Also known as D.E. and diatomite, diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock composedly mostly of silica. Diatomaceous earth appears as a finely ground, abrasive white powder. Its absorbent texture makes it great for controlling bed bugs and other pests.
Diatomaceous earth is considered low risk, meaning it does not pose a threat to human health and safety, despite its ability to kill bed bugs.
Diatomaceous earth works to kill bed bugs and other pests by absorbing the waxy substances protecting their exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate and eventually die. It can take weeks to work and therefore it is best used as a bed bug treatment only until more potent bed bug treatments can be employed.
It can be purchased by homeowners and self-administered. Diatomaceous earth is often sprinkled around bed posts, and areas where people sleep as a deterrent to bed bugs, though the efficacy of this method of controlling bed bugs has been questioned. Some people find it works well controlling bed bugs, others find it makes little to no difference.
The quickest and most effective method to kill bed bugs is with chemical, heat or freeze treatments administered by a professional with the expertise to kill bed bugs.
Magical Pest Control offers all three of the above bed bug treatment options. We also offer free consultations over the phone on our services. If you need help controlling bed bugs in your home, call us at (905) 738-6676 or use our online contact form to schedule an inspection.