Thank you!!! September 30, 2012
Safer, your product has saved my sanity! I'd been getting itchy spots for over two months, but I thought it was a spontaneous case of hives. Imagine my horror when I spotted a nasty little insect on my bed and finally put two and two together. Bed bugs! For two weeks after I figured it out, I don't think I slept through a single night. I kept waking up at 3 a.m. thinking I felt bed bugs biting me. And the worst part is, it wasn't my imagination!
Although I'd heard of diatomaceous earth, I resisted trying it because it sounded messy - so I opted for sprays, vacuuming, and some strange methods involving duct tape and Alka Seltzer. None of that worked at all, so I sprung for the DE. I dusted it all over my bedroom, mess be damned, and even wiped some on the sides of my mattress and box spring. On the first night and the next morning I was pretty bummed, because I saw some bugs and they weren't dying! By the next night, however, the magic had kicked in. I didn't see a single live bedbug and got a good night's sleep for the first time in forever.
Now it's been a week since I put down the DE, and I haven't been bitten in days. I'm still holding my breath (and I haven't dared to clean up the DE yet) because I know bed bugs are tenacious little critters - but so far so good. I can also attest that the DE hasn't bothered my cat at all.
In conclusion, don't expect DE to be an instant killer, but hang in there and it'll work like a charm! Your stuff will be dusty for a while, but it beats prowling around like a sleep-deprived maniac with a vacuum and a spray can - and still not getting most of the bugs. Safe, cheap, effective, and a total life-saver.
Kills insects without using poison July 24, 2012
I used to buy this product at Lowe's but they no longer sell it. With the very hot, dry weather we are having problems with insects getting into the house seeking moisture. I put DE on around the windows outside and cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, plus in certain other places including the garage. Also, across the driveway in front of the garage door. Very effective. Bugs walk through it and die afterwards. No poison is involved! What more can you want? :-)