Diatomaceous earth does not kill hookworms or any other parasitic worms in humans or animals. Although many online sources claim that diatomaceous earth is a “natural dewormer” there is no scientific research that backs up this claim. Veterinary professionals in the field of parasitology recommend against using diatomaceous earth as a dewormer. You should always use dewormer medication to treat hookworms in your pets. Ask your vet to recommend a safe, effective dewormer for your pets.
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How Do You Use Diatomaceous Earth as a Dewormer?
Never use diatomaceous earth as an alternative to dewormer medications. This informational video from a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Kentucky warns that diatomaceous earth is not an effective dewormer. Claims that diatomaceous earth can be used to deworm pets have not been backed up by research or by veterinary professionals.
- Diatomaceous earth is not a dewormer.
- Experts in veterinary medicine and parasitology warn against using diatomaceous earth as a dewormer alternative.
- It is safe to consume food-grade diatomaceous earth, although the health benefits have not yet been scientifically proven.
- Never consume “pool grade” or “filter grade” diatomaceous earth—it is dangerous to humans and animals.
Since diatomaceous earth is not capable of deworming pets, it is also not capable of deworming humans. However, food-grade diatomaceous earth is not dangerous to consume. The benefits of eating diatomaceous earth have not been proven, but it is possible that it helps improve the health of bones, skin, nails, and hair.
Does Diatomaceous Earth Kill Parasites in Soil?
Diatomaceous earth may have limited effectiveness against hookworms and other soil parasites. However, it is most likely only effective against hookworm larva on the soil surface. It is best to use a combination of several methods to get rid of hookworms in your yard. Diatomaceous earth alone will not kill hookworms or other parasites in the soil.
- Diatomaceous earth may help kill parasitic worm larvae on the soil surface in some cases.
- If it is wet or even slightly moist, diatomaceous earth will not harm hookworms or other parasites.
- Apply diatomaceous earth only in dry conditions.
- If the ground becomes wet, wait for it to dry, then reapply your diatomaceous earth.
It’s essential to remember that diatomaceous earth will not kill hookworm larvae or other pests when the powder is wet or damp. So, it is not useful in wet conditions or for long periods of time. Morning dew can easily dampen diatomaceous earth and render it useless. Apply diatomaceous earth in dry conditions and reapply after the ground has become moist. Because diatomaceous has limited effectiveness outdoors, it is more commonly used to kill bugs inside the house.
How Can You Kill Hookworms?
If your pet is infected with hookworms, dewormer is the best way to end the infection. Many high-quality dewormers can be purchased over the counter at pet stores. However, it is best to consult with your veterinarian so they can recommend the right product for your pet. Some dewormers are only effective against certain types of worms and may not kill hookworms.
- Use dewormer medication to kill hookworms in pets.
- Speak with your veterinarian about the correct dewormer medication and dosage.
- Hookworms in humans can be treated with the proper medication.
- Call your doctor or an urgent care facility if you believe that you or a family member may be infected with hookworms.
If you suspect that you or a member of your family may have hookworms, contact your doctor. Hookworms can infect humans by burrowing in through the skin on the bottom of the feet. A doctor can help determine if an infection is present and can prescribe the proper medication.
Does Diatomaceous Earth Kill Hookworms?
Before you attempt to use diatomaceous earth as a cure for hookworms, review these facts:
- Diatomaceous earth is not scientifically proven to act as a dewormer for hookworms or any other internal parasites.
- Veterinarians and parasitologists recommend against using diatomaceous earth as a dewormer.
- Diatomaceous earth may have some effectiveness at killing hookworm larvae in the soil, but it must be combined with other methods.
- Treat a hookworm-infected pet with dewormer recommended by your veterinarian.
- Consult a doctor if you believe you or a family member may be infected with hookworms.
Although diatomaceous earth powder is great for killing ants and silverfish in your home, it has no proven benefits against intestinal worms. To prevent worsening health conditions for your pet, promptly treat them with dewormer medication.