question re pest control please(12 posts)
I am told by the landlord that they will be using gel and powder for my bed bugs. Is this the norm? I thought I read somewhere about steaming???
Thank you in avance for your help
Treatments vary. And different kinds of treatments can work.
What kind of gel? Maybe they will tell you
more about that.
Don't know? What is the gel and where would they put this . Also what about the powder?
The powder may be Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or DE with a residual pesticide added. There are some other options there but these are common.
I don't know enough about pesticides to know which ones are gels but I think you have a right to ask what will be applied. I would suggest that you do.
Is your landlord hiring a licensed professional, or doing this himself?
Gels - typically the term gel or gels is used to describe bait gel products applied to control cockroaches or ants, depending upon the gel bait product being used. However, DE may be described as "amorphous silica gel" so there may be some room for confusion.
Powder - the use of the term "powder" (as mentioned by novella above) can have different possibilities as follows:
Wettable Powders - these are mixed with water to form a solution of residual pesticides that are applied for a variety of pests. Typical WP type products include Demon WP, Tempo WP and others. However, I don't see many pros using such products for bed bug control.
Dusts - I suppose that dust type products may be "loosely" referred to as "powder" because they basically look like to appear to be a powder. As you may know, populat insecticide Dust products used for bed bug control include, but are not limited to: Tempo Dust, Drione Dust, DE and other products.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Novella, I would suggest you ask what specifically will be applied, and then Paul or other experts here may be able to comment.
If you don't want to ask again, they should provide a specific list to you or the landlord after treatment, and you should ask to see this of they don't.
For sure ! As nobugs advises you are wise to ask.
And, in most states the professional applicator is required to provide certain information regarding the pesticides applied in a persons home or apartment.
One caveat to this, depending upon the local state regulations, may be that the professional applicator may provide this information to the landlord or property manager who is then supposed to diseminate this information to the resident.
In any case, the resident has the right to know what pesticide products are being applied in their apartment, the quantity, where applied and when applied.
And, there are other issues relevant to this subject that are of concern as well.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Thank you everyone.
When they treat next week . I will ask . Paul you are right.
I will ask the pest control person what he is exactly using. My landlord just said gel and powder but I did not ask further. I will forsure when they treat next week.
On a different topic, as metioned before the only live ones that I saw on my bed were the clear small ones. I have not seen any on the floor. However, today, I saw this black thing crawling by my door. Are they black with wings? I kept a sample because I killed it.
No, there's no wings. Bed bugs have "wing pads" but you would not see them as having wings. Perhaps view some of the photos available on the site here.
I meant legs five or six on one side and it was black. Do bed bugs have legs ? This was a black bug with legs
What are wing pads?
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