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postheadericon How to Dust Your Furniture to Control Bed Bugs and Fleas Using Diatomaceous Earth

Here is a short video that shows how to dust your furniture to control bed bugs using diatomaceous earth

I buy my diatomaceous earth from Earth Works Health

postheadericon Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home

The first step to keeping bed bugs out of the house is NOT to bring them home in the first place. That may seem like a silly statement but if you were on a vacation and you think that you may have been exposed to bed bugs this video will show you what to do to avoid an infestation in your home.

postheadericon Life Cycle of a Flea

         This information is from A PDF from DirtWorks

•Fleas pass through a complete life cycle of four stages.

 

•The flea population is typically made up of 50% eggs,

•30% larvae, 15% pupae  and only 5% biting adults.

            • Completion of the life cycle from egg to adult varies from two weeks to eight months.

 

•Normally the female flea lays about 15 to 20 eggs per day up to 600 in a lifetime.

 

•Usual hosts for fleas are dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossums, foxes, chickens, and humans.

 

            •Eggs loosely laid in the hair or fur, drop out where the pet rests, sleeps or nests (rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, cat or dog boxes, kennels, sand boxes, etc.)

 

            •Eggs hatch in two days to two weeks into larvae found indoors in floor cracks & crevices, along baseboards, under rug edges and in furniture or beds.

 

•Sand and gravel are very suitable for flea development which is the reason fleas are erroneously called “sand fleas.”

•Using lattice or other physical boundaries can seal off these areas but, you may need to provide a substitute area for the animals to hang out in because, under the porch or shed is a nice cool place to spend time if you’re a dog or cat on a hot day.

            •Outdoor development occurs in sandy gravel soils (moist sand boxes, dirt crawl space under the house, under shrubs, etc.) where the pet may rest or sleep.

 

            •Larvae are blind, avoid light, pass through three larval stages and take a week to several months to develop.

 

            •Their food consists of digested blood from adult flea feces, dead skin, hair, feathers, and other organic debris. (Larvae do not suck blood.)

 

            •Pupa mature to adulthood within a silken cocoon woven by the larva to which pet hair, carpet fiber, dust, grass cuttings, and other debris adheres.

 

•In about five to fourteen days, adult fleas can emerge or may remain resting in the cocoon until the detection of vibration (pet and people movement), pressure (host animal lying down on them), heat, noise, or carbon dioxide (meaning a potential blood source is near).

 

•Most fleas survive the winter in the larval or pupa stage and grow best during warm, moist winters and spring.

•Adult fleas cannot survive or lay eggs without a blood meal, but may hibernate from two months to one year without feeding.

 

           

One big surprise people get is when they return from vacation and they find themselves with a major flea problem in the house. 

   There is often a desperate need for flea control after a family has returned from a long vacation. The house has been empty with no cat or dog around for fleas to feed on. When the family and pets are gone, flea eggs hatch and larvae pupate. The adult fleas fully developed inside the pupa cocoon remains in a kind of “limbo” for a long time until a blood source is near. The family returning from vacation is immediately attacked by waiting hungry hordes of fleas. (In just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million different life stages.)

 

•Completely developed adult fleas can live for several months without eating, as long as they do not emerge from their cocoons.

            •Newly emerged adult fleas live only about one week if a blood meal is not obtained.

 

•Optimum temperatures for the flea’s life cycle are 70°F to 85°F and optimum humidity is 70 percent.

 

 

For a complete, nontoxic treatment that will protect you and your pets and livestock from fleas and ticks over the long term, use Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth.  It kills fleas mechanically, so the pests can’t become immune to it, like they have become immune to most of the synthetic chemical treatments you get at the vet or pet store.  The pure form of Diatomaceous Earth is Fossil Shell flour.  It’s safe enough to eat and is used to treat silos for the storage of grain used in the food we all eat.

postheadericon Bed Bug Dog Detection

I heard an ad the other day on the radio for a service like this.  Has anyone used this type of bed bug detection?

postheadericon Bed Bug Infested Suitcase

I certainly hope your suitcase NEVER looks like this…

postheadericon Pure Diatomaceous Earth

Since 1962 Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (fossil shell flour) was used in grain storage and other food products as an anti-caking agent. As time went on grain storage managers noticed that the treated grain was bug free. And the areas surrounding the fossil shell flour dust were fly free.

