Moving w/ Vikane - Does This Sound Right?(4 posts)
I'm going to be moving to a house to escape a serious infestation in my apartment building that my landlord won't take seriously. While looking for advice this morning I pulled an engorged nymph off of my back (ah!). I need to get out of here! I've already decided that I'm going to pack all of my stuff in a rental truck, drive it to a place I can get it Vikaned, PackTite everything that isn't in the truck, and probably have a good pest control company put a residual treatment down in the house I'm moving into before I move my stuff in.
I live in Normal, IL, so I'll have to drive to Chicago in order to find someone who will do Vikane. The first company that I called said that they can absolutely do a rental truck and the price they quoted was really low (less than $500!). But they said that they don't tent the truck, they just fill the back with Vikane and let it sit for 24 hours. They didn't offer me any suggestions for how to pack my stuff; I had to ask them specifically if they had any recommendations. I looked at the Bed Bugs and Beyond website and it looks like they have a HUGE list of preparations you need to make when you move. I'm worried that this treatment may not be effective. They said that they've had a 100% success rate. They also can't Vikane my car, because they don't have the ability to tent anything.
I read somewhere on these forums (can't remember where) that it's important to use a UHaul truck because they're made of fiberglass which is impermeable to Vikane. It seems like that would be especially important on a rental truck that is being treated with Vikane but isn't being tented. Am I thinking of this right? Should I just keep looking until I find a company that will tent my rental truck?
I've heard that Bed Bugs and Beyond is now in the Chicago area, but when I called their main number the receptionist could neither confirm nor deny that they were actively operating in Chicago. She said someone would be calling or emailing me to let me know (no one has).
I also called Rose Pest Control a few minutes ago, but the lady who answered the phones seemed really hung up on the idea that I'm moving to Normal, even though I told her I was fine with driving to Chicago. (I have family in the suburbs, so I could just stay there for the day or two it takes to let the Vikane dissipate out of the truck.)
I need to make sure that the company I'm using is going to be effective or see if anyone has any advice. Please help!
Update: In case there are any Chicago people seeing this, I called Rose Pest Control and I guess they don't do Vikane. They seemed good and knowledgeable, but they don't Vikane.
I always thought vikane for BB required 3x the concentration of other insects. IIRC, The process requires trained staff, tenting, monitoring and careful out gassing. I don't think you can just take a gas filled truck and drive away with it. I think there's a thread (search) on Vikane resources in Chicago.
They would fill the back portion of the truck with gas and then it would have to sit for 24 hours before it was ready. I did mention the 3x concentration thing and they said they were aware of it; they treat trucks specifically for bed bugs. I know I'm being overly paranoid, I just don't want to risk infesting my new home.
I did read a couple of threads about Vikane in Chicago as the starting point for my research. Maybe I haven't seen the one you're specifically referring to mentioned Bed Bugs and Beyond (who I still haven't heard back from), McCloud, which is the company I've been talking about, and Rose, which told me they don't do Vikane.
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