Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 93
Rated 5 out of 5Â by uniqua kills bed bugs!!!!
My husband was being eaten alive by these critters. The bites first appeared in Jan 2014, at first we were in denial because we never saw any. Over time the bites kept increasing and oddly enough he was the only one being attacked! Based on pics we found on the internet we knew it had to be bed bugs. I used a small flour sifter, a yellow pointy nose mustard bottle from the dollar store with a face mask an gently squirted this magical powder along the base board throughout the apartment, the crevice of the coach, night stand, dresser, foot of the bed and chairs. Sprinkled with sifter under the mattress and sofa seats. I had a heavy hand when applying. Started noticing a difference immediately. Two days after applying this stuff we finally saw a couple slowly moving in the bathroom covered in powder. By the end of the week no more bites!!! Two months later and still no more bugs. With the help of Neosporine ( boy did he scratch them) his embarrassing bite marks are almost gone.
May 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by britta212 Messy but effective...
Messy and unsightly, but works. I bought this as a last resort for a flea infestation. I tried flea bombs, baking soda, citrus spray, various chemicals....they killed MOST of the fleas but I was still getting bitten and still seeing them occasionally. I think what originally deterred me from trying diatomaceous earth in the first place is the fact that it takes a while to work. Since I wanted to get rid of the fleas immediately, I went straight for the chemicals. But diatomaceous earth is the only thing that will KEEP working for as long as it's in place. I sprinkled it all over my carpets, under my couch cushions, between my mattress and box spring, under the baseboards...everywhere. The other day I saw a centipede crawling across my linoleum. I took a pinch of diatomaceous earth and dropped it on the centipede and watched it curl up and die right then and there. Pretty cool. The stuff has been on my carpets for about a week now. I haven't seen any fleas but have gotten one or two new bites. Will leave it on for at least another week. One tip: vacuum BEFORE sprinkling the DE around. The vibrations from the vacuum will make the fleas active and cause any dormant pupae to spring out since they think there is a host around. DE doesn't work on eggs or pupae, that's why it's important to awaken the pupae first and leave the powder for as long as it takes those eggs to cycle through to adulthood.
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BobJ Extremely great if you have pets and/or small children
Many people don't realize that this is just essentially dirt - a very special kind of dirt. It's chemically inert, so it's not toxic. You've already had some in your mouth (it's in toothpastes) and I'm sure your cats have already used it (it's in cat litter). Unless you eat a big handful or get a lot directly in your eyeballs, there's nothing to fear from this product.
How it works as a pesticide: diatomaceous earth sticks to the exoskeletons of insects and drains lipids from the waxy outer-layer of the exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate. All they have to do is come into contact with it - there's no ingestion necessary and on the bag itself it recommends to apply directly when possible. It is literally a death-sentence and an insect could only really be saved if they were able to submerge themselves in water (and not drown). Used indoors, this will last until it gets wet.
If you're looking for a safe pesticide to use around your house, look no further. The downsides to using this product are minimal (like getting all over your clothes when you apply in large amounts) but a little water gets rid of this stuff. Again, there are no chemicals in it - this is naturally occurring dirt - so you don't have to worry unless you directly ingest a large amount or get a lot directly in your eyes.
Just how effective is this stuff, you may be asking. On my first application around my house and yard, I spread a large amount around my fenceline, perimeter of my house and inside my attic. As I was doing this, I came across several wasps, lots of ant-hills, and a myriad of other insects I see all the time - beetles, roaches, earwigs, junebugs, and other less bitey pests. After one day, the only insects I've seen are dead ones.
I made a barrier around the trim in my house by pushing a bit into the small corners (typically where you would put caulk), behind my fridge, under my stove, washer and dryer, and especially in the less trafficked areas like closet shelves and the attic, and in my garage. I think this is best used as an indoor pest control agent, because rain will render outdoor treatments ineffective (because all it does is absorb moisture). Best thing is you don't have to worry about run-off for your neighbors, like with pesticides, so you put no mammals in danger.
Too long; didn't read: This stuff does exactly what it says, with extreme prejudice. It's just dirt, so it's harmless unless you eat it or shove some in your eyes. Best for indoor use, but works just as well outside until it rains.
August 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Customer4367 Great product, works!!!
After our apartment was given a heat treatment for bed bugs, we still decided to move out and throw away most of our furniture. To help prevent any kind of traveling bugs, I bought this bag of DIATOMACEOUS earth from our local Home Depot. I sprinkled the DIATOMACEOUS earth along the walls of our entire home, giving about two hours for the fine dust to settle. Not only did I get peace of mind knowing this product can naturally get rid of bed bugs and is safe for pets and kids, but we also solved our ant problem. When I clean our living room, I also find other dead bugs.This product works and will last you a long time since you don't need much for indoor use.
Tips: Use a dust mask to prevent inhalation, use gloves to protect your hands, and give the fine dust time to settle before entering the room; which is why I would do this when your family is going to be out of the home for awhile. This would also be a great defense for outside the home as well.
August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Frankie KO's bedbugs in the first round!
Yo son, check it! I've literally tried everything from pest traps, sprays, & bombs & everyone from Orkin, Clark's, & Terminex pest controls and nobody kicked these bed bugs' butts faster and in a more dominating way than this product. This product packs a mean punch, one that not even the most skilled bed bug can counter. Safer's Diatomaceous Earth simply smothers bed bugs in the corner of the ring and KO's the opposition! If you're tired of bed bugs bullying you then I recommend sending in The Safer 4lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant & Crawling Insect Killer!!
July 30, 2013