How Does Bed Bug Powder Work

How to Use Bed Bug Powders

Bed bug powders are among the most commonly used tools in bed bug treatments. Diatomaceous earth in particular is well-known for its natural composition and for being relatively safe to humans. However, there is a lot of misinformation online about how bed bug powders work, and how you should use them. In this brief overview, we’re going to set the record straight and offer some simple instruction on how to use bed bug powders in your home.

Diatomaceous earth is a fine white natural powder made from fossilized diatoms, a major group of algae that have existed for over 180 million years. Residual powders work by clinging to the bed bugs’ waxy exoskeleton, absorbing the nutrient-rich lipids on their shells and causing them to dehydrate. The beautiful thing about using diatomaceous earth is that it works indefinitely as long as it stays dry; if exposed to water, it loses the abrasive quality that makes it an effective bed bug killer.

How NOT to Use Bed Bug Powders

First off, let’s cover where you should and should not be applying the powder. A lot of tutorials and discussions online suggest that you should scatter diatomaceous earth all over your bedroom. Some people pack piles of powder around their bed legs, hoping to stop the bugs from reaching them in their bed. Don’t do this. You’re just making a mess that’s going to be an enormous pain to clean up later.

The idea to scatter powder all over the place comes from the false notion that diatomaceous earth will kill bed bugs really quickly, or wills top them from reaching you and feeding on you. Unfortunately, diatomaceous earth actually takes about a day or two to kill bed bugs once they come in contact with it. The powder is also shown to be less effective in open areas than it is when applied into tight cracks and crevices that bed bugs are slipping in and out of. With powder in those cracks, we ensure that more of the powder will get the chance to stick to the bed bugs’ waxy shells.

Instructions on how to apply a powder are always included on its label. A really important step before you use any type of insecticide, including powders, is to read over the product label and MSDS. These documents are included with any insecticide that’s registered with the EPA, and they outline some very important safety guidelines and instructions on using the powder. People talk about powders like diatomaceous earth as something that’s harmless to humans, but that simply isn’t true. There is still a risk of harmful skin and lung exposure if you don’t apply it properly, so do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to study the label before you use the powder.

Crack and Crevice Treatment

As discussed before, your powder application should be focused on cracks and crevices in the room that bed bugs are likely to be hiding in or traveling through. Places like baseboards, floorboards, and where the carpet meets the floors are great examples: they are easy hiding and transit spots for bed bugs, and powder is well suited there since it can settle deep down into those spaces in a way that sprays can’t.

Some powder products, like our 7-ounce bottle of JT Eaton diatomaceous earth powder, have an applicator built in. All you have to do is cut off the plastic cover from the tip of the applicator so that this little opening is exposed. Then just turn the bottle over, get the tip of that nozzle close to where you want to apply the powder, and give the bottle a very gentle squeeze. We don’t want to overdo this, as a lot of powder comes out with each puff. We can repeat this in short spaced out intervals so that we end up with a fairly even application.

While you could do your powder treatment with that built-in nozzle, our preferred method is with a professional powder applicator. This simple and affordable device gives us a couple of advantages over puffing powder straight out of the bottle: it has a long straw that allows us to get deep into cracks, crevices, and wall voids, and it emits smaller, more even amounts of powder with each puff. To use the applicator, we simply pop off the rubber cap on top, fill the bell about halfway with powder, and put the cap back on to seal the bell. Flip the applicator over so the bell is underneath the straw, take off the cover on the tip of the straw, and give the bell a gentle pump to start applying powder.

Wall Voids and Other Places

Once you’ve treated the cracks and crevices along the edges of your floors, you can move on to other key spots in the room. You can apply most bed bug powders along door frames, underneath appliances, under the edges of rugs, and the joints and interior areas of wooden furniture. Again, be sure to double-check the product label to see where you should be applying the product.

To better reach the insides of the walls, you can apply many powders behind the faceplates of electrical outlets and light switches. Simply unscrew the face plates and puff some powder into the wall through the openings between the exposed hardware. Be sure not to put any powder into the electrical outlet itself. This is a handy way to reach bed bugs that have managed to get into the wall to hide or to travel between rooms.

