Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth - Bed Bug, Flea, Ant, Crawling Insect Killer 4 lb

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  • Kills a variety of crawling insects including bed bugs, fleas, roaches, ants, and earwigs.
  • Contains 4 pounds of Diatomaceous Earth per bag.
  • Kills insects within 48 hours of DE ingestion.
  • Works effectively indoors and outdoors.


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Description

How It Works

Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) provides pest control against a variety of crawling insects. This ready-to-use powder-like insecticide is super easy to use and can be applied to places where insects spend most of their time. Once insects come in contact or ingest this dual-action powder, it immediately goes to work to completely kill them within 48 hours.

Our D.E. is non-staining and has no odor, so you can confidently 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.

Kills crawling insects within 48 hours.


Once you apply Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth in areas where you have a crawling insect problem, you’ll notice that D.E. goes to work right away! This unique dual-action 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 completely 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.

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 begin killing insects on contact. There are no chemicals in D.E. like there are in other chemical elimination products 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, effectively cutting their exoskeleton and causing them to dehydrate and die within 48 hours.

Sprinkle Directly Where Insects Live

Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth kills a variety of crawling insects including bedbugs, cockroaches, earwigs, grasshoppers, ants, crickets, millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, carpet beetles, fleas, and more. 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 dust underneath and behind appliances, furniture, doorways, windowsills and other hiding places throughout your kitchen and living areas. And if you see any insects while you’re applying, make sure you sprinkle D.E. directly on them for further benefit. Don’t forget to apply in nooks and crannies of attics, basements and garages as these places are known hotspots that many crawling insects love to hide in.

A Solution for Bedbugs, Fleas, and Outdoor Insects

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. your windowsills and openings in your bedroom, too. Once the bedbugs come into contact with D.E., they will die within 48 hours.

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.

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.

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

There are many forms of diatomaceous earth out there, but not all are the same. Our D.E. is made of Amorphous Silicon Dioxide which is composed of crushed fossilized algae that comes from freshwater sources. This is the same type of D.E. that is used in food-grade diatomaceous earth and is mined from natural sources found throughout the world.

Synthetic Amorphous Silicon Dioxide, or Diatomite D.E., is another form of D.E. that’s commonly available. This kind of D.E. is manmade and doesn’t come from natural sources. It’s not a good idea to spread this type of D.E. 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 bed bugs it is critical to use those that are registered by EPA and labeled for bed bug 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:  https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/pesticides-control-bed-bugs

Specs

Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth - Bed Bug, Flea, Ant, Crawling Insect Killer 4 lb - Specifications

Product Features:

  • Kills insects by ingestion/dehydration within 48 hrs
  • Works indoors or outdoors
  • Kills earwigs, millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, cockroaches, crickets, ants, fleas, carpet beetles, bed bugs, grasshoppers

What's in the Box:

  • 4 lb bag of Diatomaceous Earth

Specifications:

  • Contains Diatomaceous Earth - Amorphous Silica (including silicon dioxide, other oxides and moisture)
  • 4 lb bag - powder presentation

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. Apply to insects directly where possible. Repeat treatment as necessary.
  • OUTDOOR USE: Lightly coat the areas where 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.
Reviews

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 www.saferbrand.com
September 20, 2017
WORST PRODUCT ON THE MARKET By James

After using a whole 4lb bag in our house covering every inch, 3 full and heavy treatments left down for over 7-8 days and over a month living in dust.... The fleas are still hopping around like a New Year party. We used DE because years ago we had the same problem, used a 100% based DE and our problem was solved in days. The problem here is your product and I think you owe all of your customers a compensation for buying this knock off (Silica...NOT DE), the time wasted using it and the hours of effort cleaning it up. However, we all know that won't happen and I'll get a response bank from you quoting all of your "scientific" tests that prove your product is the best on the market. I'm very unhappy.

Response From Safer Brand®
Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative

We apologize for this experience. To control fleas, we recommend treating wherever fleas are suspected such as the floor and bedding in and around pets’ sleeping quarters, cracks and crevices, baseboards and carpeting. Once insects come in contact or ingest this dual-action powder, it immediately goes to work to completely kill them within 48 hours.

Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) for additional assistance.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
September 20, 2017
Not happy By Lsee

I purchased 2 bags of Diatomaceous Earth for bed bugs and fleas after searching it and hearing it is safe to use around children and pets. I followed the directions hoping to get rid of these pesty insects which are eatting me alive and bitting my grandchildren. It killed the adult bed bugs on contact now im having more of a serious problem, i have tons of baby bed bugs bitting me all up! The product seems to be bronging them out of their nests all day! Im not sure what to do now because i spent 26.00 on a product that made things worse. I cant afgord to get another product since spending money on Dearth. Is there anything eles I can do? Really need help!!!!

Response From Safer Brand®
Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative

We apologize for this experience. To control bed bugs, we recommend spreading a light layer of the product in the joints, crevices and rungs of the bed frame. The mattress and all cracks, crevices and window openings can be treated as well. Once insects come in contact or ingest this dual-action powder, it immediately goes to work to completely kill them within 48 hours. We recommend keeping the product applied until the bed bugs are controlled.

Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) with any questions.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
September 2, 2017
Bugs do not die after 48 hours By Nicole

It has been 7 days and there are still live bugs. It is advertised that they die 48 hours after contact. I have waited a week for this to work instead of hiring a pest control company. Now I have a weeks worth of bugs that have reproduced because this product advertises it kills them working 24 hours.

Response From Safer Brand®
Patty : Consumer Relations Representative

Hello Nicole,

We apologize for this experience and would like the opportunity to learn more.  

This product is recommended for earwigs, millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, cockroaches, ants, fleas, carpet beetles, and bedbugs.  Application should be made to cracks & crevices or other spaces where the bugs will crawl.  It will cut their exoskeleton and they will dehydrate and die within 48 hours.  It may take longer for all the insects to come in contact with the powder and the infestation to be gone.

Please give our Consumer Relations Team a call at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) for further assistance. Our products are covered by a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 28, 2017
I hate fleas so bad.....little terrorists!!! By KK

Okay so desperate times call or desperate measures. We have a pretty serious flea infestation and I am getting bit up bad. They seem to have been originating from my basement, so bad that when I walk down there and return to the first floor, I have them crawling up my legs.. I went to my local HD and they recommended DE. Well I didnt have a duster so I did the next best thing.. I shut off the power and gas to the house, dumped all 4lb onto the basement floor then got my leaf blower and spread the DE everywhere. Yes, I wore a dust mask and my entire basement is covered in a thin layer of DE. After about 24 hours, I have not noticed any change in their activity. Theoretically, if the DE is everywhere the fleas will eventually have to go though it, right? How long should I leave this in place? Any suggestions on cleanup?

Response From Safer Brand®
Patty : Consumer Relations Representative

We are sorry to hear about this experience and are happy to help.

This product will cut the exoskeleton of the bugs that crawls through it.  This causes them to dehydrate and die within 24-48 hours.  We recommend keeping the application down as long as activity is seen to allow time for them all to crawl through it.  

To clean the DE up, a vacuum without a filter (such as a shop-vac) can be used.  If a filtered vacuum is used, make sure it is a HEPA filter so the vacuum does not get damaged. Additional information can be found in our article: How to Clean Up Diatomaceous Earth at the link below.

http://www.saferbrand.com/articles/clean-up-diatomaceous-earth

Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) with any additional questions.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 19, 2017
This product isn't effective for my use By MSFMM

Not so GREAT product

Response From Safer Brand®
Patty : Consumer Relations Representative

We regret to hear the desired results were not seen when using this product and would like to learn more.

Safer® Brand offers a wide variety of products. Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) so we can better understand the situation and provide assistance.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 18, 2017
works well, safe "er" to use! By Big Daddy

Great products! been using this stuff for over 30 years. bugs do not like this, it's like walking on broken glass and razor blades to them. non toxic , just don't inhale any of it!

