Diatomaceous Earth 85% - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Shane from Norcross
    10/16/2014
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    Does diatomaceous earth kill fleas?
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    Yes, Diatomaceous Earth 85% 4 lb bag is labeled to kill fleas. Thoroughly treat the floor and bedding in and around pets' sleeping quarters. Treat surrounding cracks and crevices, baseboards, carpeting and wherever fleas are suspected. It is also recommended to treat your pets with a product registered for flea control, such as Petcor Flea Spray.
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  • Asked by Anonymous
    10/18/2013
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    Will Diatomaceous earth work for Bed Bugs?
    worried about bedbugs coming to my house from college apt w/ my child - she found them then came home and then her apt was treated- could buy the diamataceous earth with the calcium bentonite at the local tractor store - so we started that as a first step and are waiting for my order from you to treat the house
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    Yes, Diatomaceous Earth will kill Bed bugs that come in contact with the treated area. Mainly, you want to focus on cracks, crevices and wall voids. You want to go ahead and start thoroughly cleaning and laundering anything that you can. Also, please read our article How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs.
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  • Asked by Debi
    03/25/2011
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    Does Diatomaceous Earth kill brown recluses?
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    Diatomaceous Earth will kill spiders (including brown recluse spiders), but it works over a period of several days and will not provide a fast knockdown. Diatomaceous Earth will also kill most other insects that come into contact with treated areas which will eliminate the spiders food source. By eliminating the spiders food source, existing spiders will move or starve to death (even if they do not come into contact with treated areas) and new spiders will not move in.
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  • Asked by Sarah from Norcross
    10/16/2014
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    Will Diatomaceous Earth kill Ants?
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    Yes, Diatomaceous Earth is labeled for ants. You will lightly coat a thin layer where the pests are found and may hide, such as cracks and crevices, behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves, garbage cans, and in and around sewer pipes and drains, window frames and in attics and basements.
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  • Asked by Shannon from Alma, Arkansas
    09/27/2013
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    How long will Diatomaceous Earth take to kill roaches?
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    Diatomaceous Earth will be a great portion of a roach control program. The insect must come in contact with the product or ingest it. This results in loss of body fluids then dehydration. Therefore, there is not a specific time of kill it depends on when they come into contact with the dust. If left undisturbed, the dust will last for many months.Dust should be applied in a very thin layer.  If you can see the dust, you applied too much. We recommend using one of our Roach Control Kits for the necessary products for treatment inside and outside the home. This will offer a residual of up to 3 months indoors and monthly outdoors. The bait that is included will be applied every 2 weeks.

    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/roach-control-t-4.html

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  • Asked by Samantha from Norcross
    10/16/2014
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    Does diatomaceous earth kill roaches?
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    Yes, Diatomaceous Earth is labeled to kill roaches. Lightly coat a thin layer of product in areas where pests are found and may hide, such as cracks and crevices, behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves, garbage cans, and in and around sewer pipes and drains, window frames and in attics and basements. Dust insects directly if possible. Repeat treatments regularly or whenever reinfestation occurs.
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  • Asked by Jeremy from Norcross
    10/16/2014
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    Does Diatomaceous Earth kill spiders?
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    Yes, Diatomaceous Earth is labeled to kill spiders. Lightly coat a thin layer of product where insects are found, such as patios, outdoor sills, and around windows and door frames. This product should be applied with a hand duster.
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  • Asked by Murray from Cleburne Texas
    04/12/2012
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    How much area will 1 Diatomaceous Earth 85% - 4 lb. bag will cover?
    How much area will 1 bag cover?
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    The Diatomaceous Earth 85% - 4 lb. bag for solid coverage (a light, dosing broadcast outside and inside) will cover of 800 sq. ft.

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  • Asked by Rose
    04/06/2011
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    Is this food grade? Can I ingest the Diatomaceous Earth?
    Wanting to know if safe for ingestion for health benefits?
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    Absolutely not.  This product is insecticide grade DE made from fresh water diatoms and it is not for consumption by anyone. 
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  • Asked by Amanda from Macon, Ga
    06/24/2018
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    How long after dusting Diatomaceous Earth 85% will it settle and be safe to be in room without mask?
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    Diatomaceous Earth 85% can settle within 30 minutes to 1 hour when applied as directed on the product label.

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  • Asked by Kathy from Savannah,ga
    05/14/2013
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    Will Diatomaceous Earth kill or hurt beneficial insects in my soil and gardens?
    I'm considering using this product but I'm concerned about what Diatomaceous Earth will do to earthworms, ladybugs and other beneficial insects. The clerk at the nursery said they probably wouldn't think of it as food but I want to make sure.
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    Diatomaceous Earth 85% - 4 lb. bag causes abrasions through contact or ingestion by the insect. The manufacturer advises that Diatomaceous Earth 85% IS digestible by earthworms, therefore causing no harm. Lady bugs are not on the product label. We recommend contacting VPG 888-583-5296 to verify if the other beneficial insects you are concerned about would  be harmed. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
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  • Asked by Vanessa
    09/23/2013
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    Is Diatomaceous Earth safe to use in my kitchen on top of the cabinets?
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    We do recommend applying Diatomaceous Earth on top of the countertops or cabinets in the kitchen. The product can be applied in cracks and crevices. Please click on the product link below for additional informationn on application.

