Diatomaceous Earth(2 posts)
3 weeks bite free!! havent seen anything except a very few small flat critters...dry and DEAD. The only down side is the periphery of the apartment (a studio)is heavily sprinkled with Diatomaceous Earth...under my bed, and on the legs of the bed. My dog ate some one night and coughed a bit the next day... but she is fine. My vacuum cleaner had to be serviced so I am careful to sweep, with a mask on and then vacuum. The DE doesnt mean instant death, but with a little patience it DOES work. I bought food grade from Earthworks in Vermont...shipping was a little slow but it was inexpensive, and it DOES work. If you have pets be careful about them breathing it in, if you have asthma, same thing. As long as it is STILL under your bed, no fans going etc. it should be fine. DO NOT use pool grade DE it is different...Good Luck y'all.....
I know you're trying to help but sometimes a little information can be a dangerous thing.
We have been advised that a "mask" (dust mask) is not sufficient for dealing with DE, but you need a full respirator mask.
We have also been advised that heavy applications of DE (anything but the lightest dusting, actually) may both cause bed bugs to avoid the product as well as potentially causing health problems.
Please do more research before considering using DE (or anything else). The DE FAQ is a more informative place to start but just a beginning as others are researching this.
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