This overview covers the basics on how to use an insecticide powder in a bed bug treatment. Remember that this does not represent a complete treatment solution, as bed bug powders will not eliminate an infestation on their own. You need to treat the powder as part of a combined treatment process that involves a number of other tools. Also, keep in mind that this overview does not replace the need to study the product label and MSDS that comes with your powder.

How to Use Bed Bug Powders

Bed bug powders are among the most commonly used tools in bed bug treatments. Diatomaceous earth in particular is well-known for its natural composition and for being relatively safe to humans. However, there is a lot of misinformation online about how bed bug powders work, and how you should use them. In this brief overview, we’re going to set the record straight and offer some simple instruction on how to use bed bug powders in your home.

Diatomaceous earth is a fine white natural powder made from fossilized diatoms, a major group of algae that have existed for over 180 million years. Residual powders work by clinging to the bed bugs’ waxy exoskeleton, absorbing the nutrient-rich lipids on their shells and causing them to dehydrate. The beautiful thing about using diatomaceous earth is that it works indefinitely as long as it stays dry; if exposed to water, it loses the abrasive quality that makes it an effective bed bug killer.

How NOT to Use Bed Bug Powders

First off, let’s cover where you should and should not be applying the powder. A lot of tutorials and discussions online suggest that you should scatter diatomaceous earth all over your bedroom. Some people pack piles of powder around their bed legs, hoping to stop the bugs from reaching them in their bed. Don’t do this. You’re just making a mess that’s going to be an enormous pain to clean up later.

The idea to scatter powder all over the place comes from the false notion that diatomaceous earth will kill bed bugs really quickly, or wills top them from reaching you and feeding on you. Unfortunately, diatomaceous earth actually takes about a day or two to kill bed bugs once they come in contact with it. The powder is also shown to be less effective in open areas than it is when applied into tight cracks and crevices that bed bugs are slipping in and out of. With powder in those cracks, we ensure that more of the powder will get the chance to stick to the bed bugs’ waxy shells.

Instructions on how to apply a powder are always included on its label. A really important step before you use any type of insecticide, including powders, is to read over the product label and MSDS. These documents are included with any insecticide that’s registered with the EPA, and they outline some very important safety guidelines and instructions on using the powder. People talk about powders like diatomaceous earth as something that’s harmless to humans, but that simply isn’t true. There is still a risk of harmful skin and lung exposure if you don’t apply it properly, so do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to study the label before you use the powder.

Crack and Crevice Treatment

As discussed before, your powder application should be focused on cracks and crevices in the room that bed bugs are likely to be hiding in or traveling through. Places like baseboards, floorboards, and where the carpet meets the floors are great examples: they are easy hiding and transit spots for bed bugs, and powder is well suited there since it can settle deep down into those spaces in a way that sprays can’t.

Some powder products, like our 7-ounce bottle of JT Eaton diatomaceous earth powder, have an applicator built in. All you have to do is cut off the plastic cover from the tip of the applicator so that this little opening is exposed. Then just turn the bottle over, get the tip of that nozzle close to where you want to apply the powder, and give the bottle a very gentle squeeze. We don’t want to overdo this, as a lot of powder comes out with each puff. We can repeat this in short spaced out intervals so that we end up with a fairly even application.

While you could do your powder treatment with that built-in nozzle, our preferred method is with a professional powder applicator. This simple and affordable device gives us a couple of advantages over puffing powder straight out of the bottle: it has a long straw that allows us to get deep into cracks, crevices, and wall voids, and it emits smaller, more even amounts of powder with each puff. To use the applicator, we simply pop off the rubber cap on top, fill the bell about halfway with powder, and put the cap back on to seal the bell. Flip the applicator over so the bell is underneath the straw, take off the cover on the tip of the straw, and give the bell a gentle pump to start applying powder.

