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Diatomacious Earth and Bed bugs : Cimex lectularius Linnaeus (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cimicidae)

 
Barbara Lanz
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I recently moved some books, clothing and boxes that had been stored at my dads house to a new location. Within a few days, I had red, itchy bites on my feet, lets, belly, and arms. I found out that he had bed bugs several months ago, and had an exterminator come out and he said there weren't any more bugs. Apparently they travel. I am now trying to figure out what to do. Orkin states that I have to remove all the clothing, bedding, everything out of the main room where I was sleeping, and take it to the dry cleaners, or laundromat and dry on high for 20 minutes. The other issue is I have a cat that has wandered the house, and have heard that the bugs can catch a ride, and be all over the house.

So, has anyone used Diatomacious Earth on bed bugs? And how did you go about it?
Thanks so much! This is a mess! I am really freakin out that these things are feeding on me at night....slept with the lights on since I heard they are nocturnal...not sure if that will deter them or not!

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Judith Browning
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Hi, Barbara and welcome to Permies even if it is under these circumstances!
While you wait for a response to your post, you could check out the topic that shows at the bottom of this page called "Organic bed bug control". It discusses DE and other options.

 
Ollie Puddlemaker
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Barbara - Try this link, this is what I've done to irradicate and further prevent ~ http://www.earthworkshealth.com/get-rid-of-bed-bugs.php
 
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Ollie's link looks helpful - though I only took the time to do a quick skim.

Judith mentioned this thread: organic bed bug control (providing a link in case that's easier).

Just recently, someone I know posted a peer-reviewed, well-researched article on bed bugs, including using DE, at http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Continuing-Education/CE-Articles/Bed-Bugs.aspx. If I had more time, it would be interesting to compare the info at Ollie's earthworkshealth link to Anna's article at nursing.advanceweb.

Here's hoping the links and info help.
 
Diane Monteil
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Hi Barbara:

My condolences. I had bed bugs last year it took months, seven to be specific, of trying all different types of things to get rid of them. First thing I tried was Diatomacious Earth. I did not do the trick. I had the exterminator come in, and he could not find them. However, he gave me some very useful information. I finally got rid of them by taking all, I really do mean all, of my furniture out of the house and letting it set in the hot sun for a week, what I could cover with black plastic I did so that I could use it as a solar black heat absorber, to heat up the temperature of the furniture, even more. I put all of my clothes hampers everything out of the house. I then sprayed with some natural stuff for bed bugs. They can get into the electrical wires and go through the house. I refused to throw our my expensive mattress and box spring, so I encased them in a bed bug cover, which need to stay on over a year - the suckers are cannibals and can stay alive for a year in a closed environment. Even with all of this I still had bites - What helped the most was I used a thick track of petroleum jelly all around the bottom of the bed posts, all around the bottom of the night stands, around the electrical sockets and anywhere else I thought they my be living. The petroleum jelly was the thing that worked. They crawl into in and cant get out. My exterminator also told me when I go on any trip leave my suitcase outside for a few days before bringing it and it's contents into the house. Somehow the bed bugs have a problem with exposure. FYI - I got the bed bugs from a $400.00 a night fancy hotel in Pittsburg. Now I travel with a large plastic bag to keep my luggage in while I am in a hotel, or other room. Another trick is to keep you luggage in the bathtub. Write me back if I can help you in any other way. One last ditch effort I was going to try was getting ants into the area, they are a natural enemy of bed bugs. Thank gosh the petroleum jelly worked before I tried the ant trick.

Diane
 
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Barbara:

I should have mentioned I tried diatomaceous earth for about 4 months. I had it thick all over the place. It did not work.

Best of Luck Diane
 
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