Diatomaceous Earth for Dust Mite Infestation

| March 27, 2014 | 6 Comments

DEIf you ever run into the unfortunate situation of having a mite or flea infestation, don’t immediately buy harmful chemicals as the first line of defense. Those chemicals are just as dangerous as the mites. Get rid of the infestation using naturally occurring diatomaceous earth.

Here’s a Short Story

Not too long ago I had to go through some old papers that had been stored away for quite some time. The task took about an hour, just long enough to allow whatever was living in those old papers to set up a new home on me.

Within a few hours I started itching. Thinking it was the dust and the creepiness of the papers I showered and assumed the itching would stop. Not the case. That night I almost scratched my skin off in while I slept. The itching and scratching was so bad that parts of my skin became raw from scratching.

Must be Mites

I did some research online and read “there are no such thing as paper mites.” “Oh yeah?” I thought. Who ever said that never suffered as I was suffering. It took me some time to remember the benefits of diatomaceous earth.  I believe I had a mite induced brain cloud.  When I remembered the DE I pulled it out and sprinkled it on myself just like one would put on baby powder.

Within 8-12 minutes the itching subsided. Fearing I had caused an infestation in the house, I sprinkled DE on every surface I touched, sat or slept on. I let the DE sit for about 20 to 30 minutes and vacuumed it up. I also washed everything in the house that was washable, sheets, clothes, towels, etc.

Just to Be SureDust Mite

I sprinkled myself with diatomaceous earth again after showering just to make sure all the tiny little mites were indeed dead. It took my skin a little while to heal from all of the scratching, but I’ve got to say diatomaceous earth came to my rescue.

I’ve witnessed how diatomaceous earth kills spiders, ants, stink bugs and any other insect around the house. This was the first time I got to see, or should I say feel, how effective it is against mites.

By the way, I sprinkled diatomaceous earth all over the old papers and files. I’d rather sift through papers covered in DE than papers infested with mites.

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Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog Felicia shares what she's learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she's also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment). Necessary disclaimer: I am not a medical professional therefore I am not and cannot giving medical advice. I'm just sharing my story.

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  1. Genita Jones says:

    Thank you so much for your article. I want to ask if you know what can be done about the “critters” in old receipts & papers. I have stacks that I need to go through, put in chronicalogical order. This means I will have to put them in different stacks. It only takes a few minutes of touching these before I’m miserable! I can’t sprinkle DE on these. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Felicia says:

      Hi Genita,

      I had a similar problem. What I did was I took all of the papers, put them in a box and a few in plastic bags. Then I took the DE and sprinkled it all over the papers in the box and bags. I let it sit for a day or two. When I came back I was able to handle the papers without getting eaten alive by the mites. Granted, I did have to shake off the dust and wipe down the papers, but I thought it was a better option than getting bit. Just a note, I did the paperwork outdoors because the paper sorting with DE can be a bit messy indoors.

  2. Michele V says:

    Yes, i discovered DE’s many benefits 2 years ago and refuse using any chemicals at all.

  3. Jack says:

    Diatomaceous earth is almost a miracle substance against bugs. It’s so effective (and harmless to people and pets) that exterminators hate the stuff. They start false rumors about it harming your lungs and being bad to use. DO NOT BELIEVE THESE LIES! Diatomaceous earth saved me from my dust mite allergy. I sprinkled it all around my bedroom floors, and my allergies totally went away so I could sleep. Then I noticed whenever I went into another room after sleeping, I would start sneezing. This was truly an “ah-ha!” moment. The rest of the house still had dust mites of course! Now I buy the stuff in 50lb bags, because it’s cheaper that way and never goes bad. I sprinkle it around the perimeter of the house to ward off all sorts of bugs from ants to cockroaches to you name it! What I like best is that it’s totally inert and completely harmless to anything with four legs or less. So it’s safe for amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles of all shapes and sizes.

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