How It Works
Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) is composed of 100% D.E. to provide effective 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 100% 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 in your garden. 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 effectively 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 and even in your gardens. 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.
Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth 100% - Bed Bug, Flea, Ant, Crawling Insect Killer 4 lb - Specifications
- 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
- Consists of 100% DE
What's in the Box:
- 4 lb bag of Diatomaceous Earth
- Contains 100% 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. Hit 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 to the left.
Disclaimer: Safer® Brand does not endorse any information contained in product reviews. Please follow all label instructions for your specific use.Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth 100% - Bed Bug, Flea, Ant, Crawling Insect Killer 4 lb is rated out of 5 by 13.Rated 5 out of 5 by Kell from SAFER Brand is excellent! We've had a bad problem with bed bugs starting back in June 2016. We're not sure how it started and were totally unfamiliar with how bad it could get. My sons had bites up and down their ankles! We hired a local pest control company and they charged us a lot of money to come in to heat treat our entire condo (which was a huge hassle too, I might add). It worked......for about a month or two. Then we found bed bugs again! I was sick about it. Spending so much money and STILL to have bed bug infestation!? I was complaining about it and my neighbor told me he had had this problem too and used SAFER Brand Diatomaceous Earth. I bought some online that very day after hearing his success story. Well, now we have another success story, I am thrilled to report. Our problems with bed bugs finally seem to be over and we have SAFER to thank....and, at a fraction of the cost of a pest control company. The SAFER product is easy to use and non-toxic too. Thanks SO much, SAFER!Date published: 2016-12-19Rated 4 out of 5 by Ktnjk from it worked for meDate published: 2016-12-06Rated 5 out of 5 by Lynne from No more bedbugs I moved into a new apartment and discovered very quickly that I was not alone. The bed bugs did not move out with the prior tenant! I tried sprays, rubbing alcohol, and everything I could find after researching the internet. I was about to admit defeat and call an exterminator when I finally came across some information about diatomaceous earth. I treated my furniture, carpet, bed and bedding and after several days the bugs were gone. I've now been bug free for over a month. I'm so happy I found this product and I would highly recommend it. It works on household pests as well such as spiders and roaches.Date published: 2016-11-10Rated 5 out of 5 by Felicia23 from No dust or smell! I bought the DE a month ago and I love it! :)Date published: 2016-09-15Rated 5 out of 5 by John1960 from This stuff is AWESOME!!!! I live on Long Island and have recently experienced a tremendous outbreak of Carpenter Ants. A few months ago I demolished my old deck. It was almost entirely ground contact. Carpenter ants had attacked it and compromised the structure. In May we replaced the deck with a new paver patio. Immediately it became obvious that we disturbed the ants territory. They were crawling everywhere. I tried various brands of baits and traps. Nothing worked. Liquid baits got flipped over and left stains on our new patio. They were both ineffective and destructive. The next I discovered this product. Two days after I began "dusting" the ants and the areas that they travel, I noticed a huge difference in the amount of ants present. Before using this product I would literally see hundreds of ants within 5-10 minutes, walking across the patio. Now I have to search to find two, or three. I won't use anything else and risk staining the pavers, or waiting for an ineffective product to work.Date published: 2016-08-04Rated 5 out of 5 by mellie from does the job! kills the ants and roachesDate published: 2016-07-20Rated 5 out of 5 by Bedbugfreeatlast from Really works! After battling bed bugs for about a year with 2 heat treatments we were ready to try something new and we used this monthly for 2 months and have been bed bug free for a year now. This is so much cheaper than hiring exterminators and it worked. My husband put it all over the carpet and vacuumed and there was a fine layer on everything so I think that's why it worked.Date published: 2016-06-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Renee from Great product We live between two bodies of water so I try to be as easy on nature as possible. This product had great results for my garden pests.Date published: 2016-06-24
Will it kill bitting lice on cattle?This product is not recommended for use against lice and should not be placed directly on the skin of an animal.Date published: 2017-01-12
Is this product safe to use as pest control during pregnancy? We do not want to use chemicals.The active ingredient in this product is silicon dioxide. It can be confidently used in the home around people, children, and pets. Please contact us at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) with any additional questions.Date published: 2017-01-05
I just bought this product and we just moved into a home and have noticed fleas.im hoping this DE will work, but I'm confused about when I sprinkle in my carpet, how long should I leave it?? Can I vacuum?? And when??This product is very effective against fleas. Treat surrounding cracks and crevices, baseboards, carpeting, and wherever fleas are suspected. Once little to no activity is seen, the DE can be vacuumed with a filter-less/bag-less vacuum.Date published: 2016-12-30
hoe effective is this in killing bedbugs?This product is very effective against bed bugs. We recommend placing it in cracks and crevices on the bed frame and on the headboard.Date published: 2016-12-30
What can I use to spray a light dust?A puffer bottle, or something similar works well to apply a thin coating of this product.Date published: 2016-11-13
Ok I have fleas in my house and a eight month old grandchild who's crawling and a sensitive little red head to boot is this safe for indoors and how should I apply with her and little dog in houseWhen applying, we recommend to wear a facemask and also to keep all pets, children, and adults out of the area until the dust has settled.Date published: 2016-11-11
I need a label for my msds book. Is there one on your site?The sds sheet can be found on the product page and also here: http://woodstream.scene7.com/is/content/woodstream/safer/us/Resources/SDS/sb_us_sds_51703.pdfDate published: 2016-11-11
How long do I leave it on carpet and dog bed if treating for fleas? Can dog walk on carpet if powder hasn't been vacuumed yet?DE will kill insects within 48 hours of ingestion, but the time it should be left out depends on the size of the infestation. This can be used with confidence around your pets, however we do not recommend applying it to them directly.Date published: 2016-11-11
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All About Insects that Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth Controls
By learning about the insects that can inhabit your garden and home, you will find safe, effective methods of controlling them, such as Diatomaceous Earth, so you can have a healthy harvest and happy home without adding toxins around your family, pets, or to the environment.
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.
BED BUGS, COCKROACHES, ANTS, EARWIGS, SILVERFISH, CRICKETS, MILLIPEDES, AND CENTIPEDES:
Lightly coat a thin layer of duct 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.
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.
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.
Crawling Insect Control - FAQs
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