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Insect Dust 4.4 lb. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Indoor/Outdoor Crawling Insect Killer

$13.53 /each
  • 100% Food Grade diatomaceous earth
  • Safe for use indoors and outdoors
  • OMRI certified organic

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Made from 100% Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth, a fossilized hard shelled algae. Insect Dust is like crawling over broken glass to insects but is harmless to pets and humans. Use indoors or out, around the foundation of your home as a barrier, on vegetable plants, ornamentals, houseplants, on slugs, snails, ant mounds, earwigs, in cracks and crevices, sprinkle on mattresses to kill bed bugs, on carpet to kill fleas or anywhere else insects are found.

  • Organic OMRI listed - safe for use indoors and out
  • Kills all types of crawling insects
  • 1 application keeps killing insects for 9 months
  • 100% food-grade diatomaceous earth

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Is this edible for pets?

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I'm scared my cats will lick it. What will happen? What about walking on it? What if it got breathed in accidently? Help!
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August 17, 2016
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Due to different pets and different illnesses, I would check with your personal vet before allowing the animals to fully ingest this. I have two cats and they do sometimes walk through the powder sometimes, but the ratio is low. I do not allow them to get covered in it. Better to be safe and check with the vet.
Also the food grade is slightly safer then any other version of the DE. I walk on it, but
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Due to different pets and different illnesses, I would check with your personal vet before allowing the animals to fully ingest this. I have two cats and they do sometimes walk through the powder sometimes, but the ratio is low. I do not allow them to get covered in it. Better to be safe and check with the vet.
Also the food grade is slightly safer then any other version of the DE. I walk on it, but again, I try not to get covered in it. I have areas under my couches that are more heavily saturated, as opposed to a spot on my rug that me and my animals walk through regularly.
I have asthma and I am ok with laying this stuff down, I do use some kind of breathing mask, last time a double folded face cloth soaked in cool water, dust cant get through. I also vented my place very good, with a fan on high blowing outward in my window.
Best of luck to you.
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Just got off the phone with St. Gabriel Organics customer service after receiving the Insect Dust from HD and didn't see "Food Grade" listed anywhere on the bag. I was concerned because I do not use pesticides in my organic garden and liked that it said "Food Grade" and was safe for pets and children. She said they do not have USDA approval for human consumption which is why "Food Grade" does not appear Read More
Just got off the phone with St. Gabriel Organics customer service after receiving the Insect Dust from HD and didn't see "Food Grade" listed anywhere on the bag. I was concerned because I do not use pesticides in my organic garden and liked that it said "Food Grade" and was safe for pets and children. She said they do not have USDA approval for human consumption which is why "Food Grade" does not appear on the Insect Dust bag even though it appears on the HD website. If your pet walks thru it she said it shouldn't hurt them. They sell a 2 lb. bag that says "Food Grade" on the bag for your pets with proper dosing and a different formulation, so you may want to check that out on their website. She also claims no responsibility for what HD puts on their website about the Insect Dust being "Food Grade". Read Less
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Over all, yes it is safe. DE is often advertised to treat fleas on pets and livestock, however cats in particular have very slow immune systems when compared to out other furry friends so always be aware of your cats reaction to a change in their environment. The other thing to note is that DE can be harmful to inhale, and damage your lungs. This is also true for cats, so if you are treating the borders Read More
Over all, yes it is safe. DE is often advertised to treat fleas on pets and livestock, however cats in particular have very slow immune systems when compared to out other furry friends so always be aware of your cats reaction to a change in their environment. The other thing to note is that DE can be harmful to inhale, and damage your lungs. This is also true for cats, so if you are treating the borders of a room, perhaps have Felix stay away for a couple days, then vacuum all the dust up.
I work at a family run nursery and garden center, and did my research when customers (and eventually I) came up with the same question. Read Less
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You might want to check with the manufacturer or a veterinarian but I'm reasonably sure you're cats would be fine. DE doesn't kill insects chemically so it's not a toxin. It kills them mechanically by cutting into shells and skin, causing them to dehydrate. They act like little glass shards on a microscopic level, getting into tiny crevices in their joints and exoskeleton. Like humans, your cat's skin Read More
You might want to check with the manufacturer or a veterinarian but I'm reasonably sure you're cats would be fine. DE doesn't kill insects chemically so it's not a toxin. It kills them mechanically by cutting into shells and skin, causing them to dehydrate. They act like little glass shards on a microscopic level, getting into tiny crevices in their joints and exoskeleton. Like humans, your cat's skin can easily survive microscopic abrasions without harm. In fact, the ground is probably rougher on its skin than powderized DE. As for licking it, because it's not poisonous, nothing will happen. In fact, any dry cat food would be rougher than DE on its tongue and gastrointestinal system. Furthermore, this is Food Grade which means farmers mix it into their grains to kill pests in storage. Plus, DE loses its killing power once wet because it clumps together and the sharp edges become dull. In other words, your cat's saliva completely disables it, so that even insects won't be affected.
The biggest issue is inhalation. Humans are told to wear a mask when applying large amount of it. However, once the DE goes on a surface, i.e. wall or floor, it should cling and no longer be airborne. Remember to only apply a light dusting and not mounds of powder (buy an insecticide duster). As such the powder should not be floating around to be inhaled, and only get on the insects through rubbing on the wall and floor. So unless your cat makes a real effort to suck it in, i.e. like humans sniffing cocaine, there should be little chance of your cat inhaling significant amounts. Keep in mind that there is nothing especially attractive about DE to cats. And DE is generally applied to cracks, crevices, edges, behind furniture, etc -- not areas cats especially like. Read Less
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Yes, just make sure the pack you buy is labeled FOOD GRADE.
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July 3, 2015
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Since this is food grade D.E. you or your cats could eat this and be fine. This will dry their skin out though, so just make sure they have lots of water around.
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Yes it save to use for your cats it will not harm them is help them:
Our best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Protect them with Diatomaceous Earth. When lightly rubbed into their coats it is very effective against fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests on pet dogs, cats, and their premises. It can also be used as an organic wormer and will kill any worms or parasites the pets may have. When using as Read More
Yes it save to use for your cats it will not harm them is help them:
Our best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Protect them with Diatomaceous Earth. When lightly rubbed into their coats it is very effective against fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests on pet dogs, cats, and their premises. It can also be used as an organic wormer and will kill any worms or parasites the pets may have. When using as a de-wormer mix the Diatomaceous Earth into your pets food. Mix well into kibble and wet food.
Kittens – 1/2 teaspoon
Cats – 1 teaspoon
Reduces moisture and pests in litter boxes
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does this kill bed bugs

