new apartment - crack and crevice treatment?(5 posts)
I'm moving into a new apartment on Friday (hooray! can't wait) and I'm wondering if in the new place I should have crack and crevice treatment done then the baseboards sealed?
Working with BB&Beyond they've asked that I have the new place inspected by a PCO or K9, but I don't really think that's necessary.
Treat when there are no bed bugs, well if someone goes ahead and does it please report any claims of being professional to advertising standards. If there are no bed bugs you should not treat there are no exceptions to this.
Sealing floor boards and cracks is up to you but its not something I have ever gone out of my way to suggest, its just not a very efficient method of control, education is so much better.
If you feel confident in your own inspection skills that should be the first step. Have a good look, if you feel a second opinion on anything you see would be advisable then either look for a good investigational BB specialist or a reputable K9 unit whoes methods and approach you are comfortable with.
Please don't treat though, there is no need and it could actually do harm to any future BB issues or the environment.
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David, there are a few PCOs in my area who suggest and offer some form of residual treatment, be it DE or what have you, for new apartments. I don't know them or you and have only dealt with one extensively, so it's confusing as to know who to follow on this. I hope you can understand that...
Now DE is different it is not a chemical treatment.
If you want to lightly dust down the cracks and crevices that is an exceptionally good idea, make the environment as in hospitable for bed bugs as possible and they are less likely to take any level of hold in the property.
Using a fine nozzled bellows device or puffer is most likely to be the easiest way to apply as it ensures you do not get DE overload.
If however they are talking about a residual insecticide chemical based treatment trust me there is nothing that will have an effect beyond 2 or 3 months and even then you break the golden rule of don't treat if there is not a confirmable problem.
I hope that clarifies, I don't tend to consider DE as a professional treatment option because by the time that people like me are called in to deal with a situation DE is invariable not the most efficient and effective way to deal with the problem.
I will never reside anywhere that hasn't had DE, boric acid, and sealants applied to deter and cut off pest infiltration routes.
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