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Silica Gel as a precautionary measure?

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  1. StephL

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon May 11 2015 15:48:20
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    Hello,

    I have been doing some research and we are expected to have a specialist in tomorrow to do a consultation for treatment. After treatment, I would like to continually use something as a precautionary measure since I live in the one of the most infested cities in the country (yeah, just found out that lovely factoid) and because we live in a two flat with neighbors(at this point we are assuming that we are the culprits, but I have no clue what their situation is like donwstairs). I have read that silica gel is good for killing bugs when they walk on it. I have just not been able to find the stuff specifically made for the bugs to purchase online. The majority of products that I am finding are for flowers. Does anyone have any experience with Silica gel? Are there any specific products you would recommend? Where would you suggest I purchase the gel from? What was your experience like? Any other suggested proven alternatives that would kill from contact and not cause them to spread throughout the building? Thank you! Thank you!

  2. StephL

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon May 11 2015 15:49:29
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    We also have a tiny dog, so we would like something that is safe for her as well!

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    Mon May 11 2015 15:52:21
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    Research CimeXa and Diatomaceous Earth. Not sure if CimeXa is available if you're outside the US.

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    Mon May 11 2015 16:13:18
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    Hi,

    Something on Cimexa and DE
    http://www.pctonline.com/pct0814-silica-gel-research-bed-bugs.aspx

    If you purchase Cimexa through one of the links on this site (see "useful tools" section) the site gets a small commission without any additional charges to you.

    Application is important, it goes on very light. Try and find a video or something re application and consider using a hobby brush if you're not used to a puffer.

    Important to coordinate with your PCO so you two are not at odds with each other.

    Richard

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Tue May 12 2015 21:51:14
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    Thanks for the suggestion, Richard56! I purchased it and was pleasantly surprised by the cost as well as the majority of positive reviews! I can't wait to get it and hopefully have a little peace of mind. Thanks again!

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    Tue May 12 2015 22:17:17
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    Hi StephL, if you use the CimeXa you really must have at the very least a decent paper mask, if not a medical mask, or respirator. The stuff isn't like sand...it takes just a small amount to disperse into the air. I wound up at the ER getting an inhaler, and 3 months later it still set off wheezing in my athsmatic brother in law,

    I bought a commercial grade accordion puffer to puff into my sofa, deeply, into the frame having removed the dust covers. I puffed into cracks and crevices in all my rooms. Even using the duster, so much got into the air that it covered my carpets in a fine mist. I could not stay in the room afterwards. It did work, however. But next time I'd use a mask, which is recommended yet weirdly wasn't included with the kit it came with. I hope it works for you.

    I'm not an expert just a dumb struggling bed bugger like every body else.
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    Wed May 13 2015 7:56:19
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    Hi,

    To focus specifically on the "precautionary" aspect of this post. In short "I don't buy into this concept".

    I would love nothing more than to have a secondary revenue source apply this sort of product once a year to my clients properties but have found that it is not needed. While it is clearly an effective solution when bugs are present there is no justification under COSHH and EU health and safety rules to use it when they are not. In short if the pest is not present you should not be treating. As such we have developed a better understanding of how to limit the impact of bedbugs without the need for any form of pre-treatment.

    The main reason however comes down to the rather amazing ability of bedbugs to mutate and develop, including resistance at both the metabolic and behavioural levels. If you apply a selective pressure to the population it will adapt to survive, this is technically a lot easier to do with a species that is able to reproduce via sibling pairings or off spring - parent matings. In the same way that over prescription of antibiotics leads to resistance issues the over application of products leads to insects being exposed to sublethal levels of product and surviving.

    While it may be an efficacious approach to treating issues I would not advocate it as a preemptive approach. I would also caution that Silica gels are often called Silicon Dioxide which outside of the US is often used for a product which is a tan / light brown powder which is not effective at dealing with bedbugs. In fact it can make a situation a lot worse because you now have a massive fine powder issue that needs dealing with. In some cases it can cost 200%-300% more than the cost of dealing with bedbugs to rectify these messes in part because it requires specialist cleaning equipment.

    Hope that helps.

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