Insects that come in contact with DE (the naturally mined active ingredient in Insectigone) are cut by microscopic mineral flakes. This cuts into their exoskeleton as they crawl over the dust allowing for moisture to escape and over 24-48 hours the insect will dehydrate and die. As long as you have the product down it works – if you vacuum it up it no longer works. If you put too much down and the powder is visible and a nuisance, it certainly can be vacuumed up, but if the product is not present it will not work. You don’t need a lot of product for it to work, the directions recommend a light/thin coating so that you don’t need to vacuum it up because it’s not a nuisance. That thin layer is always there defending against bed bug.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a dust-like product that contains the crushed fossilized algae (diatoms) from fresh water. These crushed diatoms feel like powder when we rub it in our hand, but it’s very sharp to insects with delicate exoskeletons. When you apply DE, dust is ingested by the bed bug when it crosses through the powder. The DE will cut their exoskeleton. This causes the insect to dehydrate and die. Insects cannot develop a resistance to DE since there are no chemicals to which they can build up immunity.
Beware. Not all DE is the same. Our DE is made of Silicon Dioxide. This comes from a freshwater source. It is the same type as used in food-grade diatomaceous earth. Be careful of products made of Diatomite DE. It is made from unnatural sources.
Please note that this product can be used on carpet & upholstery. The Insectigone Bedbug & Flea Killer is like a Talc powder when applied. You can vacuum the white dust like material up after you have used it
- Chemfree Insectigone Bedbug and Flea Killer is a long lasting, powdered
- Chemical free pest killer
- Odourless and non-staining powder is resistant to insects so they cannot build immunity
- Powder will not harm pets, fish, birds, or other wildlife
- Powerful formula kills within 48 hours
- Can be used indoor and outdoor
- Size: 200 g (7 oz)