Wall Voids and Other Places

Once you’ve treated the cracks and crevices along the edges of your floors, you can move on to other key spots in the room. You can apply most bed bug powders along door frames, underneath appliances, under the edges of rugs, and the joints and interior areas of wooden furniture. Again, be sure to double-check the product label to see where you should be applying the product.

To better reach the insides of the walls, you can apply many powders behind the faceplates of electrical outlets and light switches. Simply unscrew the face plates and puff some powder into the wall through the openings between the exposed hardware. Be sure not to put any powder into the electrical outlet itself. This is a handy way to reach bed bugs that have managed to get into the wall to hide or to travel between rooms.

This overview covers the basics on how to use an insecticide powder in a bed bug treatment. Remember that this does not represent a complete treatment solution, as bed bug powders will not eliminate an infestation on their own. You need to treat the powder as part of a combined treatment process that involves a number of other tools. Also, keep in mind that this overview does not replace the need to study the product label and MSDS that comes with your powder.

How to Make Bed Bug Powder for $30 and Where to Spray

What’s in the Powder?

Bed bug duster for Diatomaceous Earth

Bed bug powder is simply food grade Diatomaceous Earth and is ground fossilized algae-like plants called diatoms which is non-toxic. When placed into a duster such as a plastic ketchup container and gently blown into suspected areas, it effectively kills bed bugs (and works on fleas & ants as well).

There are two types of diatomaceous earth (DE), one is food grade (the good stuff) and pool grade which is dangerous to breathe. This is the same stuff farmers use to keep insects out of their grain. There are even claims that you can breath in as much food grade DE as you like and not risk lung damage, but I would NOT chance it. The absorbent quality may also cause significant drying of your hands, so play it safe, wear a face mask and gloves when spraying.

DE is also referred to as bed bug dust, mother earth, or fossil shell flour, it’s the food grade DE that they are talking about.

How Does It Work?

Mother Nature’s natural bed bug killer is a white power containing microscopic razor sharp edges that damage the bug’s protective covering, it then absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of a bug’s exoskeleton causing dehydration.

By using a duster to force the power into nesting areas, the bugs come in contact with the powder and are as good as dead!

So does it really work? Yes, without question, but you have to do multiple applications spread out over many weeks!

Not sure where to spray? No worries, we show you exactly where to find them 🙂

How Much Does it Cost?

Ah, the big question! Can you believe it only runs about $12 for a 2-pound bag and you can buy it from almost any local feed and supply store? This is why pest control companies would rather you not know about it 🙂

Some exterminators and online stores sell repackaged versions of this, jack the price way up, and claim their product is better than what you can buy yourself. Read the label to learn the truth 🙂

If you don’t want to run around buying the powder and duster, then consider this 2 pound bag and duster from Amazon.

How Long Before They Die?

Changlu Wang, Timothy Gibb, and Gary W. Bennett from Purdue University did an excellent study on the cost and effectiveness of using Diatomaceous earth on infested apartments containing thousands of bed bugs. Also tested was chlorfenapyr spray but it was not as good as the powder.

Bed bug powder in climb up protector trap

They treated by using a mattress encasement (including the box spring) and with steam. They also made sure to put the legs of chairs, sofas, nightstands, and anything else into bed bug interceptor traps like that shown in the image above.

If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy a 4 pack of climb up protectors from Amazon.

It took ten weeks, and they re-steamed and reapplied the powder when necessary; because death is not immediate, the females may be able to deposit eggs which will hatch and become active. It is these hatchlings (instars) that you need to stay on top of.

The study found that bug interceptors trapped an average of 219 bed bugs per apartment and were a valuable part of the treatment program.

In the study, 16 equally infested units were selected and half the units were 100% bug free while the remaining units were 98% free; another application would likely have taken care of the rest but the study was limited to 10 weeks, so we won’t know for sure. Total extermination costs averaged $470, but this amount can be greatly reduced using generic products, such as:

  • Using dust mite mattress encasement rather than one made for bed bugs (they are the same but you pay more for one)
  • Using food grade DE found at feed and supply stores rather than something with a catchy “green” label
  • Making your own bed bug climb up protectors / interceptors rather than buying pre-made traps
  • Buying a generic steamer (or renting) besides one made for infestations (just make sure the heat & attachments are the same)

We have plenty of success stories using these methods, just remember that these pests are not going to die overnight; it can take a few months to treat a large infestation properly, but don’t give up, you will succeed!

