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  1. SODABOTTLEBB

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Dec 23 2015 10:19:43
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    Sorry I've been spamming everybody so much - I am new to this and have so many questions.

    Both K9 handler and the PCO are optimistic that we have a very small scale problem, isolated and easily solved at this stage. We've vacuumed and put out DE as the PCO cannot get out to us to treat until after Christmas. Some of our instructions are to leave clothing in drawers (we have some things dried and sealed in ziplocs just so we have "safe" clothing to wear around/to work.) and make sure all animals are out of the house for a minimum of 4 hours.

    We have 2 cats, 3 snakes, and currently 4 crested geckos. We've had a wonderful outpouring of support from friends who will let us hang out at their place while we need to be away, but I'm looking for the best way to do this without risking spreading anything to them.

    Snakes can go in tied pillowcases which can in theory be hot dryed first to make sure they're clean - we're trying to see if someone can actually take the snakes for the duration of this so I don't have to worry about the chemicals affecting them.

    Geckos can go for a very short time period in small plastic takeout containers, which can be cleaned in HOT soapy water.

    Cats, I may try to find some fabric carriers for them that can be washed and dried, rather than risk a BB crawling into and hiding in a plastic carrier.

    Does this sound viable?

    We're being told we're going crazy considering how confined this problem is right now, but I'd rather go 100% overcautious and nuclear warfare than risk not completely blasting this problem.

    I want a Packtite Closet but it is another $1000 we don't really *want* to spend if we can avoid it... this has already cost us $700, and the treatments will be another $500-600...

    Does anybody know much about cats and reptiles toxicity when it comes to pyrethrins? The pesticide being used is called Demand. I know they are bad for cats when wet, but low grade pyrethrins are used to treat mites in reptiles, so if none get in the tank, I assume it's safe enough, but the PCO wasn't sure...

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Dec 23 2015 10:56:43
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    For our cats, I bought new fabric carriers online. As soon as they were delivered, I put them in sealed Ziplocs and took them out just as we were leaving.

    I am not an expert, but I did a lot of research into cats and pyrethrins and felt assured that once it's dry, they're ok. One of our cats has kidney disease; we discussed this with the extermination company, and they recommended that we keep him out for 24 hours just to be on the safe side. So we went ahead and kept all the cats out for 24 hours. They've been back in the apartment for a day after our first treatment, and no problems so far.

    Wishing you luck.

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    Wed Dec 23 2015 11:23:16
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    The only issue I can think of with the reptiles is if they have a tendency to rub their faces on the glass. I'd clean the glass after treatment if this is the case. I don't think I've seen snakes do it but not sure about geckos.

  4. Winston O. Buggy

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    Wed Dec 23 2015 11:23:48
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    For cats you might consider new cardboard carriers that are available from some vets, unless your felines have claws and will go through them. As far as snakes and lizards are they free roaming, if so you need to be rather cautious upon release and I would discuss this with PCO.

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    Wed Dec 23 2015 12:20:59
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    The reptiles live in tanks, which I assume would not be treated--unless he treats the outside of the glass? He wasn't very knowledgable about reptiles.

    I would probably keep my cats away overnight if we can find someone to transport them to a kitty motel for the night, though the thought of being without their reassuring cuddles breaks my heart

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    Wed Dec 23 2015 12:38:49
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    SODABOTTLEBB - 16 minutes ago  » 
    I would probably keep my cats away overnight if we can find someone to transport them to a kitty motel for the night, though the thought of being without their reassuring cuddles breaks my heart

    I dote over my kitties, so we found a pet-friendly hotel & stayed there for the night. It was a bit of an adventure, but we all made it through. I suppose you'd probably be hard pressed to find a hotel that would be pet-friendly enough to accommodate all of your babies.

  7. Winston O. Buggy

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    Thu Dec 24 2015 8:56:34
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    Reptiles should be out overnight and tanks should be covered with saran. There is no reason to treat
    glass outside or even the stand unless it is adjacent to bed or bed bug activity. Have PCO check with
    manufacturer rep should he have any question. I can not comment as I do not know the material, proficiency of tech or condition of unit.


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