How small should I cut up DDVP strips? And--a good idea for furniture. I promise(5 posts)
I know the whole bag maneuver is an off-label use, so I'm not sure if I wasted time doing all this math. One strip is supposed to treat 900-1200 cubic feet, but I'm being conservative so 900 ft3 = 6,732.5 gallons. I am putting my books, etc., into plastic milk crates (for ventilation!) and sealing them in 55 gallon drum liners. 6,732.5 divided by 55 is about 122.... Cutting a strip into over 100 pieces sounds kind of deranged... what if I just cut each HotShot strip into 10 bits? Effective enough? Have yall just been putting an entire strip in the bag?
How long do I need to leave it in there? I spent hours reading about it last night but found no conclusive consensus.
By the way, I wanted to share this idea. Dundundun! Cue ominous music and nervous nailbiting from PCOs everywhere. I wanted to treat a small secretary desk, the size of a kid's bureau. It has a million tiny nooks in it and I was planning on throwing it out. But when I was behind the grocery store last night at 4 AM stealing milk crates, I noticed they have these GIANT PLASTIC BAGS they use as pallet covers. PERFECT for putting something in and sealing up. This way no one cuts up Hefty bags and tapes them back together into an Optimus Prime Frankenbag. I am either going to see if my boyfriend can get ahold of a couple or I am going to have to go back to Rouse's and uh, ~procure~ one in the dark of night.
Advice on cutting up strips appreciated! Don't worry, I won't kill anyone that doesn't deserve it
there are giant bags you can purchase (i worry if you try to procure a used one, it could have tiny tears and you could poison yourself)
don't worry, they're inexpensive
Interesting! THanks, wchicago and sleazy.
I shall be purchasing those.
babump bump bump. OK, I just went ahead and ordered 25 DDVP strips because I would rather do overkill than underkill, but I still want to know about cutting them into strips! How small have yall been cutting the strips up? I ask again! Won't take "..." for an answer.
Thank you very much for the big-bag tip! I ordered a bunch and then spent an hour looking at the site and fantasizing about ikea storage cubes. Thank you
here are the Nuvan labels for bed bugs (same DDVP strip technology as the hot shots, but they took the time to get the pesticide labelled for bed bugs)
they say 7 days for eggs, 48 hours for adults and nymphs. Me? I'm sealing stuff for 2 weeks in the bag just in case.
as long as the bag is not where people are, i would do over rather than underkill i think cutting the strip into tenths is probably fine -me -i used whole strips (definitely overkill) -but if i did it again i'd probably cut them into smaller bits. your 1/10th strip idea seems fine to me. note the second label below says air space is needed/desired for vapor flow -so make sure you seal air in your giant bags.
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