NYCDOE to hire PMP for bed bug treatment...(7 posts)
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How many schools are we talking about I just can't see 33 thousand a year covering it . Is NY like CT where the work goes to the lowest bidder .... What makes a company Qualified for this very difficult task . I just really hope that the people putting this together have done their homework .
Would chalk dust have similar effect on BB as DE? Is the BB surge the result of whiteboards?
cilecto - 1 year ago »
Would chalk dust have similar effect on BB as DE?
I was just wondering that. I googled it and got ... your year-old post.
Now I started wondering about baking soda, maybe combining the mechanical action of dust with some effect from the mild alkalinity. I could test baking soda on my one captive bug. But the idea is to make the bugs more susceptible to drying out, and I can't very well try to dry it out while I'm keeping it sealed in a plastic bag.
Maybe I'll dust the whole place with chalk dust: very safe, absolutely free (since I have some remnant pieces of chalk I can crush), and -- unlikely to have much effect.
I don't know how hard insect cuticle is, in terms of scratch resistance (which is what Mohs scale compares). Wikipedia says fingernails have a hardness of 2.2 - 2.5, but that's only a very weak indication since chitin and keratin are completely different. This page says sodium bicarbonate is 2.5, chalk is 3, and alumina is 3.4.
My Upper West Side elementary school has been battling bed bugs, on and off, since November 2008, and we are not alone. When this started, a teacher would capture a bug, send it in to the DoE, the DoE would confirm it, and then send someone to treat that classroom - but only that room.
Somewhere in there that changed. Now, when they confirm a bug, they will send an inspector to that classroom to inspect - and only treat if the inspector hits the jackpot and finds a second bug.
Our school has pretty much given up on the DoE. We focus on education and prevention, and we have had a decrease in bug sitings since we started mandating that every child put his/her coat, backpack etc. in a XXL Ziploc bag. We also think/hope our community has become more proactive about recognizing and combating the problem at home.
This advertisement for a DoE PCO is a repeat of an earlier one offering the same low low salary. The person they got last time was, I believe, responsible for this charming debacle:
Yeah, well, I spoke too soon. Found out today that there have been complaints of bugs in several classrooms that I hadn't heard about. Again, not much we can do except educate, prevent and check. Grrrr....
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