Update to Hollister bed bug story - says stock was gased in a facity in Queens(5 posts)
The story is here: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-scared-should-you-be-about-the-hollister-bed-bug-infestation-2010-7
Says stock was "gased" in a facility in Queens and store was sprayed....but what about the eggs???
Won't they need to re-spray in 10-14 days if the bugs went into the floor and walls?
If by gassed they mean treated with Vikane, no.
Used properly, Vikane will kill all the bugs and all the eggs.
While the article doesn't specific what gas was used, my guess is Vikane. I don't know whether Vikane is odorless or not, but the whole you gas it and can then eat off the plates because it leaves no residue behind, sounds a lot like Vikane to me.
This was probably BB & Beyond, which, IIRC is in Queens, near JFK. Still don't get how they'll deal with customers freaking if they come across BB or eggs, even if dead.
Early comments on the article are priceless. Two are just link spam to people selling stuff. One says that the solution is to just keep lights on and throw everything away.
LOL, if only all you had to do was keep the lights on! Buggy, the problem as I see it is that they didn't vikane the building, just the clothes. So if the bed bugs were in the floor, walls, cracks or crevices, they would need to treat again in 10-14 days with chemicals to make sure anything that will hatch will get killed.
The article says Moving Right Along arranged the sulfuryl fluoride fumigation. I speculate that they worked with Bed Bugs and Beyond on the actual fumigation.
@buggyinsocal, The store itself was treated with traditional sprays, and so there could be some bed bugs/eggs remaining there at this time. Hopefully there will be follow-ups.
I did an article on this update here. I also commented on the consumer frenzy documented in the post you referenced, My Worst Fear -- it sounds like a lot of the Hollister shoppers are panicking and calling PCOs.
There may be some risk there, but I think consumers across the board should be a lot more worried about other stores which have never been inspected for bed bugs, or had a publicized case.
And now, some sleep would be nice... goodnight!
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