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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 Shannon at 9/30/12 8:52 PM
    • I have been dealing with a flea investation with my 10 yo dog now for over a month having tried just about every way to get rid of them and I am still having problems. As my dog has free roam of my entire house can I sprinkle this down all over my carpets and sofa and leave for a few days before vacuuming? I have read you suggestion at putting it in corners, etc., but I don't think that will be enough. So what is your recommendation in my case.
    • Yes, you can broadcast DE widely for short term maximum exposure. This will impact the resident flea population. But after you vacuum, you will need to reapply DE to discreet areas, such as corners and beneath the couch to address the emerging fleas hatching from existing eggs. Since you have a dog, it is recommended that you keep some DE in suspect locations permanently.
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  • From gilbert at 9/25/12 6:05 PM
    • will the diatomaceous earth work on termites?
    • Yes, the diatomaceous earth is effective against termites.
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  • From Ann at 9/24/12 5:08 PM
    • A commenter on the natural flea control article on Mother Earth News says that DE will scratch human's or animal's eyes if it gets into the eyes. The commenter also says that water will not eliminate the scratching. Is this true?

      Also, is it okay to sprinkle DE on a sofa? My dogs sit on the sofa frequently, so I imagine that there are fleas in the sofa.
    • Diatomaceous earth is a dust, meaning that it is irritating to both eyes and lungs. For this reason, you want to avoid placing it in areas where it may be tracked up easily or may be blown into the air. It is safe to use on your sofa.
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  • From Lauren at 9/22/12 8:28 PM
    • I have seen about bearded dragons and lizards, but I am curious to know if DE will harm tree frogs or toads. I'm planning to use it in the house on carpets and cats for fleas, but would LOVE to pour some into the ant mounds and garden. I am a frog lover, though so I would be devastated if I killed them instead of the ants and tomato worms!!
    • DE will not harm tree frogs or toads. It is fine to use for the ant mounds or in your garden.
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  • From jay at 9/18/12 9:05 AM
    • I heard this also is a wormer, for chickens and goats, is this true?
    • Yes, diatomaceous earth can be used as a wormer for animals.
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  • From Erin at 9/18/12 4:19 AM
    • Good Morning,
      Is this a pesticide and registered with the EPA?
      Thank you.
    • Yes, the Insect Dust is registered as an insecticide with the EPA.
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  • From Dee at 9/10/12 1:25 PM
    • My cat had 5 kittens that are now 7 weeks old and i tried to deflea mom before she gave birth by using dawn dish soap but I guess i didn't get all the eggs any way is this safe for the kittens as well
    • Yes, the insect dust is safe for kittens.
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  • From Lisa at 9/5/12 7:56 AM
    • What precautions do I need to take when using this product inside the house. We have two small children and are battling fleas. Is it safe to sprinkle on the children's bedding?
    • The product is food grade so it is safe to use around the house, and to sprinkle right into your children's bedding. However, if either of your children are asthmatic you will want to avoid this, as stirred-up dust may irritate their lungs. Another alternative is the Stop Bugging Me spray, which kills fleas and flea eggs on contact: http://eartheasy.com/stop-bugging-me-bed-bug-spray
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  • From MARIA at 8/26/12 5:18 PM
    • IF I SPRINKLE DE ON THE BED WILL IT IRRITATE THE PEOPLE SLEEPING ON IT? OR WILL IT BE NOTICEABLE?
    • It will not be noticeable.
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  • From Carol at 8/14/12 9:52 AM
    • I am interested in using this outdoors to prevent fleas and ticks from getting on my older dog who is currently suffering from dermatitis and wwho cannot be treated with the usual medications. I am also trying to prevent her from bringing fleas into the house.
      How effective is this product for outdoor use-and how often does it have to be re-applied?
    • The insect dust is very effective for outdoor use in the yard and garden. However, it is a dust, so it will have to be reapplied if there are strong winds or rain. You can also rub the product right into your dog's fur.
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