DE mixed with water application -- Have you done this?(6 posts)
Has anybody here applied DE mixed with water? It makes sense to me as a good application method and as a way to control stray dust...
Bump! Or welt if you will.
Hello -- let me at least help keep this bumped. It's bb volleyball madness!
Yes, I've used the solution religiously (1 part dish soap, 2 parts 70%+ alcohol, 2 parts water, lots of DE).
The only thing is, I have absolutely no way of knowing whether it really does anything or not (aside from the fact that I've ruined the floor beneath my bed, which I literally mop with the stuff -- a fair trade in my mind if there's any chance that it helps. The floor was already in terrible shape anyway, which was what made my problem seem so hopeless to begin with).
My Climbups continue to be empty, and yet everything in the world continues to look like bb poo...I don't think my story is very helpful:(
Hmmm. Was just noticing the link to the SF Chronicle above and how the "Bugman" really hadn't originally recommended putting the DE INTO the mixture.
His wording does, however, suggest that he's saying to puff it on while the mixture on the surface is still wet.
(The main reason I'd have doubts about the whole spray mixture doing anything was because of the DE getting wet, so even the original article about this seems to suggest that the DE getting wet isn't a problem. I wonder what the difference really is between having it in the liquid and puffing it on TOP of the spray when it's still wet...)
What's the point of the dish soap? It just seemed to me that a wet application with a brush was a good idea...
I would not mix soap/detergent with DE, as it may gum it up and dull its effectiveness (it needs to be thin and loose for bugs to walk through and pick up). If you do use a sprayer for DE, go for the $3 "Zep" ones they sell at the big hardware stores. The DE may well clog the cheapies.
Alcohol can ruin painted/polished surfaces. I'd skip the alcohol on these and use more soap/detergent.
And as always, follow the DE precautions and be aware of its limits.
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