Should I just start with Vikane or use a different treatment?(2 posts)
I've seen more signs of bed bugs but not yet confirmed. However, assuming they are confirmed I'd like opinions on the best PCO treatment plan.
Should I just start with full-house Vikane, figuring in the long-run it may not be that much more expensive and yet get better results?
Vikane sounds like it works almost 100% and requires minimal prep or follow-up work. The only downside is it's expensive.
Other approaches sound like they require lots of work and hassle, and frequently fail. And so you are gambling that those will work, and you may end up spending lots on re-treatment. Not to mention all your labor, and taking at least 6 weeks in a best-case scenario to even start to be confident they are gone.
In case it affects your opinion, I have 800+ books in my bedroom (many by my bed), and another 800+ books in my office. I have lots of loose paper and 10 filing cabinet drawers of filed papers. Also lots of electronics, and in general quite a bit of clutter.
I work from my home office (another bedroom), and spend 8+ hours a day there, and so I am in my home 95% of my time.
And so far at least I only react minimally to bites, with tiny pinpricks and a little irritation. So if I have bed bugs, I cannot rely on bites to show that I have definitely gotten rid of them and it is safe to visit friends or clients.
Vikane would be the treatment of choice in your situation given the large number of books and papers... Structural tenting requires only minimal preparation.
The books and papers might pose a challenge for thermal treatment.
Have a qualified person identify any specimens.
Let us know about your progress.
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