Visitors have successfully eliminated bed bugs using this same method, and the truth is, you’ll have to do most of the prep work if you were to hire a professional exterminator.

How to Apply Bed Bug Powder

You are going to make two solutions, and alcohol spray to kill them on contact, and one combining just the water and powder, and one duster of just powder. The water and powder are for those that cannot tolerate breathing in straight dust; this spray will not be effective when wet but once the water evaporates, it leaves only the dust and will become an effective insecticide.

Dry or wet, play it safe and always wear a mask when spraying.

1. Make the Power and Spray

You’ll need two sprays, a duster, and vacuum:

  • A mixture of %40 alcohol (ethyl alcohol works), %40 water and %20 dish soap [this spray kills them on contact]
  • A mixture of 2 heaping tablespoons of diatomaceous earth to 32oz water [this spray works only after water evaporates]
  • A duster filled with diatomaceous earth [the powder]
  • A powerful vacuum with attachments you’ll use for sucking loose bugs out of their hiding places.

This do it yourself bed bug spray is non toxic

Bed bugs love to hide and do a great job at it! Victims have gone months without signs only to discover months later that an infestation was right next to them – Know where to look.

What is nice about this type of pest control is that should the bugs retreat to another areas, like the apartment next door, the bugs will eventually die from dehydration after having come in contact with the dust – it only requires a little to kill the bug.

If you would like to buy a spray rather than make your own, check out this odorless non-staining bed bug spray from Amazon.

Make sure you have cleaned everything, see this list of treatment preparation tasks before we start applying the bed bug dust – but BE CAREFUL to not get the electrical outlets wet or use conductive attachments!

2. Spray the Powder

It’s time to have fun! Spray the mixture on any bed bugs you see which should kill them on contact. Use a flashlight and look for signs of bugs, such as eggs, stains (looks like someone dotted the area with a black marker). If you find eggs (they look like tiny rice, use a fine tooth comb or masking tape to collect them. Make sure to place any eggs in a zip-lock bag with a little dust and immediately place them in your outside trash container. Vacuum up the fallout.

You’ll want to spray the bed bug powder into all the cracks and crevices you vacuumed – a light dusting will do fine.

Now use your duster (filled with food grade diatomaceous earth) and dust into the bottom of the mattress box spring – you can choose to make a small hole in the fabric or simply dust through the fabric to prevent damage. I prefer making a small incision and getting it into the box spring rather than having a film of white powder on the outside. MAKE SURE you are wearing a dust mask and gloves!

The most important part of this whole process is repetition – do it all again a few weeks later to make sure the powder stays effective.

Testimonial to the Power of Diatomaceous Earth

A great testimonial to the power of Diatomaceous Earth by T.M

First off I want to say my review is 100% true 100% legit. Hate trying to read articles on the net about something that go out its way to falsify information.

Got bed bugs cause I was staying in a lot of different hotels because of my job. At first my wife kept complaining about bites but I was never getting bitten so I thought maybe it was something else. Well after about a year of infestation I finally started getting bit. Checked bed for sign of bed bugs and to my surprise, I couldn’t find anything. Finally one day i spotted an adult bug running across the bed and that was the last straw!

After a lot of researching it finally came down to the Diatomaceous Earth (DE) solution. I don’t have children or pets and just don’t like chemicals around myself period if not necessary. The infestation we had could be considered moderate. Like some of the other reviews say, it is a slow killer. So if you looking for an instant solution then use another method.

Blow bed bug powder into electrical outlets

Fortunately for us the bugs were in our bedroom only. So I first stripped down bed washed all sheets, blankets, etc in hot water and dried on hot like recommended. Since we weren’t gone to be in the room I basically layered everything with diatomaceous earth; in-between box springs, under my mattress, entire carpet area of the room including under the bed, my bed railing, headboard front and back, dressers front and back, *some in the wall outlets*, my entire room was covered in a layer of bed bug powder. I slept in our living room for a month but hey, had bugs for over a year so a month of not sleeping in my bed was worth it!

