Parrot safety during BB treatment - PCO or DIY(6 posts)
I posted before about the bb trouble we are having - still waiting to hear from building management about PCO. We had bbs 3 yrs ago and they sent PCO 3 times - bbs haven't given us any more grief until now. The problem is we have a parrot who was not with us 3 yrs ago. I know that I will need to find another place for him to stay during treatment, but for how long do I need to keep him away from the apartment? If our management doesn't send a PCO and we need to DIY then we are planning on using food-grade DE (Perma-Guard) - how dangerous is this to birds if they get it on their feet, feathers etc. and eat it? I have seen DE recommended to add to bird seed to kill seed moths but not sure if more direct contact is dangerous. We live in a very cramped apartment and it is hard to move his cage out of the area that needs to be treated - he likes to fly from the top of the cage to the floor.
ok, 3 posts asking for help is not a good way for us to help you, but hey...I'd be freaking out too i your delema. so it's all good.
things have drasticly changed from the dark ages of when we had bedbugs last, but I highly recamend that you DON'T treat this yourself...AKA: DIY treatments are prone to fail do to the fact that most people can't plan out a proper treatment plan of attack for bedbugs. even repeat victims will have a hard time and waste money, thus the problem grows insted of gets better.
in most states it is the landlords respocabilty to treat the apartment. if fail to do so in a timly maner I would make some calls after reading the updated FAQ and get a reliable PCO on your own dime right away.
if the laws are on your side, then you can always take the costs of treatments out of your rent and the landlord wont have a choice in the matter. please speak with a lawyer in your area for laws about this first. most will give a free consult and any fees could be charged to the landlord if alowed in your area due to his untimely responce to your problem.
again read the FAQ before taking any steps.
the "original" Buggedinbrooklyn
Get the parrot out of the house and keep him out until you are bed bug free. I would wait at least a month after the last chemicals before bringing him back in. Birds are very sensitive to all chemicals.
The DE can cause respiratory problems in birds. I'd like to elaborate on my experience, but I don't feel comfy doing it here. You can PM me if you want.
It is important to be sure that there are no BBs in and around the cage and the parrot will have to be removed. Treating with steam or heat even a high dryer should work on the cage. you might want to have a vet treat the bird as well. You might want to consider using double faced tape around the cage in the future.
We are still waiting to hear from the building management about the PCO. It is frustrating because I know ours is not the only apartment infested in the building. I clean the bottom of my parrot's cage every night before we go to sleep and I haven't seen any signs of bbs. I don't have a steamer but would spraying with hot water work? The cage is on a stand with wheels - I think the bbs would have a hard time climbing it - any way to make it more difficult for them? ClimbUps? Vaseline? The double sided tape idea is good but I have also read on here that single sided packing tape also works - too slippery for the bbs to climb I think. My roommate's family will be taking care of him when the PCO comes - will take him there before treatment.
I chose the name "Parakeets" here because all the parakeets in my building died after our building was treated for bed bugs, even though we all kept our birds out of the building for the amount of time recommended. They must have known that since management then put a clause in all our leases that we were no longer allowed to have any small birds in the building. There will be follow up treatments that are also dangerous to parrotts, so I'd vote for boarding your bird out until you are bed bug free.
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