Leave bugs dead in the dust. Thatâs exactly what youâll see with Safer Brandâs Ant and Crawling Insect Killer. And you donât have to worry about applying chemicals to get the job done. Kills any type of crawling insect within 48 hours. Once you apply Ant and Crawling Insect Killer where you have a crawling insect problem, youâll see insect activity stop in minutes. Infestation issues in a couple of days. Dual action. Kills insects by ingestion and dehydration. You can use it inside your home or outside in gardens, or on patios and walkways. It lasts as long as itâs dry. Details on how Diatomaceous Earth works to kill crawling insects. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a dust-like product that contains the crushed fossilized algae (diatoms) from fresh water. These crushed diatoms feel like powder when we rub it in our hand. But itâs very sharp to insects with delicate exoskeletons. When you apply DE, dust is ingested by the crawling insect or the insect crosses through the powder. The DE will cut their exoskeleton. This causes the insect to dehydrate and die. Insects cannot develop a resistance to it since there are no chemicals to which they can build up immunity. Not all DE is the same. This DE is made of Silicon Dioxide. This comes from a freshwater source. It is the same type as used in food-grade diatomaceous earth. Be careful of products made of Diatomite DE. It is made from unnatural sources.
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89%of customersrecommend this product79 of 89reviews
My husband was being eaten alive by these critters. The bites first appeared in Jan 2014, at first we were in denial because we never saw any. Over time the bites kept increasing and oddly enough he was the only one being attacked! Based on pics we found on the internet we knew it had to be bed bugs. I used a small flour sifter, a yellow pointy nose mustard bottle from the dollar store with a face mask an gently squirted this magical powder along the base board throughout the apartment, the crevice of the coach, night stand, dresser, foot of the bed and chairs. Sprinkled with sifter under the mattress and sofa seats. I had a heavy hand when applying. Started noticing a difference immediately. Two days after applying this stuff we finally saw a couple slowly moving in the bathroom covered in powder. By the end of the week no more bites!!! Two months later and still no more bugs. With the help of Neosporine ( boy did he scratch them) his embarrassing bite marks are almost gone.
Pros: Great Quality
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Review 2 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Messy and unsightly, but works. I bought this as a last resort for a flea infestation. I tried flea bombs, baking soda, citrus spray, various chemicals....they killed MOST of the fleas but I was still getting bitten and still seeing them occasionally. I think what originally deterred me from trying diatomaceous earth in the first place is the fact that it takes a while to work. Since I wanted to get rid of the fleas immediately, I went straight for the chemicals. But diatomaceous earth is the only thing that will KEEP working for as long as it's in place. I sprinkled it all over my carpets, under my couch cushions, between my mattress and box spring, under the baseboards...everywhere. The other day I saw a centipede crawling across my linoleum. I took a pinch of diatomaceous earth and dropped it on the centipede and watched it curl up and die right then and there. Pretty cool. The stuff has been on my carpets for about a week now. I haven't seen any fleas but have gotten one or two new bites. Will leave it on for at least another week. One tip: vacuum BEFORE sprinkling the DE around. The vibrations from the vacuum will make the fleas active and cause any dormant pupae to spring out since they think there is a host around. DE doesn't work on eggs or pupae, that's why it's important to awaken the pupae first and leave the powder for as long as it takes those eggs to cycle through to adulthood.
Pros: Multi Use, Easy to Clean
Cons: messy, ugly
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Review 3 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Many people don't realize that this is just essentially dirt - a very special kind of dirt. It's chemically inert, so it's not toxic. You've already had some in your mouth (it's in toothpastes) and I'm sure your cats have already used it (it's in cat litter). Unless you eat a big handful or get a lot directly in your eyeballs, there's nothing to fear from this product.
How it works as a pesticide: diatomaceous earth sticks to the exoskeletons of insects and drains lipids from the waxy outer-layer of the exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate. All they have to do is come into contact with it - there's no ingestion necessary and on the bag itself it recommends to apply directly when possible. It is literally a death-sentence and an insect could only really be saved if they were able to submerge themselves in water (and not drown). Used indoors, this will last until it gets wet.
If you're looking for a safe pesticide to use around your house, look no further. The downsides to using this product are minimal (like getting all over your clothes when you apply in large amounts) but a little water gets rid of this stuff. Again, there are no chemicals in it - this is naturally occurring dirt - so you don't have to worry unless you directly ingest a large amount or get a lot directly in your eyes.
Just how effective is this stuff, you may be asking. On my first application around my house and yard, I spread a large amount around my fenceline, perimeter of my house and inside my attic. As I was doing this, I came across several wasps, lots of ant-hills, and a myriad of other insects I see all the time - beetles, roaches, earwigs, junebugs, and other less bitey pests. After one day, the only insects I've seen are dead ones.
I made a barrier around the trim in my house by pushing a bit into the small corners (typically where you would put caulk), behind my fridge, under my stove, washer and dryer, and especially in the less trafficked areas like closet shelves and the attic, and in my garage. I think this is best used as an indoor pest control agent, because rain will render outdoor treatments ineffective (because all it does is absorb moisture). Best thing is you don't have to worry about run-off for your neighbors, like with pesticides, so you put no mammals in danger.
