Question for pco's(3 posts)
I have a pco coming tomorrow who will be using Phantom and Sterifab. They only return if bites do and are warrantied for 2-3 treatments. They seem really great. Here's my question:
I laid DE down in every single crack between each thin floorboard in my bedroom. This took hours of work, and then of course mopping the floor over it several times to get the dust that setlled on the floor during application. It is finally at a level I can tolerate the dust where it is and it seems to be working really well. I have not gotten bitten in my bedroom for awhile. It has been down about a week, and my baseboards are caulked and my bed isolated. It just isn't hospitable in there for them anymore, so they have found me in the living room.
I am only getting bitten at my computer chair. I do not feel comfortable using the same DE protocol there as there is a strong crossbreeze I cannot control in the living area and I walk on it often stirring it up. This is why, among other reasons, I am having a pco come. I think I can adequately self-treat my small bedroom, I cannot protect the entire place.
I was going to vacuum up the DE in my bedroom before treatment (which will be laborious with the crevice attachment). But now I am afraid to. This stuff seems to work better than the chemicals. Would it make sense to leave it down and have them spray just my bedframe, blinds and the rest of the apartment but not spray the bedroom floor? The DE down there is liveable for a long time now. I know I have to ask them IF I can. But I am wondering before I do that, I want to get some opinions from a few different pco's, if this MAKES SENSE as a treatment strategy. It says from their prep sheet they mostly spray the bedframe and baseboards and behind wall hangings anyways so maybe I don't need to worry. Can DE and Phantom/Sterifab mix? And is DE in the cracks a good solution to total eradication in the bedroom with some chemicals strategically placed (I mean, there is nowhere for them to live in there anymore). I packtite my sheets and wash my air mattress every few days. If they come to find me, they have to cross the DE, unless they learn to jump over every crack. But I am also concerned about chemicals all over my bedroom.
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In any case, the pco said to clean it up, so that is what I did. And boy is it a project.
In vacuuming both the bedroom and living room one came out to feast on my foot. They almost don't come out at all now except when I vacuum. I have them scared into the wood floors, lol. I think I saw one squirming around in one of the cracks between the packtite and my computer desk. Sprayed the sucker dead. Evil little vermin. thank goodness for bed isolation.
Pco is here in an hour and I must do a few more things to get ready. It really I think does take more than one person to rid these things. A pco can't do it alone without help from the tenant, and as a single person I haven't been able to do it alone either. Almost, really close, but those last holdouts scattered just beyond where you think they would be are the toughest.
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