STEP #4: DIATOMACEOUS EARTH | Get Rid of Bed Bugs


Hi, I’m Rose with ZappBug and in this video
we’re going to cover the use of Diatomaceous Earth to get rid of bed bugs. Diatomaceous
earth is a chalky substance made of fossilized sea creatures called diatoms whose bodies
were primarily silicon dioxide. It’s nontoxic and one of the safest ways we know of to kill
bed bugs. When handling diatomaceous earth there’s
a couple safety tips to keep in mind. As with any substances be cautious when using it around
pets or small children. Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic when ingested, and it’s actually
used for deworming pets, but even so I don’t recommend eating it. Prolonged contact with
your skin will dry it out but it’s no big deal. If you experience that you can just
use some moisturizer, and maybe talk to a doctor if you have any preexisting skin conditions
you feel could get aggravated. The most important safety tip we have is that
you don’t want to breathe any in. Always be cautious and use a dust mask when spreading
it. Also, make sure you’re buying pet or food grade diatomaceous earth, not pool grade.
This is a crucial difference: pool grade has much smaller particles and is a lot more hazardous
if breathed in. I’ve also heard of insecticide diatomaceous earth that comes premixed with
pesticides, but I haven’t seen any brands actually selling that, so keep an eye out
and avoid any that’s labelled as such. As you can see, diatomaceous earth is a fine
powder, similar to flour. Diatomaceous earth kills bed bugs by acting as a desiccant, which
means that it dries out what it comes into contact with. You’ll be using diatomaceous
earth as a barrier in areas you know bed bugs move around in. When they crawl through it
diatomaceous earth disrupts their waxy shell and causes their eventual death by dehydration.
This process is not instantaneous, so keep in mind that after using diatomaceous earth
it takes approximately seven to seventeen days for bed bugs to die. The total length
of time it will take varies depending on three things: what stage in the molting cycle the
bed bug is in, how much of the DE they’re exposed to and for how long. So don’t panic
– if you’ve spread diatomaceous earth and are still seeing bed bug activity for
a couple days that doesn’t mean it’s not working.
The diatomaceous earth we’re going to be using today is the Thomas Labs three pound
jar of pet grade. We really like this version because it’s pretty cheap, comes with enough
to get the job done but not too much, and also the easily re-sealable container. I bought
this on Amazon and you can find a variety of different sizes and brands. We also have
a link here and in the description if you’re interested.
The brand itself doesn’t matter. As long as they’re pet or food grade they’re all
going to be pretty comparable, and if you need more than three pounds there are larger
sizes that are cheaper by weight. Bed bugs often travel through the walls of
dwellings. We see this really often in apartment buildings — it’s one of the main ways that
they spread from unit to unit. To prevent them from surviving in your walls you’re
going to want to put some diatomaceous earth in your electrical outlets. First, just a
safety reminder, make sure that you are wearing a mask before you spread any diatomaceous
earth so you’re not breathing it in. Next, I recommend turning off the breaker
for the room that you’re working in, just to be on the safe side. Whenever you’re
working near electrical systems it’s always best to be extra cautious.
Now that the breaker is off we can get started. All we need is our diatomaceous earth, a screwdriver
to take the switch plate off, and a plastic spoon and duster to help us spread it. First,
let’s take the plate off. Now you’ll just want to spread a thin layer
of diatomaceous earth throughout the outlet gap. Depending on the size of the outlet you
can use either a plastic spoon or a duster. For this outlet I’m using a duster. I bought
this on Amazon and have a link in the description below if you’re interested. I’ve already
filled this with diatomaceous earth so all I need to do is put my mask on, put the nozzle
back in the outlet here, and press down. Before we put the face plate back on we’re
going to want to put a little diatomaceous earth on it as well.
