If you’re looking for a natural solution to prevent or get rid of bed bugs, you may have come across Diatomaceous Earth Bed Bug Killer (commonly referred to as DE).
Diatomaceous Earth Bed Bug Killer is a siliceous, sedimentary mineral compound made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, which are miniscule, aquatic organisms – also known as algae-like plants. Diatomaceous Earth is the powder that’s used in our Bed Bug Killer powder and it’s one of the most popular natural treatments used today to handle a bed bug infestation. If you haven’t heard of Diatomaceous Earth and want to know a little bit more about this natural bed bug killer, then read on.
1. It’s prehistoric
The fossilized organisms which make up Diatomaceous Earth are mined around the world and can be anywhere from 12-50 million years old.
2. It contains a variety of minerals
While Diatomaceous Earth is almost 100% silica, it also contains trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium.
3. It was discovered almost 200 years ago
Diatomaceous earth was first discovered in the 1830’s by a German peasant who was working on a well.
4. It looks like talcum powder
Diatoms are mined and ground up to produce a powder that resembles and feels like talcum powder.
5. It’s mined in Australia
Bed Bug Barrier sources their Diatomaceous Earth from Australia.
6. It kills bed bugs by dehydration
When bed bugs come into contact with Diatomaceous Earth, the powder dehydrates the bugs by absorbing the oils and fats from the cuticle of the exoskeleton.
7. It looks awesome under a microscope
A microscopic view of Diatomaceous Earth shows a tube with holes in it but it also has very sharp edges. It’s these edges which speed up the dehydration process by cutting through the insect’s protective covering.
8. It’s preventative
Because Diatomaceous Earth’s action is long-lasting, and will generally only become ineffective if it comes into contact with other substances (ie dirt, dust), it can be sprinkled on and around your sleeping areas to prevent against a possible future bed bug infestation. For more information about this powder, see our Bed Bug Killer powder.
9. It doesn’t encourage resistance
Diatomaceous earth’s unique mode of action means the chance of bed bugs developing a resistance to the powder is almost impossible. Many entomologists and experts have speculated that the prevalence of bed bugs is increasing in Australia because bed bugs are building up a resistance to common insecticides.
10. It’s a safe treatment
The Diatomaceous Earth used in Bed Bug Killer contains no detectable crystalline silica, which can be harmful to the lungs if inhaled. Instead, it is made up of amorphous silica which poses no threat to human health and is rapidly eliminated from the lungs after inhalation.