Dogs and DE(4 posts)
Quick question for k9 handlers/knowledgeable experts/(or people with pets, I suppose).
If I were to apply DE (obviously, using a proper respirator), would it be possible that I would be denied a k9 screening in the future? I was thinking of doing crack and crevice with DE, but I wouldn't want to hurt a dog that came in to sniff out the situation. Am I shooting myself in the foot if I do it?
It can be a problem if the DE is improperly applied.... Think of DE as microscopic shards of glass.... We do not want to inhale DE or get it in our eyes.... Same goes for the K9
If it is properly applied.... DE should not be visible.... Do not use DE in a location where it can be disturbed & become airborne.
Talk with the company that you plan to use for the K9 search .... Some handlers will not enter a unit that has been treated by a tenant..... Others will perform a quick visual check to ensure that conditions are safe for the dog before they bring the K9 in for the search.
I have checked under a bed that had so much DE ....it looked like a sandy beach.... We had to defer the search until the excess DE was cleaned up.... Use a wet towels, a mop or a vacuum with a good HEPA filter to remove any visible product.
Thanks, Doug. I was thinking of using it, much like Jim did, in the cracks when I put furniture together. I'd be using a bellow duster. So it wouldn't be in large quantities, nor would it be spread around the room. I wonder if that would make a difference...
Use it very lightly.... most common mistake is to use it too heavy.... some field bugs have been observed avoiding heavy concentrations of DE.... It should not be visible ....
I would still check with your provider to inquire about their company protocol regarding self treatment....
Handlers may differ on which products are acceptable & how much clearance time that they require for different products.... Some will be comfortable with properly applied DE inside of the joints, but other companies have a very strict policy regarding self treatment issues.... Best to consult the K9 team, if it is not covered on the prep sheet.
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