We don’t need to go overboard here, but we want as much coverage as possible to make
sure that we’re covering all our bases. You’re going to
want to do this with all the outlets in your
house just so that you know you’re covered. Another great way to use diatomaceous earth
is to place it around the edges of your room. We want to do this for the same reason that
we spread diatomaceous earth in our wall outlets: to prevent bed bugs from crawling through
our walls and spreading even further. Here you can see the seam in between the wall
and the floor where it’s possible for bed bugs to crawl and hide. Ideally we would want
this seam to be calked closed, but that’s not always an option aesthetically or practically,
especially if you’re in a rental unit. So our best bet is putting down enough diatomaceous
earth that the bugs either don’t want to crawl through it, or if they do crawl through
it they’ll be exposed to it and die. This is a really simple process and no real
tools are required beyond some kind of spatula or any other flat edged object that you can
use to push the diatomaceous earth into the crack. I’ve got my handy bucket of diatomaceous
earth here and I’m just going to use a little plastic cup to scoop out some and place it
down along the crack. You can use anything to scoop here, even spoons or measuring cups
if that’s easy for you, the only thing that’s important is getting enough down. Now, I’m
going to use this spatula to push the dust back into the crack. It’s that easy.
If the crack is wide enough you can use a duster like we have here to push diatomaceous
earth deep into the crevice. This one isn’t, but it’s the same principle.
One of the best uses for diatomaceous earth is creating what we call a safe zone in your
bedroom. The principle behind this is using a much thicker layer of DE than we’ve used
in our outlets and along the edges of our walls. We really want to get a nice, thick
line here because we want to try and prevent bed bugs from approaching our bed while we
sleep. We’re their primary source of food, so they’re naturally drawn to the bed above
all other locations. But if the line is thick enough they won’t crawl through it at all.
So we’re going to create a diatomaceous earth perimeter around our bed to establish
a safe, bed bug free zone and get a full night’s sleep. Now, you may still get a couple bites
if there are bugs already inside the perimeter when you place it down, or if a couple bugs
violate the perimeter anyway. But this will definitely severely reduce or eliminate the
number of bites you’re getting. Also, keep in mind that bed bug bites can take a couple
days to show up, so seeing bites after you create this perimeter doesn’t mean it isn’t
working. All we need to do this is, as always, our
dust mask, and any kind of scoop for the diatomaceous earth. A couple quick words about the dust
mask before we spread this down. It may seem counterintuitive to you that we’re wearing
a mask to spread it, but then you’ll be sleeping right by it after it’s down. The
reason for this is because diatomaceous earth is nontoxic when it’s not being breathed
in, and as long as there’s nothing that will disturb this dust you’re going to be
totally fine. I wouldn’t recommend putting it in front of a heating vent or air conditioner
or something else that’s going to disturb it. Now I’m going to create my barrier. As you
can see I’m doing a much thicker amount than I did in the outlets or along the edges
of the walls because I’m not trying to kill them as much as prevent them from coming near
me. But that’s all you need to do. Now we’re done and you’ve successfully
created a safe zone around your bed. Remember that this step alone isn’t enough to kill
bed bugs; you’ll want to follow the rest of our 8-step guide or use one of the ZappBug
products to heat treat your belongings. Once you’ve finished treating your house you
can vacuum up the barrier you’ve created; for more detailed instructions on that please
see step one – creating a safe zone. Next we’ll be moving on to step five: sealing
cracks and crevices. Please click here or check out the link in the description. You
can also look at our full 8-step approach on our website, where we include additional
information as well as links to all our videos. Thanks for watching!

