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A few things to add: It's not dangerous to ingest, assuming you get Food Grade. Yes, you read that correctly. There is Food Grade (used for pest control) and Pool Grade (used for pool filters). Food grade is safe for use in the home and on garden plants. So the danger isn't that it will get in your pet's food, it's that your pets will sniff at the dust and inhale it. DE is very abrasive and can damage the lungs if inhaled.
The second thing, as DE is very abrasive, you don't want to use your $500 Dyson to vacuum it up. Use a shop vac.
Finally, buy it in bulk. When I last checked (a few weeks ago) Lowes had something like 7-10 oz for $10. That bag on Amazon is $22 for 10 pounds.
Don't be too scared, it's not something you want to be breathing in like you wouldn't want to breathe in lots of flour or baking soda or anything either. They do sell Diatomaceous Earth in food grade however so it's certainly not inherently harmful if ingested. Some people eat it on purpose as a supplement.
Thanks. I'm going with food-grade diatomaceous earth. Seems to be good for ants, roaches, fleas, and termites. Being the cheap b that I am, just trying to decide if I want to spring an extra 10 for a bespoke duster, or try to use an empty dish-soap bottle or empty parmesan-cheese container.
ETA: I just read a review on Amazon (can't find a way to link that specific review) which states that diatomaceous earth is effective against fire-ant colonies. Dude has 5 acres. It took him three years of diligent application of DE dust to every hill he found, but in the fourth year his property was fire-ant free, while his neighbors still have fire-ants. It's on the second page of reviews.
2nd this. FOOD GRADE ONLY.
You can get a massive bag that will cover your house/apt 10 times over on Amazon for $20
This also will kill spiders, ants, cockroaches, etc (any hard shelled insect). You can sprinkle some on the animals as well, but it will dry out their skin (and yours).
I recently bought a big bag of Diatomaceous Earth off Amazon for $20 after reading it’s a natural and safe flea and bug treatment for dogs and cats. I spread some handfuls along an ant trail that developed in our kitchen and presses it into the cracks they were coming through. By the next day there were no more ants and they have yet to reappear. It’s completely safe to eat too but you need to take it on an empty stomach because to adsorbs to everything, which is great for detoxing your insides.
Diatamaceous Earth for the top soil, also get some gnat trap sticky pads and put them up around the top of the pot. If you find any ladybugs around the house or in the area, throw them in the tent also, they love eating gnats.
they might, any health food store will have it, make sure it's food grade, it works wonders in getting rid of all the toxic build up in our bodies, it's pretty cheap and you only take 1tsp to 1tbs a day, you can buy a 10lb bag from amazon for cheap
it has tons of other benefits too, i found out about it from other ex smokers as well
Don't thank me. I found out about it from a stranger on Reddit as well, so its on that person who's username I cant remember.
and yes, it is fantastic at killing spiders. :) just be sure to buy food grade DE. I bought it on amazon but you can also find it at any hardware/big box store.
Start by vacuuming them rather than just moving them about. Spread coffee grounds and diatom under and around the playhouse. If you put the playhouse on a platform, up from the damp earth, you'll have a lot less trouble.
I second this.
Fumigation is a temporary solution. Bugs are not completely wiped out and return after a few months. Use diatomaceous earth instead for a permanent solution. It is way cheaper than Fumigation and also works on other insects(with an exoskeleton like roaches, ants, etc) You'll also find Food grade ones in amazon.
Hello, I’ve read up on a few websites people using food grade to help with gut issues as well as many positive reviews on Amazon for food grade products. I figure it might be worth a try.
DiatomaceousEarth DE10, 100% Organic Food Grade Diamateous Earth Powder - Safe For Children & Pets 10 LBS [link]
Buy diatomaceous earth. It's on Amazon and I believe a 10 pound bag is $20. I bought this when my pets had fleas years ago and I still keep a bag just in case the fleas come back. I'm not sure if we can post links but here is a link from Amazon: Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade 10 Lb [link]
How to use it: Sprinkle it ALL over the floors. Carpet, hardwood, tile it doesn't matter what type of floor it us just sprinkle it on the floor. Put some on your furniture too. Within hours, the fleas start dying. Honestly within minutes the fleas I had was dying. They might try to run away from the diatomaceous earth and hop on the walls. Leave it on the floor for 24 hours. The next day, vacuum the floor and throw away the vacuum cleaner bag. Sprinkle some more powder down and repeat the process until there are no more fleas! Diatomaceous Earth also kills bed bugs and other bugs. With this food grade Diatomaceous Earth, you can take a couple teaspoons a day for yourself and it acts as a detox and cleans your system out. But that's another topic lol
1 tablespoon of diatomaceous earth taken daily will eliminate all forms if intenstinal parasites. Be aware that you will initially see a SIGNIFICANT increase in the number of worms in your stools. This is okay. They are releasing from your intestinal lining as the diatoms penetrate their exoskeletons causing them to desiccate and die
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Drop diatomaceous earth (crushed up sea shells etc). When the termites are walking around on it it causes hundreds of cuts and they dehydrate out. It’s harmless to your household. It’s like a fine chalk and can be vacuumed out later.