After two weeks from the initial treatment, I vacuumed up everything except for under the bed area. Got a hot wet soapy towel and wiped down all the furniture to clean up the DE and vacuumed the TOP of my mattress. I left the DE on the backside of my headboard on the bottom of my mattress in between my box-springs, the carpet under the bed, and of course inside the box springs. Then I put a red sheet on my bed for the next two weeks. I would come check it and find what looks like small white cotton pieces which are actually the baby bed bugs just curled up and dead. So finally removed that sheet rewashed and am now sleeping in my bed bug free room!

For those who completely remove the DE from infested areas, the eggs that are there hatch over time and you may end up re-infested, that’s why I didn’t remove it all. So the babies that hatched got exposed and died off as well. I will keeping the layers that are left there and will reapply more in a few months just as a preventive measure. There is no reason for me to go in those places so DE can stay there.

If you use the DE please PLEASE wear a dust mask. I’m a hard-head and don’t listen and applied without one. Well the powder floats in the air very lightly and before I knew it, my nose hairs were covered in it! For next two days my lungs were hurting.I got a 4lb bag of DE at Lowes for less than $10. Like I said it’s not an instant solution but it is a great solution. 1 month total to get rid of a medium bed bug infestation – well worth the time!

Does bed bug powder work? All about powders and sprays

Because of their small bodies, bed bugs can be a nightmare to get rid of! You may spray one part of the house – only for them to make themselves comfortable in the other part! If you have a bed bug problem – depending on how serious it may be – you may need to use more than one method to get rid of them. Bed bug powder is one of the most effective remedies to get rid of bed bugs.В This is because this method can get rid of the bugs on contact and the beauty of it is that if left in a given dry area then it will continue working weeks down the road.

Bed bug powder or spray?

With the right bed bug powder, your bed bug problem can become a thing of the past! One of the most common powders used is Diatomaceous Earth or ‘DE’ in short. DE for bed bugs works in such a way that when it comes in contact with the bed bug, it will dehydrate the creature thus killing it. Diatomaceous Earth may be slow working, but it is one of the most effective remedies for getting rid of bed bugs. As long as the powder stays dry, it will work wonders in killing the troublesome creatures!

If you take a look at some bed bug powders, you will notice that Diatomaceous Earth is one of the most common ingredients. This natural ingredient comes from the fossilized remains of a diatoms-tiny aquatic organism. This makes it a natural remedy to fight bed bugs.

Given the different remedies on the market, you may wonder what kills bed bugs fast! Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to this question; one method may effectively get rid of the bed bugs in one home and fail to do so in another. One of the reasons for this is the strain of bed bugs present in a given home. There are resilient strains that can withstand different methods meant to kill them. This is why you may need to make use of various methods to curb the problem. There may be instances when your chosen methods may not work, and you may have to seek help from a professional.

So which one should you use? Spray or powder?

Some people swear by bed bug powder such as diatomaceous earth while others strongly recommend using a spray. There are those however who would rather employ natural remedies to kill the bed bugs. The choice depends on you and the strain of bed bugs that happen to reside in your home or premise.

Bed bug sprays are impressive since they kill bed bugs on contact. This means that you don’t have to wait for hours, days or weeks to see the result of the treatment. The downside of sprays is that once the spray wears off, bed bugs that are in hiding will come out and play.

With powder for bed bugs, on the other hand, you might be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t work. The reason behind this is that it is relatively slow in working but very effective in the long run.

How to use bedbug powder

It is relatively simple to use bed bug powder Walmart. All you have to do is sprinkle a generous amount in hidden places around the house where you think bed bugs may be hiding. You can also sprinkle the powder in visible areas and watch the bed bugs get dehydrated to death. Ideally, it is best to remove any movable furniture so that you can sprinkle the powder in as many cracks and crevices as possible.

