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4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer

$8.97 /each
  • 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

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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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July 21, 2015
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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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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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can you put it on your dog as flee power ?

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This probably would not hurt your dog but just to be on the safe side...I would use food grade DE since the dog will probably lick it.
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Absolutely, positively. Best natural flea and tick powder ever invented by God. It tends to dry the skin so don't "go crazy" with on-pet application, but see statement one.
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No
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YEP! Works well and safely.
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September 21, 2015
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This product should not be applied directly to pets. It can be used in the home around cracks and crevices to help control fleas.
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How can I use DE when the bed bugs are located in the couch of the living room?

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I have a small infestation of bed bugs located in the living room in my home. I've killed most of the bigger ones, but when I sat down again, the little ones come out. Can I use DE on the couch?
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Sprinkle it all over your house, then vacuum up in a couple of days, including the couch. The couch, nor you or your family, will not have any ill effects. However, any exoskeletal creature, ie. 6 or 8-legged bugs, will not survive. Research the mechanism by which DE works and you should understand the how and why. The only caution is that it's a very, very fine powder, and as such, can dry out your skin Read More
Sprinkle it all over your house, then vacuum up in a couple of days, including the couch. The couch, nor you or your family, will not have any ill effects. However, any exoskeletal creature, ie. 6 or 8-legged bugs, will not survive. Research the mechanism by which DE works and you should understand the how and why. The only caution is that it's a very, very fine powder, and as such, can dry out your skin if you don't use gloves to disseminate the (sprinkle) the product. Read Less
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You can use this anywhere. Just don't let the kids or pets handle it.
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Hey Blueknight,
just to clarify, I'm no way affiliated with home depot or in any way represent this product, so don't consider me to be 100% correct in this post. However, I did use this product for beg bugs and had the same issue with my new upholstered fabric couch.
If your couch is leather, this stuff will clean up very easy, or at least easier than other type of material of couches. If your couch Read More
Hey Blueknight,
just to clarify, I'm no way affiliated with home depot or in any way represent this product, so don't consider me to be 100% correct in this post. However, I did use this product for beg bugs and had the same issue with my new upholstered fabric couch.
If your couch is leather, this stuff will clean up very easy, or at least easier than other type of material of couches. If your couch is a type of microfiber or cotton, I would not recommend it, as this stuff is a very fine powder and will probably seep through. What I would suggest, is to cover your couch with some type of plastic material to keep the bugs from escaping, though I've heard that could take months to starve out bed bugs.
I eventually slept on the floor in my living room in front of the couch for a few nights to draw the bugs out and surrounded myself in a circle of this powder. I did this for a week, I haven't seen a bed bug for 2 months now.
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For bedbugs the package says "take bed apart. Dust into joints and channels. If hollow, (square or round tubing) see that the interior of the framework is well dusted. Mattresses should be dusted, especially tufts, folds, and edges. Picture frame molding and all cracks and crevices in the room should be treated.
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This can be applied to the couch, but we would recommend covering it with a sheet or blanket as it is a very dusty product.
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Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 193 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by works well- chemical free I have THE problem with those critters also. Buy more one bag, apply with a mesh colander, scoop product in tap colander and rain it down and apply liberally by walls, bed frame, every where. Best method is even and liberal. This prduct will dust everywhere and everything. Keep moving parts away or off during applycation. Clean up with shop vac is easy. Not sure if it kills eggs but it works its magic in 48 hours to stop further life cycles. Keep pets out during application. Clean and reapply biweekly for best results. April 17, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Fleas Bought this product after noticing bites...ongoing for about 2 weeks thinking we had gnat problem. Turned out it was fleas. We took in a sofa from a friend who said there were bugs but was not specifically told what kind. We also just moved in to our new apt which we noticed several days later that the carpets were not washed because our feet were turning up dirty inside the house! So, we sprinkled DE on all our carpets and sofa. Left it on for 4 days and vacuumed. Noticed no flea bites for about 2 days then bites began appearing again. We had also set up flea traps prior and during DE, which also helped kill 2 to 3 fleas each day. So, we put DE again on our carpet, along with flea trap. Still getting bitten...our trap has killed another 3 so far. Let's not forget the ones we have killed ourselves. I'm planning to leave DE on for up to a week this time, hoping it will give better results. Im the only one getting bitten out of 3 people. Why?! Overall, not sure how I am feeling about this product at all.. August 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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. August 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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!! July 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 August 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Didn't work! Don't waste your time. Tried using this because of all the good reviews. Didn't get rid of my black ant problem. On to something else! July 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Natural Bug Control This really works. Every summer we are inundated with ants and it takes a combination of chemicals and traps to get rid of them. I used it on the outside perimeter of the house and up against the baseboards on the inside. July 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIATOMACEOUS EARTH ANT AND CRAWLING INSECT KILLER In an effort to stay environmentally safe i chose this product July 12, 2016
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