How to seal the holes in metal frame?(4 posts)
Last night when I woke up with painful bites on my face and neck again at 1am, I suddenly realized that the bed bugs are hiding in the hollow tubes of metal frame. My metal frame is a pain to isolate because it has 12 legs. But I did manage to put them in tall, glass containers, coated with baby powder outside and DE inside. I have also dusted DE along the frame itself. I tried to seal the holes with tape but I am afraid they are getting loose and may provide more hiding places for them. But all these did not help. So they must be in it. I remember seeing somebody wrapped the frame but I forgot how. Does anybody have an idea how to completely wrap up the holes in the metal frame?
It's probably best to carefully clean the surfaces and rinse well (get rid of residue that might cause the glue on tape to fail). If you post pictures of what you're trying to seal, someone might give you some hints.
No better way but to dust inside the holes and use duct tape to cover them.
Did you already confirm bed bugs and if so what evidence have you found?
I agree with the strategy indicated by KQ above and have some additional comments for your consideration:
> You can treat into the pipe hollow using a suitable dust or aerosol insecticide that is effective against bed bugs followed by sealing the opening(s).
> Check at a large home store or very good hardware store. There you will find furniture "caps" of various sizes that are made to fit tightly over pipe leg ends as you describe. These caps are made of rubber like material and are very durable.
> You should also inspect to assure that there are no other openings. If such openings are present you may seal these using a suitable caulk material.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
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