Most common places where bed bugs may go into hiding include floorboards, baseboards as well as some cracks and crevices around a given room. Unlike sprays which may not remain in place long enough to kill as many bed bugs as possible. Bed bug powder does have a lasting presence in a given area as long as it remains dry.

Applying powder is relatively easy, especially if you find one that comes with a built in applicator such as the JT Eaton bed bug powder. All you will have to do is to point the applicator to a given area and unleash the powder!

Bed bug powder and pets: How safe is it?

If you have pets in a bed bug infested area, then chances are high that bed bugs find their home in your pet’s fur. This is because bed bugs feed on blood be it from animals or humans. Ideally, you want to find a method that will effectively get rid of the bed bugs and also no cause harm to your pet.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about bed bugs making the permanent home on your pet’s body as fleas, lice, ticks or mites do. However, you have to be concerned that when they do get a chance, they will hop onto your pet and suck blood.

If you are concerned that your pet is also affected by bed bugs, then you should wash its bedding with boiling water. If that is not possible, then you should throw the bedding in a dryer and set the heat to medium or high for about 30 minutes. Failing the two options then you should consider buying a product that is labeled safe for use on pets.

Bed bug killer powder: Which one works best?

There are some bed bug powders in the market, which makes finding the right one for your premise a nightmare. Not every bed bug powder in Walmart will rid you of your problem. However, those that contain Diatomaceous Earth have a stamp of approval from some consumers. The JT Eaton bed bug powder is just one example. The Oa2ki aerosol pesticide free bed bug powder is just another one.

If you wish to go natural, then you can find a natural bed bug killer powder to help solve the bed bug problem. If you are searching for the most effective bed bug powder killer, then you should opt for one that contains Diatomaceous Earth. This is because Diatomaceous Earth is very deadly when it comes in contact with the bed bug’s skin. It will work its way past its waxy outer layer, dehydrate and ultimately kill the creature.

Does powder kill bed bugs?

Yes, the right power can kill bed bugs. One example of such a powder is the JT Eaton which has an active ingredient-diatomaceous earth.В Most powders are effective in getting rid of bed bugs simply because when they get in contact with the bed bug, it will become dehydrated hence die.

Does alcohol and baby powder kill bed bugs?

Quite some people speculate on different ways to get rid of bed bugs. One of them is baby powder. The reason behind this speculation is that baby powder does contain talcum powder that can be poisonous when consumed. Unfortunately, bed bugs are not affected by the inhalation. Neither are they affected when it comes in contact with their skin. As such, when looking for ways to get rid of bed bugs, baby powder should be down your list, if not off your list!

Does powder bleach kill bed bugs?

Considering that bleach is a harsh chemical, you may wonder whether or not it can help get rid of bed bugs. The simple answer is yes, it can. However, considering that bed bugs can hide in hard to reach places, you may not get them all using this method. Powder bleach can also kill bed bugs eggs, but the trick is to get in contact with them. Care must be taken when handling the bleach itself and also when applying it to given areas. You have to bear in mind the consequences of applying it in areas where pets and children can come into contact as it can be deadly.

Much as this method can be effective in killing bed bugs, it can also be harmful to your health and your belongings. When used in the wrong setting for example on your clothes in the wardrobe then you might need to buy a whole new wardrobe!

Does flea and tick powder kill bed bugs?

Much as some people may swear to having killed bed bugs using flea and tick powder, it is highly recommended that you only use the powder that is clearly labeled for use against bed bugs.В Care must be taken when selecting a given product if your health and that of your family and pets are to be protected. If you are not sure then it is best to seek help from a professional.

Powder for bed and mattress

Boric acid powder for bed

Boric acid is made from water and a chemical known as boron. It is used in some household, health and even medical applications. But is it effective in killing bed bugs? When it comes to pest control, boric acid is one of the common ingredients in some common insecticides. In fact, it is very effective in getting rid of ants and cockroaches.

