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Diatomaceous Earth

What is Diatomaceous Earth Dust (DE)?

Diatomaceous Earth Dust (DE) is a mineral-based insecticide consisting of the remains of fossilized microscopic algae-like plants called diatoms. The diatoms lived in oceans and lakes. The diatoms are mined from underwater and dried lake beds and then ground into a powder or dust. Diatomaceous Earth Dust is a broad-spectrum pesticide used to control crawling insects. DE is the active ingredient in products such as JT Eaton’s Kills Bedbugs and Crawling Insects Powder, and Mother Earth Dust.

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  1. Mother Earth Dust Diatomaceous Earth 8 oz
    $15.50

    Out of stock

    Mother Earth 8 oz is no longer available, Bonide's Diatomaceous Earth or Alpine Dust are alternative diatomacious earth products that are available.
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  2. MotherEarth Dust Diatomaceous Earth  10lb
    $99.90

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    Mother Earth 8 oz is no longer available, Bonide's Diatomaceous Earth or Alpine Dust are alternative diatomacious earth products that are available.
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  3. Kills Bedbugs and Crawling Insects Powder

    JT Eaton's Kills Bedbugs and Crawling Insects Powder not only kills bedbugs, but kills ants, boxelder bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, silverfish, ticks, sowbugs, millipedes and houseflies that would be resting on treated surfaces.

    How to use JT Eaton's Kills Bedbugs & Crawling Dust

    This puffer bottle can be used by itself, but it is best used inside a hand duster with a plastic tip.  This bedbug killer dust is  applied to cracks and crevices where insects hide. When treating for bedbugs, pay attention to such places as mattress seams, bed foot boards, headboards, electrical outlets, cable outlets, picture frames, mirror frames, and electronics.

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  4. Alpine Dust

    Starting at: $74.50

    Alpine Bed Bug Dust

    Prescription Treatment brand Alpine Dust Insecticide

    Alpine dust insecticide is the industry's first and only Reduced Risk non repellent dust for broad-spectrum control of crawling and flying insects. Alpine Dust may be used for bed bugs, ants and stinging insects.

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  5. Bonide Diatomaceous Earth- 5lb

    Bonide's Diatomaceous Earth (100 %, full strength) is a very safe insecticide. It will kill cockroaches, silverfish, millipedes, earwigs, bedbugs, ants, fleas and other crawling insects. Insects may die either by ingestion or contact. Diatomaceous earth is made of sharp and tiny fossilized water plants that cut into the insects' bodies, causing dehydration. Insects that come in contact or ingest Bonide's Diatomaceous Earth will die within two days.

    It may be applied inside or outside in such places as in homes, food and feed establishments, growing crops, flower gardens, stables, and around livestock. Insects do not develop immunity against diatomaceous earth.

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Where is Diatomaceous Earth Dust used?

Diatomaceous Earth is approved and registered by the EPA for use against indoor and outdoor crawling insects including ants, fire ants, fleas, ticks, bedbugs, cockroaches, box elder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers, millipedes, scorpions, silverfish, spiders, termites, lice, flies, worms, slugs, and snails. It is completely non-toxic to humans and pets and can be applied most anywhere insects are found. Food grade DE is also approved by the EPA to be mixed with grain to control mealworms.

How does Diatomaceous Earth Dust work?

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural product and is not poisonous. It works because the diatom remains act as razor sharp knives to the exoskeleton of an insect, leaving scratches and cuts in the waxy outer covering. The DE powder is then absorbed into the body fluids and causes dehydration and death within hours. DE is a long-term residual substance that is activated both by contact and ingestion. A benefit of this non-chemical pesticide is that insects can’t develop immunity. DE also acts as a repellant causing insects to stay away once it is applied. Diatomaceous Earth Dust works best when combined with other insecticide treatments.

How safe is Diatomaceous Earth Dust?

Diatomaceous Earth is safe for humans, pets, wildlife, birds, and fish. It can be rubbed directly onto a dog, cat, gerbil, or bird to kill fleas and mites. Although it is non-toxic, always apply as directed using a mask to protect against the drying agent temporarily effecting mucous membranes in the nose and mouth. DE can also cause drying to the skin, feet and hands. Do not get DE in eyes.