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Insect Dust Diatomaceous Earth - 4.4 lb

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Insect Dust kills crawling insects such as fleas, ants, bedbugs, and cockroaches. It's a safe, non-toxic insecticide made from diatomaceous earth. Available in a 4.4 pound bag. Please read Q & A below for answers to frequently asked questions. read more

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Use Insect Dust to eliminate crawling insects around your home. Our natural diatomaceous earth comes from the natural fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. Diatom particles are very small and sharp – but only harmful to the exoskeletons of insects. When insects crawl over diatomaceous earth, the tiny diatom particles cut into the waxy coating of insects and they die from dehydration within 48 hours. Insects cannot become immune to its action as it is a mechanical killer – not a chemical one.

Insect Dust is an EPA registered natural insecticide. Safe to use around your family and pets - it can be rubbed right into your pet's fur.

Insect Dust kills the following insects:

  • Fleas
  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Bed bugs
  • Ticks
  • Silverfish
  • Beetles
  • Earwigs
  • Wood bugs (pill bugs)
  • Crickets
  • Spiders
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites
  • Flies
  • Stink Bugs
  • Tomato hornworm
  • Slugs

For 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 carpets and pet's bedding or sleeping areas, as well as cracks and baseboards. It can be rubbed into your pet'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, or along the baseboards, and wherever else silverfish are found.

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 insects are found. Areas such as patios, porches, window sills, door frames, foundations, drain pipes, and pools. Apply as a barrier around plants, trees and vegetables gardens. You need to reapply insect dust 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.

Flies

Thoroughly dust areas where flies gather (livestock pens, kennels, corrals etc.). It also can be applied to livestock coat as a contact insecticide. DE can also be added to food for pets and livestock. DE helps as a deworming agent for livestock, and it ends up in their dung. Flies lay eggs on the dung which hatch into maggots, which are then killed by the DE. Effective method for fly control, especially on farms and homesteads.

Slugs, earwigs, and other garden pests

Apply as a barrier around plants and garden beds. For best results, reapply after rain. If diatomaceous earth washes into the soil it will continue to benefit your garden by retaining water for future slow release into the soil. OMRI Listed for use in organic agriculture.

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 in the corner of the coop and the chickens will continually apply themselves with DE. This will reduce or eliminate lice within a few days.

To purchase a dispenser tube, click here.

Safety

Environmental Health Coalition refers to Diatomaceous Earth as one of the least toxic insecticides for household pest control. As an EPA-registered insecticide, it is required to have a generic health warning on the label, despite its safety.

Please note: Insect Dust Diatomaceous Earth should not be confused with "Pool Grade" diatomaceous earth for pools or water filtration systems. Pool Grade DE has been heat treated, causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to become crystalline, and it is not safe or effective for household pest control.

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Additional Information

Weight 4.4 pounds
Coverage 1800 square feet
Key Feature Organic, non-toxic diatomaceous earth for crawling insect control
Effective for 9 months
Origin Made in the U.S.A.

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  • From Julie at 6/3/14 3:21 AM
    • Does Insect Dust contain any trace of crystalline silicon dioxide? I've read that some diatomaceous earth insect repellent products contain a small amount and that it can be harmful to pets if inhaled.
    • Food grade DE is safe for pets. "Pool grade", DE however, is calcined, meaning that is treated with very high heat. This turns the silicon dioxide that is present in the DE into crystalline silica. Pool grade diatomaceous earth has more than 1 percent crystalline silica. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, on the other hand, has less than 1% crystalline silica and is not calcined.
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  • From Courtney at 6/17/14 2:17 AM
    • If I sprinkle this on my carpets after vacuuming is it safe for me to walk around barefoot in my place until the next time I vacuum it up, or should I wear something to protect my feet until I no longer need to use this product?
    • You can walk barefoot on the carpet after dusting with DE, you will not even feel it. DE looks and feels like talcum powder.
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  • From Amber at 6/26/14 6:44 PM
    • Since DE is also microscopic, does it work on chiggers? We cleared out an area of our "north 40" and now have a tire swing on a large tree for our toddler. When our there recently, we all got eaten up by chiggers, so we want a natural remedy that will knock them out, but still be safe enough for our daughter, dogs, and surrounding plants.
    • Yes, DE is an effective treatment which will kill chiggers. Broadcast it in areas where you see chigger activity; for effectiveness they need to come into direct contact with the DE. After rain it will diminish in effectiveness, but this will be restored as it dries. Try to locate the DE where strong winds will not displace it. It is better to place DE in a thicker amount in selected areas than with a thin application broadcast widely.
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  • From Dee at 7/10/14 1:02 PM
    • I live in an apartment near a lake on the first floor and I have earwigs all over my porch. I have an 8 month old baby and was wondering if this is a safe product to use right outside my front door.
    • Yes. DE is a good solution for your situation. It is safe if the baby comes into contact with it, it will not harm or pollute the lake water, and it is effective against earwigs.
      DE is not a spot killer. It will take a few days before you notice the earwig population reduce. Be persistent and reapply DE if you think it needs it (e.g. if it rained and washed off some of the DE). Over time, you can reduce the earwig population to near zero.
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  • From Tammy at 7/18/14 8:53 AM
    • Is this brand food safe?
    • Yes. This is food-safe DE.
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