Using Diatomaceous Earth to Rid Bed Bugs
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs have been around for centuries. Documentation reaching as far back as the 17th century has told about infestations of bed bugs. In the United States, bed bugs were very common until about World War II. With the introduction of such pesticides as DDT, a great decrease in infestations occurred. It was not until the last decade that reported cases gave an indication of a possible rise in bed bug infestations.
Authorities believe that the rise in reports attributes to the extermination tactics of pest control today. Today, many pest control experts use baiting tactics for in-home infestations of such things as ants, roaches, and spiders. These baiting tactics work well for their intended subjects, but since bed bugs are blood feeders, they do not fall for the baiting tricks used. This change in exterminating technique has contributed to the rise in reported bed bug infestations.
Bed Bug Facts
- 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. Fully engorged bed bugs bear little resemblance compared to the original state and are often thought to be a different insect altogether.
- Bed bugs can lay between one and five eggs per day with an incubation period of 10 days in warm weather (slightly longer when cool). These newly hatched bed bugs will require five significant blood feedings to reach adult size. They will molt in between feedings by shedding their exoskeleton. Once mature they will begin the process of laying new eggs.
- Adult female bedbugs can lay more than 200 eggs during their lifetime and the new generation of bed bugs will immediately seek a blood meal and they might be looking at you through hungry compound eyes. When finished eating, they leave tiny sores to remind you of their midnight binge.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- An adult bed bug is about 1/5-inch long, oval in shape and flat. They’re generally brown except after sucking blood. Their body then becomes swollen and the color changes to a dark red.
- 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. They have a rather pungent odor which is caused by an oil-like liquid they emit. Bed bugs are often carried into houses by clothes, luggage, furniture, and bedding. Or sometimes even by humans.
- Bed bugs seek harborage in cracks and crevices. Common harborages in hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins include: folds and creases in bed linens, seams, tufts and under buttons on mattresses, in drapery pleats and hems, beneath loose wallpaper, in headboards, desks, entertainment centers and nightstands, behind base molding in wall-mounted artwork, etc.
How to Apply Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Bed Bugs!
- 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.
- 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!
- With your hands or an applicator, dust some CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth in a light and visible fashion to:
- Mattress, Box Spring, Ridges along mattress and box spring
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep application down for 7 days and then please clean all applications to the flooring and around legs of bed and furniture. Please 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.
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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.