The good news is: diatomaceous earth (or silica) is actually good for you to digest for cellular reasons. Good for your skin. Not only that, but diatomaceous earth is safe and all-natural.
But few people actually know that these supplement can also get rid of bed bugs. Yep, true statement.
An October 2015 report showed that bed bugs are not only making a comeback after only a few years remission, but they’re back with a vengeance. In states like New Mexico, where there have been around 173 cases of infestations reported, it’s clear that we haven’t yet rid ourselves of this persistent and nasty problem.
Bed Bugs are Back. Good thing there’s diatomaceous earth.
The bad news is, nasty outbreaks of bed bugs are back.
Why do bed bugs keep winning?
Bed bug infestations across the US have been on the rise for 15 years, but just a few years ago things got really bad. Hotels in New York City, and then residences in that city got hit very hard.
The problem is, the bed begs become immune to the pesticides we use to kill them, says Rob Taylor, VP of sales at Tucson’s pest control headquarters, Tucson Exterminating. That, combined with the fact that international travel makes it easy for the creatures to move from place to place, makes for a tough battle.
Surprisingly, another reason they spread so fast now is the rising popularity of second hand furniture. Bed bugs live in upholstery and once furniture changes hands you’ve got yet another household infected.
Finally, having bed bugs is embarrassing. For that simple reason, people often don’t report it when they notice an infestation, so the problem gets worse. Taking action as early on as possible is strongly advised by all experts.
Diatomaceous earth can be used to fight bed bugs.
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-occurring powder that’s effective when used to combat bed bugs. Technically not a pesticide, it’s safe for children and animals if applied properly.
It’s actually a “mechanical” pesticide. The rough, spiky minuscule edges of the DE particles literally shred the bodies of the bed bugs, causing them to become dehydrated and eventually to die.
How to use diatomaceous earth to treat bed bugs.
It’s important to use food grade diatomaceous earth, NOT the kind used for swimming pools.
Since any dust can be harmful when inhaled, be sure to put the dust in places where it’s unlikely to be disturbed. That would mean cracks and out-of-the-way crevices and nooks where nobody will walk or touch.
You should purchase and use a respirator for applying the dust in your home. It is considered an inhalation hazard by the CDC. Purchasing food-grade and freshwater DE will lessen the hazard risk.
For the same reason, it is not advised that you put DE on your sofa or other upholstered furnishings.
Apply a thin coating (more is not better) of diatomaceous earth and use a proper tool to help you with that.
Vacuuming often is recommended with any bed bug treatment, but when you’re using DE, keep in mind that the dust can put severe wear and tear on your vacuum cleaner. It’s those same rough, tiny edges that do the damage to the insects: they can also damage your vacuum.