Too long; didn't read: This stuff does exactly what it says, with extreme prejudice. It's just dirt, so it's harmless unless you eat it or shove some in your eyes. Best for indoor use, but works just as well outside until it rains.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Functionality, Great Quality, kills everything with an exoskeleton, washes off quickly with water
Cons: leaves white residue
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Review 4 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
After our apartment was given a heat treatment for bed bugs, we still decided to move out and throw away most of our furniture. To help prevent any kind of traveling bugs, I bought this bag of DIATOMACEOUS earth from our local Home Depot. I sprinkled the DIATOMACEOUS earth along the walls of our entire home, giving about two hours for the fine dust to settle. Not only did I get peace of mind knowing this product can naturally get rid of bed bugs and is safe for pets and kids, but we also solved our ant problem. When I clean our living room, I also find other dead bugs.This product works and will last you a long time since you don't need much for indoor use.
Tips: Use a dust mask to prevent inhalation, use gloves to protect your hands, and give the fine dust time to settle before entering the room; which is why I would do this when your family is going to be out of the home for awhile. This would also be a great defense for outside the home as well.
Pros: Multi Use, Functionality, Great Quality, Easy to Use, inexpensive, safe and natural
Cons: needs careful and timely application
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Review 5 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Yo son, check it! I've literally tried everything from pest traps, sprays, & bombs & everyone from Orkin, Clark's, & Terminex pest controls and nobody kicked these bed bugs' butts faster and in a more dominating way than this product. This product packs a mean punch, one that not even the most skilled bed bug can counter. Safer's Diatomaceous Earth simply smothers bed bugs in the corner of the ring and KO's the opposition! If you're tired of bed bugs bullying you then I recommend sending in The Safer 4lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant & Crawling Insect Killer!!
i remember trying this stuff years ago but not really understanding how it works. i have researched it and used it recently and without a doubt it does help significantly kill ants. i live in vancouver wa and we get our share of rain. but this stuff if used outside in an uncovered area will continue to work when it dries out unless it is washed away and will work inside or in covered areas well. i find activity spots and apply it and additionally put some around seedlings in garden. its cheap clean and i will always have some on hand.
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Review 8 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Roommate was getting bitten by some unknown bug which caused painful itching and rather angry red bumps a doctor believed was evidence of an allergic reaction.. I was not effected. So, an application of this powder to bed frame, floor underneath and around bed, as well as any wooden part of the bed combined with a liberal spraying of the Raid spray intended for the suspected bug group seems to have brought relief to a very pesky problem.
The issue with bugs is that the parent may be eliminated today, but the larvae in its growth stage remains unaffected and then hatches and in a period of 2 weeks the cycle of human misery can resume unless this time intensive process is repeated. Additionally, if you have COPD, respiratory conditions or your lungs are sensitive to dust and chemicals, these products should be used with caution and always wear a mask to protect yourself.
Pros: Multi Use, Functionality
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Review 9 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
I had a bed bug infestation in my apartment. these nasty insects would come and feed on me and my family every night. we went for almost a week without sleep. my mother was traumatized by this, we have tried all bed bugs products available (bombs, sprays, ..). Finally, I found this well reviewed powder online, I put the powder almost everywhere in my apartment. Two days later, there was no sign of bed bugs, I have only seen some dead ones!!. I highly recommend this product. it's a bit messy but who cares! it does the job well.
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Review 11 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Totally satisfied!First of all we had no pets or children.Purchased a plastic mustard container with a long spout.Poured this product via the nozzle along every carpet/wall seam in a small amount.Poured a small amount between box/matress edges and around bed frame legs in small amounts.Within 1 day we noticed dead bugs,one was on the wall and when I touched it..poof..it turned into powder!Anyway,after 1 week we have our life back as these were here from previous residents and living in walls and carpet areas.strongly recommend this product as the small amounts we used we not unsightly and highly effective.Constantly wash your hands after any contact just to be safe =)
Pros: Easy to Install, Great Quality, Cost Effective
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Review 12 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Okay, in a perfect world, the pests would respect our superiority in the world, (sarcasm alert!) and they would never cross the path of human beings. Of course, it's not a perfect world, so we end up being the buggy equivalent of a feeding trough. Our tormenters were fleas. We have no kids, but our poor cat, (oh yeah, and my boyfriend too...) was being eaten alive. Me, they'd jump on, take a taste, and decide I was an acquired taste. So in the interest of saving my sweet lil' kitty, (oh, and my boyfriend too...) I researched the best way to rid our hobbit-hole of the blood thirsty little demons. Turns out that the most effective, the most cost-efficient, and most natural weapon was the diatomaceous earth. Had no trouble finding the stuff, and we were pleasantly surprised at how much mileage we got out of the volume of product. After reading through other user reviews, I'll use the plastic mustard bottle or paint brush method in the future, (depending on where I plan to put it,) instead of using a strainer all over my apartment; my carpet looked like a piece of french toast dusted with powdered sugar, so I may have overdone. No chemical smell, but it's so fine a powder that it got kicked up pretty easily by walking around on it; our typically dusty furniture is even dustier. We left it on about a week, and the fleas have disappeared. My poor old vacuum cleaner didn't get it all up on the first pass, but I think I'll leave the residual; at least we aren't kicking it up anymore, and I'm sure there are unhatched eggs around. Used it primarily for fleas this time, but we also have ant issues that I plan to address with the mustard bottle technique. SO impressed with the efficacy of DE. How often does a product work EXACTLY the way it says it will?