Further tests and analysis were done. Results were the microscopic particles in Diatomaceous Earth
scratch the carapace of insects such as roaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, scorpions, crickets, fleas, ticks, lice, etc, resulting in dehydration and death. An example is a fly will walk over the fine powder and get it on its tarsal pads, then rub the irritant behind its head and between thoracic segments and die.

More experiments and testing was done and additional positive side effects were noted. Fossil Shell
Flour has over 14 minerals such as: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus,
Manganese, Chromium, Cobalt . . . . When added to livestock and poultry feed rations productivity
increased, parasites eliminated, diseases and veterinary costs dropped, cured E-Coli, and scours.

Food grade fossil shell flour contains fine silica that carries a negative ion charge. Parasites and disease
organisms carry a positive ion charge. The introduction of negative charged ions in a diseased or
parasitic animal is irritating and disruptive to the life cycle of the parasite or disease organism.

This Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth product is listed in the OMRI, Organic Materials Review Institute,
for use by Certified Organic Farmers.

NOTE: This natural food grade Diatomaceous Earth is not to be confused with the swimming pool grade
Diatomaceous Earth, which is chemically treated and partially melted and consequently contains
crystalline silica which can be a respiratory hazard. Natural Diatomaceous Earth is not a respiratory
hazard because human and animal bodies can dissolve it.

(This information is from FatWorms.com website)

postheadericon I Use Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is EPA approved and registered for use against indoor and outdoor crawling insects, including cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, fleas, boxelder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers, ticks, millipedes, scorpions, slugs, and silverfish. For use in Cracks, Crevices, Hiding and Running Areas, Under and Behind Appliances, and Wall and Floor Surfaces. For use in and around homes, office buildings, restaurants, motels, warehouses, theaters, schools, hotels, and food handling establishments.

DE is odorless and nontoxic.

Indoor and Outdoor Application: Sprinkle a light layer of DE in areas where pests frequent, including under stoves, cabinets, sinks, garbage cans, window and door frames and sills, entrance ways, sewer pipes and drains, and in cracks and crevices. Repeat treatment as needed.
For Carpet Beetles: Thoroughly dust along baseboards, carpet edges, under furniture, carpet, and rugs, and in closets and shelving.
For Bedbugs: Take apart bed and dust joints and channels. Dust any hollow tubing and the interior framework as well as the mattress and all cracks in the room.
For Fleas: Thoroughly dust carpets and pet’s bedding and sleeping areas, as well as cracks and baseboards. It also can be rubbed into your pet’s fur.
For Flies: Thoroughly dust areas where flies frequent (walls, straw bedding, livestock pens). It also can be applied to livestock coat as an insect repellent/contact insecticide.

DE is composed of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. The microscopically fine, sharp edges desiccate the insects’ exoskeleton upon contact and the pests dehydrate and die within hours. The insects also die when they eat the dust.

postheadericon Food Grade Diatomaceous earth

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard Organic Diatomaceous Earth
Mined from the purest of deposits from prehistoric freshwater lake beds,
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth consists of finely milled silica shells of
ancient microscopic freshwater plants called diatoms. Of 600 deposits in
the U.S., only 4 rate in purity by FDA standards to label as “Food Grade”.

There is no clay in our product.

Examples of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Uses for Pets & People:
Flea control, human health benefits, organic pest control, bed bugs,
pet food health supplement, cat litter odor control and whiter teeth!
Don’t Forget our Best Friends – Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits..
They need DE for Fleas, Ticks, Ear Mites..even worming
and as a health supplement to add to their pet food.
Please see our “Critters” page.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is a mainstay for organic pest control on farms.
DE is used heavily by organic farms partly because of its organic nature, but DE is also used
by non-organic growers for pest control because DE (Fossil Shell Flour) is so effective,
and garden insects never become immune. DE kills bugs physically, not chemically.

