How to use diatomaceous earth for bed bugs in my storage unit? I have to store my stuff for a few weeks until our new house is finished. But the place I’m renting is kind of sketchy and I’m worried. I don’t want to truck bed bugs into my home.
Darla Cummings, Sheboygan, WI
I’ll begin by stating that if you see bedbugs in your storage unit, it’s smart to advise the management of the problem. However, there are several steps you can take to eliminate the problem yourself. Diatomaceous earth is ideal to protect your belongings from an infestation.
In fact, diatomaceous earth is very useful against bed bugs and many kinds of insects. When bugs crawl through this substance, it damages their exoskeletons, and they die. But if you use food – grade diatomaceous earth, you don’t put your own health at risk.
In order to keep bed bugs out of your stuff in the storage unit, I recommend that you keep everything sealed in airtight containers, or at least tightly wrapped in plastic. Next, coat everything with a fine layer of diatomaceous earth.
Finally, when you arrive at your new home, be sure you vacuum off all the leftover DE and unwrap items outdoors, not inside the house. Once you’ve tried this natural product for pest control, try experimenting further.
There are many other things it can do. For example, you can mix diatomaceous earth with your face mask to cleanse your skin. Or you can combine it with your deodorant to kill bacteria. Some people even take it by mouth to improve their health.
You may experience another pest control issue in your storage unit or at home. Spiders love spaces that are not disturbed very often. Make a vinegar and essential oil spray for spiders in basement or bedroom or for your storage unit. Not liking the smell, they will stay away. Respray periodically to keep them from returning.
Here’s to enjoying your new house bug-free!