Crawling Insect Control (Diatomaceous Earth) Kills Bed Bugs

Using Diatomaceous Earth to Rid Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Bites

Bedbug bites on arm

The words “bed bugs” are enough to send most of us running with skin all quiver at the thought of little blood-sucking creatures crawling all over us as we sleep. These little bugs are pests, to be sure, and they can be difficult to get rid of once they have decided to make your house their home, hiding during the daylight hours in cracks and crevasses where they are almost impossible to excise.

Because of this, you may not realize right away that bed bugs are the source of the annoying sores on your legs when you wake up in the mornings. Bed bugs are attracted by both warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, which is what we exhale in breathing. The bugs climb up onto your skin and pierce you with two hollow tubes, one of which injects anti-coagulants and anesthetics. The other tube is used to withdraw your blood, feeding for about five minutes before returning to their hiding places.

There may be a cluster of bites instead of singular ones when you awake, and this is typically caused by disturbing the bugs while they feed, causing them to detach and return to feed momentarily. A well fed bedbug can live anywhere from four to six months, while a dormant one might live without feeding for up to 18 months.

The bites can be found just about anywhere on your body, with exposed bits of skin being the preferred feeding ground for the bugs, making your face a target along with arms and legs. The bites cannot be felt at first, but as the anesthetics wear off and the skin begins to react to the injections, the bites can make themselves felt minutes or even hours after the bedbugs have returned to hiding.

If you have bedbugs, your infestation can get worse very quickly since a female bedbug can lay up to five eggs per day, and up to around 500 eggs in her lifetime. Since it takes only five weeks for hatched nymphs to grow to maturity, your problems could expand exponentially within a relatively short period of time, and infestations can be hard to control.

How to Identify a Bed Bug

Using Diatomaceous Earth to Rid Bed Bugs

Adult bed bugs are generally flattened and reddish brown in color. They resemble apple seeds in appearance and size. Newly hatched nymphs look very much like adults. Although they are almost colorless, they gain their reddish brown color as they mature. The adult bed bug may lay up to 5 eggs daily. These eggs are almost impossible for humans to see with the naked eye, and resemble a flake of dust on a dark surface.

How to Apply Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally

The microscopic CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth particles are deadly to the Bed Bug. The particles attach themselves to the bed bugs body and physically “scratches and dehydrates them to death!” Because it kills them mechanically, they cannot become immune to it like they do with so many of the chemicals today. Because it’s a mineral, once you put it down it stays there and keeps working. You may sweep it up as you get rid of the dead Bed Bugs, but CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth doesn’t lose power over time.

How to kill bed bugs with diatomaceous earth in 9 steps:

  1. Wash Your Sheets and Bedding

    Wash all bedding and clothes in hot water—add a little Clorox with the soap(optional). Dry in dryer on the highest heat setting.  Please seal clothing and bedding you are not using and be sure to keep it out of the contaminated area.  If you can, use a steam cleaner on your mattress, box spring, cushions on furniture and any area of furniture you can get too.

  2. Move Furniture Away from Walls

    Bed bugs cannot fly, so make sure bed is away from the wall and there is no bedding touching the floor. Take the time to move bed, dressers, shelves away from walls if possible.  Also make sure there is no skirting or anything other than the 4 legs/bottom of furniture or bedding, touching the floor.  Be sure to follow this protocol the entire time of application!  Better safe than sorry!

  3. Apply Diatomaceous Earth to Your Bed

    With your hands or an applicator, dust some CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth in a light and visible to your mattress, box spring, ridges along mattress and box spring. 

  4. Apply Diatomaceous Earth to Your Other Furniture

    Furniture like chairs and couches.  Apply to under cushions and to the ridges of the cushions.  Also, apply some to the inside of the furniture and down on the sides.

  5. Apply Diatomaceous Earth to Your Baseboards

    The very front of baseboards or mop boards in ALL rooms.  Be sure to have an even and light application.  Not more than a 1/8th of an inch thick and be sure NOT to miss a spot.  You do not want to give them a small path to get around this product.  If you are not able to move furniture or dresser away from the wall, be sure to apply to the base of it (where it touches the floor)

  6. Apply Diatomaceous Earth to Your Furniture

    Apply the product to the legs of furniture and your bed.  Be sure to form a circle in a light and visible fashion around the legs.  If your furniture or bed does not have legs be sure to apply to the area where the item touches the floor.

  7. Apply Diatomaceous Earth to Small Openings

    Take off the electrical outlet covers and light switch covers and using our pest pistol, puff some DE into the walls via the outlets and light switches.  Also, take our Pest Pistol Powder Duster and puff the product in the small crevice that is between the baseboard/mop board and the wall.  Bed Bugs love to live their and are the main way they spread from room to room. Be very careful – use nothing that would conduct electricity and shock you.