DiatomaceousEarth DE10, 100% Organic Food Grade Diamateous Earth Powder - Safe For Children & Pets 10 LBS
Also keep the food areas and the pipe areas super clean, like make sure of food is closed or place into their own airtight containers
That stuff is more expensive than what I got but there’s a lot of selection on amazon. I have use this and lacewing eggs. I covered the top of the soil in DE at mid morning (it isn’t as useful when it gets wet) and then just threw lacewing eggs on there when it was warm enough for them to not immediately die. The lacewings came on little cards. Other than that I used some azamax but tbh didn’t do much. DE is the shit. Sprinkle some here, sprinkle some there. Just don’t drink it or eat it. It’s only “food grade” for people who think essential oils cute colds.
Try diatomaceous earth.
This is the one I bought recently: [link]
I buy in bulk because I also use it around my yard as pest control - it's basically microscopic shards of glass and this cuts up a bugs exoskeleton when it crawls over it. Anyway, you can use any food grade diatomaceous earth though. I buy whatever brand is cheap as long as reviews are good. Food grade, not pool grade because that's poison. I just mix 1 tbsp in a glass of water and down it (you might want to start with 1tsp and work up to avoid GI issues). Tastes like chalk.
If you're the type of person who can't handle drinking chalk water, then you can buy silica tablets instead. I used to take the NOW brand but switched to DE because it's a lot more cost effective.
If you have a hard time getting out of the lease, then you can use this stuff to save you.
Diatomaceous Earth might help some if you sprinkle it all over the area. Otherwise, do you have a garage or something you could keep it in to just go out with your regular trash?
Have you tried DE? If you use the food grade it's totally nontoxic but kills pretty much every living bug known to man, including fleas. You can put it right on the pets.
Buy this shit. I've had to deal with them twice. This stuff is like glass to them and it works real well where you can't burn them to death. Let it sit for a few days, then vacuum it up. Continue until you're satisfied their gone.
I'd suggest puttong throughout the area you have your couch as well. To make sure thy don't spread further into your abode.
It won't hurt you to lay on, but you can always put a sheet or something over the couh while you sleep if you don't want to lay in the powder.
Not a doctor, but speaking from experience...
A roommate of mine had a cat, which got out one night and disappeared for a few days. Some time after it came back, bites like these started appearing on feet/ankles/hands/arms and occasionally neck/face. My roommate had it worst, but my room was next to theirs and over time I was getting bit more.
I did quite a bit of research and eliminated bed bugs as they weren't biting in threes (they're known for biting you three times in a row "breakfast, lunch, and dinner". Once I had reached that conclusion, it really left one thing as the likely culprit: fleas.
After vacuuming, the biting would die down a bit, but as time went on, they'd get worse again. My roommate treated the cat for fleas and I bought Diatomaceous Earth and lightly powdered all the carpets. In a short time, the biting stopped. The D-Earth can be a bit of a pain to clean up if you're too liberal, but well worth it to avoid the bites (they were insanely itchy, lasted a long time, and scarred).
You can actually treat your pets directly with D-Earth by lightly powdering their coat. It's food grade and safe if they eat it.
Best of luck!
It's definitely a bit weird, but what worked for me was supplementing with food grade diatomaceous earth. It works miracles for clearing up acne and excess lung mucous, pretty much overnight. Here's a link to the stuff on Amazon
While you're waiting to move out or justice I would suggest bagging any infested materials with a heavy coating of this: [link] . It works by drying out the bedbugs through their shells. It's pretty harmless for larger animals.
DE (amazonSmile link) is also excellent way to get rid of fleas.
Yeap that's where I got mine. 10lbs [link]
and it's way way way more than you need to take care of a ~3400sqft house. I did my shed up heavily as well. But like I said if it gets wet it's pointless at that point, so even morning dew / condensation stops it from working (since it's no longer super dry and sucking in moisture)
When at first you don't succeed... Amazon.
I have some issue with Silverfish so I was too looking.
