Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer, Diatomaceous Earth Powder 7oz

Model #: 5168

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  • Kills bed bugs, ants, earwigs, cockroaches, and more.
  • Comes with one 7 ounce application bottle.
  • OMRI Listed®.
  • Made from diatomaceous earth.
  • For use indoors or outdoors.

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Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Powder - Diatomaceous Earth - Specifications

How It Works

Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer is made from Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) to provide pest control against a variety of crawling insects. This ready-to-use powder-like insect killer can be applied to those tight nooks and crannies where insects spend most of their time. The built-in pouring spout makes using this powder precise and consistent. Once insects come in contact or ingest D.E., it immediately goes to work to kill them within 48 hours.

Our Ant and Crawling Insect Killer has been reviewed and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is compliant for use in organic gardening. It’s non-staining and has no odor, so you can apply within your home. D.E. also works outdoors to eliminate pesky crawling insects as they try to sneak inside your home. Just keep in mind that it will need to be reapplied after watering or rain.

A Mechanical Killer to the Rescue

Diatomaceous earth is unlike most other insect killers on the market today. Insects cannot build up an immunity to D.E. since it works as a mechanical killer to eliminate insects. There are no chemicals in D.E. – like there are in insect killing sprays and other chemical elimination products – so there is nothing that insects can build up an immunity to.

This dust-like powder is made from crushed fossilized algae, aka diatoms that come from freshwater sources. It feels like a fine powder when we rub it in our hands, but these tiny diatoms are very sharp to insects with delicate exoskeletons. When applied, insects cross through the powder or ingest it, cutting their exoskeleton and causing them to dehydrate and die within 48 hours.

Kills Crawling Insects Within 48 Hours

Diatomaceous earth goes to work to eliminate crawling insects! This unique dual-action ant and crawling insect killer uses two modes to eliminate bugs – by ingestion and touch. Now you have a two-prong approach to getting rid of nuisance crawling insects inside and outside your home.

After applying D.E., you’ll find that bugs die within 48 hours. If you have a large infestation issue, it may take a few days for all insects to come in contact with the powder and the infestation to be gone.

Sprinkle Directly Where Insects Live

Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer uses diatomaceous earth to kill a variety of crawling insects including bedbugs, cockroaches, earwigs, ants, crickets, millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, slugs, and fleas. For quick results, apply directly to cracks and crevices inside and outside your home, hitting these insects directly where they live and breed.

Coat a thin layer of diatomaceous earth around, underneath and behind appliances, furniture, doorways, windowsills, drains and other hiding places throughout your kitchen and living areas. If you see any insects while you’re applying, make sure you sprinkle D.E. directly on them for even faster elimination. Don’t forget to apply in the nooks and crannies of attics, basements and garages too, as these places are known hotspots that many crawling insects love to hide in.

D.E. can also be used to get rid of crawling insects found on the exterior of your home. Just remember that D.E. only works to kill nuisance insects when dry, so you’ll need to reapply after rain or watering.

A Solution for Fleas and Bedbugs

If you’ve found that fleas have entered your home, whether they came inside with your pets or by another means, D.E. can help! Thoroughly apply diatomaceous earth to cracks and crevices, baseboards, and carpets wherever fleas are suspected. You can also use D.E. on the floor and bedding where your pet sleeps. Be sure to keep your pets out of the affected areas and off the bedding until the flea infestation is gone and D.E. is cleaned up and removed.

In order to use diatomaceous earth to get rid of a bedbug infestation, it’s important that all areas of the bedroom are thoroughly dusted. It’s best to dismantle your bed and bedframe in order to reach every crevice where bedbugs hide. Dust all areas of the bed with D.E., including the edges, folds and surface area of the mattress. It’s even a good idea to dust D.E. on your picture frames, windowsills and other openings in your bedroom too. Once bedbugs come into contact with D.E., they will die within 48 hours.

Silicon Dioxide D.E. vs. Diatomite D.E.

There are many forms of diatomaceous earth out there, but not all are the same. Our DE is made of Amorphous Silicon Dioxide which is composed of crushed fossilized algae that comes from freshwater sources. This is the same type of DE that is used in food-grade diatomaceous earth and is mined from sources found throughout the world. Plus, ours is OMRI Listed® and compliant for use in organic gardening, and can be applied directly inside your home.

