PERMA-GUARD is the trade name for a grade and quality of Diatomaceous
Earth (DE). Actually, DE is
not an earth. It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells
created by one celled plants called DIATOMS. When insects come in
contact with DE, their shell is worn through and death is by
dehydration. There is no survival and no immunity.
These products do not contain persistent chemicals harmful to the
environment and to higher forms of life, to which insects become
immune--it is an organic insecticide. Perma-Guard products are a much
needed revolution for pest control.
Perma-Guard kills by physical action, not chemical--by puncturing the
insects exoskeleton and absorbing its body fluids, thus posing no harm
to warm-blooded life. The addition of Pyrethrum and Piperonyl butoxide
is to irritate the bug, causing physical action, allowing the DE to work
more quickly. Birds who eat bugs get 14 extra trace minerals.
These products are certain death to insects. Moreover, on any
surface, these natural pesticide products have a remarkable repellency
factor. As long as it is present, insects tend to stay away, making a
serious infestation unlikely. Also, the more it is used, the more an
environment is created that tends to make insects feel unwelcome.