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  1. HAL lives

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    Hello All

    I have a small bedroom, about 2000 cubic feet, that has BB's. I don't know if it qualifies as an "infestation," but I've been bitten, and have seen the little monsters when I've got up to use the bathroom in the night.

    I want to try to get rid of them myself before I consider spending serious $'s on an exterminator.

    My plan is to use the Nuvan ProStrips: 2 of the large ones hung in the room, a small one in the closet, and half of a small one in each of the draws of a dresser, I understand the strips can be cut, plus maybe another small one under my bed; I also plan to spread DE around the perimeter of the room, socket outlets etc.

    The room has a 3 speed ceiling fan/light fixture which I would leave running on the lowest setting to circulate the vapors.

    The windows are pretty tight, no drafts or leaks when it's stormy out, plus I would tape the bedroom door closed and leave it for a week... I really want these little buggers GONE!

    Has anyone tried anything like this before? I'd welcome any comments from any of the more experienced people on here.

    Thanks
    Paul

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    I'm no expert but I feel like they would just leave the room and go to other parts of the house. Experts please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Posted 7 months ago
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    Nuvan pro strips aren't meant for treatment of a bedroom.

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    CantStopCrying - 21 hours ago  » 
    I'm no expert but I feel like they would just leave the room and go to other parts of the house. Experts please correct me if I'm wrong.

    From what I've read the little monsters don't "run away" from this stuff, and if they did, they would hopefully run through the DE!

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    Trouble in paradise - 14 hours ago  » 
    Nuvan pro strips aren't meant for treatment of a bedroom.

    Can you expand on that? In the instructions the strips are recommended for areas of specific cubic capacity; the Large will treat an area up to 1200 cubic feet, and the Small will treat up to 200 cubic feet.

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    This thread will be of interest: Why not use DDVP as a primary treatment for bed bugs

    Note particularly posts by P Bello who is an expert on Nuvan (and paid to work on the product). He is an advocate of the product but also a PMP.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Nobugsonme - 10 hours ago  » 
    This thread will be of interest: Why not use DDVP as a primary treatment for bed bugs
    Note particularly posts by P Bello who is an expert on Nuvan (and paid to work on the product). He is an advocate of the product but also a PMP.

    Thanks Nobugsonme, that's a great thread!

    After reading that, and some other threads on here, I think I'll dust with CimeXa instead of DE; it seems to be more effective, and so preferred by Pro's.

    The first part of the thread was interesting as the discussion was centered on using a heater in the area to be treated.

    The updated(?) Nuvan instructions that specifically address dealing with BB's state that the product works best at between 65-75 degrees F, rather "than cooler temperatures."

    Thanks again!

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    HAL lives - 4 hours ago  » 

    Nobugsonme - 10 hours ago  » 
    This thread will be of interest: Why not use DDVP as a primary treatment for bed bugs
    Note particularly posts by P Bello who is an expert on Nuvan (and paid to work on the product). He is an advocate of the product but also a PMP.

    Thanks Nobugsonme, that's a great thread!
    After reading that, and some other threads on here, I think I'll dust with CimeXa instead of DE; it seems to be more effective, and so preferred by Pro's.
    The first part of the thread was interesting as the discussion was centered on using a heater in the area to be treated.

    Although as P Bello notes that usage is not per label instructions and you should always follow label instructions.

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    Do you have central air with duct work?

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    HAL lives - 4 hours ago  » 

    Nobugsonme - 10 hours ago  » 
    This thread will be of interest: Why not use DDVP as a primary treatment for bed bugs
    Note particularly posts by P Bello who is an expert on Nuvan (and paid to work on the product). He is an advocate of the product but also a PMP.

    Thanks Nobugsonme, that's a great thread!
    After reading that, and some other threads on here, I think I'll dust with CimeXa instead of DE; it seems to be more effective, and so preferred by Pro's.
    The first part of the thread was interesting as the discussion was centered on using a heater in the area to be treated.

    Although as P Bello notes that usage is not per label instructions and you should always follow label instructions.

