How to use diatomaceous earth for bed bugs?

Diatomaceous earth is one of the best natural remedies for bed bugs. What makes it a good option is its price and ease of use. So, what is diatomaceous earth and how to use it against bed bugs?

How to know if you have bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects and usually prefer to walk around at nights. Therefore, you can realize the existence of bed bugs in two ways:

  • You can see them
  • They can bite you

The first way is the easy one. If you know what they look like, you can easily be sure of their existence. A bed bug has those physical features:

  • 1 to 6 mm sized
  • Oval-shaped
  • Flatted
  • Reddish brown (close to red when recently fed)
  • Has no wings
  • Can’t fly
  • Can’t jump
  • Moves fast when you start to observe them

What a bed bug bite looks like?

Sometimes you do not see any bed bugs around, but you know they are there because you have some bites on your body.

Signs of bed bug bites are below:

  • There are small red bite trails and spots
  • Bites cause red welts
  • Bites cause itching in most cases
  • Bites are like mosquito bites

Do you feel bed bug bites?

bed bug bites on leg

The answer is usually “no”. Because bed bugs secrete a liquid while they’re biting, and this stops you feeling pain.

However, several reactions can occur during a bed bug bite, you will probably feel nothing while the bed bug is feeding on you.

Natural remedies for bed bugs

I always suggest you have some professional support in such cases, even so there are some homemade natural remedies for bed bugs.

You can check a list of natural remedies in this post which we published earlier:

Diatomaceous earth may become the best choice between these natural remedies. So, what is it?

What is diatomaceous earth?

Diatomaceous earth with spoon

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?

three bed bugs feeding on body

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:

  • Door sills
  • Wall edges
  • 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. 😊

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