So, How Do We Prevent Their Intrusion Of Our Dwellings?
If you want to protect your home from intrusion of bed bugs from the outside other than introducing them through your travels and possibly importing them through suitcases, used furniture purchases and especially used mattresses, etc. you must create a protective barrier in your house walls. This also applies to any apartment dwellings. DE or diatomateous earth is found to be a highly effective deterrent for this phase of protection. It will protect inter room travel of any bed bug or for that matter any other insect intruder attempt.
But Why Is DE Effective In Stopping These Bugs From Getting Into Your Home?
First, DE must be of the “food quality” type. Insects that come in contact with the powder or ingest it into their bodies die within 48 hours of dehydration. Yes, caution should be taken in the use of it. You should try to avoid using it for a prolonged time without proper ventilation especially when being sprayed into crevices or walls. It is NOT toxic since it is used in some pet food preparations. It is suggested to spray the insects directly but this is not always possible. It can usually be purchased at some hardware stores or ordered on the Internet. I was able to purchase a 1 1/2 pound box for $7.00 about a year ago. For an average sized home you will probably use less than half of it to create a barrier against insect entry. Of course, this does not mean that when you apply DE to your walls you do not already have some insects in your home or apartment.
Suggestions On Its Application In Room Dividing Walls
1- Locate any obvious entry points that insects could use to enter your home or apartment.
2- Pour some DE powder into a squeezable plastic catsup/mustard container[8-10 oz., I believe] about half full.
3- Remove outlet plates where you intend to spray DE into the wall.
4- Place plastic container on its side placing finger on tip letting powder enter nozzle. Place nozzle into outlet mounting making sure nozzle tip is pointing into wire entry hole preferably an unused one and give quick squeeze. You should see a white cloud formed by the powder. Here again, you want to avoid inhaling this powder especially if you suffer a breathing condition such as asthma. It is suggested on the container to wear a dust mask for precaution.
5- Replace all wall outlet plates. Any insects crawling passed the coatings will be dehydrated and die within 48 hours.
For more information on “bed bug” infestation prevention: see Part II and other future releases.
Preventing “Bed Bug” Infestations
Almost daily both here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world we hear of the increase in infestations of the elusive “bed bug”. It certainly keeps the pest control business busy these days.