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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How It Works

Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) provides 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 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 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. 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 - 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


  • 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. 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 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
June 1, 2017
Best option for the home! By Rita

I had a bad bout of fleas for a month. I am allergic and the bites have me looking as though Im being tortured. Additionally, I have a one year old baby and a cat. The safest option was a priority and this was a blessing. Within hours I noticed a huge difference. After one day, I had no more bites. And completely rid of them in 2 days altogether.

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Review posted on
May 22, 2017
Is it safe? By Lolo

Hi. I have dogs and cats and a one year old baby. I bought the brand Safer from Home Depot. Is it safe for babies and pets?

Response From Safer Brand®
Susan : Consumer Relations Representative

Thank you for contacting Safer® Brand.  We are happy to assist with this request.

When used as directed, this product can be used confidently in homes with children and pets.  

Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) with any questions regarding the use of this product.

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Review posted on
May 19, 2017
Works excellent. By Joe

Works excellent. Will kill just about all nasty parasites(mites, bedbugs, etc) as well as everyday pests. Whenever I, my fam, or pets have had a bug problem over the years, we just go to Home Depot across the street and buy a bag.

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Review posted on
May 15, 2017
It worked! By Nelly

I all of a sudden had ants in my apartment throughout the bathroom and then they spread to the kitchen. I tried this stuff because it was more natural than other options. After 2 days I went from constantly seeing ants to seeing only 1 or 2 a day. I will do another dust of it. The bag is so big that I brought some over to my mom's house. I hope this helps her too!

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Review posted on
May 11, 2017
Thank you blessing ! By Vicki

I spent a lot of money trying to get ride of d ust mites. I was given antique chair that was in bad condition and i wanted to refinish it. I'm sure this is were the infection started. So i tried several products till i PRAYED AND I CAME TO THIS! This works follow the instructions and you will see. Thank you

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Review posted on
April 9, 2017
Die Die Die Fleas!!!! By Reneé

We have been battling fleas for over a year and just seemed like it was never ending, we have tried everything from chemicals from the feed store to cedar chips.. it was early Sunday morning and I figured I would just Google until I read something different I don't remember the exact words I put in Google that made diatomaceous earth pop, remind you I'm at the point where I was just about​ to give up and sale my house. Then I started to read reviews on the website that you guys backed it up and said it works just have to be patient depending on the infestation well, I went to home Depot and waited for them to open bout diatomaceous earth came home and started sprinkling it. My fleas were so bad that my legs were covered so I put some on my hands and rubbed my legs down and then I saw the miracle I was waiting for the fleas just started to dry up and fall off.. I am very thankful for this product and will pass it along. It works it really does 5 stars.. oh and my fleas are gone!

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Review posted on
April 5, 2017
doesn't work for me By frustrated

I am infested with fleas in my house, they keep multiplying even tho i spread your brand of diatomaceous earth all over the house, they are getting worse, i don't know what to do now because i can't afford an exterminator and i have pets so i don't know what to do, i am at my wits end.

Response From Safer Brand®
Anthony : Consumer Relations Representative

We apologize for this experience and would like to learn more about it, in order to better assist. Once insects have ingested or crossed through this powder, it begins to work on cutting their exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate and die within 48 hours.
Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-7-ORGANIC (1-855-767-4264) for further assistance.

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Review posted on
January 23, 2017
Saved me from being eaten by bugs By Robyn

I bought diatomaceous earth a few weeks ago from this company. My apartment had a sickening cockroach problem and poison wasn't helping and bait made it worse. I sprinkled this around and voila! Also, the shipping was fast. Very satisfied.

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Review posted on
December 19, 2016
SAFER Brand is excellent! By Kell

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!

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Review posted on
December 6, 2016
By Ktnjk
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Q.Is this safe to use with and on garden vegetables?

Our diatomaceous earth is not food grade and should not be used on vegetables.

Q.Does this help with controlling ants? Ants are entering living room from the front porch somehow. Super annoying. Have used traps and spray.

Yes, this works for ants. They must walk through the product for it to work, so spread some in cracks and crevices that they must pass through.

Q.What if my dog licked a small amount of de off the floor? What affect will it have on her?

Please address these questions to a veterinarian, who would be more qualified to respond to such health-related situations.

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All About

All About Insects that Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth Controls

Bearning about the insects that can inhabit your home and yard, you will find safe, effective methods of controlling them, such as Diatomaceous Earth, so you can have a happy home without adding toxins around your family, pets, or to the environment.

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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.


Indoor Use


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.

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.

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.


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


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. 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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