Farms and Ranches use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as a feed supplement for animals and livestock for better health. DE is also recommended by veterinarians as a health supplement when added daily to pet food, and as a topical flea control treatment. Food Grade DE can also be found in food that is eaten by most people every day, as DE is widely used and FDA approved for use by the nation’s farms in agricultural grain storage.

This brings us to one of the most exciting trends … Increased use of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for human health benefits. Because of FDA control and oversight of labeling, many wonderful natural, herbal or organic supplements will seldom if ever claim to be treatments or remedies for specific maladies. This is also true of Food Grade DE.

Within this site, you can learn about DE as an effective bed bug remedy and also of the many  everyday household uses for this remarkable substance. Every home should have it.

To Read FAQ’s about Diatomaceous Earth Click Here

REQUIRED FDA DISCLAIMER: Content on this site is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of food grade diatomaceous earth. It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. User statements regarding DE as dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement.
* Any food grade DE uses discussed on this site other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly anicdotal reports of what countless numbers of users as well as we ourselves have experienced using diatomaceous earth

ABOUT EPA LABELS: All of the Food Grade DE that we sell is exactly the same product on the inside, but there is a very important difference in the labeling. Because DE kills insects, only when used for that purpose, it falls under EPA regulatory control. All of the claims that we make on this site about killing insects can only be made on food grade DE with the EPA label on it. We sell the EPA labeled product in 5 and 50 lb. bags. We also sell the NON-EPA labled 50 lb. bag. Most of our packaging reflects general use, and therefore has no EPA label on it. If you purchase the non-EPA labeled product, you acknowledge that you are buying the diatomaceous earth for some other purpose than for killing insects.

postheadericon A Bed Bug Feeding

I found this short video about a bed bug feeding on an arm. It made me itch all over. To think that many homes are infested with these nasty bugs. People as well as pets sleep in beds that are loaded with them.

Tell me your able to watch this and NOT itch TOO!
You can order your diatomaceous earth HERE to kill these nasty bugs safely, using an all natural product that is indeed good for everyone and everything.

postheadericon Perma-Guard™ Supplies Earth Works Health With Their DE

Perma-Guard™, Inc. is the original and largest supplier of fresh water, food grade Diatomaceous Earth products for agricultural use in the world.

Perma-Guard™, is the company known world wide for using a grade and quality of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) that is extremely pure.

Perma-Guard™ supplies EarthWorksHealth with the DE that they sell.

Please note that Fossil Shell Flour® is almost white or slightly gray in color. We believe it to be the best quality available. 

DE Diatomaceous Earth

 

Perma-Guard™ is the original and largest supplier of fresh water, food grade Diatomaceous Earth products for agricultural use in the world.

What is Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard, with more than 40 years of experience, is the company known world wide for using a grade and quality of Diatomaceous Earth that is extremely pure. It was important to have a consistent shape diatom and no unwanted sediment. The shape of the diatom must be tubular with holes on the walls. It must be fresh water because the diatoms form a harder shell and is less fragile that those in salt water. Salt water deposits contain a mix of diatom species. These deposits shapes and sediments are inconsistent making them unusable for our products.

DE Diatomaceous EarthOut of 600 deposits in the US only 4 are considered “Food Grade” by the FDA standards. Other food grade deposits may contain higher amounts of sediment and clay that make them less effective. Depending upon how the deposits were formed, clay particles may be present in sufficient quantities to clog the pores of the fossilized shells. If this is the case, the effectiveness of the Diatomaceous Earth is severely reduced. We have analysis of many other “Food Grade” deposits and are satisfied that we still obtain the Diatomaceous Earth for our products from the purest fresh water source.

Perma-Guard products use Diatomaceous Earth, mother natures eco-friendly naturally organic material. Our products fit into the “Living Green” lifestyle. Actually, Diatomaceous Earth is not an earth. It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called DIATOMS. Not all deposits of Diatomaceous Earth diatoms present in those deposits are the same. Perma-Guard’s FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® is a very pure form of Diatomaceous Earth used as an anti-caking feed additive.