Pros: Multi Use, Easy to Install, Great Quality
Cons: messy but no chemical smell/dangers
10out of11found this review helpful.
Review 13 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
So this really works, its been a killing field for little critters in the garage and outside the edge of my house. However you really need some kind of applicator, don't expect to just toss this stuff around because it will be too thick and you then have a bunch of white dust everywhere. Get some kind of puffer to spray it into those tight spaces where the bugs will go and you won't see. Roaches and ants are dying everywhere, and my spider problem seems to be under control. But this stuff is very difficult to clean up unless you spray it with a hose and it will leave a white residue that takes several attempts to truly get rid of.
Pros: Durable, Functionality
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Review 14 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
have no fear. i got it and had a war .. use a sock .. scoop it in.. and just kinda shake the sock . it will help get it into the cracks and crevices.. no signs of life after 2 weeks. would you rather have a little white dust on your clothes for a bit or something crawling up ur legs.. seriously.
i slept fine with it all around .. i didnt even clean it up for 2 or 3 months cause i wanted to obliterate everything. just change the vac flter after... no regrets.
companies will say it doesnt work so you can keep paying them for their service... take actions into your own hands and get the best sleep u had in a while. i'm not telling u what to do but just sharing my experience... There is NO other way.
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Review 15 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH VARIOUS BUGS/INSECTS IN AND AROUND THE HOUSE. READ OTHER REVIEWS REGADING THIS PRODUCT SO GAVE IT A TRY. KIND OF MESSY BEING A POWDERY PRODUCT (SORT OF LIKE BABY POWDER) BUT FOR NOW IT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED ON THE BUG PROBLEM. CLEANING UP AFTER WAS A BIT TEDIOUS BUT A GOOD VACUUM AND PATIENCE GOT THE JOB DONE. REASONABLY PRICED PRODUCT IN MY OPINION ALSO AND PRETTY MUCH USER FRIENDLY!
Pros: Multi Use, Easy to Install
Cons: messy clean up
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Review 16 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
I bought this stuff because I literally own every single product sold in stores to kill fleas, nothing else worked it made a huge mess all over my house but I left it on for a week because fleas were eating us alive daily and at night. It's been a month still no fleas on me or my dog
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Review 17 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
This product worked great, had a flea infestation and was getting close to calling an exterminator. Sprinkled this on the carpet and for the next half day they attacked me like crazy, they were apparently pretty annoyed. By the third day, almost none were left.
But, a major con depending on what kind of vacuum cleaner you have! The dust is VERY fine and can destroy a cheap vacuum cleaner unless it has a filter for fine particles. I would recommend getting your carpets professionally cleaned after sprinkling your whole house as we lost a $70 vacuum in the cleanup. Good luck!
Pros: Multi Use, Great Quality, natural
Cons: hard to clean
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Review 19 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
Before I purchased this, I had never knowingly owned any diatomaceous (yes I looked at the package to spell that) earth. Sure, I may have inadvertently picked up a bit here and there on this crazy train ride called life, but never had I knowingly, willingly, and purposefully bought any. The impetus for this rambunctious choice was a proliferation of Box Elder bugs in my front yard. Little things were getting all out-of-control on me. The Interwebz suggested utilizing this product (see how I avoided actually spelling it there?) to control the population. Apparently it basically shreds their little insect bodies and they die. I KNOW, RIGHT? SO metal.
It did not work at all for bug control. So sad face for that. But it has a really interesting texture and it's a lot of fun to spread around. Feels kind of like liquid silk. I highly recommend everyone picking up a bag or two, You will thank me later.
Pros: Multi Use, Stylish, Great Quality
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Review 20 for 4 lb. Diatomaceous Earth Ant and Crawling Insect Killer
I opened the tip of the bag into a spout and after cleaning, I coated my infested baseboards and linoleum with this powder;' poured/shook out straight from the bag. It was like chemical warfare, yo! I kept my eye on the situation for a while (5 min) and when I realized that a new bunch was crawlin to the surface I hit em' again, like POW! I haven't seen a single ant or silverfish in two days! (Get air circulating with windows open. Wear facemask if you use a broom to sweep it into corners and be gentle or you'll need eye protection too, but it doesn't even itch to get it on your fingers, just dries your skin a little) Sweep a small-medium sized line against ALL the baseboards and leave that unobtrusive powder sit. So far it's kept them out. Only took about a third of the bag but the area covered was small so it could get expensive for larger homes/infestations. Definitely give this product a try.