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Safer Brand 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
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4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer

  • Diatomaceous Earth dust kills ants by dehydration or ingestion
  • Kills a variety of crawling insects, bedbugs, cockroaches, ants
  • Powder is ready to use directly from the container
$9.47 /each

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With Safer Brand 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer you can leave bugs dead in the dust. And you don't have to worry about applying chemicals to get the job done. This product kills any type of crawling insect within 48 hours. Once you apply Ant and Crawling Insect Killer where you have a crawling insect problem, you'll see insect activity stop in minutes. Infestation issues in a couple of days. You can use it inside your home or outside in gardens, or on patios and walkways. It lasts as long as it's dry. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a dust-like product that contains the crushed fossilized algae (diatoms) from fresh water. These crushed diatoms feel like powder when we rub it in our hand. But it's very sharp to insects with delicate exoskeletons. When you apply DE, dust is ingested by the crawling insect or the insect crosses through the powder. The DE will cut their exoskeleton. This causes the insect to dehydrate and die. Insects cannot develop a resistance to it since there are no chemicals to which they can build up immunity.

  • Diatomaceous Earth dust kills ants by dehydration or ingestion
  • Powder is ready to use directly from the container
  • Odorless to avoid a sharp insecticide smell
  • Kills a variety of crawling insects including bedbugs, cockroaches, ants and earwigs
  • OMRI listed
  • Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listed
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I have flea infestation in house, i have cats and dogs. I am sure they are in my carpet, can I use this safely to get rid of them.

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May 15, 2016
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Yes, but ONY if you buy FOOD GRADE D.EARTH. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. DONT ALLOW YOURSELF OR YOUR PETS TO BREATHE THE DUST CREATED AS YOU APPLY.
Read up online about this amazing product and how to use it for your situation.
But remember...FOOD GRADE. This package does not say food grade.
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flea buster is the best and enviromental friendlly for the whole family and pets. highly recomemded. I have used it and Im a pet lover as well. Follow instructions. Fleabuster.com
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To use it on pets, or honestly even indoors (where it can be inhaled) at all, you need to get FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth.
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The best way to get rid of them is Boric Acid powder. Sprinkle it on the carpet, brush it in. It will dry out the eggs and the fleas will be gone
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NO! After calling the manufacturer they say do not use it where it can come in contact with humans or pets. Only use it in cracks and crevices. It can become airborne at any time and should never be inhaled by us or our furry friends.
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I do beleave it would be fine. One person said she put it on her dogs and the were fine. They diid not get sick.
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Yes it kills many insects and fleas are one of them. Also safe for your pets !
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Fleas are structurally similar to bedbugs and are considered much easier to get rid of than bedbugs. Diatomaceous earth will kill fleas in much the same manner but instead of affecting their lipid system, they will attack the carapace and cause uncontrollable internal bleeding. Remember that killing fleas requires a two pronged attack that must include egg management and elimination. Beating and Read More
Fleas are structurally similar to bedbugs and are considered much easier to get rid of than bedbugs. Diatomaceous earth will kill fleas in much the same manner but instead of affecting their lipid system, they will attack the carapace and cause uncontrollable internal bleeding. Remember that killing fleas requires a two pronged attack that must include egg management and elimination. Beating and vacuuming the rugs and treating pets are some steps that need to be taken to remove the eggs. Try not to run the vacuum cleaner directly over the powder since it will possibly damage the unit and introduce DE powder into the air. Read Less
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This product can be used in the home as directed to control fleas.
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June 30, 2015
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The Safer Brand Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer is not intended for fleas and is not pet friendly.
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Does it kill bedbugs eggs???

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October 22, 2016
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This product can be used to kill adult and newly hatched bed bugs. It will not kill the eggs.
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Yes
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It's probably not effective at killing eggs, since diatomaceous earth kills by slicing open things that crawl through it. Regular use of a steam cleaner would be far more effective at bed bug control.
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I'm not sure. I think the insects have to be alive and walk across the powder in order to die. I wouldn't chance using it on bed bug eggs.
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April 26, 2016
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No, the product will not work on bed bugs.
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While it will kill adult bedbugs and is devastating to the juvenile critters, it will not destroy eggs.
While it seems that you would be wasting your time, to kill the critters before they come mature is a sure fire way to prevent more eggs.
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Looking for suggestions on how to apply the powder.

