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Insect Dust Diatomaceous Earth - 4.4 lb

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Insect Dust kills ants, fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs and other crawling insects around your home. Safe and effective, made from all-natural Diatomaceous Earth. This 4.4 lb bag treats 1,800 square feet. read more

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Use Insect Dust to eliminate crawling insects around your home. Our diatomaceous earth comes in the form of a chalky powder, and is the natural fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. Diatom particles are very small and sharp – but only harmful to the small exoskeletons of insects. Because it is a light dust, diatomaceous earth easily clings to the bodies of insects as they crawl over it. The tiny diatom particles then cut into the waxy coating of insects and they die of dehydration within 48 hours.

Insects cannot become immune to its action. It is a mechanical killer – not a chemical one.

What insects does it control?

  • Fleas
  • Ants
  • Ticks
  • Cockroaches
  • Bed bugs
  • Silverfish
  • Beetles
  • Earwigs
  • Grasshoppers
  • Spiders
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites
  • House flies
  • Tomato hornworm
  • Slugs

Indoor Use:

Lightly coat a thin layer in areas where insects are found or may hide. For example: kitchen cupboards, behind and under appliances, baseboards, or drain pipes. For carpets, lightly sprinkle the insect dust over the carpet, and leave for 2-3 days before vacuuming.

Leave the insect dust in place until you no longer see any signs of insects in that area, at which point you can clean it up.

Fleas

Thoroughly dust floor, carpets and bedding in and around pet's sleeping areas, as well as surrounding baseboards, cracks and crevices. Safe to use around your pets - it can be rubbed right into your dog's fur.

Bedbugs

Take apart bed and dust joints and channels. Dust any hollow tubing and the interior framework as well as the mattress and all cracks in the room. Use a turkey baster or duster to apply clouds of the dust over the affected area. Leave the dust to do its job for a few days. It is still safe to sleep in your bed even while the dust is present.

Silverfish

Lightly dust under the sink, inside drawers, along baseboards, and wherever else silverfish are found.

Carpet Beetles

Dust along baseboards, carpet edges, under carpet, furniture and inside closets.

Outdoor Use:

Lightly coat a thin layer of diatomaceous earth on areas where insects are found such as patios, window sills, door frames, foundations, sewer pipes and drains. Apply as a barrier around plants, trees and garden beds. Diatomaceous earth is most effective when kept dry. For best results, reapply after heavy rainfall.

Fire Ants

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth directly on the ant mound, or mix with water to saturate the mound. It can also be sprinkled along ant trails. The ants will track the DE back to their nests where the colony will be exposed to its abrasive action.

Slugs and other garden pests

Apply as a barrier around plants and garden beds. Reapply after rain. Any diatomaceous earth that washes into soil will continue to benefit your garden, since it acts like vermiculite in retaining water for future slow release. Insect Dust is OMRI listed for use in organic agriculture.

To purchase a dispenser tube, click here.

Lice control for chickens

Lice are a common scourge around chickens and can lower their vitality resulting in fewer eggs and disease. Set a "dusting box" of DE in the corner of the coop and chickens will continually apply themselves with DE. This will reduce or eliminate lice within a few days.

Safety

Insect Dust Diatomaceous Earth is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for use as an insecticide. Environmental Health Coalition refers to Diatomaceous Earth as one of the least toxic insecticides for household pest control.

Note: Insect Dust Diatomaceous Earth should not be confused with "pool grade" diatomaceous earth used in filtration. Pool grade DE has been heat treated, turning silicon dioxide into crystalline silica, which is not suitable for household use.

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Additional Information

Weight 4.4 pounds
Coverage 1800 square feet
Key Feature Safe, non-toxic diatomaceous earth for crawling insect control. EPA-registered. OMRI Certified Organic.
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From Katherine at 3/27/11 7:36 PM
    • I have a dog, cat and bearded dragons that roam free in the house, will this have any harmful effects on my lizards?
    • Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) is safe for use around your house pets, including the bearded dragons.

      DE is the consistency of talcum powder. To an insect, the DE is abrasive and scores the exoskeleton, leading to dehydration and death. But to larger creatures, the abrasive particles are too small to cause irritation.
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  • From Wanda at 3/19/11 8:06 PM
    • If I buy the 4.4lb bag is there an expiration date to when the bag must be throwed away if all is not used in two years?
      Or can it be used till gone?


