Recommended PCOS in NYC? Book Fumigation?(4 posts)
I just discovered that I have bugs as of last week. I live in Bklyn and am planning on using Pest Away (at 2067 Bway). I've heard they're the best in the city. Anyone have experience with them or other recommendations? Also, I have a lot of books and would prefer not to have to box them in plastic and put them away for 18 months. Do you recommend paying an extra $1000 for the fumigation service and sending books and other items to them? The one I've been talking to is Bed Bugs and Beyond. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. This is seriously my worst fear. Thanks.
a grand is alot - phew! Still I'm jealous, here in chai-town off site fumigation is not an option (not that I could find anyway) <>
Try looking up books in the FAQs. That is an item that gets debated around here a lot.
My PCO recommended sprinkling the pages with Diatomateous Earth. The idea of baking them has been kicked around, but that sounds too dangerous to me. Mothballing might be an idea, but I'm pretty sure someone said off label pests are illegal in New York, plus I can't find any really solid info regarding effectiveness.
I think sealing off for 18 months (that's the road I chose) or a vikane truck (the one I would've chose, given the option) are the best, most trustworthy/ safest methods.
Sorry you had to join our sucky club - but welcome aboard
I have worked on a few collections of books at the decon facility in London but sadly the cost of shipping would not make it a via option even via sea freight.
A few weeks ago we ended up doing almost the entire contents of someone home after new tenants moved into an infected property and the first 3 PCO treatments made the matter worse. I say almost because I did leave them with 5 sets of clothes that could be washed at 60 to tide them over.
I will have to try and find a US PCO interested in setting up a mirror service in the US.
Bed Bugs Limited
I just responded to your PM but I have a couple more comments:
1/ Pest Away requires a specific kind of prep and follow-up by customers. I am not saying it's good or bad, but it is unique. Most PCOs do not require all non-washable possessions to be bagged for 18 months (is it true that Pest Away does?) Some PCOs would determine this based on where bed bugs are harboring. Some would inspect your books and determine if the problem is there.
Commodity fumigation (Bed Bugs and Beyond) is not a bad idea (and many use it when moving to prevent bringing bed bugs), but will do nothing to prevent a reinfestation if you got bed bugs from your neighbors, for example.
As I said in the PM, thermal heat may be another option, which (done properly) should kill bed bugs in the home AND possessions at the same time. You might want to price it. AAA Superior is the company I know of who does this in NYC. There may be others. (As I said in the PM I have not personally used them either, but some here have. See the tag above.)
Click NYC PCOs which I added to the tags above right, to see discussions of various NYC PCos, including Pest Away. There's a Pest Away tag too.
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