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Non expert pest control used methyl bromide cans in our home. Help pls

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  1. Urgent_help_pls

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Sat Oct 27 2018 2:03:52
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    Hi! We were not aware until after application regd the dangers of methyl bromide gas. The pest control worker has opened and left 3 full cans of methyl bromide fumigant in our sealed home.

    He advised us to only enter after 24 hours. How do we take precautions and proceed?

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Sat Oct 27 2018 5:19:15
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    I'm not an expert but I always thought that was what they used to fumigate pallets in industrial environments and was banned for use indoors?

    Until you have some confirmation from a knowledgeable professional I would personally not enter the property as apparently the gas is colorless and odorless and probably not something you want exposure to; its possible that it has been used correctly but I would always err on the side of caution with this sort of thing; much better safe than sorry.

    I hope you get some info soon.

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Sat Oct 27 2018 5:28:57
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    Ah, just saw the "non expert" part of the thread title; if I were in your position, I would definitely not enter the property until you've consulted a professional.

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    Posted 9 months ago
    Sat Oct 27 2018 18:20:38
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    It's banned for indoor use in the US and many other countries.

  5. loubugs

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    Sat Oct 27 2018 19:28:16
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    Where do you live? That seems like a strange application in the U.S. at the present time. The "professional" shouldn't be doing that type of application. It has some uses: "quarantine and pre-shipment" and for certain agriculture applications under a "critical use exemption" loophole or an emergency exemption.
    From 2015: Methyl Bromide pesticide - long banned for indoor home uses -suspected of severely poisoning a family after vacation home is fumigated. This happened in the US Virgin Islands.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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