Is Diatomaceous Earth safe?
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous Earth is a desiccant, (non-poison treatments that kill bugs by adhering to their exoskeleton and dehydrating them.)
Is Diatomaceous Earth safe?
Diatomaceous Earth is food-grade and FDA approved, and is even certified by the EPA for use in children’s daycares. Most diatomaceous earth is made of amorphous silicon dioxide, which has not been associated with any cancers in human beings.
Conclusion: Diatomaceous Earth is safe when used properly.
What are the possible dangers of Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth can irritate the eyes, nose and nasal passages if it becomes airborne and is inhaled. Coughing and shortness of breath can result, but usually only after an exposure to a very large quantity. This risk can be mitigated with the use of a face mask or respirator during application. Once the dust settles, the risk of airborne inhalation greatly diminishes. Excessive exposure to the skin may cause dryness or mild irritation.
Conclusion: most of the dangers associated with Diatomaceous Earth are only prevalent during initial application, and can be reduced with proper application.
Is Diatomaceous Earth safe for kids?
There is no current data that suggests that children have an increased sensitivity to diatomaceous earth.
Conclusion: With proper use, Diatomaceous Earth is safe for kids
Is Diatomaceous Earth safe for pets?
In research studies involving rabbits and rats, Diatomaceous Earth was applied to the skin five times per week for three weeks. No adverse health effects were found.
Conclusion: With proper use, Diatomaceous Earth is safe for pets
Is Diatomaceous Earth harmful to the environment?
Available research suggests that Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates. The main component of diatomaceous earth is the second most abundant element in soils, as well common component of rocks, sands, and clays, and plant life. It is commonly encountered by birds and other wildlife, and it's not known to be harmful. Agencies have stated that diatomaceous earth is unlikely to affect birds, fish, or other wildlife in a harmful way. Conclusion: Diatomaceous Earth is not harmful to the environment
Is Diatomaceous Earth an effective bed bug home remedy?
Diatomaceous Earth is easy to apply, as well as fatal to bed bugs but not harmful to humans (risks are extremely negligible if applied in accordance with the label).
However, according to recent research, amorphous silica gel such as CimeXa may kill significantly faster than food-grade Diatomaceous Earth (usually as quickly as 2 days, vs. up to 14 days for Diatomaceous Earth.
Conclusion: Diatomaceous Earth is an effective bed bug treatments
when integrated with other bed bug control and prevention methods, rather than as a standalone treatment. However, CimeXa may be a better alternative for bed bug removal.
Application tips for Diatomaceous Earth:
Dust is best applied with a hand duster in cracks, crevices, and other inaccessible areas. Diatomaceous Earth should be applied with a mask or respirator.
Is CimeXa an effective treatment method?
Can I treat for bed bugs on my own?