What Is Diatomaceous Earth? | Pest Control


My name is Jeff White and I am the research
entemalogist for Bed Bug Central and the host of Beg Bug TV, bedbugcentral.com. I have no idea how I got into bugs and bed
bugs, and here I am six years later and having a lot of fun working with bed bugs and will
be talking to you about pest control. Diatomaceous earth or DE, what is it and will
it work for bed bugs? What you need to know about diatomaceous earth
is that it is made from a crushed fossil called a diatome, and what it is is a white dust,
or typically a white dust that is made from a crushed fossil that you can apply in your
house for a lot of different reasons. If you do some research you are actually going
to find out that DE is commonly used in pool filters, it also can be used as a supplement
to a diet, you can find it in pill form that you can take. There are even certain forms that you can
put on your dog to treat for different issues, whether its fleas or other types of bugs. And, o how does it work for bed bugs and what
is it going to do, Well this pesticide, diatomaceous earth is going to be a dessicant and what
that means is its going to dry a bed bug out. And so, if this dust gets on a bug its going
to be very abrassive to that bugs exoskeleton and then dry it out and potentially kill it. And so, will it actually work, yes it will. Labs have found that DE will kill bugs on
contact. The most important thing about using DE in
your home is knowing that these other formulations that you can use in a pool filter, the ones
that you can take as part of your diet, you want to make sure that you are purchasing
DE that was made for pest control reasons and so go out there, do some research and
find the ones that were made by people who were intending it to be used for pest control. Once you buy it you also want to make sure
that you follow the labels directions. People think of this is a green pesticide,
it’s made from crushed fossils, I’m just going to spread it all over my house. Remember that it is still a pesticide, and
it does still have toxicity issues with it all be it very low toxicity but it does still
exist so you want to follow the label directions and you want to be applying it to cracks and
crevices. It may say you can dump it on the floor but
remember that bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices and so you want to be applying that
dust to those areas to address bed bugs most appropriately. But the bottom line is that yes, you can use
DE to kill bed bugs. If you get it to bed bugs, it will kill a
lot of bed bugs and it can be a very good product to use as part of a control program. It won’t alone solve your bed bug problem.

18 thoughts on “What Is Diatomaceous Earth? | Pest Control

  1. Dust it with Nibor D. Do it right. Nibor D is powdered boron- a mineral that wont break down. Apply that into crack and crevices where bugs hide. It'll kill almost any insect that infests households. DE works better with spiders and scorpions and pests that have more resilience to liquid chemical pesticides. DE is made more effective as a pesticide when pyrithrin is added to it. He alsodidn't mention how to apply it- get a small duster for cracks, or a quart duster for larger areas.

  2. As far as I know, there's only food and filter grade. Food grade you can eat in small doses and use to kill the little buggers.

  3. It's natural to ask if the crystalline (pool) grade would do a better job than the amorphous (food) grade at killing bugs. If it's harder on the mammals, probably harder on the bugs. But who wants silicosis?

  4. Roaches are ok – they don't suck your blood or eat you alive. Most flies are beneficial by helping remove dead carcasses, and Italians use some to make cheeses. There are some bot flies that lay eggs in animals (including people), and the maggots that hatch eat your flesh.

  5. Diatomaceous earth is truly an amazing product to have.  It is a natural detox, internal/external parasite control, health supplement, and more.  Now, out of the food-grade kind, there are two types that I know of.  One is the plain, white kind, and and the other is the gray kind known as Red Lake Earth.  The gray kind is diatomaceous earth with a natural infusion of calcium bentonite (a good natural health supplement in its own right).  They can both be used for the same purposes, but the gray is said to have more vitamins, minerals, and overall benefits.  I do not know about other places, but, where I live, I see only the gray kind with the exception of the time I saw the white kind once in a small, little lunch bag that cost the same as the 20 pound bag of Red Lake Earth that I usually get.  Based on benefits, availability, overall convenience, and price, at least for me, the gray kind is the better product.  I must say though, the kind that is intended for ingestion and health (food-grade) works for pest control.  So there is truthfully no need to go out and look for diatomaceous earth produced for pest control reasons (which have attractants and other substances) when you can simply have a product you can use for your health, your pet's health, and for pest control.

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