have enough food stored to ride out whatever Armageddon may come, but it won’t do you much good if it becomes infested with insects.

Sadly, most of the items that are available to take care of any infestations are almost as harmful to you as they are to those pesky critters.

So what do you do to keep roaches, ants, and weevils from making a meal out of your survival food?

One thing that I have personally found that works is Diatomaceous Earth.  Diatomaceous earth or D.E. is a fine white powder that to us feels much like talcum powder, but to an insect it is like walking over broken glass.

The powder is made up of ancient fossilized shells and silica.  It works by cutting through the waxy coating that insects have over their entire bodies.

As the coating erodes the insect is no longer able to hold water and quickly begins to dehydrate.

The best thing about D.E. is that unlike chemical insecticides, the insect cannot build up a tolerance to diatomaceous earth and it never expires.

Keeping this stuff around can help to stave off an insect invasion that would otherwise render your food supplies inedible.

The only drawback is that this is a mechanical insecticide, which means that it has to physically come in contact with the insect in order to work.

Essentially, you would need to sprinkle it anywhere that the bugs are likely to cross.

For roaches, this means under and on top of cabinets as well as around sinks, where they would go for water.

Ants are particularly tricky as they tend to avoid the stuff.  You can fool them by adding a big of corn starch or sugar to the powder and sprinkling it on top of the mound, they will think the D.E. is food and swallow it, drying them out from the inside.

If you choose to keep Diatomaceous earth around, make sure that you only get the Food Grade version of it and not chemical or pool grade.  Using anything other than food grade can be toxic and should never be used around food.

The brand that I use is Perma- Guard, they are EPA certified for use against a bunch of critters that would be interested in your food cache.

Do you have any other suggestions for Pest control in a post SHTF scenario?  Let me know!

Want to know more? Check out these related articles from our site:

Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

How to Repel Pests with Essential Oils

Plants That Repel Insects and Pests

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SchemaByte
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3 years 7 months ago
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DE is awesome stuff. I recently wrote up pyrethrum, which was used by the Chinese back in the day to keep their stored grains safe. It decays quickly though, so for long term storage I’d still recommend DE as you wrote up.
http://schemabyte.com/pyrethrum-safer-insecticide-you-can-make-yourself-after-teotwawki/

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Rex
3 years 7 months ago
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D.E. is also good for keeping the moisture out of things like gun safes and ammo storage containers. It can also be used to kill fleas by spreading it on your carpet. It sinks below the carpet, to the pad, and when the flea egg hatches, they die of dehydration.

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Honey Badger
3 years 7 months ago
0 Sugar and borax mixed together is a great ant killer. Mix 1/4 cup hot water with 1 tablespoon of borax (available as 20 Mule Team Borax in the laundry section)or boric acid (pharmacy) and add 1 cup corn syrup or honey. Mix all together and pour into jar lids. Put the lids in areas you’ve seen ants- check every few days and add a drop or two of water to keep the syrup from drying out. Ants will eat an amazing amount of the syrup (until they’re all dead). I’ve used diatomaceous earth for fleas on our St. Bernard… Read more »
Ron C. Nelson
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Ron C. Nelson
3 years 7 months ago
0 I would suggest “BORIC ACID”-in powder form, (DO NOT let it get wet !!. This is absolutely inert to humans, pets and vertabrates. It will only kill EXOVERTABRATES. Actually if you mix it with H2O you can wash out your eyes if you have an infection or irratant. Boric Acid is to exovertabrates much like Sulfuric Acid is to humans. It will literally eat the exo-skeleton of insects. Boric Acid is what is used in A L L mattresses to act as a fire retardant, to slow or stop fires. It is also one of the chief ingrediants in… Read more »
Hunt Foster
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Hunt Foster
3 years 7 months ago
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I would be very caucious about spreading DE around.
It is basically a fine silica powder, if one inhales it it can embed in the lungs and could induce silicosus, think asbestos and it’s effects.

ron
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ron
3 years 7 months ago
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thanks to everyone for some really great idea’s, i need them.

Richard
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Richard
3 years 7 months ago
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So how do you use it. Put in your rice or bean containers for example? How much? Do you then eat it when you prepare the food or how can you remove it from the stored food?

The One
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The One
3 years 6 months ago
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FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY: That disclaimer being issued I would like to add that DE is also good for stabilizing dangerous homemade explosives like nitroglycerin and nitro-methanol in a SHTF scenario. Guhr-dynamite I believe is the name for it. Handy stuff in emergency situations.

Terri
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Terri
3 years 6 months ago
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Just started using doTERRA essential oils. Lemongrass oil works against pests and fleas.

Geoff
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Geoff
3 years 6 months ago
0 I feel the most important thing about Food Grade DE is being overlooked here…I take 1heaping tablespoon in the morning, and one again in the afternoon mixed with water because it’s health benefits are nothing short of incredible. It is a great natural detox and digestive system cleanser, including the colon. It also helps your body to produce callogen for healthier skin, and another nice benefit is that fleas and ticks just don’t want to bite you. It also boosts your immune system and kills intestinal parasites, as well as strangthening your aorta and helping your lungs to rebuild… Read more »
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Geoff
3 years 6 months ago
0 Oh, and I forgot to mention that it also boosts your energy level and you don’t want to take it anytime near bedtime..Iwould recommend you give at least 6 hours between your last dose and bedtime, unless you want to the flecks on the ceiling for a while, lol. When just starting out don’t be surprised if 2 things happen during the first couple weeks…you might lose up to 15 lbs as all that crap stuck in your intestines and colon are cleansed out…and it make you feel a bit rough during that time. If it’s too uncomforatble step… Read more »
Teresa
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Teresa
2 years 4 months ago
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I totally agree. I have been using DE for alomost 3 years. Besides the benefits Geoff mentioned I have healthy fingernails & toenails. My hair has returned to it’s natural color of strawberry blonde and I’m almost 60. People ask me what am I dying my hair with. I just tell them it’s natural!

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