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While researching this product for killing fleas, most of the articles said that it works for bed bugs also. It's a little messy, (about the consistency of talcum powder), but it worked very well on our flea problem. If you decide to use it & don't buy this particular brand, make sure that you buy "Food Grade".
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Yes, it's one of the main uses for DE. Most packages will give you specific instructions for bed bugs.
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My dad used this with success to kill bedbugs when an overnight guest brought them in.
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Yes. Any insect with an exoskeleton (spelling?). Ticks, fleas, bed bugs, ants. If you have a pet with ticks, feed them some of this in their food. It won't hurt them and if the insect has gotten under the skin, it will heal from the inside. As far as I'm concerned, it's a miracle product! It MUST be food grade, however!
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Can I use on my dogs

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Don't know about this brand but Food Grade DE is safe for dogs. I have been feeding it to mine for over a year. They have been worm and flea free and nails and coat are beautiful. I have told my vet what I'm doing and she says to keep doing what I'm doing because they are in perfect health. I don't use any other worming or flea treatments other than heartworm treatments for them.
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Although the label says not harmful to pets, I wouldn't put it on your dogs, why take a chance?
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This should not be used on animals.
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Does it kill roaches?

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I've done everything I know to kill off roaches that we brought in with cardboard boxes a while back. I have pets and don't want to use chemicals. Has anyone had success using this?
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Yes, it's one of the main indoor uses for DE. It should work for any crawling insect with an exoskeleton. The DE acts like little shards of glass, getting into the joints and shell, creating microscopic cuts that dehydrates the insect. You might also want to try boric acid, especially the Harris brand with bait. It has stellar reviews on Amazon, and is available on Home Depot. Their tablets are easy to Read More
Yes, it's one of the main indoor uses for DE. It should work for any crawling insect with an exoskeleton. The DE acts like little shards of glass, getting into the joints and shell, creating microscopic cuts that dehydrates the insect. You might also want to try boric acid, especially the Harris brand with bait. It has stellar reviews on Amazon, and is available on Home Depot. Their tablets are easy to use with less mess. Read Less
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Yes it will work.
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St. Gabriel Organics 4.4 lb. Insect Dust Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer kills ants, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, earwigs, slugs, beetles, spiders and silverfish.
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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 83 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DE - A Good Alternative I have had friends use this product before for different uses. I wanted to try it myself to try and attack the few fleas I saw from my cats. I think as long as you are not infested this is a great product to stop further incubation. However, I am still a firm believer that if you are heavily infested you might want to hire a pest control expert. But I would highly recommend this product to anyone trying to fight the basic house buggy... Ants, spiders, roaches, bedbugs, and other wonderful pests! LOL Good Luck!! August 17, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Decent product Only seems to work with some types of insects. And not very fast July 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It Worked! DA was sprinkled across the lawn & along the foundation of my house. Within 1 day those pesky carpenter, fire & red ants were down to a trickle. By the 2nd day they were totally gone! This DA works great! Since it rained very heavily, it has been sprinkled again around the foundation of the house & in a hollow of a tree where the carpenter ants were thriving & again they were down to a trickle. Because of rain virtually every day, the ants are still just a trickle, but I'll take that any time given they were on the verge of taking over the house. Also used this to help with flea control. I have seen their population also drop significantly. This can be safely used on the cats & dogs which do appreciate the relief from the pests. Even though the fleas & ants have not been totally eradicated, I am very happy with the results of using DA. Its is worth the effort & price to see the results obtained & I have a clear conscious since it is harmless to the family & pets when applied as instructed. A little goes a long way so use sparingly. July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Get Fleas Out Works well on dogs and cats plant beds and in bedding you must reapply every 3 to 4 wks but its great and no chemicals. July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Happy Cats! I bought this for flea control after witnessing one of my rescue cats have a terrible reaction to conventional, pesticide based, flea/tick treatment. So far it seems to be working wonders! The cats don't mind it at all because there's no smell and they don't feel it being applied. I haven't seen any fleas since I started "dusting" them and they are definitely scratching/biting themselves less. It's a little messy to work with, but it's certainly a lot better than taking chances with their precious little lives! I urge all pet owners to read up on diatomaceous earth as flea treatment and give it a try...you might just save a life! March 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good stuff We have cockroachand other crawling insects in our back patio, I sprinkled around the the fence, saw one cockroach crawling so slowly that looks like has been disabled (since the can run fast) it's been a couple of nights never seen one May 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worth the price This stuff is amazing, killed all the ants outside. June 7, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Carpet Beetles Just started using it so I haven't seen any results. Still seeing larvae and beetles after a week or two but don't see them where they were originally getting in. I hope it works. I recommend this product if it works. May 9, 2016
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