Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth Insect Killer

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  • 7 oz powder presentation
  • Contains diatomaceous earth (77.69%)
  • Kills insects by ingestion/dehydration within 48 hrs
  • Works indoors or outdoors
  • Kills cockroaches, ants, earwigs, silverfish, crickets, millipedes and centipedes
  • OMRI Listed® and compliant for use in organic gardening

Best Used For

Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs

Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer

Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer is made from diatomaceous earth and kills a variety of crawling insects within 48 hours of contact. With no harmful chemicals added, Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer is OMRI Listed® and approved for use in organic gardening. This product is suitable for application indoors and out. When used as directed, it is suitable for use around children and pets.

Insects it Controls

You can use Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer to control a range of crawling insects, including:

  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Fleas
  • Silverfish
  • Earwigs
  • Bed bugs
  • Crickets
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Slugs
Climbing earwig
Cockroach on a rock
Crawling ants
A dead cockroach, laying on its back

Kills Insects Within 48 Hours

Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer takes care of pest problems without harsh chemicals. The diatomaceous earth insect killing powder is made up of finely crushed algae fossils. Though it feels soft to the touch for us, each microscopic piece is like a tiny shard of glass to small insects. As a mechanical killer, it shreds insects' exoskeletons as they move across it or ingest it, killing them within 48 hours by dehydration.

How to Use It

Bottle has a convenient pour spout for reaching tight spaces. Sprinkle the Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer diatomaceous earth powder in areas where you suspect insect activity, or spread it as a barrier to entry points in your home. This includes areas such as:

  • Sidewalk cracks
  • Behind or around appliances
  • Under sinks
  • Around garbage cans
  • Around pipes and drains
  • Along window frames
  • Attics/Basements
  • Entrances
  • In gardens

After application, simply wait for the product to target the insects. Large infestations can sometimes take a few days for insects to make contact. Remember to reapply after rain or watering to replace the diatomaceous earth that has washed away.

Ants swarming in a corner
Metal garbage can
A garden shed
Plants on a windowsill
organic gardening

Compliant for Use in Organic Gardening

Growing an organic garden can be an enjoyable and rewarding hobby. Organic gardening methods create a sustainable garden that feeds the soil it grows in, leaving your fruits and vegetables nutritious and delicious, and your flowers and ornamentals vibrant.

Safer® Brand Ant & Crawling Insect Killer has been third-party reviewed for use in organic gardening by the Organic Materials Review Institute to carry the OMRI Listed® seal, which means it has been deemed compliant for use in organic gardening by the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Safer® Brand Ant & Crawling Insect Killer Product Details

Do you want to know more helpful details about the Safer® Brand Ant and Crawling Insect Killer? Take a closer look at the in-depth specifications for this product.

Safer® Brand Ant & Crawling Insect Killer
Model # 5168
Size 7 oz
Presentation Ready-to-Use Bottle
Classification OMRI Listed®
Active Ingredients Diatomaceous Earth
For Use Against
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Fleas
  • Silverfish
  • Earwigs
  • Bed bugs
Where to Use
  • Cracks and crevices
  • Behind/beneath appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, and microwaves
  • Sinks
  • Garbage cans
  • Around pipes and drains
  • Window frames
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Around entranceways
  • Gardens
Control Method Kills insects by dehydration
Safer® Brand Diatomaceous Earth - 7 oz bottle
Model # 5168
Size 7 oz bottle
Ingredients 100% Diatomaceous Earth (comprised of 85% silicon dioxide, 15% other elements)
Use On
  • In cracks and crevices
  • Behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves and garbage cans
  • In and around sewer pipes, drains and window frames
  • Throughout attics, closets and basements
  • On pet bedding, pet areas, mattresses furniture and carpets (follow cleaning procedures before resuming use of these areas)
  • Along base boards and carpet edges
  • Outdoors on patios, door frames, window frames and foundations
  • Along ant trails
  • Ants
  • Bed Bugs
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Fleas
  • Grasshoppers
  • Millipedes
  • Silverfish
  • Many other crawling insects
Usage Notes
  • This product is not food grade. Do not ingest.
  • For use indoors or outdoors.
  • Reapply if wet.
  • Follow cleanup instructions explicitly when using Diatomaceous Earth.
  • Dust insects directly, if possible.
  • Repeat treatment regularly.
  • For bedding, carpet and furniture treatments, apply, wait for it to become effective and then clean up before letting people and pets resume use of the area, carpet, bedding or furniture.
  • Apply carefully and in thin layers, about 1 oz to 5 oz per 100 square feet. Use a hand duster.
  • Avoid introducing the material into the air.
  • Avoid contact with eyes as diatomaceous earth can cause moderate eye irritation.
  • Wear a dust mask approved by NIOSH/MSHA when applying.
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This really worked
Jul 13, 2018
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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It really works. Give it a try.
Jul 12, 2017
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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Easy to use. No more gnats
Aug 18, 2016
I dusted some on the soil in my indoor plants. No more gnats!
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Took care of the problem immediately
Jun 22, 2016
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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May 7, 2013
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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Aug 2, 2011
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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Jun 1, 2011
So far so good. Solved my ant infestation in 48 hours of use.
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Jul 19, 2009
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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