This shit is AWESOME. You can put it on everything. People, pets, things, carpet, everything. You can eat it without causing harm. Its not going to solve the lice issue over night, but its cheap, and will help. We use it to keep fleas away. Our house was INFESTED when we moved in, but we have no issues anymore.
Where there is one, there is more.
This stuff is safe for your house and will kill all the little fuckers in a few days.
I think you should try DE Food Grade. I've heard wonders. Lock the cat in a room for a day give him the capstar and a topical treatment then spread it all through the house. Cut up a flea collar and put it in your vaccum and start vacuuming up the carpet after a couple hours. Repeat once a week (excluding topical treatment you should only have to put one on him. ) if you're letting her outside you should lay down DE through the yard.
Make sure to buy food grade though. Its not harmful to people or animals but the dust can be.
Amazon has some fairly cheap.
Big bags too.
I'm a big proponent of diatomaceous earth. Make sure you use food grade, and wear a face covering when applying. It's edible, but you don't want to breathe that shit in.
Had this at my old apartment, the issue is likely your neighbors. As others have said, report your landlord to health authorities (though with what the DOH is going through, I would not expect an inspector out for at least a few weeks if not longer) and if possible get out and leave behind as much as possible so you dont bring the roaches with you to the new place.
Hoyhoy traps help but only with the small / medium ones and do little for adult roaches. Diatomaceous earth is good, and does more than borax tabs will while also being safe for human consumption, though be wary not to use it if you have asthma / COPD or allergies as the ultra-fine particles will irritate all 3. Ideally you'll want to lay a small mound on the floor, wall to wall.
What'll actually help for a long term fix would be to find how the roaches are getting in. If you have the patience, try to wake up / stay up until midnight / 1 AM (roaches tend to be the most active at this time) and keep all interior lights off. With a small flashlight, find the largest congregation of roaches and they'll generally be near their entry hole. In my case it was a wall socket with a panel loose enough the roaches could slide under to get in and out. Plug this hole / fill it with DE, and you should see the total number of roaches that make it in to your place reduce significantly.
Also, it may seem obvious but double check all weather stripping around your windows, make sure window screens are seated firmly with no holes, and re-caulk baseboards (if your landlord allows it). While walls are the most frequent roach hideouts, a surprising number will live outside and travel toward warmth when its raining / cold.
Now if you've done all that and still get roaches out and about there is one last nuclear option you can take. Foggers. These things will kill everything from geckos to roaches to small children (if exposed long enough) so be very careful. Ideally you'll want to clear out for at least 8 hours, but I'd go a full 24 before going back in your house. Follow all the directions, because they will mess you up big time if you dont. I accidentally set one off directly in my face so I speak from experience. Foggers generally do the trick though, they get even the roaches in your walls. Ideally you'll want to move heavy furniture away from the walls to allow the gas to reach as far in as possible.
Not a direct reply to the question, but wanted to provide some advice on getting rid of them in case others are experiencing issues with doing so.
Typically bed bugs will hide in places where you spend most of your time at home, ie, your bed, couch, in clothes. Clothes are the easiest part, wash in hot water and detergent then dry on high heat.
For my experience they kept to hiding in the seams of my mattress and in the couch. Buy a large bag of diatomaceous earth, and some hospital grade or equivalent mattress/box spring covers. Vacuum up any bugs you see, they tend to hide in the seams, and there should be black spots present showing where they hide. Then use soap and water to clean up as much of the black spots and completely cover your bed in diatomaceous earth. After that put the cover over the mattress/box spring and spread some more diatomaceous earth underneath and around your bed. If your bed sits on legs, vaseline works very well to keep them from climbing up.
Also suggest spreading diatomaceous earth in the entrance ways to each room to help prevent them from moving around your house and keep the infestation from getting worse.
For those wondering diatomaceous earth essentially dries out the bed bugs when crawl across as it sticks to the bodies.
Cant say this will work for everyone, but it worked quite well for me without having to pay an exterminator to spray chemicals or using heat treatment.
Edit: Just want to add that you should wear a dust mask when using diatomaceous earth. As /u/beev reminded me, this stuff can damage you lungs if you breathe it in.
Also, some links to products on Amazon as examples. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth and Mattress Cover.
looks like diatomaceous earth I have it all over my house to keep bugs away from stuff [link]
I was thinking more along this line
Works like a charm. Not poison or icky.
I like diatomaceous earth, but you may have to wash your buds depending on what stage you're in. Make sure you get "food grade," use a face covering when applying it.
I moved into a house that had a lot of bugs, and I've had good luck getting rid of them. I've found you really need to use a combination of things.
