Shoes and books(7 posts)
Im looking all over teh FAQ'a and I cant find anything for storage f shoes, winter boots, and books..? can someone please direst me to that so i can do it the right way?
I bought a bunch of XXL ziplocs, 4 plastic bins, 91% rubbing alcohol, spray bottles and a hand held dust buster for the stairs and corners. But the shoes, boots, and boots are bafflingme, on how to store..Will double bagging and duct tape in trash bags be sufficient? thanks all.
All of those difficult to treat items can be "sterilised" in a Packtite which can be purchased through US bed bugs. It seems expensive but when you add up the cost of everything that can be treated against discarding and replacing I think it is worthwhile. The shoes alone....plus peace of mind
I cannot recommend the PackiTite enough. It has saved my sanity when it comes to small items. When in doubt, it goes in the PackTite. It also works for items that we keep unbagged and need to use on a regular basis. I just make sure to PackTite it every few days so if there are any eggs or bugs hidden within they get fried!
I really can't afford one, i looked at them and it is just to much, i have already spent 1200, between the encasements, bags, totes, and the PCO. and I have to pay a monthly fee for the PCO for the next year for return trips. All I can think to do is spray with rubbing alcohol and put on plastic totes and leave in, only using the shoes i must have for work, 2 flip flops, 3 work shoes. All books are going in and i will keep them stored for the 18 months i suppose. i dont need to be reading them again anytime soon...
Yes, I know the money does add up. Fortunately we have savings that we can dip into so we haven't been feeling too much of an impact. I would say though that the PackTite has probably been the most useful purchase we've made out of many. Good luck!
If items have been treated (dried on hot) they can be sealed in an airtight manner. This means a Ziploc, or a garbage bag tied in an airtight manner. Totes may or may not be airtight, depends on the design.
I would not recommend placing untreated items in isolation in this way. Spraying something with rubbing alcohol is not really sufficient for most items. (The Packtite should be sufficient, but I understand that's not an option in your case.)
In the case of books, and most other items, you are probably better off removing them from bags/totes and exposing them to the pesticide. In other words, if there are bed bugs in a pile of books, bed bugs will eventually want to come out of those books to feed and will hopefully cross poison and die.
If you sprayed the book with alcohol and bagged it, you potentially just preserved the bug's life. When you eventually decide bed bugs are gone and unpack the tote, the bug will come out and feed. Exposing items during treatment means that if they're going to come out, they come out while the PCO is still putting chemicals down.
You also need to consider what your specific PCO's protocol is. Note: there's a FAQ here you should read. It explains this in more detail.
By the way, I JUST revised that FAQ I linked to, so it should be even more helpful now than it was yesterday.
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