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Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) - 4.4 lbs

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Insect Dust controls ants, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, bed bugs and other crawling insects indoors and outdoors. This safe and effective product is made of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It comes in a 4.4 lb. bag and treats 1800 square feet.

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Food-Grade Diatomaceous earth comes in the form of a chalky powder, and is the natural fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. These diatom particles are very small and sharp – but only harmful to the small exoskeletons of insects. Insects cannot become immune to its action, as it is a mechanical killer – not a chemical one. Because it is like a light dust, it easily clings to the bodies of insects as they walk and crawl over it. The tiny diatom particles then cut the waxy coating of insects and they eventually dry out and die of dehydration within 48 hours. It is an all-natural product that is so safe, it can be sprinkled around your vegetable patch, or rubbed right into your dog’s fur. Non-food-grade diatomaceous earth is dangerous and should be avoided.

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What insects does it control?

Insect Dust kills the following insects:

  • Ants
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Aphids
  • Silverfish
  • Cockroaches
  • Bed bugs
  • Spiders
  • Carpet beetles
  • Tomato hornworm
  • House flies
  • Fruit flies
  • Red spider mites
  • Earwigs
  • Slugs and Snails

Please keep in mind that it may kill beneficial insects as well.

For indoor use:

For indoor use lightly coat a thin layer in areas where insects are found or may hide. Can be used in cupboards, behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves, garbage cans, and in or around sewer and drain pipes.

You can leave the dust where you place it until you no longer see any signs of insects in that area, at which point you can clean it up. For carpets, lightly sprinkle the insect dust over the carpet, and leave for two to three days before vacuuming. Reapply the insect dust only if you continue to see signs of insect pests.

Thoroughly apply to areas of infestation. For example:

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, or along the baseboards, and wherever else silverfish are found.

Fleas:

Thoroughly dust carpets and pet's bedding and sleeping areas, as well as cracks and baseboards. It also can be rubbed into your pet's fur.

Carpet Beetles:

Thoroughly dust along baseboards, carpet edges, under furniture, carpet, and rugs, and in closets and shelving.

For outdoor use:

Lightly coat a thin layer where other insects are found. Areas such as patios, windows, door frames, foundations, along ant trails and outdoor pipes and drains. Reapply the insect dust after any medium to heavy rains.

Flies:

Thoroughly dust areas where flies frequent (walls, straw bedding, livestock pens). It also can be applied to livestock coat as an insect repellent/contact insecticide. DE can also be added to the food of pets and livestock. The DE helps as a de-worming agent for livestock, and it ends up in their poop. Flies lay eggs on the poop which hatch into maggots, which are then killed by the DE. This is an effective method for fly control, especially on farms and homesteads, and in outdoor areas where animals are present.

Fire Ants:

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

Slugs, earwigs, and other garden pests:

Sprinkle DE over plants and around edges of garden beds. For best results, reapply after rain. DE which is washed into the soil will continue to benefit your garden, since it acts like vermiculite in retaining water for future slow release into the soil.

Lice control for chickens

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

Safety

This product is Food Grade, and safe for your pets and your family. Insect Dust is registered as an Insecticide with the government, so it is required to have a generic health warning on the bag, despite its safety.

The Environmental Health Coalition refers to Diatomaceous Earth as one of the least toxic insect controls on their "Home Safe Home" fact sheet about safe household cleaners and indoor pest control.

Professor Stuart B. Hill at McGill University in Canada describes Diatomaceous Earth as non-toxic and feeling like talc when you touch it. He mentions that inhaling common road dust is probably more harmful than inhaling Diatomaceous Earth.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) used in pool (or any water) filtration contains DE that has been chemically treated and heated making the silica crystalline which is a dangerous respiratory hazard and lethal if ingested. The fresh water naturally occurring DE deposits that are designated FOOD Grade by the FDA have less than 3% crystalline silica. These deposits are primarily Amorphous Silica which is harmless when ingested and is commonly used in feed and food industries.

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Provides a non-toxic, safe way to control insect pests.

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Additional Information

Weight 4.4 pounds
Coverage 1800 square feet
Key Feature Food grade diatomaceous earth for non-toxic insect control
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From Debbie at 6/21/10 5:03 PM
    • I am interested in your product Diatomaceous Earth. I have a 15 year old cat who has very sensitive skin. Is this product safe to be used on her? Are there any side effects that I should be concerned with?
    • You can use this product on a 15 year old cat with sensitive skin with no side effects. It is totally safe. The only caution would be to try to avoid getting it in your cat's eyes, as they would be irritated.

