Here to help! We will overcome this together!!(3 posts)
O.k., I'm new to this site , although I visited before after I found my first bedbug I decided to return and register because you folks seem to be working on solutions and I liked the realistic approach from what posts I had read. Besides economic limitations their are some of us that have living situations that almost make managing bedbugs impossible and not to mention if it is only you that suffers from bites and/or allergic reactions. My living situation is hard to describe but what aspects used to be a con are now starting to look like a pro when faced with bedbugs. During the summer where I sleep will reach up to 120F ( Of course, I can't sleep there then) and I used to have no heat during the winter. I do believe that helped out but as far as infestation- my only experience is that I have found or caught 4 bedbugs in the last 2 months on my body and twice I was awake and not even in bed. I live in a city where bedbugs are on the rise and second-hand items are constantly circulating. I just want to say I understand the anxiety and helplessness some are experiencing and I hope we can all work together to get through this by the exchange of tips and experiences. I am glad I read some posts today stressing the dangers of DE. I really do know better but damn me I was applying it and breathing tons of the dust in just recently and my throat was starting to hurt directly!! I have been eating DE for a year or two and I use it for flea control (way too many animals) and hopefully it will help with any bedbugs that stumble into it. Please excuse my cursing and if anything I appreciate the emphasis that was said about the dangers of DE and I had to read them - even if after the damage is done, so I will avoid adding more in the future.
Light dusting only. If the bugs can see it, they will avoid it.
Its a waste of your health and money if you do not apply it correctly. You need a bellows duster to do it correctly, then you must use that device correctly to get a fine spray of the dust. When applied like this in cracks and crevices you can get great results and not even notice it with your senses.
Must make sure you use a good respirator when cleaning up or putting down DE.
Also, food grade DE is not as bad for you as the refined pool grade. So don't get too freaked out. Even powdered sugar can mess up your throat and lungs if you breath a lot in.
That is what you need, it's cheap to boot.
Please read the FAQ on DE.
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