are Eating My Liner
the years we have seen problems with ants eating
tiny pin holes in above ground pool liners.
Our recommendation is to apply Diatomaceous Earth
under your liner the next time you replace it.
is how it works.
(die-uh-toe-may-shus) Earth, isn't dirt or earth,
not even colored like it. It consists of the
broken up shells of tinycritters,called diatomes,
that lived long ago and died in groups so massive
that they can, today, be mined and bull-dozed.
"DE", as it's abbreviated, has the neat
quality of killing insects. (Unfortunately, it
kills good ones, like bees and ladybugs too, so
its use shouldn't be indiscriminate.) It is 100%
ecologically safe to the environment and
non-poisonous to man and beast.
DE works by slicing open the exoskeleton (outer,
hard covering) of insects, causing them to
"bleed" to death. (Actually, their
insides leak out, they dehydrate and die.)
When DE is sprinkled on the ground, on an ant
mound, or mixed with grains, legumes, etc., it
slices and dices the insectsthat walk through it.
Many farmers deliberately mix DE with animal feed
to kill internal parasites in farm animals. The
DE in the animal feces even kills the fly maggots
that invariably appear in the patties.
You do need to be cautious with your use of DE.
Inhaling it can cause lung problems.
(It's a fine dust.)It's OK to eat, but don't
breathe it. Use a mask when applying DE.