      As this product is food grade, you can even mix it in with your pet's food to help treat parasites if they have them.
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  • From Tom at 7/11/10 10:35 AM
    • If I use this around my garden how long will it last before reapplication is needed? I assume that rain will wash it away and require another application.
    • Diatomaceous Earth will be less effective when wet, but it will dry out after getting wet and resume effectiveness. After prolonged rain, it is recommended to reapply Diatomaceous Earth in problem areas.
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  • From Dori at 7/11/10 8:03 PM
    • I was wondering if I have to sprinkle DE on the carpet after everytime I vaccum??
    • Yes, if you have a persistent insect pest problem that requires full carpet coverage, you will need to reapply Diatomaceous Earth. This may apply for homes with pets which play outdoors often. In our home, we apply Diatomaceous Earth in teaspoon-size piles in corners and out of sight areas where bugs may frequent. This has been very effective. When vacuuming, we steer around the little piles of Diatomaceous Earth to avoid sucking them up.
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  • From ellis at 7/13/10 8:40 AM
    • I researched diatomaceous earth in the dictionary and it is not clear to me what exactly it does to insects--how does it remove insects or keep them away. Also, how is diatomaceous earth effective in or around a compost bin? I do volunteer composting in a community garden in the city.
      Ellis

    • Diatomaceous Earth is the microscopic skeletal remains of diatoms which is a naturally abrasive material. To insects Diatomaceous Earth is a lethal dust with microscopic razor sharp edges. These sharp edges cut through the insect's protective covering drying it out and killing them when they are either dusted with Diatomaceous Earth or if it is applied as a wettable powder spray. If they ingest the Diatomaceous Earth it will shred their insides.

      Diatomaceous Earth is great for controlling insect pests inside the home, and it is also effective in the garden for pests in the vegetable beds. It has limited value around the compost bin, however, because insects do not usually interfere with the composting process.
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  • From Howard at 7/14/10 7:15 PM
    • I have a huge cockroach problem in my apartment - most infested area naturally being the kitchen, though we find them in our bathrooms and to a lesser degree the bedrooms. Do you really think DE would make a substantial impact in such a case? Would welcome you're best recommendations for applying it and so on, TKS very much.
    • Yes, diatomaceous earth will make a difference in controlling your cockroach problem. But it will take time if the population is well entrenched. Be sure to sprinkle DE in high places, like on top of the kitchen cabinets, as well as the places you see roaches frequent.
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  • From Aaron at 7/20/10 3:08 PM
    • I have a major roach infestation in my house. The roaches climb up the walls. How do I get around this problem?
    • Diatomaceous earth is effective for roaches, but it will take some time for you to see results if you have a large infestation. Even if you take other measures to control the roaches, keeping some Insect Dust sprinkled in areas throughout your home will help keep the population down over time.
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  • From L. Hannon at 8/3/10 8:11 AM
    • My cats have fleas. I have used advantage on them- and it seems to be working. Can I use this product on my cats even though they have been treated with advantage? Also- I only have carpet in one room- the rest is wood floors. I think the worse place is under my bed, but I can't move the bed. How can I treat under the bed? Thank You
    • Yes, you can apply diatomaceous earth to your cat's fur, or around the home, even though your cat has been treated with Advantage. In fact, it's a good idea to use DE as a secondary, and more lasting, preventive treatment against fleas.

      If you cannot move the bed, use a long spoon or any method to sprinkle DE in spots. In our home we sprinkle DE along the baseboards where no one can see it. When we vacuum, we try to avoid these spots. After a few weeks, we will vacuum more thoroughly and then reapply the DE in the same spots. Our home has been free of fleas and other insect pests for yers.
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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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  • 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 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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I drink it in orange juice!

By Deedra on 1/19/14

I have been eating about a tbsp a day since October 2012. I'm almost 53 and feel like I'm in my 30's. The excess silica supposedly turns to calcium (which I really need). My joints feel better, I no longer suffer from IBS. There is no scientific evidence but it really is the "bug killer you can eat!" People I work with take it in the morning (they say it gives them an energy boost. I take mine at night and don't really notice anything.

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liked product

By bb on 11/14/13

I had never heard of this product until a friend recommended it. Even then, I dismissed it. But then one of my indoor cats got out and when the fleas started appearing and rapidly became a big annoying problem, I remembered the name and started looking online for the product. I purchased it, applied it and waited. The wait was successful! The fleas started disappearing and then, eventually, they were just gone! I will definitely keep this product handy. And will reuse over other pesticides that are harmful to my pets. And that's another plus: it's nontoxic to my cats. I love it! I've also recommended this product to others.

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A Must-have for Bedbugs

By Doug on 6/13/13

Lived in an apartment that had a bedbug outbreak, use DE along with double-sided tape and mattress covers and it really took care of the problem. Haven't tried it with fleas (I find that boric acid powders work well if you have carpets). Make sure you get a good hand duster to spread it, one of the bulb- or bellows-type dusters. With the right duster, you can "spray" a spider and watch it die.

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Doesn't seem to be working

By Chaplin on 11/4/12

I have a bad flea infestation. I have been fighting fleas for almost 7 months. I have used everything from foggers to frontline. A friend recommended DE and I have covered the house and the animals with it. It has been over six weeks and there is no change, we are still infested. I vacuum and re-apply every 2 days . It looks like it snowed in my house but we are still full of fleas. I dumped some on a spider in the corner...I am waiting to see if he dies.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Not sure

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bedbugs and then some

By gorda on 8/8/12

I discovered bedbugs in my home, never knew what they were until my 8 yes old daughter started waking up with red lumps I thought maybe spiders was I wrong they started biting me tried everything nothing worked well after 2 or 3 hours of sleep for months did alot of reasearch yes, DE Diatomaceous Earth LOVE IT havnt seen any its great for humans read about it on the internet youll love it I GUARANTEE IT 100%

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Excellent natural pest killer

By Haddadin Walid on 4/3/12

Have tried this product to target green house insects , tomato worm , found it killed many other insects like weevils , beetles , moth aphids , white fly etc. also tried it on Cockroaches , RED PALM Weavil , it tool 8 days to kill it as the cuticle is hard to scratch. however the results were excellent

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Very good explanation but.....