Generally speaking, boric acid will kill bed bugs only if it comes in contact with them. As such, you must exercise extreme precaution when using this method. It is not recommended to use boric acid on your pets or their beddings. Neither is it recommended for you to sprinkle this powder on your mattress.В This is due to concerns of the powder when it comes in contact with human skin or that of pets.

Bed bug powder for mattress

When searching for bed bug powder for a mattress, the most effective yet relatively safe option for humans is one with the active ingredient of Diatomaceous Earth. Avoid using harsh chemicals such as boric acid on your mattress. They can have a negative effect on your health.

Bed bug carpet powder

When it comes to your carpet, then you should consider prepping before applying a given powder. This means cleaning and vacuuming the carpet to help give the powder a fighting chance against the bed bugs.

Once you are done with vacuuming and cleaning them sprinkle a generous amount of Diatomaceous Earth all over your carpet.В In some instances, you may have to repeat vacuuming and sprinkling the powder before you can be comfortable enough that the bed bugs are gone.

How to use bed bug powder

It is fairly simple to use bed bug powder. All you have to do is to identify the infested areas, remove any furniture or items that may limit the powder movement and proceed to sprinkle the powder.

The Harris Diatomaceous Earth bed bug powder, for example, is used as a crack and crevice application to conveniently tackle bed bugs that are in hiding.

JT Eaton bed bug powder

JT Eaton bed bug killing powder

Since 1932, JT Eaton, a family owned business has been in the production of high-quality products. It is no wonder that when it comes to bed bug powder, JT Eaton is one of the household names. This powder not only kills bed bugs but is also an effective remedy for other crawling insects such as cockroaches, ants, fleas, and ticks.

Where can I get bed bug powder?

Bed bug powder can be found in some online stores such as Walmart, Homedepot, and Amazon. It can also be found in brick and mortar stores that carry pesticides and insecticides. Active ingredients you should look out for that are effective in killing bed bugs include; diatomaceous earth, Nylar or s-Hydroprene Pyriproxyfen as well as Neem oil Phenylethyl propionate.

J.T. Eaton Kills Bedbugs and Crawling Insects Powder (Diatomaceous Earth – residual powder)

Bed Bug Supply Review – see what our experts have to say about this product

JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder is one of our best selling powders and offers great value, quality and is one of the longest killing bed bug products on the market.

We suggest using our Professional Bed Bug Applicator to apply JT Eaton Bed Bug Powder, which helps to apply the powder with better control and into hard to reach areas. JT Eaton Powder should be applied after the room is steamed and J.T. Eaton Bed Bug Killer (pyrethrin killer), Bedlam Plus and JT Eaton’s Bed Bug Killer II (deltamethrin) have been applied and are fully dry. Powder is designed to go into places where the sprays cannot including inside electrical outlets and deep cracks in wall voids, behind picture frames, below the edges of carpeting and rugs, etc.

What we really like about the JT Eaton powder is as long as it’s left undisturbed, it will continue to kill indefinitely and only needs to be applied just once during a ed bug treatment. Please see the picture below illustrating where to use each of the J.T Eaton bed bug products. Before applying any of the JT. Eaton bed bug products, we recommend using our Professional Bed Bug Steamer on the edges of the room and inside cracks and crevices (allow to dry for one hour or until fully dry).

J.T Eaton Bed Bug Powder works by treating every deep hiding place bed bugs may attempt to seek refuge in (resulting in no place to hide without being killed). When a bed bug crawls into a treated crack or crevice they are instantly coated in powder, which adheres to their out membrane cutting them up and eventually leading to the bed bugs death due to dehydrations and asphyxiation. Bed bugs are made up of 65% water so it doesn’t take a lot of powder to dehydrate and kill them. Bed bug powder can be abrasive to the skin and like any dust should applied carefully to reduce the amount stirred up in the air (a dust mask and eye protection are recommended for application). We offer a Professional Applicator, which offers better control when applying the powder and allows the user to gain access to hard to reach areas.

