DDVP stip question with furniture(4 posts)
I have a large headboard with two wood columns it attaches to that have cabinets, drawers. All were treated by my PCO but eggs were packed in there so tight that he recommended after the five treatments that we wrap each peice in cellophone wrap and store it in a storage unit for a few months where it will be cold here in the midwest United States. It's been in there since Oct. and don't plan to take out until May or so. It gets into the teens for temperature here and sometimes lower.
Someone on here recommended the DDVP strips. How would I do that? Should I buy some and drop one down into each peice of the headboard through the cellophane wrap? We wrapped them up to get them out of the house without dropping any eggs, etc. Again, this is a storage unit offsite, no one living, eating, etc. anywhere near it. Will this actually work? The headboard and columns are all solid oak. I can't find anywhere to take it around here that can heat it up so I'm down to my last option.
Bump...also, does the DDVP kill eggs to? I realize it will kill the bugs but what about the eggs that haven't hatched?
I would think if you left it in there long enough, which it sounds like you are, the eggs would hatch and those bugs would be killed by the DDVP strips. Or else the eggs would be rendered unable to hatch, killing the bugs before they even got started. I'm no expert though; that's just my understanding from reading stuff on here.
Technically, sealing items up with DDVP strips is an off label use.
Admittedly, it's an off label use that isn't far off how the pesticide is labeled, and it's one that there are videos by pest controllers about how to do, but do keep in mind that it's an off label use.
(Full disclosure: it's an off label use I myself used, unlike most other ones mentioned here.)
I left the items in question in sealed Rubbermaid bins (duct tape attaching tops to bins) for several months. I figured the DDVP had done its thing, but after I put the strips in, things got busy, it rained (a rare event here), and tim got away from me.
I wasn't esp. convinced that the items in question were infested to begin with. And even if they had been, any bugs inside had been deprived of a food source for like 8 months of storage outside in a non-climate controlled spot in sunny, hot, dry southern California (they went into the bins during my thermal treatment that took place the last week in June, so the first three months of their outdoor stint were quite toasty).
But DDVP should work in a few days IIRC.
Just be sure that you really, really seal the items up tight AND that you don't open them or store them if they leak in any inhabited structures.
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