I bought some of this stuff:
Going to disperse it this weekend and see how well it works.
This will last you forever.
I put it in one of those smaller Simply Orange juice bottles. I drilled some holes in the cap so you can just squeeze it a bit and it shoots out.
I'm pretty sure you're wrong.
Is this basically what you have? Seems to be a lot of benefits from people actually ingesting this stuff.
amazon sells it
This is supposed to kill bugs. I don't know if it works on spiders though
Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade 10 Lb [link]
I use advantage multi for protection but I had a coworker that swore this stuff works great. And she has two cats. [link]
Dust the hell out of everything you own with [link]
With regard to the flea problem, I went through a really bad summer several years back. I have two indoor boxers and I use flea preventatives on them. At the time, both of my neighbors had dogs that spent a lot of time outdoors and I know for a fact that one of them wasn't using flea prevention.
Do you have pets? If so, you may want to talk to your vet about the medications you are currently using for prevention. While Frontline worked great the first few years with my dogs, it suddenly became almost worthless. My vet and the employees at Petco confirmed hearing similar complaints, and it seems that the fleas have built up an immunity to Frontline, Advantix, etc... If you need any additional info on what I've used since, let me know.
The rest of my advice is for treating your home and property without traditional pesticides. If you're all for them, I suspect you can use them with success. If not, I completely eradicated the flea infestation (along with a switch in my dogs' medication) within a few weeks as follows:
I bought several flea traps and placed them all over my house. Since I have dogs, I placed them in their common areas which included near their crate, in the living room, and my bedroom where they sleep. Overnight, they will flock to the traps. You can also make them yourself, but I never tried. If you're interested, Google "DIY Flea Trap".
Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is your best friend. Use it outdoors AND indoors. Inside, use it on carpets, rugs, your pets bedding, etc... It is completely safe after application, but you should use a painter's mask while applying as it may irritate your throat and lungs. Make sure you use food-grade DE, not the stuff for pools.
Vacuum daily and make sure you have vacuumed areas with the DE so it stays inside your vacuum's filter and keeps working on any fleas trapped inside. Reapply the DE at least a few times a week in heavily vacuumed areas, and pay extra attention to the areas you find to be most infested.
Last, use beneficial nematodes in your yard. If you decide to use traditional pesticides, don't waste your money on these as the pesticides will kill them.
This stuff has worked for me. Also kills roaches, spiders, and has a bunch of uses.
Like I told /u/illaparatzo, this stuff has worked wonders for me.
I've used it internally for years.. ...both with my animals and myself. It's no 'cure' for 'everything'.. ..esp worms, but it's a great reducer and addresses a whole host of things, and definitely helps to lessen worms.
Again, check out /r/diatomaceousearth .. the first ~5 links. Not the most 'reputable' of sites, but it pretty much sums it up. 20 minutes tops to read all of those. Just gotta make sure you're using food grade d.e. But, it has a lot more use than just 'external'. Obviously not at the same time as other drugs.. ...due to its binding properties, but separated by about an hour? and, pref an hour before taking anything else.. ..I've been extremely impressed for >1.5 years. On d.e. alone, the worms I've seen in animal stool compelled me to get checked for worms and deworm. Was really 'surprised' on that one.
Here's the seller I usually buy from. .. I take it everyday and nothing over the past 18 months has suggested to me that I won't most likely continue to do so 'every day' for the rest of my life (a few random breaks here & there aside, of course). The 'manufacturer' also sells it on their site for $19.99 w/ free shipping from time to time... but I have Amazon Prime so... ...I haven't done it, I just buy the bags individually, but if I had more and/or larger animals, this seller drops it down from '$22/bag' to $11.66/bag. When my current bag runs out, I'll probably just go ahead and buy that... ..it isn't like it goes bad if it's stored properly.
Anyway, you may want to give it a shot, it certainly isn't expensive and may provide a good first line of defense.. ..as well, limit other 'issues' as well?
In addition to what others have said, get some stuff called diatomaceous earth. It's available in places like Canadian Tire and even comes in animal/pet safe 'food grade' varieties. It works by sticking to insects and slowly eroding their external wax, especially in the joints, which causes them to dessicate and die. Unlike posions or trap they don't learn to avoid it. The great part is they track it back to the nest where it kills others. You spread it over areas where they are likley to travel.
[link] (this says just for bed bugs but there is a roach variety though I suspect it's all the same material)
Get some food grade diatomaceous earth and cover everything in it.