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 16, 2017
I'd use it again! By tk

Great product, works!

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 16, 2017
Used it for bed bugs. Caught problem early within 1 week. It works! By Ash

Used for bed bug found after hotel stay. Molted skin found in my daughters bed after she received several bites over 5 days. Bought this and laid it down after applying bed bug covers, bowls at the bottom of bed, vacuuming, taking apart, caulking, and steaming her bedframe. Spread it everywhere around her bed, floor, bowls and on bed bug covers over mattress and box spring. It works! No more bites or evidence.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 5, 2017
fleas By woody

can i apply this onto my cat?

Response From Safer Brand®
Anthony : Consumer Relations Representative

Our Diatomaceous Earth should not be applied to skin or fur. Sprinkle it into cracks and crevices where pets spend a lot of time and where fleas are present in abundance.
 
Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) with any additional questions.

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Review posted on www.saferbrand.com
August 5, 2017
Wondering By Dwopco

Can I dust my dogs with this to rid them of fleas?

Response From Safer Brand®
Anthony : Consumer Relations Representative

Thank you for contacting us with this question. Our Diatomaceous Earth is not meant for use directly on skin or fur, nor is it the food grade type that may be eaten. It is only meant to be applied in cracks and crevices around a pet's bedding or in rooms where they spend a lot of time and fleas are present in abundance.
 
Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) with any additional questions.

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Q&A
Q.Is this safe for children? If I put some on the bed can he still sleep on it?
A.

When applying to a bed, we recommend placing the product on the mattress directly and then placing sheets over top of it. This product should not come in direct contact with skin.

Q.I used this product on my backyard for fleas, with the assumption that it was safe for pets. I have two dogs. After further investigation (and after i had spead it), I am reading reviews saying this brand is dangerous for animals. Is that true? If it is, how long until I can let my animals in the back yard?
A.

This product is deisgned for areas where insects are found such as patios, window and door frames and outdoor sills. It can also be used around foundations, along ant trails and around sewer pipes and drains.
We would like to learn more and provide additional information. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team directly at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264). We are happy to help.

Q.I sprinkled diatomaceeous earth all over my lawn and perimeter of my house for fleas. Two hours later it rained outside. Did any of this take? Or do i have to do this all over again? If i do have to do it all over again does it have to be dry and how long does it have to stay dry for in order for it to work? We have sprinklers as well. Thank you in advance Christine
A.

For outdoor use, we recommend applying a thin layer of the product in areas where insect pests are found such as patios, window and door frames and outdoor sills. Apply around foundations, along ant trails, and around sewer pipes and drains. It does need to be reapplied after watering or rain.

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All About

All About Insects that Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth Controls

By learning about the insects that can inhabit your home and yard, you will find safe, effective methods of controlling them, including Diatomaceous Earth. With D.E., you can have a happy home without adding toxins around your family, pets or to the environment.

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Tips

Tips for Using Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth

Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth - Bed Bug, Ant and Crawling Insect Killer is a mechanical insect killer. Insects cannot become immune to its action. Insects come in contact or ingest this powder and die within 48 hours.

Instructions

Indoor Use

BED BUGS, COCKROACHES, ANTS, EARWIGS, SILVERFISH, CRICKETS, MILLIPEDES, AND CENTIPEDES:

Lightly coat a thin layer of this 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. Apply to insects directly where possible. Repeat treatment as necessary.

Outdoor Use

EARWIGS, ANTS, CRICKETS, SLUGS, MILLIPEDES AND CENTIPEDES:

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.

CAUTION: Causes moderate eye irritation. Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid breathing dust. Use adequate ventilation. Wear suitable dust mask when using this product during prolonged exposure.

FIRST AID

IF IN EYES: Flush with plenty of water. Call a physician if irritation persists.

STORAGE & DISPOSAL

PRODUCT: Partially filled duster may be disposed of by securely wrapping original container in several layers of newspaper and discarding in trash.

CONTAINER: When empty duster is discarded, replace cap and discard in trash.

FAQs

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 when picked up. More»

 

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. More»

 

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. More»

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