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Product is slow to work, yet is very effective. Only problem is I waste a lot, because it's difficult to distribute the powder evenly. I need some sort of shaker to apply the powder. A salt shaker is too small if you're doing an outside perimeter. Any suggestions?
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I use a turkey bastor. Works well if you're trying to avoid a vapor. I was told it can be tough for sinuses
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I bought those catsup and mustard plastic bottles. Using a funnel scooped DT into bottle.
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I use a fine kitchen sieve to sprinkle it on plants...
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I spent a dollar at the Dollar store for a can of Lays chips to get the oval shaped blue plastic can. I used a small nail heated up to make holes in the lid. Worked GREAT. You can use it as a shaker or you can lightly squeeze the can to puff it as a duster. Worked as well or better than the similar duster they sell for $8 (plus shipping) online.
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Somewhere I read that a clean ketchup bottle was used. Hope this helps. I am going to try this tomorrow
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This product can be applied using gloves. We would not recommend using any type of bottle or shaker.
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Can I use this product on fruit trees or vegetable plants

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October 22, 2016
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We do not recommend using this product in gardens or on plants. It is not intended for consumption.
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You can mix up a couple of tablespoons and drink it...some people do. NOT recommended, but yes, it is safe safe safe. Mostly used in silos in the midwest to keep the critters at bay (6-legged). Very safe, just a kind of odd-shaped silicon (sand). Yes, it doesn't harm any invertebrates whatsoever
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May 4, 2016
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No, you can not use this product on fruit trees or vegetable plants.
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No,you can not use it on any living thing that includes plants.
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4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 214.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly effective against bed bugs! In about June of this year, my roommate noticed a bed bug on my clothing. I never had bed bugs, so I didn't think it was truly that. Shortly after that, I started to get crazy amounts of bites on my legs, arms, and hands mostly. They itched A LOT more than mosquito bites, they burned and were way more irritated. As time went on, in this month and last month, I was getting bitten in significant amounts, and then I started finding bed bugs crawling on my bed and I at night. Upon inspection of my bed the next day I found about 10 of them. A few days ago, upon another inspection, I found more of them and eggs. My roommate's husband suggested to me a bed bug killing powder, which was this when I searched it up. I applied it 2 nights ago and for the first time in months since I first got bit up and found them, I slept peacefully and woke up with no bites. I found 1-2 since then covered in powder but right after I did, they were dead due to the diatomaceous earth. I highly recommend this as someone that couldn't afford to hire an exterminator. It saved my life and ended my nightmare. GREAT low cost way to get rid of bed bugs and other crawlers.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe to use around the house Diatomaceous Earth has been used for many years. I have put it in barrels of grain stored for human consumption to kill any bugs or moth larvae. Horse owners have given it to their animals to keep them worm free and many people take DE internally daily as a silica supplement, a mineral that we are generally deficient in because of the poor quality of our soil. There are different grades of DE used for bugs, gardens and human consumption. I have read that Food grade DE comes from certain locations that are pure and it is FDA approved for human use. The DE for gardens and bug control is cheaper and is usually EPA approved for garden use. After reading a MSDS sheet for DE it appears that it is not toxic if taken internally and has no harmful environmental effects, as long as it is 100% DE and has not been contaminated with other chemicals, as some garden/insect grade DE has. Other materials and testimonies state that the food grade may have many health benefits (one was the elimination of internal parasites in humans and pets). The only apparent danger with DE is if it is inhaled. It is silica dust and prolonged inhalation can damage your lungs. One person who answered a question about this product said to use it with good ventilation and run your fans. This is absolutely the wrong thing to do since that would cause the DE to be airborne and you would breathe it. This is not a chemical and does not have fumes. Once it is applied it usually sticks to what ever surface you applied it to and then will stay there until you remove it. Use a dust mask when applying it and you can use a garden duster, a flour sifter or anything that has a fine sieve. Outside, it will wash away in a rain and will have to be reapplied. Inside, if you need to, you should clean it up with either a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a damp mop or cloth. The DE that you should avoid is for pool filtration. The DE for pool filtration is made completely different. It has large crystals that are very damaging to the lungs and has added chemicals which are poisonous. It should only be used as intended and not around your house, pets or gardens.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This WORKS!!! We had everything from ants of different sizes to earwigs to those giant tree roaches/Palmetto bugs. I smashed insects on a daily basis despite having a pest service that costs us like $250 a year and have to keep calling them to come back. I was so sick of the bugs & someone told me about D.E. I actually did not think it would work... was I wrong. I put some in a cleaned out spice jar and some in a hair color applicator bottle. I applied with the tint bottle like I was caulking things all around the house like a barrier indoors at every baseboard, window & door frames (we have white baseboards so you cant see it and then outdoors all around the base of the house and inside our screened in porch. I did get a little crazy with it outdoors- I sprinkled it on some of the walls where the roaches liked to hang out at night (Icck!). Well... I don't have any bugs since the day I did that (It has been over a month and a half) Even our bug guy who came out for a scheduled visit said he shouldn't tell us but the DE works better than anything he could spray and did not spray inside or anywhere he saw the powder outside. On top of it working, it is safe & odor free. SO, save yourself $$ and aggravation and try it!!
