How it Works

Modified Diatomaceous Earth (“DE”) essentially damages the outer skeleton of insects, killing the bed bugs by desiccation. The aerosol spray allows for application of DX13™ on bedbug paths behind headboards, on ceilings, on furniture legs, and around light switches. DX13™ dust adheres to these surfaces and ensures that the bedbugs will eliminate themselves long into the future.

Diatomaceous earth (“DE”) is a naturally occurring ‘rare earth’ that has long been used for decades for a variety of industrial uses, and even as a dietary supplement. Diatomaceous earth is in part the skeletal remains of plankton from what was once an ocean or a lake. The exoskeleton of these plankton was based on silica in sizes from 10 to 50 microns, a component of glass. DE Labs acquires diatomaceous earth mined from a specific source and then modifies it using a proprietary process.

The history of pest control shows that all insects eventually become “immune” to any chemical over time. DX13™ is a dust solution that eliminates bed bugs on contact within a few hours. Bed bugs cannot become immune to DX13™.

Most other products on the market poison pests with synthetic chemicals. Not only do they expose humans, animals and the environment to risk, most chemicals dissipate over a short period of time and lose their effectiveness. Our product remains effective after spraying as a preventative measure without posing a risk to humans, animals or the environment.

DX13 Pre-Treatment Instructions

  1. Clean Unit – All garbage and debris to be removed (if possible). The less ‘clutter’ the better the chance of success.
  2. All clothing to be bagged and/or laundered and placed on high heat dryer setting (unless garments are dry clean only) to kill any bugs at all ages of the life cycle. Clothes and shoes that cannot be laundered/dried are to be placed into bags only.
  3. Bedding to be stripped of sheets, covers, and pillows (launder if possible on high heat dry setting)
  4. Vacuum the bed and box spring(s) all sides paying special attention to the ‘piping’ (the seams where the edges and sides meet) to ensure any living bugs or eggs are removed. Please make sure to remove the ‘dust guard’ (the little material on the bottom of the box spring and discard – Any bugs hiding in the box spring are very difficult to detect through this material. Removing it makes it more likely to successfully treat issues with greater results).
  5. Bed frame. Depending on what type of bed frame you have (metal, wood, or custom material/design), disassemble, and if possible move away from the wall and vacuum the joints and hollow areas to remove living bugs or eggs).
  6. Vacuum trim on the walls directly behind the bed and entire wall.
  7. Headboard. Remove the headboard if applicable. Vacuum all corners, connections to wall, holes and/or zippered areas depending on the type of headboard you have.
  8. Cabinets/side tables/end tables. Empty the contents checking for bugs and signs of feces the whole time. Vacuum the entire cabinet/side table/end table drawers, bottom, and back.
  9. Pictures. Remove all pictures closest to the affected areas, and vacuum the edges and back.
  10. Using a screwdriver, carefully remove any electrical, telephone, or internet plates and inspect for bug activity.
  11. Floors to be vacuumed and/or mopped directly under the bed.

Please note: Once all vacuuming has been completed, please remove the bag from the vacuum and dispose of carefully using a large garbage bag and dispose into the trash/garbage can.

Treating with DX13

  1. Spray the trim on the entire wall behind the bed frame, top and bottom. Use the red straw to get into any cracks or edges that you can identify.
  2. Spray the exposed electrical, telephone or internet boxes, and carefully put the plates back on.
  3. Treat the bed frame tops, sides, back and bottoms. Be sure to spray some DX with the red straw into any holes that metal bed frames may have. Once individual parts have been sprayed re-assemble the bed frame, and move back to the wall or its original area.
  4. Spray the back and sides of the headboard, as well as any edges that may help holding the headboard to the wall. Make sure to also spray the wall where the headboard may attach to the wall. Pay special attention to any holes that may have been made when securing the headboard to the wall.
  5. Spray the box spring interior (the area where you removed the dust guard earlier), bottom and side edges. Ensure the corner bumpers are sprayed also (the plastic corner on the bottom of the box spring). Once sprayed, put the box spring back on the frame and spray the top and sides paying special attention to any areas that showed signs of bugs or eggs, and the piping.
  6. Spray the mattress bottom next and make sure to spray the edges and piping and any areas of the ‘comfort fit’ types of mattresses. Place the mattress on top of the box spring, then spray the sides and top of the mattress.
  7. Spray the bottom and backs of the cabinets/end tables and move back into place.
  8. Spray the backs of any photos or pictures and place back onto the wall. Be sure to spray the area that holds the picture to the wall.

Feel free at this point to put the laundered bed sheets back onto the bed.

Post-Application Instructions


  • Wash and dry all sheets using high heat and place back on bed.
  • Place non washable bedding items in the dryer on high heat.

Tomorrow and the Following Day

  • Visually inspect all bedding & sheets for blood spots and/or bugs, if found.
  • Wash and dry all sheets using high heat and place back on bed.
  • Place non washable bedding items in the dryer on high heat.

After 7 Days
It is highly recommended that you vacuum floors, carpets, couches, chairs and bed to ensure the removal of eggs, larvae, nymph stage bedbugs, and any skeletal remains of the dead bugs.
Please Note:
You will see a fine white dust on your box spring, mattress and around the trim & floor edges. Leave the X13 dust in place for 21 days for maximum residual effect. DX13 is a natural product that will not harm you or your pets.

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More Info about DX13™

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Bed Bugs: The Global Problem

Years ago there were strong pesticides used to eradicate bed bugs. These chemicals were toxic and harmful to the environment. Now with the help of Mother Nature, there is a new, green, all natural product, made from the fossilized microscopic plankton that lived in the oceans of ancient earth — and it’s your solution for prevention & eradication of bed bugs.

The Solution

Health Canada approved our DX13™ product in June 2013 for industrial and domestic uses. DX13™ is being used in hotels, private homes, apartments and government social housing projects.