      I'm interested because we are being invaded by tiny ants that we can't find where there coming from. My son's 5th wheel trailer is more invested that us.
      I'm all for natural since we have a 10 Jack Russell Terrier.
    • There is no time expiry on Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth). You will not have to throw away any unused DE because it remains viable in storage over time. It will be effective against your ant problem.
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  • From Jacqui at 3/8/11 7:43 AM
    • Hi, just popped in from New Zealand and was wondering if you had a price (currency conversion) for the DE and USP for delivery to NZ? Really interested in your product.....
    • Hi Jacqui,
      We are sorry but we are unable to ship DE overseas. This is due to the cost of shipping, and our warehouse is not set up to do the paperwork involved. You may have a friend in the US who can receive the DE for you and forward it to you, but we are unable to do this ourselves.
      Greg
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  • From Lauren Katz at 3/1/11 7:27 AM
    • I have a tea cup yorkie, and a 15 pound cat. I would very much like to use this product on and around the area of my Tea Cup dog. However she is only 3 pounds. And does lick herself. Also.... my cat grooms herself frequently....

      so, is this safe for the teacup?
    • Yes, our Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) is completely safe for the Teacp Yorkie and the cat. Licking the diatomaceous earth is harmless, as this is food grade DE.
      Just sprinkle the DE in areas where insect pests frequent, and if possible, sprinkle it where the vacuum cleaner will not suck it up too quickly.
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  • From Tana at 2/22/11 9:39 AM
    • I have been told that D.E. is also good to use around chicken pens. How would be the best way to apply?
    • Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) can be sprinkled inside the coop, especially in crevices or cracks which harbor mites. You can also sprinkle some DE in nesting boxes inside the coop. Over time, the chickens will displace the DE as they scratch the bedding in the coop, and some DE will be buried. You will need to reapply occasionally, depending on the type of bedding in your coop.
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  • From JD at 1/26/11 11:11 AM
    • Being food grade, does this mean it will be safe to use in my vegetable/fruit garden? I have a terrible problem with ants in the garden.
    • Hi Jan,

      Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) is safe to use in your vegetable garden. It is safe for you and for your plants.

      For best results, you need to understand how DE works. When insects come into contact with DE, their exoskeleton becomes scratched by the microscpoic sharp egdes of DE, and soon they dry out and die. So you want to place the DE in a spot which the insects will cross. In outdoor locations such as a garden, the DE will be most effective when dry. You may want to reapply the DE after a rain. Strong wind may also blow away some of the DE, so try to put it in a place where there will some wind protection.

      We have used DE at our home for years, both indoors and outdoors, and have found it to be the single best nontoxic insect control product we have used.

      Greg
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  • From Melis at 11/23/10 4:16 PM
    • Hi,

      The website indicates that this product is safe for pets.
      My 3-week old kittens are infested by fleas. Would it be safe to apply this product on them? What about on the mother who is with the litter all the time?

      Thanks.
    • Hi Melis,
      Yes, diatomaceous earth is completely safe for your cats, even the young kittens. You can rub DE into their fur, and also the mother cat's fur. Sprinkle it in and around their bedding.
      DE is especially good at long-term control of fleas, and other insects as well. The insects outer skin is scored by the DE which leads to their dehydration and death, usually within a few days of coming into contact with the DE. Results are not immediate.
      In your case, since there is an infestation, you may need instant as well as long-term control of fleas. I suggest you get one of our electric flea traps and set this beside the litter. This will decrease their numbers quickly, and the DE will finish the job and keep the fleas away over time.
      Also, cats will continue to bring in fleas, so it's a good plan to sprinkle DE in areas where the cats frequent.
      We don't have cats anymore, but even now we sprinkle DE in all the rooms of our home to keep the bug population down. I can speak from personal experience to the effectiveness and safety of diatomaceous earth.
      Greg
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  • From Cathy at 9/29/10 5:42 PM
    • Does this package of diatomaceous earth have an expiration date?
    • Hi Cathy,
      Diatomaceous earth does not have an expiration date. DE is inert, the skeletal remains of diatoms, which have been around for millenia.
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  • From Susan at 9/28/10 6:14 PM
    • How do I apply this to my dog for safe and effective flea control? Do I rub it all over his fur or do I put it on his skin? Is it effective if I just put it on the nape of his neck like the chemical flea medications? I am currently using Advantage which works, but it makes him smell bad and I don't feel good about putting poison on my dog.

      Also, I was wondering how often does this need to be reapplied for it to be effective?

      Thank you!
    • You can rub diatomaceous earth into your pet's fur, and sprinkle it around your pet's bedding. Reapply to the fur if your dog gets wet or if any flea activity is present.
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  • From Paul at 8/30/10 6:55 AM
    • Is there a way of mixing this with water so it can be sprayed via a garden sprayer??? Paul in Fayetteville, N. C.
    • Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder and should be able to used as a spray, but we have not done this ourselves. For garden applications, we broadcast DE by hand. This way we can add more in trouble spots and not apply any to areas where it sin't needed.
      Greg
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