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devastation for anything with an exoskeleton From what I have experienced, this powder kills absolutely any bug that comes into contact with it. I think this product is better than any professional grade chemical. Also its safe for my cat. Love it. I Have recommended it to everyone I know.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great Got rid of those pesky fleas. Is safe to use in the house - in carpets, or around baseboards. Will buy again.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't know where to start...I have 2 dogs and a cat who goes outside sometimes and brings back ... I don't know where to start...I have 2 dogs and a cat who goes outside sometimes and brings back fleas. All three shed - the cat pretty heavily so I have fleas, pet dander and some kind of biting invisible bugs (dust mites?) who are eating us alive. After spending hundreds of dollars on flea drops, powders and other solutions I was at my whits end until I read an article that mentioned DE yesterday. As soon as I got off work I headed straight to Home Depot and bought this bag. It was late and I was tired from working so I only dusted my bed, the pets, my child and myself. I felt it start working immediately! The invisible bugs were on my face and as they dealt with an agonizing death they bit me harder than they ever have before when I applied the powder to my hair and face. It hurt like all get out, but it was over quickly and I knew without a doubt they were dead. I'm happy to say that in just a FEW HOURS this product gave me so much relief. I can't wait until the powder sprayer I bought arrives so that I can do my lawn and the rest of my house. I honestly didn't know how I was going to fix this problem and was becoming depressed, thank goodness the solution was so cheap and effective!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT BED BUGS?! Yes, your prayers have been answered, this product is the real deal! I used this once, saw only one more bed bug that same night, and after that I never ever saw another bug or got another bite. I can sleep again, visit friends and family again, and I'm back to living my normal life! Take it from someone who never writes reviews, but I promised myself that if this worked I would. I wouldn't wish bed bugs on my worst enemy, and I am going to tell you EXACTLY what to do to get rid of bed bugs like I did: What you'll need: spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (91%), dust mask, gloves, one bag of DE, duster/paint brush, washer/dryer, detergent 1) wash all bedding in hot water then dry for at least 40 mins (if bedding can't be washed trash it, don't dryclean it) 2) wash all clothes, blankets & pillows, towels, rugs etc. in hot water with extra detergent 3) dry all clothes for at least 30-40 mins (if you can't wash them then drying for 40 minutes will be fine w dryer sheets) 4) bag and seal clothes and place them away from walls or furniture (center of room) 5) put on the dusk mask, spray everything down with alcohol (including: yourself, mattress top and bottom, pillows, carpets, base boards of walls but be careful near outlets, electronics also need to be wiped down) 6) keep on mask, put on gloves, and bonnet/scarf/hair cap if you don't want it to dry out 7) open windows (no fans) and LIGHTLY dust EVERYTHING with the DE: mattress, bed frame, carpet, hardwood floors (very very light coat), walls and outlets, every crack and crevice in the wall, bathroom floor and around toilets, closets, dressers, furniture, mirrors, pictures, shoes, unwashable clothes/coats, Windows and blinds, even your car if you're paranoid they're in there too like I was *note, you're going to be to tempted to pour this magic powder excessively because you're grossed out and fed up, but WARNING too much will ruin your hardwood floor and your vacuum, and make it difficult to see/breathe, you only need a light dusty coat to destroy them* 8) encase your mattress with a cover and put one sheet on the bed untucked and go to sleep (if you're paranoid make a duct tape trap w sticky side out wherever the bed and floor meet.. away from walls, they'll get stuck there if they attempt to come after you) 9) LEAVE THE DE DOWN FOR 2 WEEKS IF YOU CAN. Yes it's dusty but who cares. Technically it only takes 42 hrs max for them to die after they come in contact with DE, but make sure you got them all. Also beware they are most active during new moon and full moon like most parasites. Dust is easy to remove from shoes and clothes with a dry towel. 10) Lastly, STOP picking up and analyzing every piece of lent, stop staying up nights, stop talking about them and researching them, stop scratching and looking for new bites... your problem has been solved, the nightmare is over! Over 100 testimonies on this site, THE REVIEWS DONT LIE! It works! Now get on with your life. After use of this you'll forget they ever happened. PS: When you go to vacuum it up, use a HEPA filter vacuum so that dust doesn't blow back out. Okay so... doesn't matter where you got them, how long you've had them, how many there are... this solves your problem in 2-3 days. Hallelujah, thank you GOD! I am so Grateful to have found this solution!
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best weapon in my war. You are walking dead bedbugs! I have been battling bed bugs for just over a week with spray stuff and bug catchers. I also vacuumed the heck out of my bed and chair. I almost have it under control. I wish I had discovered this as soon as it started or even did preventive measures when I moved in! Anyways. I will always have this stuff and it will be my first thing when I move some where. One of the things I am going to do as soon as I get home from work today is, get dog bowl put some painters tape around it and on the inside. Rough it up with sandpaper so the bugs have something to grab on to. Put some activated yeast in a cup (the CO2 will attract them) and put it in the middle of the bowl. I am going to put some Diatomaceous Earth the bowl. I want them to get back out. I want them to go back to their hiding spots with DE on them to spread around to their buddies and babies. Bwahaha. Heck, I don't know every spot they hide but they do. :D Last night, I prepared my vacuum by vacuuming up some DE. After I vacuumed and spread some DE around on my bed, I spread whatever was remaining on my hands where they like to bite. On my arms, belly and legs. When I laid down I said, "OK. Come and get me! You die." I have a lot of work ahead of me to get my place DE'd completely. But I feel much better already. ~bedbuginator
Date published: 2016-08-03
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