Absorbacide & NPV virus give Exceptional kill rates

Monday, December 16, 2013

To read a descriptive testimonial about this exciting new use for Absorbacide, click HERE.

Absorbacide effective against Soapberry Beetle

Monday, September 9, 2013

Try sprinkling Absorbacide directly onto the beetles or protect your plants by dusting them with Absorbacide. Remember, that to be effective, Absorbacide must remain dry.

Inferior grain insecticide warning

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Not all diatomites are created equal. Only certain types of diatomite are suitable for use as an insecticide. For example, marine sourced diatoms will not kill insects at all and are totally unsuitable for use as grain insecticides. Even amongst fresh water sourced diatoms, the diatomite will vary in its efficacy against insect pests.

Mount Sylvia Diatomite/Maidenwell comparison

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Maidenwell diatomite products appear to be increasingly difficult to obtain and we have had numerous enquiries as to how the diatomite that Mount Sylvia Diatomite produces differs in chemical composition. It should be pointed out that as diatomite is a natural product, its elemental composition will vary depending upon the region mined. By clicking HERE you will see the comparative data.

Grains Research & Development Corp to support Absorbacide study

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The GRDC has undertaken to support a project entitled ""Improved Functionality of Grain Storage Products". The research team will be led by Dr Dusan Losic at the Wark Research Institute, University of SA. Dr Losic is Mount Sylvia Diatomite's partner in an ARC funded Linkage Grant which has been responsible for the development of new diatomite based products. Also involved in the new research initiative are Dr Chris Saunders at the Univ of SA's School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Dr Patrick Collins at the QLD Dept of Primary Industries.

Nothing but pure, whole diatoms: first results

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Back in May this year we announced partnering up with The Ian Wark Institute of the University of South Australia following the receipt of an ARC Linkage grant which fosters collaborative projects between academia and industry. This collaboration is already producing results.

How will you deal with the red mite without Endosulfans?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants met in Geneva on 12-16 October 2009 and agreed that the insecticide endosulfan satisfied the criteria as a persistent organic pollutant.

While the APVMA have not withdrawn its permits for the use of this insecticide it has posted the following statement on its website:

Absorbacide helps kill small hive beetle

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A recent article produced by the NSW Dept of Primary Industry describes the use of a trap at the base of bee hives which helps to control the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida). Similar traps are available commercially. When the beetle falls into the trap, it is killed by the presence of diatomaceous earth in the trap. Mount Sylvia Diatomite is the only manufacturer of insecticide grade diatomite in Australia and is available at a reasonable price compared with imported alternatives.

To read NSW, DPI article by John Rhodes,

Mount Sylvia Diatomite gold sponsors AEPMA bed bug workshop

Thursday, May 7, 2009

We were proud to be sponsors of a workshop conducted under the auspices of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association which allowed professional pest controllers, government regulators and industry representatives to update their knowledge on bed bugs. The workshop was coordinated by Stephen Doggett at the Dept of Medical Entomology ICPMR, Westmead Hospital in Sydney. This meeting allowed us to present data from Stephen Doggett's trials with Absorbacide which showed how effective Absorbacide is in the control of bed bugs.

Mount Sylvia diatomite partners with Uni of S.A. in arc linkage grant

Friday, May 1, 2009

n a peer reviewed, competitive process Mount Sylvia Diatomite and the Wark Institute of the University of South Australia have been awarded a Linkage Grant by the Australian Research Council, the major body by which the Australian Government supports research in Australia. These grants are specifically designed to encourage collaboration between industry and academic research. Details below.

LP0989229 Dr D Losic; A/Prof J Addai-Mensah; A/Prof IR Neering

Approved Project Title Advanced Nanoscale Materials Engineered from Diatomaceous Earth


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