Synthetic Amorphous Silicon Dioxide, or Diatomite DE, is another form of DE out there. This kind of DE is manmade and doesn’t come from natural sources. It’s not a good idea to spread this type of DE inside your home or in areas where children, people or pets go.

EPA Directive on Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

When using desiccants (diatomaceous earth or boric acid) to control bedbugs it is critical to use those that are registered by EPA and labeled for bedbug control. Desiccants that are intended for other uses, such as food-grade or for use in swimming pools, pose an increased inhalation risk to people. Learn more here:



Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Powder - Diatomaceous Earth - Specifications

Product Features:

  • Kills insects by ingestion/dehydration within 48 hours
  • Works indoors or outdoors
  • Kills bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, earwigs, silverfish, crickets, millipedes and centipedes
  • OMRI Listed®

What's in the Box:

  • 1 "Puffer" Bottle


  • 7 oz Bottle - powder presentation
  • Contains diatomaceous earth (77.69%)

Directions for Use:

  • INDOOR USE: Lightly coat a thin layer of dust in the areas where these pests are found or may hide such as cracks and crevices, behind and beneath stoves, refrigerators, sinks, cabinets, garbage cans, around pipes and drains, window frames, and in attics and basements. Hit insects directly where possible. Repeat treatment as necessary.
  • OUTDOOR USE: Lightly coat the areas where these pests are found or may hide including windows, door frames, and sills, and outside of entrance ways. Repeat treatment as necessary.
  • For full instructions depending on indoor/outdoor use and specific plants and insects, please refer to the Instructions link above.

Disclaimer: Safer® Brand does not endorse any information contained in product reviews. Please follow all label instructions for your specific use.

Most Recent Customer Reviews

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Review posted on
July 14, 2018
This really worked By Johaz

My house had somehow gotten infested with biting insects, I think fleas, and I vacuumed and sprayed, but nothing worked. The person at the local hardware store suggested Safer, which I then spread everywhere, and now, about a week later, no bites! I'm thrilled.

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July 13, 2017
It really works. Give it a try. By larro

I live in a recreation vehicle park. There are ninety-six 8' by 32' trailers in the park, all of which are rented out on a weekly basis. Transients occupy most of the trailers; construction workers, people waiting for an apartment, etc. I am one of four or five permanent residents. As you can imagine, even though the park people do an excellent job of maintaining the park and trailers, The cleanliness of the inside of the trailers is up to the resident. I had lived here about a year when I first started seeing cockroaches. At first, it was one or two a week, then one or two a day. I went to the local Home Depot and stocked up on cockroach spray and sprayed every place I could think of, Then, if I saw one, I'd grab my handy spray can and let it have it directly. That only worked as long as I could hit them directly and I was fighting an endless battle; not to mention the money I was putting out at $10 a can for spray. The little devils kept coming. This assault was war. I saw this Earth product on the internet and decided to give it a try. I saw the size was 7oz, and that sounded awfully small, and the price made me think it was a small quantity, so I ordered three. To my surprise, I received three large containers. I covered every possible place that I could get to and the edges of every place they might walk, and I still had half of the first container left. I apparently haven't hit the nest or nests yet, but every morning I sweep out a few more dead ones. I'm winning the battle. It works!

