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  1. Kwashington82

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    ii been reading up on it and i just want to kn ow if it really works my bestfriend had an issue with bed bugs and she used it and she hasnt seen any since(this was 2 years ago) i have a dog and i want to be safe with her around ive tried the chemical treament and after 3 months they came back(i cant afford heat treament and my building isnt going to pay for it) i clean and wash and clean and wash and they just keep coming i rarely have people in my apt accept fam and they dont have bed bug issues but i did slip and let a neighbor use my comp once that was monday and i saw a bed bug this morning(there are a few apt in my building that have bed bug issues) i am disabled and in a wheelchair and i am not working at the moment so right now i cant really afford to move i need to save up before i can do anything so is the bed bug powder D Earth worth getting?

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    Hi, KW and welcome to the forum. You sound overwhelmed and I hope we can help.

    Diatomaceous earth (and similar silica dusts) are useful tools in the fight against bed bugs. They need to be used with appropriate cautions. For some, it will be all they need, for others, it will require a multi-pronged ("integrated") approach. If bed bugs are coming back, it may be that you are being continually re-exposed to them, be it via neighbors, visitors, or from the places you visit (such as a workplace). If you have neighbors with bad bed bug problems that are not being effectively treated, you will likely have bed bugs coming from there.

    We have an excellent FAQ, but I'm going to highlight for you the one particularly about DE. http://bedbugger.com/2007/03/30/faqde/

    Also, here is a link to a great all-around guide to understanding bed bugs. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/Bed_Bug_Manual_v1_full_reduce_326605_7.pdf

    Dealing with bed bugs can be bewildering, embarrassing and overwhelming (not to mention, itchy). Here's a place where you can get support and advice, or just vent.

    Be sure to cut yourself some slack and treat yourself well.

    Again, welcome.

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    Just speaking for myself here but I've been very happy with the results of DE. After the PCO came twice my landlord stopped paying him and he wouldn't come back again.... so all I have is the DE.

    I put it everrrrrrywhere, and yes it's safe for dogs! Thankfully I have hardwood and got rid of all my carpets so if you have carpeting maybe someone else can comment.

    2 weeks later I've found lots of dead bugs around now, I assumed from the DE. No bed bugs but it seems to kill all kinds so I hope it's doing its job with BB's too.

    I got 2 pounds of the stuff, not sure how I'll ever use that much!

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    I am brand new to this. Found a bed bug crawling on the coverlet on my couch about 3 weeks ago. I quickly collected it and disposed of it in a Tupperware bowl in my outside garbage. No signs of anything since...until tonight! There I was, reading the news on my phone with the light off when I see something moving on my pillow. I turn on the light and it's a bed bug!! I killed it immediately and quickly searched the mattress, the space between the mattress and headboard and didn't see others. But I know they are there. Can DE be used ON the mattress while you sleep? Obviously under the sheets? I have dogs and I know I need food grade. But I really seriously need something to head this thing off before it gets worse! Needless to say I won't be going back to bed tonight.

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    Hi,

    Simply put yes it works.

    My morale compass would swing around and knock my flat on my backside if I were to sell something that does not work. I could certainly no longer take the moral high ground with so many of the scam artiste and "celebrity endorsers" if I sold something that was not capable of delivering on its promise.

    Yes its a harder path to walk, I have missed out on a few holidays over the years because I wont be seen dead selling "lavender oil impregnated cinema seat covers". In fact a good test of the ethics of a company is to look for what products they no longer sell. Now if an obsolete line or service has not been replaced there is a good chance its for a might fine reason but shame on them for actually selling it in the first place.

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    DE should be applied where it will not be disturbed, kicked up, puffed into the air, etc. Our DE FAQ (link earlier in the thread) can guide you.

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    Hi Kw

    Just to let you know that there are a few other folks out there that are disabled and in a wheelchair dealing with this issue on the forum.

    I am one of them and I was able to get rid of my bugs so you can do it too.

    It's harder to apply DE, but not as hard as flipping the mattress and putting encasement on your own, yet I did that too while in my wheelchair. The trick is to not put a thick coat but a very tiny layer so that the bugs will cross it and they will then die. It takes a while, but it does work.

    Maybe you can get a friend to give you a hand laying that stuff down. If you cannot find anyone let me know and I'll explain how I did it.

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    ladydemon73 - 2 days ago  » 
    No signs of anything since...until tonight! There I was, reading the news on my phone with the light off when I see something moving on my pillow. I turn on the light and it's a bed bug!! .... Can DE be used ON the mattress while you sleep? Obviously under the sheets?

    Please don't put DE on your mattress.

    It can be used safely and can work but applying it on the mattress may irritate your skin or may be inhaled, which is bad for your lungs. See our DE FAQ.

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    hey everyone, i recently (3 days ago) found bed bugs in my curtains. every exterminator that has came to inspect is baffled that they arent on my bed and cant find signs anywhere else in my house. i learned about this DE because i have young children (and cant afford an exterminator). i have been keeping them in the living room because i have saturated all the rooms with the stuff. but from reading previous comments i am learning maybe that isnt the best approach? so is it possible to vacuum the large amounts to the point where i only have small residue left? and also, i found websites saying to leave small piles around the feet of the bed frames and to apply to the mattress and vacuum off (and the directions for use said the same thing on the bag i bought). i also left small lines around the rooms where i have started cleaning it up. is this not the approach i should be taking? i am at a loss. as for all the other steps (washing, drying, steaming, etc.) i have already done these. DE is all i have left. and has anyone ever gotten rid of them using this stuff?

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    DE, used correctly, is useful. As I noted above, for some, it's all you need, for others, you need to do more.

