How it works
Flea & Tick Powder is made of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) which makes a very effective natural pest controller. The insecticidal quality of DE is due to the razor sharp edges of the diatom remains. When DE comes in contact with the insects, the sharp edges lacerate the bug’s waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery Siliceous fossil flour absorbs the body fluids causing death from dehydration. Said more simply, DE kills insects by drying then up. You’ll see how drying DE is if you handle it with bare hands.
After dusting it in an infected area, you need to give it 2-3 days to cover all insects as they walk over it and have its effect.
While Diatomaceous Earth is a death sentence for insects, it does not harm you or your pets. Since DE is not chemical in nature and works mechanically, pests cannot build resistance to it, unlike chemical pesticides. DE also offers the added benefits of supplying soil with micro nutrients as it break down.
Diatomaceous Earth is useful around the house for control of cockroaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, fleas, crickets, termite and many other insects. It should be applied as a physical barrier that insects must crawl across to get it on them. Apply the dust liberally around cracks and crevices, under stoves and refrigerators, and in likely hiding places. Be sure to treat around sinks and drain pipes, and around windowsills, doors and other places where pests may enter. For bedbugs, apply generously to bedding (Between bed and mattress), and to the floor all around the bed. To control fleas in rugs and carpets, apply a thin layer of DE all over the area. Rake the DE into the fibers and leave overnight. When cleaning, do not make a special effort to remove the dust in the rug. It will continue to kill live fleas, repel others, and will help deodorize the carpet. Repeat it once a month or when necessary. After applying leave the dust for 3-4 days as it kills insects slowly.
Diatomaceous Earth is very dusty and can cause lung problems if breathed heavily, so when applying it dry always wear a good dust mask. Also wash your hands with water after application as it can leave hand dry.