BBs in the walls? Attic?(4 posts)
If the bed bugs burrow deep into the walls, what is the best way to deal with this? Should we caulk everything up, and especially where the carpet meets the wall? I have heard of people drilling holes in the walls and putting DE in the holes. I think this is a bad idea, I think DE is all most as bad as asbestos on your lungs.
Have people ever found them in the attic above a room in insulation? How do you treat for serious infestations like this?
I can't speak about attics because I live in a studio apartment. However, I do believe my bed bugs were coming from the walls. I caulked what I could, like the windows and inside the bathroom. Because I rent, I could not do anything drastic to the rest of my apartment. There are many gaps where my wood floor meets the baseboards. I vacuumed and waxed the floors to fill in small gaps between the floor boards. I used small amounts of DE and spread it under the baseboards so any bed bugs coming out of the walls would cross it. If I owned the apartment, I would have used the DE in those crevices along the baseboard, and then caulked/sealed along the bottom of the baseboards.
To further reach any bed bugs inside of the walls, putting DE in light switches and electrical outlets is an option. I put DE inside the holes opposite of the door latches (I don't know what that metal piece with the hole for the door latch is called). Of course, DE may not be appropriate for all households. In addition, you are probably aware that there are various precautions you need to take, such as using an appropriate respirator and wearing safety goggles.
If you have hired a PCO and he/she are using residual pesticides, there's always the option of just letting the bed bugs come from the walls and cross the chemicals.
Good luck to you!
If you do not want to use DE because if the inhalation hazards, there are other dusts Drione or Tempo - they are pesticides and should not be inhaled anyway but do not have the same issues as DE - they are long lasting when not disturbed. The upside is they have a shorter kill time than DE also. As always use s THIN layer - apply with a bulb duster and "clean -up " any excess with a small brush. You don't want to have so much down they avoid it.
So DE is worse than the other kind of dusts?
Nuts. This safe natural product is a class 1 carcinogen from what I have read.
I think DE is going to create a lot of lung cancer cases in the future, I that is worse than bed bugs.
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