By Cathy on 3/30/12

I would not down play the risk of breathing the dust nor compare it to "road dust". Although I have used this product for many years here on the farm to dust stalls, farm animals, dogs and cats, etc, one must take care to NOT breathe this DE dust. I have always purchased from livestock supply stores in larger quantities. Those packages note that you should wear a mask when using this product as well!!
DE DOES work! Otherwise, I wouldnt be using it for so many years, wasting my $ or time!! Gets rid of flies, knats, fleas, ticks and many other pesty insects! Just dont get in your animal's lungs or yours!! And, remember, if it rains, it's gone! So, you will need to re-apply (common sense here)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Fantastic for Cats!

By Heather on 1/4/12

I was a bit skeptical at first, and had to call Eartheasy for confirmation that I could use this on my cats, but I'm so glad I bought it now!

After rubbing the dust into my cats fur, the fleas started dropping off after a couple days. This dries them up and kills them real quick, and it's totally safe to use. I'm a very happy customer, and will be buying more!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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The silverfish love to crawl over this and then reproduce!

By william on 8/3/11

Does absolutely nothing! The bugs walk all over the powder, then reproduce so it does nothing. I NEVER saw a dead silverfish after.

(Editor's Note: Diatomaceous earth does not kill instantly on contact. Once the insect comes into contact with DE, its exoskeleton becomes scored, which leads to dehydration and death. It takes a few days to begin to see results of using DE.)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Never!

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This product is a nice safe, natural, longlasting product for pest control.

By SISTA V on 7/29/11

I've used this product for control of water bugs. A little goes a long way. You know the product is natural and is not harming the earth.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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effective

By millie on 2/22/11

cheap, safe, effective. i'm buying my second sack. my sister took the rest of my supply when i told her how effective this is!

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effective, not toxic, but can be blown around

By del on 1/19/11

I'm buying a bag for each of my rental properties based on the successful use in my home and one rental. The product is definately effective and I can assure my renters there are no toxicity issues and won't affect people with allergies. My only criticism is that it needs to be placed where a breeze will not blow it away. You can't just put diatom earth anywhere. I recommend putting it on top of the cupboards and on the inside ledge under beds (for bedbugs).

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works

By Dan on 12/16/10

I first tried this stuff when finding out that we had bed bugs in the house, and been using it since. It works great. A little slower in getting rid of things, but it works. I have seen dead roaches and spiders, too, from them walking through it, and not a roach in a few months now. I suggest it to anyone with a roach problem or bed bugs, too.

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very pleased

By Annette T. on 11/30/10

After several months of applying this insect dust in my home, I can say the insect population is definately reduced, and in fact I hardly see any bugs anymore. The non-toxic nature of this product is what appeals to me. I'm glad I discovered this and have been telling friends about it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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the best, period!

By angel b on 11/15/10

We have a cabin that has all sorts of insects, and we come back after being away there is insect debris all over but especially in a couple spots near my chair and near the phone. ( I think this is the pillbug capital of the world!) Since we started using DE a couple years ago, there is virtually no insect matter anywhere. This is a breakthrough for us cause we've been dealing with insects in the cabin forever. The bag lasted a really long time. We use it in both our homes, and I'm now happy to buy more.
Oh, one bit of advice. Put the DE in little teaspoon size piles in spots where bugs go but where the vacuum won't get it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Safe, easy to use, and highly effective!

By Sandra on 10/5/10

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I have used this product to treat fleas on my cats by rubbing the dust into their fur, and I've also used it to help treat parasites by mixing it in with their food. It's really easy to apply, and safe to use with bare hands. The only caution on the bag seems to be with inhaling the dust, but when I spoke with the manufacturer they said that it's no more dangerous than road dust, and that the caution is more for people with allergies.

I'll be buying more!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes

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Not satisfied

By Pamela on 9/2/10

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I admit this product is easy , but my animals keep biting and scratching themselves. It Is only effective on them for about 15 minutes. i sprinkle some on the area that is itching and rub it into their fur but it doesn't seem do anything. Also, after vacuuming, there are fleas still jumping. I used on carpets, upholstery, cracks on baseboards, tile floor, bedding and linoleum. The flea catcher, with the adhsive seems to work better than the dust.

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Worked well for me.

By Mike on 7/21/10

My cats are outdoor cats, and they bring in fleas from time to time. If I see any evidence of fleas, I'll take a teaspoon of the DE and sprinkle it over their back, then rub it through their fur. I'll also sprinkle some around where they sleep, to kill any lingering fleas. I don't like Frontline or any chemical flea killers as they can be hard on my cats.

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