    BB in curtains can be due to an advanced infestation (ie, they're in the bed, but you/the PCO hasn't found them). Or, they've been dispersed from the bed by repellent treatment attempts. There are also a few bugs that look very much like BB, but prefer to feed on birds and bats, so they tend to harbor away from the bed.

    Experts on this forum generally don't recommend over applying DE anywhere. Again, we have a good FAQ on this.

    DE can be an inhalation hazard when disturbed. It can also ruin vacuum cleaners. To pick up excess DE, mop up with wet rags and or suck up with an industrial vacuum with a true HEPA filter.

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    cilecto - 3 days ago  » 
    DE, used correctly, is useful. As I noted above, for some, it's all you need, for others, you need to do more.
    BB in curtains can be due to an advanced infestation (ie, they're in the bed, but you/the PCO hasn't found them). Or, they've been dispersed from the bed by repellent treatment attempts. There are also a few bugs that look very much like BB, but prefer to feed on birds and bats, so they tend to harbor away from the bed.
    Experts on this forum generally don't recommend over applying DE anywhere. Again, we have a good FAQ on this.
    DE can be an inhalation hazard when disturbed. It can also ruin vacuum cleaners. To pick up excess DE, mop up with wet rags and or suck up with an industrial vacuum with a true HEPA filter.

    the PCO and I have been over all this. we checked all in the beds, walls, and my pictures that were hanging and there were no other signs of them. i did clean most the DE up and laying smaller amounts down and wrapped my beds and am in the process of painting. only signs are in one room (all though i am treating ALL rooms, clothes and furniture) and it has left 3 PCOs baffled. they cant explain why they were in my curtains but no where else. they also agree it is a very recent infestation and how lucky i am to have found them before they biting even began. i have an allergic reaction and it started just after i found them in my curtains. we have no clue where they started, all signs point to my curtains but i have had them since early october. and i do all my laundry at home. no new visitors, no new furniture since december, but the furniture is in a different rooms and is completely untouched. i notice them slowing down and there are already 80% less than i had 3 days ago. one more thing, i heard moth balls wont kill them but will repel them, so is it a good idea to place them in my closets (that are empty) and near my dinning rooms (where i have no furniture and am storing my clothes, its on the opposite side of the infestation) to keep them from hiding in those areas or infesting them?

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    DX13 is an all new, safe and effective Health Canada approved (US EPA pending) proprietary DIATOMACEOUS EARTH in an aerosol spray can. It is being used in government housing, hotels, residential homes and clients are thrilled! No scent, easy to use. No need for a mask. Gloves are recommended but not necessary. For more information, please visit our website [linked from my username]

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    My lungs are more important than these bugs but if I can't come across a mask by tonight - makeshift mask and lung damage here I come. posting my story soon. . . . Where can I purchase this dx13? Doesn't really say on mobile site and I dont have internet at home. Please help

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    mmcgrath,
    Please review the forum rules. If you want to advertise a product, this is not the way. I will allow this post to remain because we have not heard, I think, of aerosol DE being available in the US yet.

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    A DE spray is easily made by mixing 1 tbsp of DE to each cup of water in a misting spray bottle. No need to add alcohol, as only 99%,undiluted, isopropyl will kill BBs on contact. Make sure to keep shaking the container as you spray to keep the DE suspended. Also make sure that the spray comes out as a very light mist, not big drops or a straight-line spray. The DE, once the water has evaporated, will adhere to any bed bugs walking across it and kill them within a few days. Be aware that DE does NOT have any effect on BB eggs, so you'll need to find those little buggers and spray them with undiluted 99% isopropyl alcohol or remove them with sticky tape, or brush them loose with a stiff brush then vacuum.

    If using DE in its dry form, use a natural hair paint brush...dip just the tip of the brush into a bowl or other container of DE and shake off the excess. "Paint" it on any surface you want to protect, leaving a barely visible film of DE. If it's layered on too thick, the BBs will simply walk around it. With this method, you can get the DE into cracks and crevases of a wood floor.

    And, don't forget to always wear a mask when dealing with DE, dry or mixed with water!

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    I used DE with a puffer to get it in all the cracks and crevices, but it did not eradicate them.

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    No, it doesn't work in my experience, nor from research on it that you can find. I believe DE works too slowly - if the bed bug bites you before it can die from DE (can take days), then it won't dehydrate because it just got another drink.

    Also, from what I've read, the dusts generally don't work unless the bed bug contacts it on its body above its legs. So, if it's applied on a smooth surface, like a wood floor, and the bed bug just walks over it, it won't get on to its body to dehydrate it. Unless it's just fed and its abdomen is dragging from being full... but then, it just fed, so not likely to be dehydrating any time soon. These dessicant dusts work better on carpeting, so the dust at least has a chance to get on to the bed bug's body above it's leg height, according to entomologists and their research. This makes sense.

    Entomologists have done field tests using DE, and generally get poor results.

    Cimexa, according to lab results, is about 2 to 3 times faster at killing a bed bug than DE. I haven't seen field test results on it though, and I just began using it (put squares of dark-colored carpeting under the ClimbUps under my bed legs, and dusted bottom and top of carpeting with cimexa using a paintbrush to put a light coating on the carpeting).

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    Tryingaslo,

    That is my opinion too. Also, let's say a nymph gets some DE on its undercarriage traveling to or from getting a blood meal? The DE won't kill it before it is going to molt so when it sheds its skin the DE will be shed as well.

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    Good point, Warfighter. If the bed bug molts before the DE takes effect, it's like if we get a chemical on us that may burn our skin after a few hours, but we manage to wash it off before it does so.

    I sent you a private message here - we can exchange advice that we find works, if you like.

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/pm.php

    It could be cool for nobugsonme to add a link to the private message area so we know when we get one on here.

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    On the main forum page, your PM notifications are on the right side.

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    Cool, thanks misery.


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