How To Protect Your Grains With Diatomaceous Earth

How Protect Your Grains With Diatomaceous Earth
by Delaney Wofford

Have you ever opened up a container of grain – wheat, rice, whatever – and noticed with a little thrill of loathing that it was moving around? Bugs in your food is not only nasty and disturbing, it’s wasteful! Those pests are devouring your food to feed themselves and their teeming little families… or should I say, big families. Most bugs that infest grains and foods lay a minimum of 150 eggs! Those will then hatch, and grow, and spread to other foods you have stored nearby.

No sir, that doesn’t sound like a good situation to me. But how do they even end up in your grain to start with, and how can you feel safe storing it for long periods of time without worrying you’ll discover a bug-infested hotbed when you get it out to use?

Where do the bugs come from?

Well, to be frank, in just about every bit of flour or grain you can buy, even from government regulated farms and inspected supermarkets, there are insect eggs. It’s the sad truth, people. Thankfully most are microscopic and don’t hatch before you use it, but when you are thinking of putting your grains in storage for long periods of time undisturbed, that may change. Lots of food around them, darkness, being left alone… those little creepers might just decide it’s perfect conditions to hatch.

The thing is, the threat is from within.

Even if you put bug-free grain into your bucket and never take the lid off until the time you use it, and no outside invaders could have gotten in, the insect eggs that were present before harvest from the fields could still be active. Thankfully, there’s an easy and effective way we can make sure they leave our grains alone, and never see the light of day!


 

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What’s the answer to get rid of bugs?

Second to oxygen absorbers, which keep the level of oxygen too low for insects to hatch, the easiest way to get rid of bugs is to incorporate diatomaceous earth into your storage container. DE is harmless, actually beneficial to humans and other mammals, but deadly to creepers and pests.

It works in two ways; one is that diatomaceous earth is aces at absorbing moisture. This makes mold and rot much less likely to occur, and also makes the atmosphere inhospitable for eggs to hatch.

The other is that if any little bugs or eggs are in in your grain, diatomaceous earth is widely recognized as one of the best pesticides there is. The tiny particles literally cut the bugs to death; working under exoskeletons to puncture soft bodies in adults, and totally massacring soft-bodied things like larvae and eggs. It does sound disgusting, but I’d rather stop the infestation before it really begins than have a bunch of live bugs eating my food and running around in my container. And if it’s done right, it will still be so small you won’t even see it.

How do I practically apply this?

It’s generally agreed upon that around one cup of food grade diatomaceous earth to every five gallon bucket of grain you have is a good ratio. I would set one bucket aside for mixing; we want all of the grains coated in the powder. A Gamma Seal Lid is a good thing to have at this stage, so you can screw it on and roll the bucket to mix without spilling anything, or getting too much of the diatomaceous dust in the air, because it’s not good to breathe.

First, add some grain, then a little DE, then more grain, and more DE, in layers so that it will mix easily. Put on the lid, roll it around, and ta-da! It mixes best if you do a half bucket at a time, with half a  cup of diatomaceous earth.

There’s no need to wash the grain when you’re ready to use it. Diatomaceous Earth is quite healthy for humans and can even be taken as a supplement. It rids your body of parasites and biofilm, and supplies the trace mineral silica. Just dip your grain out of the bucket, prepare it, and enjoy your bug-free meal!

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