DE spray mist problem(5 posts)
Last time I battled bedbugs (successfully!) I used a method I found recommended by a PCO in new mexico. it was equal parts dish soap, ethyl alchohol, and DE suspended in water. This is put in a spray mist bottle, and carefully sprayed in likely areas and crevices. This was in addition to PCO treatment, but i believe in the end the DE was the winner.
One problem I keep having is finding a good spray bottle. The DE seems to clog the nozzle very quickly, and then it just breaks and wont work. I've tried home depot spray bottles, reusing home spray bottles, all with the same result. Any ideas?
Hi, Surrounded. I'm guessing that you're following Richard Fagerlund's approach. (In years past, Fagerlund recommended a mix of alcohol, detergent and water, now, he seems to be promoting a packaged product that's probably equivalent, but more profitable.) You can also search past topics on the forum on this approach with the keyword "Fagerlund". I also get the impression that he might have recommended application of DE via a spray, but from the current instructions, that's not the case. Please be aware of the benefits and hazards of DE. we've got a good FAQ on it. If you've determined that spraying DE is safe and appropriate for your purposes, I find the "ZEP" sprayers sold at Home Depot and other stores to be more rugged than the generic ones.
I just got a sprayer from Home Depot today!
I have never heard of Richard Fagurlund. My method I got from the forums quite a while ago, from a woman in new mexico who self treated. An entomologist or PCO i cant remember which, in her area gave her that recipe. The key is the DE suspended in water. This keeps the delivery controlled and prevents it from dispersing in the air where you can breathe it. I still take precautions when i use it, use food grade, etc.
Fagerlund is from NM. This 2007 article describes the DE spray.
Disclaimer: I'm neither endorsing, nor condemning Fagerlund's approaches. I feel that it's beyond my expertise.
Oh you're right!
well i can say that its pretty effective, in conjunction with other things.
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