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  1. madribub

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Mon Jul 26 2010 15:35:49
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    I saw a couple bedbugs come out of my laptop in the last few days since my move. It was the one thing I didn't put in my packtite.

    My question is how could I treat this? I don't think I could do Vikane treatment, so instead I was opting for taking it apart from the screws and cleaning the sucker. I'm not much of a techie, so I'd like to know if others have done this. Has anyone run their laptop through the packtite?

    Thank you.

  2. buggyinsocal

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Mon Jul 26 2010 15:39:46
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    There have been extensive discussions about de-infesting laptops before. Try searching the fora for those posts.

    Short version: you couldn't pay me enough to run my laptop through a Packtite. Temps like that plus electronic devices with or without power sources (i.e. batteries) seem like a very bad combination. I had my apartment treated with thermal, and all the costly damage was to electronic devices. Unless you're planning to chuck this laptop in two months anyway, I wouldn't risk it.

    Vikane is an option, although finding someplace willing to Vikane one item that small may not be possible.

    DDVP strips are also an option--if used safely (in a totally airtight container and for an appropriate length of time to avoid corrosion problems).

  3. madribub

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Mon Jul 26 2010 15:41:41
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    So the question now is how do I get my hands on something like DDVP?

  4. bushbugg

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Mon Jul 26 2010 20:57:07
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    Madridub: What part of the lap top were they coming out of: the keyboard? a plug? a vent?

    My advice as a techie but not a PCO would be to buy a can of compressed air or air dust and follow these instructions (over a trash can, clean table or outside perhaps, in case a bed bug DOES come out)
    http://video.about.com/mobileoffice/How-to-Clean-Your-Laptop.htm
    http://video.about.com/mobileoffice/Clean-a-Laptop-Keyboard.htm

    Mostly, I am recommending the compressed air and dirt removal, not the cleaner sections, although thats good too.

    After that, isolate the laptop in a ziplock. Maybe use the ddvp.

  5. soscared

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Mon Jul 26 2010 21:36:25
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    What laptop is it? I can tell you that I ran my Dell Latitude D430 through the Packtite several times without any damage. BUT I AM NOT SAYING YOU WILL NOT HAVE DAMAGE. YOUR LAPTOP MAY GET DAMAGED.
    Just saying, if you have a Latitude D430, it might not, and mine did not.
    But please don't take my words to mean yours won't.


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