STEP #4: KILL BED BUGS WITH DIATOMACEOUS EARTH
Diatomaceous earth (DE for short) is an extremely helpful tool in both eradicating bed bugs and proofing a home against re-infestation.
What is Diatomaceous earth?
▪ WORKS GREAT WITH HEAT TREATMENT: Diatomaceous earth is a great tool to use on your residence as you heat treat your items. It’s safe to heat up itself, and can be placed on items that are awaiting heat treatment or that cannot be heat treated.
▪ KILLS SAFELY: Diatomaceous earth is a desiccant, disrupting the waxy shell of bed bugs and making them more prone to eventual death by dehydration. It does not have any pesticides or other dangerous compounds.
▪ MECHANICAL BARRIER: It can also act as a physical barrier to bed bugs, meaning that they will avoid crawling through it.
▪ NON-RESISTANT: Bed bugs cannot develop a resistance to it as they do with some pesticides.
▪ LONG LASTING BUT SLOW ACTING: While diatomaceous earth does not kill the bugs immediately (it can take 7 to 17 days) it does have long-lasting, effective results.
▪ SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: You will want to wear a dust mask when spreading DE because getting any fine particulate matter in your lungs is not a good idea. To reduce the risk of inhaling dangerous particles make sure that the diatomaceous earth you are using is pesticide grade, not pool grade, and that it is just diatomaceous earth (without any insecticides added in).
HOW TO KILL BED BUGS WITH DIATOMACEOUS EARTH
Bed bugs can crawl through electrical conduits and live in wall voids, so you need to “cordon off” these areas with diatomaceous earth. We recommend using DE along with other methods for a comprehensive treatment protocol. DE works best in large furniture and around the rooms you are treating, so we recommend using heat treatment for all your smaller belongings.
Pull Everything Away
From the Walls
This is to give you easy access to the areas you want to treat with diatomaceous earth. Heat treat loose objects then place in sealed containers until you’re done treating your infestation.
Put Diatomaceous Earth Behind All Face Plates
You must put diatomaceous earth behind each electrical face plate and light switch face plate. For information on how to do this view the above video.
Apply Diatomaceous Earth. to Area Where Wall Meets Floor
You want to work
diatomaceous earth into the crevice between the wall and floor. You also want to work
diatomaceous earth into the crevice where the molding meets the wall.
Apply Diatomaceous Earth Between Carpeting
We recommend heat treating any area rugs in a ZappBug unit and then storing in a sealed bag or tub until the infestation is eliminated. For wall-to-wall carpeting, work diatomaceous earth around the edges where the carpeting meets the wall.