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  • I feel like a creep for mentioning this and am genuinely sorry about writing this..
    But I'm shocked there aren't any comments on how pretty she is!

  • I read you're only supposed to do a light dusting. i put way too much down following you

  • This girl is smoking hot.

  • How about using Cimexa… I put some on a BB and it died immediately!
    DE takes a while and that's a while too long for me!!

  • Most experts recommend a very light dusting that you can barely see.

  • will this stuff work for spiders same way? taking 7+ days to kill them?

  • Does Diatomaceous Earth expire?

  • Weird place for a tat.

  • they will tell u anything to get your $$$

  • will it kill mites?!?!?

  • Question when you do the barrier around your bed can you have an AC on in the room? Also what about animals in the room?

  • I love having to Vacuum all this dust that was incorrectly put down when I do a licensed professional treatment

  • It is a horrible thing, believe me. I was drinking that poison for about 2, 3 months of time, 2 times a day, sometimes even 3 times daily, according to instructions given and now, the result is, after being free of it for about, maybe a year time, my nails are constantly dry and cracked and my skin is now even more drier, it is like I have mask on my face. I am mostly vata. You know then that that rubbish made a great harm to my precious body. My nails were very hard and shiny before I started to use that powder, but I thought that I have worms in my intestine because I hardly gain weight but quickly become skinny so I gave it a try. My conclusion is that those who give such false advertisements, mostly girls and women are probably given money to help those gang of criminals sell that dangerous product. I didn't have realisation at the right time but I now ask myself how could something that kills bugs (by completely drying their bodies) be good for us, for the internal usage. OMG, where my intellect was at that time!? Please spread this truth so that others are saved and that they don't throw their valuable money away from them. God says, those who give sorrow to others will die in sorrow. And, the advice for you, if you have any concern about the health of your body, take nothing but ayurvedic herbs and powders. They are safe, mild and 100% successful in their task of rejuvenating our old, diseased bodies. That knowledge comes from India which is God's land where He establishes the Paradise on earth every 5000 years, at the end of every drama cycle. This is my warm advice to all of you, my dear brother souls! And, from God to you, this His message, He says, My sweet child, consider yourself to be a body-less soul, a star-like point of light and remember Me, the Supreme Father, the Supreme Soul, God alone, in My eternal Form of the Star-like Point of Light and all your already accumulated sins and vices, weaknesses, will be easily dispelled. That's all.     brahmakumaris.org      pmtv.in

  • Her voice is cracks and its annoying!!!

  • My room using fan, this much of DE cannot be used then? I just put a little around wall edge, some corners, and bottom of bed, is that too enough to kill the bed bugs?

  • So it's safe for pets and food grade can even eat.. but regardless of human or pet we're not suppose to inhale it… uuum so how can I be sure my pets aren't gonna breathe it in when I start spreading it around.. does it settle once put around the house and lawn!?.. or does it store up more dust when coming in contact with it. I live in a Windy City .. so I'm not confident in that my pets are safe while having this stuff blowing around on my property

  • Speak your sentences clearly. Do not fade away at the end of your sentences.  Very informative and well presented video.

  • clumps or pliles are a waist… As bed bugs will 80% of the time just go around it….. So thats why you you always apply as dust not clumps….

  • I don't know how to shut off the breaks send help pls

  • Most experts recommend using a light dusting that you can barely see.

  • Is it good for fleas in furniture such as beds?

  • I really don't get the mask. This is food grade. I and many others consume this (along with activated charcoal) to kill parasites and fungus inside the body.

  • Nice boots …lol… really……… have a good day

  • Food grade is the healthier kind! It is 100% percent safe for pets because it is from the earth.

  • Even if you breath this in, it's natural enough where your lungs will take care of it in time. Make sure you buy organic food grade DE, use a shop vac for vacuuming unless you want to buy a new vacuum eventually after this treatment period.

  • how about you put duck tape on the outlet?

  • So I have seen MANY videos about how to get rid of bed bugs. Ya know what they never tell you? SALT, salt your bed, thoroughly, sleep in it, put in liberally on your couch and sit in it. It dehydrates the bugs and they cannot feed off of you. Cheap and easy. Not all that diatomaceous earth shit and you don't need to pay thousands on a pest control company, just salt it.

  • Very informative *

  • She put too much DE.

  • Get rid of any bug by spreading diatomaceous earth. It is around $10 at amazon.com. It scratches their exoskeleton and they dehydrate and die.