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Review posted on
August 19, 2016
Easy to use. No more gnats By TessTester
I dusted some on the soil in my indoor plants. No more gnats!
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Review posted on
June 23, 2016
Took care of the problem immediately By so cal gal
This is simply the best product of its kind. We use it for ant prevention, and this year we also used it for a problem with earwigs. The product dispenses easily, and takes care of the insect problems, and we don't have to worry about our pets, birds, etc.
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Review posted on
May 8, 2013
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Doesn't work period. I purchased a second bottle as I had no good results from first one. The second time I actually trapped ants and put them in a jar with your product. So four days have passed by and the ants in the jar are thriving. To bad..waste of CASH!
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Review posted on
August 3, 2011
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I have ants mounds in the lawn and around shrubs, and I don't like to use pesticides. I usually combat ants pouring boiling water over the mounds when they have their nests away from any vegetation, can't use the same approach near plants.   This product works great, if you apply it over the mounds and disturb it a little bit, when the ants get out to the surface they begin to shake when they crawl over the powder, they don't die right away, although the ones in direct contact with a sufficient amount of the product are killed quickly. Next day disturb the mound again and you'll see few or no ants at all. I'm not sure if it kills the queen (probably not directly but it does kill a lot of the workers that go outside searching for food) but it is for sure that you won't see them around that place any more.   Excellent to use at doors, window sills, underneath the kitchen, etc. I can't tell how effective is against roaches but I haven't seen them around since I applied the powder in the kitchen area (underneath the stove and fridge, along walls, etc).   Use a dust mask if it is windy outside, it doesn't work when it gets in contact with water, but it will again once it dries out. The purpose of the product(in my opinion), as any organic pest control, is to control ants and roaches not to exterminate them completely; ants have their purpose in nature but you don't want them to be a potential threat to your home, your loves ones or yourself, and you don't want to control them with pesticides for the same reason.
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Review posted on
June 2, 2011
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So far so good. Solved my ant infestation in 48 hours of use.
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Review posted on
July 20, 2009
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For years, I used SENORET CHEMICAL 300 "TERRO" LIQUID ANT BAITS BX6. It worked extremely well. Within 12 hours, all ants were gone. However, my latest infestation was not responding to Terro, in fact, they were eating the liquid up, but it wasn't killing the ants. My neighborhood Hardware Supply store told me that insects could become tolerant to certain pesticides. I found the "Safer" product, but was skeptical. Take off the spout cover and blast a fine white powder into the cracks or places where the ants are coming through. For me, it was under two long baseboards in the kitchen. Then I swept up the excess white powder into the cracks some more and cleaned the tile of any powder. It worked instantly. Any ants that even touched the powder immediately started to wiggle and die. I have a cat, so I cleaned any excess up carefully, so she cannot get any on her paws, as it is very toxic. It's as good as Boric Acid.This powder claims to kills Ants, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Silverfish, Crickets, Millipedes and Centipedes. I did notice that immediately after applying this product, Silverfish started to appear, evidently sensing the chemicals. Soon, they will be gone. Do check it out. I am SO glad to be rid of those ants (they even got into my freezer where I had chocolate!).
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Q.I bought Safer Model 5168 at Lowes. The Lowes website said that this model was safe for children and pets. I am going to ask this question directly of the manufacturer and this website. Is SAFER model 5168 Ant and Crawling Insect Killer SAFE as in will not cause harm or death to children and or pets if it used where children and or pets have access to it? Thank you

This product is a registered pesticide and should be used with caution around children and pets. We do not recommend ingesting/inhaling the product.

Q.Is this product safe to use around pets? I have a small dog that will put anything in her mouth. If she ingested this powder would it harm her?

We recommend using this product with caution around humans and domestic animals. This product should not be ingested or inhaled.

Q.What is the difference between this omri listed product and the 4lb bag product? you state that the bagged product can not be used in a garden, yet the omri listing of the bottled product implies that it is safe to use in an organic garden. Thanks.

The ingredients in each of these products are slightly different. Model 5168 includes Silicon Dioxide from Diatomaceous Earth (77.69%) and other ingredients (22.31%); model 51703 includes Silicon Dioxide (85%) and other ingredients (15%). Neither product is recommended for use in a vegetable garden but is recommended for use in cracks and crevices where insects are found. 

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Crawling Insect Control - FAQs


Q: Earwigs are inside my home. Can they hurt my children? How do I get rid of them?

A: Earwigs like cool, damp places, making your basement and foundation area an inviting place for them. Although they won't bite your children, earwigs can pinch them with their pinchers if the children attempt to pick them up.


Q: How Do Roaches Enter a Home?

A: Cockroaches might ride into a home in a grocery bag or even in clothing. In an attached home or apartment, pipes and holes in adjoining walls, floors and ceilings provide speedy walkways and portals for these stealthy, nocturnal travelers.


Q: Can Roaches Harm People?

A: Cockroaches can carry pathogens that cause asthma, allergies, abscesses, boils, bubonic plague, diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, intestinal infections, leprosy, lesions, typhoid fever, urinary tract infections and more.

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