Does Diatomaceous Earth Really Kill Bed Bugs?

By | December 10, 2014

Does Diatomaceous Earth Really Kill Bed Bugs?

Since you’re checking out my blog you’ve probably seen that I am a big believer in using diatomaceous earth.  But you might be wondering if it really works.

Fair question.  Here is a youtube video that I recently came across that tests that question.

How Diatomaceous Earth Works

In the video you can hear the narrator wondering about how this powder actually works.  It’s really pretty simple but also really effective.

Diatomaceous earth is made of finely ground shells.  The shells themselves are not poisonous to you, your family or your pets.

But when bed bugs walk across the powder it creates tiny rips in their abdomens.  In short order these rips cause the bugs to dry out and die.

How To Use Diatomaceous Earth

To use this product you just put a light sprinkling around the areas where bed bugs are if you find them or where they need to go to get to you when you are sleeping.

Remember that the bugs usually like to feed in the early morning hours just before dawn when you are sleeping the deepest.  This is a safe time for them to feed when you are deeply asleep and less likely to stir and disturb their feeding.

I say usually because bed bugs are also bugs of opportunity so if they sense you nearby and still they are likely to try and feed on you.

When I have an issue with a bed bug infestation I use the powder around the bed.  You can create a barrier between you and the bugs and get instant relief from any infestation if you take the right steps.  You can read more about those steps here.

Does Diatomaceous Earth Really Kill Bed Bugs?

So for me, after dealing with several infestations of bed bugs diatomaceous earth is an important tool in my fight against the bugs.  One of these experiences included living in a building that had a big problem with the bugs.  The property management company would spray two floors at a time every month in this 12 story building.

The problem was the bugs would just scamper up and down to floors that weren’t being sprayed until the spray dissipated then re-infest those floors again.

This meant that even though we would kill all the bugs in our apartment, as soon as they sprayed a floor close to us we would be re-infested.  Early on I discovered diatomaceous earth and it quickly became a crucial part of our response to these infestations.

Does diatomaceous earth really kill bed bugs?  The answer for me is a resounding YES!  If you use it right.

Related Links Of Interest

Do Mattress Encasements Work Against Bed Bugs?

How to Use Diatomaceous Earth

Questions About Bed Bugs

How To Use Bed Bug Bed Risers

 

 

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