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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 Dinesh at 10/9/12 1:23 AM
    • can food grade daiatomeos earth be used against termites and how can it be used against them.
    • Yes, diatomaceous earth can be used against termites. You want to spread it in areas where you are having issues with termites. It can also be mixed with water and sprayed into hard-to-reach areas, and will be effective once it dries.
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  • From Amey at 10/17/12 12:24 PM
    • I have a couple of questions about this product. Both my cat and my dog have fleas (the cat is worse than the dog). The dog was treated with Frontline, but the cat with Hertz. I swear once I applied the Hertz (WORST PRODUCT I EVER PURCHASED), he started acting differently (he twitches/has painful sounding meows/open cuts on his neck/etc), and his fleas became super fleas. They are big and they are everywhere!!!!

      First question: Will this take care of major infestations or do I need to take them to the vet and call an exterminator?

      Second question: Can it be used if my cat has an open wound?
    • For major infestations you may need to call a pest control specialist to your home.

      For moderate infestations you can try an electric flea trap.
      This will give you an indication of the scale of your flea problem.

      DE is effective as a long term deterrent for fleas as well as other household insects. It will reduce the population and will kill emerging eggs which can lay dormant in your home for months.

      DE can be used if your cat has an open wound, but you are advised to apply it lightly in one area to see if your cat has any reaction. Your cat may be hyper-sensitve right now due to the other treatment, so caution is hte best approach.

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  • From greene at 11/5/12 3:25 PM
    • I have heard from other sites that de has great health benefits is your product the kind a human can injest for those benefits?
    • Diatomaceous earth is used primarily for insect control around the home and garden. However, some people do consume it for health benefits. Because this diatomaceous earth is food grade, it is completely safe to ingest.
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  • From kate at 11/10/12 12:09 PM
    • Is this product safe to use in areas that small children will be, couches, rugs. etc.? Childern are ages 5 and 2..
    • Insect Dust (Diatomaceous Earth) is safe for use around children and pets. You could sprinkle some under the cushions of the couch and on parts of the rug that are under furniture. However, DE is a fine powder and it is not advisable to apply it in active play areas, since the dust would get stirred up.
      We advise applying DE in discreet areas such as behind furniture along walls, behind the refrigerator, above cupboards, beneath beds, etc. where people don't usually go and the vacuum doesn't reach.
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  • From Heather at 11/11/12 5:39 PM
    • We used this product in our home. It made everything dusty and a mess. But seems to be working, My issue is that it's still dusty here.. The dust has settled but it's still on things. My 2 year old daughter will be ok to be inside right?
    • Yes, the diatomaceous earth is food grade so it is completely safe to use around the home. Because it is a dust it can irritate the lungs, so you want to avoid tracking it up when walking around.
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