How much DE to use?(5 posts)
I haven't found positive evidence of bed bugs yet but to be safe I bought some encasements for my box spring and mattress (Protect-A-Bed) and DE. I vacuumed everything well, inspected everything I could, and didn't find anything, but that isn't proof for me. I've also been putting my bedding into the dryer on high each night before bed (and my dogs bed, my house coat, slippers etc).
I dusted around my bed, mostly along the very bottom of the baseboard where the carpet meets, along the tops of the baseboard and slightly up the wall, inside my nightstand, inside power outlets/light switches and the metal frame/around the carpet under the wheels. I also dusted around where the zipper of the encasement ends, on the inside. Just for peace of mind, I guess.
What I'm not sure though, is if I used enough of it or not. I've read in a bunch of places that if there's too much, the bugs will go around it instead. I used a blush brush, I'd dab it into the powder, and brush it into the areas, without leaving any piles, and "blended" it into the carpet. On the frame I could see the DE (it's a dark brown color) but again, I tried to blend it so there were no piles. In total for the area I probably used about a third of a cup. (I have pets so I didn't want to go too crazy and put it everywhere).
Is it possible to use too little, or is any in the right places enough?
I also ordered Bird-X Alerts, are these effective in detecting a problem?
Thanks for any information and feedback, this site is great. Or maybe I should say informative and helpful, rather than great?
Be sure to check out the bedbugger.com FAQ on DE if you haven't done so already:
Also see threads tagged « diatomaceous earth » :
Thanks for the links. I did read the FAQ and have done a search, but haven't really seen anywhere say how much should be used, hmm.
Jeff White has a video on how to apply dust: http://www.bedbugcentral.com/tv/index.php/2009/09/bbctv-diy-2-effective-method-to-apply-dusts/
Thanks for the video! Based on that it seems I got it right, that's good to know. Phew.
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