    Oh, don't worry, I have no intention of leaving a heater running in the room for a week!

    I just thought it was an interesting discussion and wondered if it was originally inspired by the products own recommendations.

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    BigDummy - 7 hours ago  » 
    Do you have central air with duct work?

    Nope, no AC or ducting in the room, just a standard 3 speed fan/lighting fixture, which is pretty common here in Sunny SoCal.

    I'm considering leaving the fan running at its lowest setting to help circulate the vapors.

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    CantStopCrying - 21 hours ago  » 
    I'm no expert but I feel like they would just leave the room and go to other parts of the house. Experts please correct me if I'm wrong.

    From what I've read the little monsters don't "run away" from this stuff, and if they did, they would hopefully run through the DE!

    I wasn't suggesting that they would run from the strips or whatever treatment you go with. I was suggesting they would leave the room and go to other parts of the house looking for a meal. Hopefully that would mean running through the dust and dying but you never know.

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    SUCCESS! Okay, I've been sleeping in my bedroom for about a week now without being bitten so I'm assuming the little monsters are done!

    I didn't sleep in the room for about a week before I installed the Nuvan strips, I figured that would give time for any new eggs to hatch, but they wouldn't feed so wouldn't be able to grow.

    I ended up using waaaay more of the strips than "required" given the size of the room, but I wanted those little bastards dead!

    I hung 3 large ones from the fan/light fixture in the center of the room, put 2 small ones in a closet, 1 in each drawer of a dresser, hung 2 off the metal headboard down by the mattress, plus another 2 lengthwise between the bed and wall, again by the top of the mattress so that the vapors would flow down beneath the bed, and a few more around the perimeter of the room.

    I turned the fan on at its lowest setting, to "stir" the air and the vapors, then sealed the room for 4 days. On the 5th day I went in and turned off the fan, then re-sealed the room for another 4 days.

    In total I used 3 large Nuvan strips and 12 small ones; I spent about $125.00 total, which included the CimeXa powder, a "puffer," painters tape, and a respirator, which I consider to be money very well spent!

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    So you were living in other parts of the house? Or did you vacate? And just painter's tape to seal?

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    barelyliving - 11 minutes ago  » 
    So you were living in other parts of the house? Or did you vacate? And just painter's tape to seal?

    I slept in the lounge the whole time - and wasn't bit, so they didn't follow! - and yes, I just sealed the bedroom door all the way 'round, including at the floor, with 2 inch painters tape.

    There's no central air in the house so no vents or ducts open into the room, and as I mentioned above, the windows are pretty tight, with no drafts or leaks when it's stormy outside... hope this helps!

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    Well, thanks for sharing details! There are so many desparate people who can be helped by information like this. I hope all the news continues to be positive. But, do update if there are any detours. Best wishes!!

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    Don't worry, if I get bitten again even just once I'll immediately do the same thing again and post the details here.

    But I'm quietly optimistic that they're gone; I'd also puffed CimeXa under the bed, between the mattress and the boxspring, behind and under all the furnishings in the room and around the perimeter.

    It's still there, behind and under everything, including the bed, I only vacuumed it up from the open floor area. I understand it's good for 10yrs if left undisturbed, so if they do come back they'll undoubtedly have to walk through it at some point.

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    One more question if you're still around. Did you empty dresser drawers and empty closets?

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    barelyliving - 5 minutes ago  » 
    One more question if you're still around. Did you empty dresser drawers and empty closets?

    No to both questions. All the bedding was stripped and put through 2 hot wash and dry cycles then stored outside the bedroom 'til the process was finshed.

    Clean clothing that I would wear for the duration was put through 2 hot dry cycles and hung in the lounge... it certainly made the place look untidy but oh well!

    I had put traps in front of the closet, and in the dresser drawers, over a week before I started and they never found a single bug, so I was as sure as I could be that they weren't in there.

    However, I still put two of the small strips in the top of the closet above my clothes, and one in each of the dresser drawers, which is complete overkill as each of the small strips is rated to treat up to 200 cubic feet!

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    I am so curious to know if this really worked..Please please keep us updated
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