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  1. Midgie

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    Mon Aug 14 2017 12:36:08
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    Hi.

    I am preparing my home for treatment next week. In the meantime, my son needs his laptop and his tablet for school.

    What is the best method to treat the laptop to ensure my son does not spread the bedbugs as he goes back to school?

    Once the electronics leave my home, they will be left at his dad's house to keep them safe.

    Is there a way to take care of personal devices before the house treatment?

    Thank you in advance for any and all help that can be given to me!

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    Mon Aug 14 2017 13:39:27
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    I've read that they can be placed in sealed bags with Nuvan strips for 48h, or a can of compressed air to spray and clean- though I might do that outside so as to not blow things all over the house.

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  3. Midgie

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    Mon Aug 14 2017 13:45:54
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    Thank you!

    I was thinking of using a hairdryer or something, but I do not know enough about electronics or bedbugs. I am at a complete loss on how best to proceed.

    I may try both of your suggestions. Put it in a bag for 48 hours, then use compressed air?

    Thank you.

  4. psychologically_messed_up

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    Mon Aug 14 2017 14:05:03
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    Midgie - 18 minutes ago  » 
    . Put it in a bag for 48 hours, then use compressed air?
    Thank you.

    I think you'd need the chemical strips to be sure for the 48h bagging...

  5. Midgie

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    Mon Aug 14 2017 14:21:00
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    Oh!! I have no idea what Nuvan Strips are. Thank you for clarifying!! I will look into those!

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    If you plan to use DDVP strips (Nuvan or Hot Shots) please research them thouroughly. 48 hours may well not be enough time. If I recall correctly, the penettation of DDVP as it offgasses relies on circulation because it is heavier than air, and in a bag there is little to be had. Without it, you need to allow time for the strip to offgas, get up to concentration, and penetrate the entire device. Several experts have noted that 48 hours is not enough. While this is a debate, why risk it? I have seen two weeks mentioned for treating without circulation, but cant be sure. DDVP offgasses for appx 4 months. It is a volatile organophosphate so be extrenely careful if you do use it, and follow the labeling

    Not an expert. Any advice I give is information gleaned via anxiety-fueled research of credible sources and expert posts here. Please research all advice before treating and consult a professional.
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    Mon Aug 14 2017 22:02:25
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    I was gonna mention that- I've seen it takes 48h, but doesn't work on eggs, which need like 10 days to hatch, then the 48ish hours for them, so it's at least 12 days, and thenbe safe rounded to an even 2 weeks!

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    I think the eggs breathe, but much more slowly, so it can kill eggs. There are videos on youtube aboimut this procesd. Look up posts on here by P Bello (Paul Bello). He helped develop nuvan strips, I believe. He no longer posts here, but had some good advice in old posts.

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    If you can buy a pack-tite or a Thermal Strike Ranger (about $200) I believe you can treat them in that with heat. I did a heat treatment for my house and left my laptop inside (the PCO said it was fine) and it still works, haven't had any problems. You might also be able to spray with 91% isopropyl alcohol, but I'm not sure about that (you should check and also be careful since it is highly flammable). Good luck!

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    Thank you all for the wonderful advice. I will send this to my son's father and go from there!

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    We moved out of an infested dwelling and used DDVP strips for all our electronics. We went for 2 weeks to be sure. That was almost 9 months ago so the strips worked (or there were no bed bugs in the electronics to begin with, but we didn't want to chance it).


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