Might want to also check out this study from '98
Diatomaceous earth lowers blood cholesterol concentrations
and then compare the costs of the drug to the cost of this stuff ... which is approx. a 1 year supply... or greater.
I think you mean Diatomaceous Earth
there're more reasons than just its potential against worms to take this stuff....
this is the stuff I buy
They have it at Home Depot, although I am not certain it is food grade. If you have kids or pets, here is a food grade option available on Amazon
Will this combo work for my friend?
I'm fortunate that Frontline still works very well to keep ticks from biting my dogs, at least in my area. At the height of the season I'll find them crawling, but rarely do I have to remove one that has bitten. I use the generic Fipronil topical that's available on Amazon now, it's called Sentry.
OP might also try a simple dusting of DE (Diatomaceous earth) before you head out to the woods. This is also available on Amazon. Be sure to get the food grade, and be very careful not to breathe it in and to not get it in yours or your dogs' eyes.
You probably wasted your money. I checked and this is a very low cost treatment, so low that if it actually works it would be the new miracle flea treatment.
Flea prevention is really a matter of ' you get what you pay for' . if you are having an infestation, stop wasting money on cheap stuff that won't help and get something that will work. I know how much it costs, but brand name treatments are very effective.. Advantix cleared up my badly infested house in two weeks and showed signs of killing fleas in hours. Plus brand names are safer, they cost more because they have stricter quality control.
If you have concerns about topicals, they have prevention pills like trifexis and comfortis. These will cost more ( sound 100$, but trifexis is a 6 month supply) you can order a one month single pill too if you can't do that all at once.
Treating in the house is a lot of work. Vacuum every day and empty or change the bag outside to keep fleas from getting back in. They will crawl out of the vacuum. I've found few natural products actually work. The one exception is [link] you can find cheaper and smaller bags. It's very safe, dust your carpets an hour or two before you vacuum and it will help a lot. It's very powdery and it doesn't take much, just enough to see it. You can even dust your dogs and cats if you buy the food safe kind.
Bathing can help, but if you bathe too much it can dry your pets skin and cause problems. I worked in a grooming shop and learned a few secrets.
Skip the flea shampoo, you don't need to use it. I'm serious. It's more about how you bathe than what you use. We used baby shampoo and it is very effective. Fleas have a waxy coating that keeps them from drowning. If you break that down the flea will drown and die.
Get an empty gallon water jug, or a clean bucket. Mix a gallon of warm water with a quarter cup ( yes use that much) of baby shampoo. Put your dog in the tub and don't get it wet first, use a rag or sponge to soak the whole dog in the soapy water down the the skin. Go ahead and use all the water to scrub down the whole dog, you won't be saving it anyway. Make sure the whole dog is soaked and soapy, start at the head and be careful around the eyes, you don't want any soap in eyes or down inside ears.
This next step is the whole major trick. Leave it on the dog for no less than five minutes. Sit and hold it or put it in its crate and leave it soapy. When time is up, rinse starting at the head and make sure you get down to the skin to get all the soap out. I love a shower hose for this. When everything is rinsed, just dry your dog like normal. All fleas that were on the dog should be dead, the wax broken down by the soap and drowned. The soap will also break down slightly, don't worry you don't need to ad more. It already did the job.
I hope this helps. I know how miserable it can be. I was shocked at how well this bathing method works, its so simple, but fleas will get back on the dog from your house. It's worth bathing if the dog is really covered though,since you wipe out a good number of them. But try not to bathe more than once a week like this,and even less bathing if there are no fleas.
That is not your dog and you cannot give it medication.
Flea and tick medication is a neurotoxin! It works by damaging the central nervous system of the bugs. IT CAN ALSO DAMAGE THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM OF THE DOG!!!! Many, many dogs are injured and killed by these medications. These are dangerous chemicals and you shouldn't give them AT ALL led alone without the animal's owner's permission.
Look at other options like Wondercide ([link]) or diatomaceous earth ([link])!
Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade 10 Lb [link]
Super cheap, and lasts a while, I've had my bag for over a year now.
Get a bag of <strong>food grade</strong> diatomaceous earth with a pest duster and go around and spray it around all of the baseboards inside of your house. DE is safe for kids and pets, but is toxic to anything with an exoskeleton.
Once it's under the baseboards, you can sweep up the excess. Be careful using a vacuum with it as it may clog the filters.
https://www.amazon.com/Diatomaceous-Earth-Food-Grade-10/dp/B00025H2PY on all of our surfaces around the bed. It'll eventually kill them but you need to use yourself s bait for about 2 weeks. Vacuum and put it back down every few days.