  • I bought a bearded dragon lizzard it ate all bed bugs every one no b,s and the egg's.

  • 🐞🐞 HERE'S WHAT WORKS ‼️‼️

    HERE'S HOW I GOT RID OF MY BEDBUG PROBLEM. I SLEEP ON MY COUCH IN FRONT OF MY BIGSCREEN AND HAD THE COUCH COVERED BY A SHEET. EVERY NIGHT I WOULD TURN ON THE LIGHT AT ABOUT 3 AM AND WATCH AS 15-30 BEDBUGS PER NIGHT WOULD RUN FROM THE CUSHION AREA TO THE TOP OF THE COUCH. I WOULD THEN KILL THEM. DOING THIS DIDN'T CUT DOWN PN THE BUGS AND I HAD TERRIBLE BITES EVERYWHERE. HERE'S WHAT I DID. I HAD MY FRIEND TAKE A ROLL OF VISQUEEN (SLICK PLASTIC ON A ROLL, GET IT AT HOME DEPOT PROBABLY) I HAD MY FRIEND COMPLETELY COVER MY COUCH WITH VISQUEEN. LIKE A BURRITO BASICALLY LEAVING LEE-WAY SO THAT YOU CAN SIT ON IT COMFORTABLY. HE SEALED IT WITH DUCT TAPE. IT TAKES A LOT OF DUCT TAPE. I HAVE A THICK BEDSPREAD THAT'S TRIFOLDED LENGTHWISE LAYING ON THE CUSHION PART AND I COVER MYSELF WITH A COUE OF SHEETS. NOTHING HANGS DOWN TOO FAR, NOWHERE NEAR THE FLOOR. IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR AND I HAVE HAD ABOUT 5 BUGS TOTAL IN ALL THAT TIME. THEY APPARENTLY CAN'T CLIMB UP THE PLASTIC, PLUS THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO BUILD A NEST. THAT WAS THE ORIGINAL IDEA, TO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE CUSHIONS BUT I HAD NO IDEA THIS WOULD WORK SO GOOD SINCE THEY CAN'T CLIMB UP.

    RECENTLY SINCE I'VE BEEN SICK, I HAD THE SAME FRIEND (BRUCE) BRING A BOX SPRING AND A MATTRESS INTO THE LIVING ROOM FOR MORE COMFORT. HE WRAPPED BOTH INDEPENDENTLY SAME AS THE COUCH. SAME RESULT. NO BUGS. I JUST SLEEP ON A COUPLE OF THICK COMFORTERS THAT DON'T HANG DOWN TOO MUCH.

    A TECHNIQUE THAT I SAW ON HERE THAT LOOKS GREAT IS PUTTING DISHES OF DIATOMACEOUS EARTH UNDER COUCH AND BED LEGS. I'M TRYING TO GET BRUCE TO DO THIS TO HIS COUCH BECAUSE HE STILL HAS BUGS. FROM EVERY VIDEO THAT I'VE WATCHED ON HERE IT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT METHOD.

    HOPE THIS HELPS,
    ZOEY AND BRUCE IN ALASKA 🐞🐞

  • I would love to see a video about roaches!

  • I would like to find the same exact product (including quantity) that she is using in this video, but, I cannot locate it anywhere. Where to find?? Thank you.

  • When your spokesperson has a big ass loop nose-ring and a tattoo, you know your product deals with infestation.

  • Hot… oh yeah right, this is for DE info

  • a most informative video – very much enjoyed your tips and enthusiasm – she deserves a raise for sure

  • Can you put it in your bed?

  • I bought this bed bug spray by the gallon on wish.com and it works great. Drys out the bugs are kept working for 4 weeks at a time as advertised. I put some of the liquid in Tupperware containers and place them under the bed post legs and found lots of dead bugs in the containers!

