Bed bug treatments can be expensive and time-consuming. One secret weapon in the war against these pests that many people have never heard of is diatomaceous earth (DE). When used in conjunction with heat or other treatments, diatomaceous earth is a fantastic way tokill bed bugs. Best of all, it is natural, non-toxic, and chemical-free. If you are considering using diatomaceous earth, here is a run-down of the basics of what it is and how to use it. Might Want to Read Our Ultimate Bed Bug Guide
Diatomaceous earth can be found many places, including large retailers like Walmart, various home improvement stores, pet stores, and online. You will also need a few tools. When applying DE, always wear a respirator mask and protective eyewear. Diatomaceous earth is a dust with fine particulates, so you don’t want to breathe it in. It may also come in handy to have a bulb duster when spreading DE.
Start by pulling everything away from the walls. Make your way around the room sprinkling a thin layer of dust around the perimeter of the room. Place it between mouldings and walls, along window sills, under appliances, where the floor meets the wall, and other places where bugs might hide. DE is particularly useful in areas that are hard to reach with other treatment methods. For example, you can use a bulb duster to get it deep into cracks and crevices, place it behind electrical face plates, and sprinkle it behind light switches. Diatomaceous earth can even be rubbed into carpets and mattresses (under a mattress cover) to kill bed bugs that might be living in these places. If you use it in places that experience significant foot traffic, vacuum it up afterward to avoid it being blown or moved around too much. If it will likely be undisturbed, diatomaceous earth can be left for long periods of time.