is it normal to smell insecticide after treatment?(5 posts)
So, the PCO came Friday afternoon and treated our apartment. We were told to find a place to stay that night and to remove the cats for 24 hours, so we did. But when we got home the place smelled so strongly of the poison! It still does, two days later. It was still wet along the baseboards and I had to mop the floors so the cats would not step on it. I tried airing out the place for a few hours but it did not work.
Our couch also smells very strongly, like he sprayed the couch, but there is also white powder in the couch (among other places like in cracks in bedframe, closet, etc.). Is this normal? The smell I mean? And what if my cat sits on the couch that smells like poison? If it is dry is it still harmful? Should I be concerned for my health or is this normal with the bed bug chemicals?
When I had treatment done I could smell it when I walked in the door. It was not unpleasant but after a few days, we didn't notice it because we had gotten used to it. It made me feel better to smell the treatment. I knew it was there and that it would work
Did they leave a list of the products used?
Some dusts can be used on furniture if vacuumed up in 6-8 hours. No big visible trails of dusts should be seen.
there was no list of products used. I am sure I could contact the landlord to get a list....there were definitely trails of visible dust on the bedframe and under the couch. If I vacuum them up, then does that counteract the treatment altogether?
Does anyone know what types of chemicals give off that strong odor?
It is very important to get a list of chemicals they used. It is mandatory by law to leave a usage log of chemicals you used, amount of chemicals, concentration, time, EPA number and lot numbers. Some of those such as lot numbers and time of day very from state to state of course.
The health risk is hard to say because the chemicals have different labels. The chemicals are rated for everyones safety. Chemicals are rated from caution - warning - danger. Each chemical has a msds and a label associated to it. All chemicals come with a first add for instance Phantom which is commonly used with bed bugs is labeled caution. All chemicals also have a first aid sections for if it gets in your eye, inhaled, or swallowed what to do followed by a hotline number.
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