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Question for PCO and lay-experts -- Calking and other around larger spaces

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  1. littlebugstards

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Jul 12 2013 19:00:49
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    Hi Folks-

    I live in an almost 100 yr. old bldg. and there are some areas in my apt. (at base of most radiators, in some places where wall molding meets the floor and/or ceilings) where there are gaps and even what could be considered small holes.

    I don't think caulk is going to be the solution for these spaces.

    Are there any suggestions on how to plug/close up these areas after I carefully dust them interior w/D.E.?

    Thanks in advance for any guidance.

  2. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Jul 12 2013 19:41:42
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    Hi,

    Caulking and sealing is never the solution. You either miss areas or it dries and cracks.

    It's one of those things that seems logical but can actually be counter productive.

    You are better off using DE in targeted areas and around beds and sofas. The reality is that bedbugs want to be close to those areas we occupy not far away from food.

    Hope that helps.

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    Fri Jul 12 2013 22:55:24
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    As DC mentions above there are some concerns with certain caulking materials.

    And, as related to bed bugs alone, depending upon the area being caulked, such efforts may not be necessary to attain control.

    However, in the multi-family setting, there are also concerns beyond bed bugs including cockroaches, rodents and other pests. When such pests are of concern "pest proofing" efforts are warranted. Suitable pest proofing materials are available which are durable and intended for long term use for such purposes.

    Hope this helps ! pjb

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Sat Jul 13 2013 13:32:24
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    Hi David and PJB-

    Thanks for your replies.

    I already purchased the food-grade D.E., appropriate recommended mask and eye-wear is on the way.

    My PCO told me that if it "made me feel better" to put D.E. behind electric plates in the walls, then it was okay to do so.

    I am glad to know that caulking and sealing is not a good prevention method. The idea of attempting this is an old, large apartment is daunting.

    Thanks for your help!


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