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How Long Does Diatomaceous Earth Take to
Kill Insects?

 

The amount of time that it takes diatomaceous earth to kill insects varies greatly depending on factors such as particle size, temperature, relative humidity, the type of insect as well as the extent of the infestation.

 

Diatomaceous earth may need to be left down anywhere from 1 day to a week or more in order to be effective against an infestation.

 

Although each situation will be different, in many cases results have been seen with...

 

Bedbugs within 24 hours of properly applying the diatomaceous earth, with more substantial results after 5 days (120 hours).

 

Beetles such as Merchant grain beetles and Darkling beetles within 7-21 days. Note: for darkling beetles it is best to apply DE soon after manure removal in poultry facilities when mobility among the beetles is highest. This will ensure that the beetles come in contact with the diatomaceous earth.

 

Silverfish within 7-14 days. Note: the removal of clutter prior to treatment is recommended in order to improve effectiveness.

 

Black ants within 24 hours

 

Red ants within 16 hours

 

Be sure to monitor the infestation. Once you have reached the desired result, simply vacuum up the used food grade diatomaceous earth.

 

Note: it is important that you re-apply the DE if any area that you have applied it becomes wet as the product will wash away very easily.

 

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Although there are several web-sites out there that indicate all the other benefits of Diatomaceous Earth and the benefits of using DE for human consumption. There are no DE products registered with the FDA for Human Consumption. We advise that you do your own research on the benefits of Diatomaceous Earth and make your own decisions. Choosing to use the product for uses other than what it is registered for is done solely at the risk of the end-user. We are not in the position to advise the use of our RLE products for any purpose other than what the product is registered for and what is indicated on the packaging.

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