  • killing bed bugs with diatomaceous earth,is the best thing to do, however i think for a bigger results you need to combine it with other treatment
    i ve just made some videos about bed bugs in my channel,about natural treatment to get rid of them.CHECK IT OUT.

  • What do you mean you not trying to kill them…😁This whynwe are watching n buying products✌

  • "Diatomaceous" has many uses. You can clean up spills and win the 6th grade spelling bee.

  • This is a good spray for killing bed bugs!

    Zepol Labs Bed Bug Killer 16oz, Natural Organic Formula https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DT4229X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_UeOmBbVX3WAN6

  • Don't use a spatula but paper

  • I bought garden safe DE it say that it contains DE is this the wrong kind I know I heard you say something about not using DE mixed with pesticides

  • This girl is hot. This stuff works too. I put a barrier of DE around where I sleep and it keeps them away. I can't believe how well this works. Most excellent product indeed.

  • serious case of vocal fry going on

  • I used this and it worked but I added salt and baking soda and put it into four small metal bowls I bought from the dollar store and placed them on the bottom of each bed leg. I also used a mixture of alcohol and tea tree oil from CVS and sprayed the bedding which I encased in covers. Bed Bug Free!!!

  • thank you

  • if you put diatomaceous sand in the corners of the house, the dust will fly. inhaling the diatomaceous earth is inevitable. Resist at least a month since many beasts will be killed; hoping not to take chronic bronchitis.

  • Excellent! We owe you a beer or two! Very well done and best of luck!

  • I bought same brand but mine doesn't have the picture of the dog in front although it's for pets. It says D Earth (Diatomaceous Earth) Food-Grade Freshwater Fossilized Diatoms is this one safe as well?

  • She says Diatomacious earth A LOT

  • Lol and the mask

  • I'll buy a duster in the future. For now I'm using a squeeze bottle you buy to put ketchup, mustard or bbq sauce in.

  • Pretty much Diatomaceous Earth, Crossfire insecticide (Only seen it online), Heat treatment and Steam. Caulk any gaps. Throw out invested furniture if severe or deeply penetrated. Put all furniture on a small block on top of a glue trap. That is what I paid $1,200 to exterminator to learn. The heater and blower they use cost around $1,200 and the rest of the stuff is pretty cheap. Once I get rid of these damn bedbugs I'm just gonna buy my own heater and blower then do everything else myself if it happens again. Never know what you're going bring home anymore.

  • thanks for the info…i bombed my room but I saw a baby bedbug when I was deepcleaning stuff! I hate bedbugs…it's soooo gross!

  • Can it be Mixed with Water and Sprayed onto everything?

  • tattoo…nose ring = leftist = not interested

  • It has not worked for me at all. I have been treating my couch and chair for 3 weeks.

  • Honestly I hate this stuff when I find it used to do a bed bug service. It generally has gotten on everything but hasn't killed them all off entirely as its not easy to get it where it needs to be. Strategies will work but just spreading this all over is a big mess and ruinous to your vacuum 🙁

  • This crap does not work on bed bugs!! I tried it when I had them. The only thing that worked was CIMEXA!! You can buy it on Amazon along with a puffer like in the video to lightly dust. CIMEXA dries them out too but once they come into contact with it, they die within 2 to 4 hours!!

  • I had a roomate who bought a used mattress on craigslist without telling me and invested my house with bedbugs.
    My Mom bought a handheld steamer and we used the hot steam on all the furniture and carpeting and every nook and cranny of the house which eliminated the bedbugs thank-God!

  • How long does it take to kill silverfish?

  • Bed bugs will not kill you, but breathing in DE will.

  • I gave a thumbs down because of that THING hanging out of your nose, bet your body is covered in tatoos…..snake lady

  • CROSSFIRE is only product you can kill bugs in 5 minute and work 4 weeks so far best in the market i recommend this product because is good

  • It killed ants I’ve tested it and I well for fleas I’m having a hard time knowing if it is cause I found 2 by my bed from one of my cats has anyone used it for fleas ?