  8. Vacuum or Sweep up Diatomaceous Earth after 7 Days

    Keep application down for 7 days and then please clean all applications to the flooring and around legs of bed and furniture.  

  9. Reapply Until Bedbugs are Gone

    Reapply to those same locations in the same fashion for the next 7 days.  You do not have to worry about the application to furniture, walls, or in the frame of your bed, they are there for good  You may clean these spots after your bedbugs are gone.  To be honest we suggest you leave the product in those locations for further use and as a preventative measure against any insect that may want to enter your home.

Bed Bug FAQ’s

How Can I Identify Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are usually no more than 1/4 inch in length in their adult state and can engorge themselves with human blood in less than 15 minutes causing their bodies to fill to as much as three times its usual size and turning red. Fully engorged bed bugs bear little resemblance compared to the original state and are often thought to be a different insect altogether.

How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

Most commonly, people notice small reddish or brownish spots on one’s linens are often the first sign of an infestation. These spots are the bed bug’s droppings. Another sign is swelling where you’ve been bitten. Sometimes you can smell them because they have a rather pungent odor which is caused by an oil-like liquid they emit. 

Furniture that is inspected should be inspected thoroughly. Remove “pull out” drawers and inspect any and all small creases and openings. Doing this in a garage or outdoors is preferred, if possible.
The covering on the bottom of a box spring bed should be taken off for inspection and treatment measures. If the infestation is severe, you may want to dispose of the mattress.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed bugs like to hide in the cracks and electrical outlets in walls, behind wallpaper, base boards and picture frames, between beds and around the creases of mattresses and in bedding materials.  

How Do They Get Into My Bed?

Bed bugs are often carried into houses by clothes, luggage, furniture, and bedding and crawl up into your bed by climbing sheets, furniture legs or by infested laundry placed onto the bed.

How Often do Bed Bugs Eat?

Bed bugs feed on the blood of human beings, but can suck blood from other animals as well. Birds and mice are the most common animals. Bed bugs most often feed at nighttime when people are asleep.
Newly hatched will immediately seek a blood meal and will require five significant blood feedings to reach adult size. They will molt in between feedings by shedding their exoskeleton. Bed bugs can go up to a year without a blood meal. When they feed, they inject a salivary secretion into the wound to prevent coagulation. The fluid can cause a person’s skin to itch and even become swollen. Scratching can cause sores which often become infected. Bed bugs are known not to transmit any human blood-borne pathogens.

How Do I Stop the Itching?

Everyone will react differently to bed bug bites. Some people may not even notice them. Others will have a very intense itching sensation. Scratching only makes the itching worse and can actually cause an infection. There are a number of things you can do to stop the itching:

1. Do not scratch the bed bug bites. 

2. Apply a calamine lotion to each bed bug bite or area of bites.

How Many Eggs Do Bed Bugs Lay?

Bed bugs can lay between one and five eggs per day, up to 500 eggs in a lifetime, with an incubation period of 10 days in warm weather (slightly longer when cool).

What is the Life Cycle of a Bed Bug?

Bed Bugs are usually no more than 1/4 inch in length in their adult state and can engorge themselves with human blood in less than 15 minutes causing their bodies to fill to as much as three times its usual size and turning red. Fully engorged bed bugs bear little resemblance compared to the original state and are often thought to be a different insect altogether.

Are There Other Bed Bugs I Should Watch Out For?

There are other types of bed bugs including the bat bug, the chimney swift bug, and the swallow bug. All of these relatives survive on blood feeding, however these secondary parasites thrive on either bats or birds as their primary victims.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

When a bed bug bites, it injects an anti-blood clotting chemical into the skin. Some people may actually be allergic to bed bugs, and the degree of itching is determined by how allergic a person is. If you notice any signs of infection, call your physician IMMEDIATELY. Scratching the bites can also result in an infection. If you do not get an infection, the bites are simply an irritating nuisance. It may take a few weeks for the itching to subside and for the welts to disappear. BED BUGS DO NOT CARRY PATHOGENS as mosquitoes or ticks do!
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Lets Recap

Be sure to keep the application in walls, inside furniture, frame of bed, and mattress/box spring.  Do not clean during the application process unless told to do so in the direction.  Any application that is applied to the flooring needs to be cleaned with a household vacuum every 7 days.  Then reapplied right after you clean for a fresh application, for another 7 days.  So we need you to apply to those locations for a total of 4 weeks.  Being sure to clean any application to flooring every 7 days and then reapply for the next 7 days.  Just repeat this for 4 weeks to ensure you cut off the gestational period of the bed bug.

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