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Insects like flies, aphids, leafminers, worms, mites, beetles, wasps, and spiders create damage and can ruin yards and gardens. Usually, once bugs show up, they become difficult to eliminate.Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a duster for diatomaceous earth?

A pest control powder duster is helpful in distributing the powder evenly and in hard-to-reach areas. A duster can also help you apply the powder more efficiently, which can save you time and effort.:

What is a diatomaceous earth duster?

A diatomaceous earth duster is a tool used to apply diatomaceous earth (DE) powder, or other fine powders. The duster is a small handled tool designed to distribute the diatomaceous earth powder evenly over surfaces and into cracks and crevices where insects may hide. Using a diatomaceous earth duster is an effective way to apply the powder to areas where insects may be present, such as in and around the home, as well as in gardens and other outdoor areas.

How often should I use the pest control powder duster applicator?

For indoor use, we recommend that Diatomaceous Earth or other insecticide powder be applied once a week for at least a month or until you notice the infestation has ended. After each application, wait 48 hours before sweeping up the powder. For outdoor use, we recommend reapplying powder after each rain or period of high humidity.

Does the pest control powder duster applicator come with a warranty?

Yes, all EcoPest Supply products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your product, we will issue you a full refund or send a free replacement at no cost to you.

How do I clean the pest control powder duster applicator after use?

Cleaning the pest control powder duster applicator after use is important to ensure that it remains effective and safe to use in the future. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Empty any remaining powder: Begin by emptying any remaining insecticide powder from the duster applicator. You can do this by turning the bulb upside down and gently tapping it to release any remaining powder.
  • Clean each part: Wash each part of the duster applicator with soap and water to remove any remaining insecticide powder. Use a small brush or toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas. Rinse each part thoroughly with clean water.
  • Dry each part: Once each part of the duster applicator has been cleaned, dry it thoroughly with a clean towel or allow it to air dry completely.
  • Reassemble the applicator: Once all parts of the duster applicator are clean and dry, reassemble the applicator.
  • Store the applicator: Store the duster applicator in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture until its next use.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your pest control powder duster applicator remains clean and effective for future use.

What type of insecticide should I use with the pest control powder duster applicator?

There are various kinds of insecticides that can be used with a pest control powder duster, depending on the type of pest you are targeting. Some common examples include:

  • Diatomaceous earth: Diatomaceous earth is a popular natural insecticide that can be used to kill a wide range of pests, including silverfish, ants, bed bugs, and fleas. It works by dehydrating the pests' exoskeletons, causing them to die.
  • Boric acid: Boric acid is a slow-acting insecticide that is effective against many types of pests, including roaches, ants, and silverfish. It can be used in powder form and works by interfering with the pests' digestive system.
  • Pyrethrin: Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide derived from chrysanthemum flowers. It is effective against many types of pests, including mosquitoes, flies, and bed bugs. It works by targeting the pests' nervous system and causing paralysis and death.
Is the powder duster applicator easy to use?

Yes, our powder duster applicator is extremely easy to use. Simply unscrew the brass lance from the bulb, use the included funnel to fill the bulb about ¾ full of Diatomaceous Earth or other fine powder, screw the lance back on, and begin dusting.

How do I know if the pest control powder duster applicator is working properly?

The pest control powder duster applicator is working properly as long as an even stream of powder comes out when the bulb is lightly squeezed. If powder does not come out when squeezed, it is possible that there is a clog. This can occur if moisture gets in the bulb or lance, or if a hard clump of powder gets stuck in the nozzle. Simply unscrew the nozzle tip from the lance and use a toothpick or paperclip to remove the clog. If you wash the bulb or lance with water after use, it is important to ensure they are completely dry before using again.

What areas of the home should I target when using the duster applicator?

When using a duster applicator to apply insecticide, you should target areas of the home where pests are likely to travel or hide such as:

  • Baseboards: Dust around the baseboards of your home, as this is a common area for pests to travel.
  • Cracks and crevices: Apply insecticide into cracks and crevices in walls, floors, and ceilings, as these areas can provide shelter for pests.
  • Behind appliances: Dust behind appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines, as pests may hide in these areas.
  • Cabinets and closets: Apply insecticide inside cabinets and closets where food, clothing, and other items are stored.
  • Entry points: Dust around windows, doors, and other entry points to your home to prevent pests from entering.
Are there any special instructions for using the duster applicator outdoors?

When using a duster applicator outdoors, to ensure effective and safe use of insecticides, we recommend the following tips:

  • Choose a calm day: Choose a day with little or no wind to apply the insecticide, as windy conditions can cause the insecticide to drift and potentially harm non-targeted areas or organisms.
  • Apply in dry conditions: Avoid applying the insecticide when it is raining or when the ground is wet, as this can dilute the insecticide and reduce its effectiveness.
  • Target pest hotspots: Focus on areas where pests are known to congregate, such as around the perimeter of the home, in gardens, or around compost piles.
  • Consider using natural or eco-friendly products: If possible, consider using natural or eco-friendly insecticides to minimize the impact on the environment.
5 star rating

“This product is awesome! I use food-grade diatomaceous earth for all-natural pest control - fire ants, wasps, ants, spiders... This duster works perfectly for spreading the DE in hard to reach places - under cabinets, tight spaces, under picnic tables for wasp nests - as well as along house trim inside and outside.”


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