  • Bedbugs are secret paratroopers. The barrier around the bed is a good idea but the bed bugs have been known to climb up the walls to the ceiling and then drop from the ceiling onto the bed! If they're hungry enough nothing's going to stand in their way. (PS: the hostess of this video is really hot. Sorry… it needed to be said)

  • Some exterminator said you could use a baking soda treatment , covering up thr mattresses laying traps and a good spray to get rid of the eggs if you didnt get them Vacuum etc and if you can heat treat the house with a bed heater lol.. he said this works if you use a multiple aporoach if you cant get an exterminator

  • Don't recommend eating it? Then why do they sell food grade then? do we use it like a suppository then? And you should buy the insect grade and not the food grade or pool grade. I won't tell you my experience with insect eradication .

  • REALLY hard to listen past t h e v o c a l f r y y y

  • can i put de in a spray bottle and add water to it? thanks.

  • She is very good and her warning to wear a dust mask😍😍😍

  • This stuff is pretty similar to Abzorbit… even comes in the same container lol

  • Air conditioning is the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs, because it lowers the humidity inside your home, especially in Florida where A/C is most needed anyway.

  • What kind is Garden safe crawling insect killer containing Diatomaceous earth?

  • Who think that this lady is so beautiful?? I do 🙂

  • Remember though, it is NOT SAFE around your PETS so be careful to where and how you use it that it is not exposed for Cats and Dogs to get into!! But it is a great product to use safely.

  • I'm itchy now

  • You should make a part 2 video.
    But dump more de in your carpet in that one.
    And wear a bikini..
    And dont talk..

  • This is a token gesture. Its cheap through feed stores BUT. If you are counting on it to solve it NOPE

  • It doesn't stick to them like they think spend most$$$$$$$ on chemicals. Phantom or crossfire

  • Doesn't kill them

  • Please can you make your heat bag products available in UK, there is nothing possible to buy online to be shipped to Uk, or on amazon etc

  • No one ever says how long to leave it before you vacuume it

  • youtube video says use salt and baking soda…works just as good as Diatomaceous earth they say and no breathing / throat pain for Diatomaceous earth…i read amazon reviews on all the bedbug stuff out there..i decided on cedar oil with liquid silica sand spray..it isnt cheap $28 bottle with shipping….have got it yet …heat is the best way but im unable to do that…120 degrees heater for 24 hrs kills everything including the eggs….

  • That's fine 😛 that's how long it took for them to get breading 😀

  • I would hit it!

  • She used enough DE on those baseboard to treat 80 homes.

  • Music took loud

  • This girl is gorgeous and has the most amazing eyes. 📲

  • I had an infestation of roaches it was bad I bought D.E. put it everywhere it got rid of them. The Orkin company spent most of their time here spraying but I got that D.E. got rid of them I got other people in my building using it. One in my building used it for her bedbugs it worked great. U can buy at any pet store

  • The D.E. it drys up the roaches I tested one in a pill bottle to see what would happen it killed it by dry it out of its fluids in the body

  • I wonder how many times she said Diatomaceous earth in this video…

  • If your carpet is shag and has a pad then, spread over your carpet and take a broom to work into the carpet. Allow to work for a few weeks then vacuum. Remember, the bugs are out for blood and migrate to those locations. Can also infest car seats and floor carpet in cars. Vacuum the living life out of your furniture. If your couch our recliner has box pillers for arm rests, shoot that DE into them real good. Hope this helps.

  • best …. very best bedbug solution…

  • Perfect, it's made from the corpses of other insects and it causes a (hopefully) painful death in other insects by drying out their bodies.

  • THANKS YOU GOODNESS ZAPP BUG ♥️🖤💚 BROWN FAMILY DAPHNE COTTON ALWAYS 💜 AWESOME.♥️ BLOOD,🖤 AFRICAN,💚 HOPE,

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