    Diatomaceous Earth Product Label

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  • Asked by Janet
    05/03/2011
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    Does Diatomaceous Earth 85% work well on fleas and ticks in the house?
    We take care of several Feral Cats and have approximately 11 in house and a dog. We have been using another product for sometime but it seems to not be working anymore. We need help fast and something that will not harm our indoor animals. Thank you for your time, Janet
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    Diatomaceous Earth is labeled for fleas and other crawling insects and will definitely help but because it is slow acting you will most likely need to treat with another product first to help get the flea and ticks under control. DE takes about a week to kill an insect and in that time the insects can continue to bite, breed and lay eggs. We would recommend that you treat with a product such as Precor 2000 which will give you a fast knockdown of the biting adults and residual control of the developing fleas and ticks. It is very important to vacuum immediately before the treatment and every day or every other day for the following 14 days. At the end of the 14 day period you will most likely need to re-treat to get rid of any stragglers. You must also treat all of your animals with an approved flea/tick product so that you are not re-infesting the house. Precor 2000 is safe to use in a house with pets as long as you follow the product label. All pets should be out of the area that is being treated and they can return as soon as the area is dry.
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  • Asked by Kimberly from Humboldt, Tn
    07/06/2013
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    How thick does the layer of Diatomaceous Earth 85% have to be?
    Does it need to be a light coating or a thick almost pile for them to walk through so it is effective?
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    You want to use a light dusting of Diatomaceous Earth 85% - 4 lb. bag. If you use a large amount the pest you are treating may go around the treated area.
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  • Asked by Michael from Norcross
    10/16/2014
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    Can you put diatomaceous earth on your bed?
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    Yes, Diatomaceous Earth is labeled to be used on bedding. Dust the mattresses especially the folds and edges.
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  • Asked by Jared from Norcross
    10/16/2014
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    Can you use diatomaceous earth indoors?
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    Yes, Diamtomaceous Earth can be used indoors. It can be used on the floors, carpets, along baseboards and in cracks and crevices where crawling insects may be found and can hide.
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  • Asked by Alanda from Katy,tx
    08/01/2017
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    Does Diatomaceous Earth 85% kill earwigs?
    I moved to a new construction home and have earwigs from dusk to dawn indoors and out. Will this DE kill them and if so what is the estimated time frame I can expect to see them gone?
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    Diatomaceous Earth 85% is labeled to kill earwigs both indoors and outdoors. It is very slow acting as it works over a period of several days. A residual insecticide like Suspend SC will provide a faster knockdown of earwigs. Please take a look at our article Getting Rid of Earwigs.  

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  • Asked by Kasey from Richland Wa
    04/10/2012
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    I have a HUGE slug problem. Will this kill the slugs? How long will it keep killing?
    Slugs are eating EVERYTHING. My cats are even bringing them in the house because when they walk threw the grass they stick to there fur!!!
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    Diatomaceous Earth 85% is labeled for slugs and should do a great job eliminating them when used according to the product label. The dust will need to be reapplied if it gets washed away or covered with other debris. According to the product label "Lightly coat a thin layer of Natural -Guard Craw ling Insect Control in areas where these insects are found such as patios, outdoor sills, window and door frames. Dust around foundations, along ant trails and around sewer pipes and drains." If you would like a product you can use out in the yard Hi Yield Slug and Snail bait or Sluggo Plus would both be good choices.
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  • Asked by Harmon from Berea Ky.
    06/11/2012
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    Is Diatomaceous Earth 85% effective on mites as well as bed bugs ?
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    Diatomaceous Earth 85% is not actually labeled for mite control but it is labeled for bedbugs. Having said that we are not aware of any insects that are impervious to the effects of Diatomaceous Earth. You should note the DE does not have a fast knock down and that it should not be used alone for bedbug control. If you would like to stick with all natural products you can check out our All Natural Bedbug Kit for our natural bedbug product recommendations.
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  • Asked by Laurie from Danielson, Ct
    06/21/2017
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    Will Diatomaceous Earth 85% kill gypsy moth caterpillars?
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    No, Diatomaceous Earth 85% is not recommended to treat gypsy moth caterpillars. Using a BT insecticide such as Dipel Pro is a very common treatment for Gypsy Moth Caterpillars. Talstar P has also been effective on most stages of the caterpillar and can be used on ornamentals. 

     

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