Alcohol wash in moving truck?(3 posts)
We are moving in two weeks. The day we move we're getting a thermal treatment on our apartment then moving all of our stuff into a moving truck.
I'm paranoid that we'll move all of our treated furniture into a possibly infested truck thereby defeating the whole plan. So, I thought perhaps if we power washed the moving truck with alcohol, we can mitigate the chances of picking up brand new buggies.
Anyone ever try this? Just how effective do you think this will be? Any suggestions on how to do this right (I'm thinking I'll buy a 1 gallon garden sprayer)? Any other ideas? We live in Northern Virginia just FYI.
Alcohol (and other contact cleaners) will kill hatched bed bugs (not eggs) if you hit them directly. Contact killers will not kill bugs that hatch or come out of hiding and cross the sprayed surfaces later. Those are the limitations. Alcohol is also highly flammable, especially risky in that quantity, and can ruin painted/plastic surfaces. If you're going to try this, better go with detergent, which is also a contact killer. Perhaps brushes and mops to let the detergent work in better. Also, consider what the truck's owners actually allow you to do with their equipment. Other mitigation strategies in moving might include using plastic packaging/padding instead of fabric and disposing of packaging outside your new home.
Steam is less dangerous than alcohol and kills eggs too...
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