Diatomaceous earth may become the best choice between these natural remedies. So, what is it?
What is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is composed of silicon dioxide and formed from fossilized diatoms. Diatoms are a kind of microorganisms.
How does diatomaceous earth kill bed bugs?
Diatomaceous earth is a desiccant dust and this dust kills bed bugs by sticking to their bodies. When diatomaceous earth sticks their body, it absorbs the moisture in the bodies of bed bugs.
After diatomaceous earth sticks their body, bed bugs desiccate and die within a few days.
Is diatomaceous earth safe to use?
Diatomaceous earth is very safe to use. Because it is a kind of earth and the only way it can harm you is making around dirty.
Which diatomaceous earth should be used?
There are a lot of types of diatomaceous earth. So, you must find a %100 diatomaceous earth which can is good to use against insects at home.
Important aware: Some diatomaceous earths are used for swimming pool filters and this kind of diatomaceous earth should not be used at home, because it is an important inhalation hazard.
Where to buy diatomaceous earth?
You can easily find it on internet websites like amazon. It’s should also be available in some markets in your city.
How to use diatomaceous earth for bed bugs?
Here a tried-and-tested method is:
Strip diatomaceous earth to those areas carefully:
Around the bed
In front of the cracks and holes
Around the cabinets
Our main purpose while doing this is to put this earth in all possible walking ways of bed bugs. so, we want bed bugs to pass over this earth if they want to move.
I know a lot of earths are going to be around, but we shouldn’t let them to find one single space without any diatomaceous earth.
After doing this, you must wait for a couple weeks. As bed bugs pass over diatomaceous earth, they will start dying because of dehydration on their bodies.
What you must do is only to be patient and wait for that!
Diatomaceous earth prices
Sure, it will change from one country to another one. But use of diatomaceous earth against bed bugs at home will cost $20 to $30 in an average, while a professional bed bug exterminator will cost $500 at least.
How long does it take to get rid of bed bugs with diatomaceous earth?
As I explained above, you will need time to get rid of bed bugs with diatomaceous earth. In our case, it was a week, but it can last to 30 days in some cases.
So, my advice is to keep diatomaceous earth around, as long as you can do it.
Tips for use of diatomaceous earth
It is a dust and can spread around easily. Avoid strong airflows at your home.
If you have baby at home, keep an eye on the baby.
If you have any other places to go, leave the house during the treatment.
Bed bugs eggs will not be affected by diatomaceous earth. But eggs will hatch in 6 to 10 days and they will walk around for feeding too. 😊