Diatomaceous Earth: Natural Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs live in warm locations and often make their homes in bedding, clothes, carpets, and furniture. You, their constant supply of food, are why bed bugs enjoy these locations. To check for them, look over mattress and furniture seams and the headboard or surrounding area for black fecal matter and blood smears.

Treat Bed Bugs With A Natural Pesticide:

At DiatomaceousEarth.com we sell an effective bed bug powder which:

  1. Is chemical free
  2. Bed bugs aren't immune to
  3. Is the lowest cost treatment on the market

Diatomaceous earth (DE) absorbs the oils and fats from insects, dehydrating them. Bed bug's exposure to DE dehydrates them in just a few hours.

DE is easy to apply around your home and safe to apply near food, pets, and children.

How do I treat bed bugs?

Effective natural bed bug treatment comes down to 5 simple steps:

  1. Steam Clean
  2. Wash All Fabrics
  3. Vacuum Your Home
  4. Apply Diatomaceous Earth
  5. Repeat as needed

Before beginning, bug proof your home by sealing up any entrances, cracks, or crevices.The chances of re-infestation are much lower for people who do this first.

Step 1: Steam Clean Your Home

You need a steam cleaner

Bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures above 130°F for more than a few hours. Steam clean your linens and furniture thoroughly to increase the temperature.

Step 2: Wash All Fabrics

You will need a washing machine, dryer, and plastic bags

Put all fabrics through the wash on very high or very cold temperatures. Dry on a high heat and store all washed fabrics in sealed plastic bags or containers.

Use a carpet cleaner to remove any bed bugs from the carpeting.

Step 3: Vacuum Your Entire Home

You will need a vacuum, preferably with a hose attachment

vacuum bed bugs off mattress

Vacuum thoroughly. Once your clothes, linens, and other fabrics have been washed and stored properly, begin to dismantle furniture and vacuum every surface.

Once you have dismantled your furniture, vacuum every part, paying particular attention to furniture's seams and frames. After the treatment is over, you may reassemble your bed. Consider using a Total Encasement Mattress Cover in the future.

Step 4: Apply Diatomaceous Earth

You will need diatomaceous earth and a couple different applicators

applying diatomaceous earth with JT-Duster

Diatomaceous earth works as both a tool for prevention and treatment. After cleaning and steaming your home, proceed to apply DE by following these steps:

  1. Find areas around your home where you suspect bed bugs may be hiding or return to.
  2. Apply DE along moulding, in drawers, in any cracks or crevices, behind appliances, along windowsills and door jams. Use an applicator to make this easier.
  3. You will also want to remove all electrical faceplates and use the applicator to inject DE behind electrical switches and outlets.
  4. Cover furniture and mattresses with DE and work it into the furniture, mattresses, and carpeting with your hands.

Step 5: Clean Up

We recommend leaving the DE down as long as possible. Although it's far from a fashion statement, keeping a constant barrier down against the bed bugs will help ensure your victory. After about a week, you can wipe it all off and vacuum it up. A word of warning here: DE is very hard on traditional filtered vacuums. Unless you're only cleaning a small section, we recommend using a shop vac to avoid burning out your vacuum's motor. For more information on cleaning up diatomaceous earth after you've applied it, check out our article here.

Step 6: Repeat as needed

Repeat the cleaning, vacuuming, washing, and DE application every 7-9 days until the problem subsides. Repeat the steam cleaning as needed.

Follow these steps in every part of your home. Repeating these steps is necessary to break the cycle of infestation. If you continue to use DE in your home it will help prevent future infestations.

Bed bugs are resilient but they can be eliminated from your home with thorough cleaning and DE treatments. DE is a reliable product which is simple to use and cost effective.



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