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How long after spraying this compound would it be safe to use my furniture?

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  1. burnthemall

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun May 6 2018 12:24:40
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    Hi, everyone.

    First, thank you for a truly informative site and forum.

    Second, I find myself forced to treat my house for bedbugs (as well as fleas, possibly.) I know it's not recommended, but I have no other options.

    So, I was given this compound by the specialist at a local chemical pesticides manufacturer/distributor. It's 5% Beta Cyfluthrin (unsure if this is the correct spelling for this one), 24% Chlorpyrifos Ethyl, and 2.5% Tetramethlin. People I know who have used it before recommend it. I was told to use it generously, really drench all the right spots in it. (They also have a product that't 48% Chlorpyrifos Ethyl, but the former seems to be more highly recommended by the company and consumers.)

    My question is, how long after the last spray would it be safe to move back in and/or use my furniture? What if I have small animals who stick their faces in everything? The product is approved by the local health ministry, but my online readings inform me that these substances are no joke, so I want to make sure I'm taking the necessary precautions.

    I'm also wondering about the effect of spraying multiple times. I've read that eggs hatch in four days, and I've read 7, and I've read 10, and I've read 14. I want to repeat the spraying at all these time intervals just to be safe but I'm worried I might be building up their tolerance that way. Any thoughts?

    Whether you're a specialist or someone who fought bedbugs and won, your input would be much appreciated.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sun May 6 2018 13:55:19
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    I'm not going to comment on when it's safe to return or use your items, that's not something I know well enough to give advice on, so I'll leave that to a pro. What I do know, is that eggs can take up to 2 weeks to hatch, and for that reason a professional almost always sprays every 2 weeks. Overdoing it can definitely be dangerous to your health. I'd stick to every 2 weeks at most. If you're using these chemicals yourself, research the hell out of them before use. Some can be very dangerous to your health, some are highly flammable, some are not safe to use on furniture at all ever, some require very specific safety equipment. Don't ever mess around with chemicals until you know everything about them. You could be putting your health or even your life at serious risk.

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    Posted 1 year ago
    Sat May 26 2018 2:43:43
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    Hi, Bugsareicky.

    Thank you for your concern and advice. I think you will be happy to hear that we opted to make the treatments two weeks apart.


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