does Diatomaceous Earth really work(8 posts)
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Bed Bugs Limited
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.
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.
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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