Apply the bed bug powder directly into the cracks of baseboards, into crevices and inside walls by removing the electrical plates (do not powder into the electrical outlet). Apply powder only into cracks and crevices (places where bed bug hide) and not all over the place in large powder mounds. If applied properly, you shouldn’t be able to visibly see the powder. Always follow the product’s label for proper usage and precautions. Unless the powder is disturbed, wet or vacuumed up with a HEPA equipped vacuum, an additional application is not needed. Again, powder should also be applied after the room is steamed and the first application of JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Red Bottle Contact Killer and either our Phantom Aerosol, Bedlam Bed Bug Spray or JT Eaton Bed Bug Killer II (blue bottle) is applied. Bed bug powder should be kept dry and away from moisture to be effective.Always read and follow the instructions on the product’s label to ensure proper and safe usage.

Product Information

Diatomaceous Earth is made up of ground fossilized material, which acts like tiny razor blades that cut open the outer layer of the bed bug causing them to dehydrate and asphyxiate.

The powder can applied inside indoor cracks, around electrical outlets, inside walls, between carpet and the wall and around electronics. Unlike other diatomaceous earth powders, JT Eaton is labeled for use against bed bugs ensuring effectiveness.

Founded in 1932 by Jasper T. Eaton, the company started as a mail order house for pest control products for professional use.

Stanley Z. Baker purchased the company in 1949. Never satisfied, Stanley developed new and innovative products for professional pest control operators.

In 1962 Stanley invented the paraffin bait block which is the industry standard today.

Again in 1979 Stanley developed the first glue board as we know them today. Before that, some professionals used the radiators of their cars to melt industrial glue and spread the glue across wood planks or tar paper.

Bed Bug Powder: Killer or Con?

Getting rid of bed bugs is no easy feat. In fact, they’re one of the most difficult insects to eliminate due to how quickly they invade and multiply. While seemingly quick fixes such as bed bug powder, carpet powder and dusts may look promising in an effort to preempt or combat an infestation, there are facts you should know before attempting to use them.

The best approach for keeping bed bugs at bay is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Unfortunately, sometimes taking precautions simply isn’t enough. If you’ve seen signs of bed bugs, it may be tempting to take matters into your own hands and try DIY solutions like bed bug carpet powder. Butthe EPA recommends hiring a pest control companywith experience successfully controlling the pests. There are many reasons to advocate for professional treatment over DIY efforts, the majority of which focus on efficacy and safety concerns as well as knowledge of bed bug behavior and control methods.

The Power of Bed Bud Powder

Some efforts taken to eliminate infestations using bed bug powder can be illegal. For example, using diatomaceous earth that is For example, using diatomaceous earth in ways that are not descripted on the label may be ineffective and may result in a fine. And while other DIY methods may not be against the law, they’re not necessarily the safest or most effective solutions.

The question remains, does bed bug powder (dust)really work? Most readily available bed bug powder treatments contain diatomaceous earth, which comprises fossilized remains of phytoplankton. Many people make the mistake of not reading labels or directions, and end up scattering the bed bug powder treatment in an effort to blanket a room. And while claims state that it works by drying out the exoskeletons of bed bugs that come into contact with the dust that would require them to come in contact with the dust. If they avoid the treated area, or never cross paths with it at all, there’s only a small chance for it to kill even a few let alone combat an infestation.

Plus, while diatomaceous earth is sometimes considered natural and low risk to humans and pets, it’s important to be aware of the different types.Diatomaceous earth that’s processed and graded for crack and crevice type pest treatment includes trace amounts of pyrethrin pesticides and other chemical synergists. So, while the food grade products can be used in food processing, it’s important to read through all the ingredients.Insecticides for bed bugs should be products registered with the EPAand it’s recommended that they’re handled by a professional.

DIY solutions such as using bed bug powder require multiple treatments and ongoing maintenance, otherwise the problem can quickly get out of hand. Treating a bed bug infestation may also involve multiple methods (in addition to dust) for removal which can be taxing and time consuming. As is the case with most pest infestations, targeted treatment from the beginning is far easier than reactive treatment when bed bugs are more widespread.Contact a Terminix®pest control professional today to help you determine a trusted, customized course of action.

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