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  1. toledo

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Oct 29 2010 16:08:34
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    My PCO arrived today, asking for a source of water to mix up something in his tank. He also a white powder, which caused a cloud of dust just as I was handing him the screwdriver to take off the rest of the faceplates. None of the guys wore masks, either. Is any of this odd?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Oct 29 2010 16:29:11
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    I believe pest control people are really robots and therefore, unaffected unless they get liquid in their joints, which then rust. The newer titanium models spout longer life.

    Seriously though, I do wonder if Pest Control people become a little too comfortable because they are working with these chemicals daily. And prehaps a little lax. I'm not accusing any professional pest control person of being sloppy! I'm just wondering....

    It would be interesting to see a study that would track certain illnesses that occur in pest control personnel as compared to the rest of the population: are they more susceptible to, for instance, say certain cancers.

    Perhaps the powder is inert and harmless until combined with water. But, I have never see any of them wearing masks when mixing or spraying. Personnaly, I'd opt for the HazMat suit.

  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Oct 29 2010 16:58:11
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    Hi,

    It does actually also depend a lot on what you are using.

    I actually agree that we can get a little relaxed around chemicals with time but part of it is the fact that with years of experience also comes a natural ability to control what you do. I walk out of most jobs dry other than the sweat I have worked up. This is mainly because I know exactly where what I am spraying will go and how it may bounce or absorb into the surfaces.

    However with some chemicals I used n the past I would wear a full face mask and respirator as otherwise I would start to sneeze and my eyes would water.

    If used in sensible quantities most insecticides are formulated to have low smells and no-one wants their home to be left smelling like a chemistry lab.

    I would be a lot more cautious around dusts though since they are formulated to be highly mobile in the air.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Oct 29 2010 17:48:15
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    A professional's Reply----that is wonderful!!! I do have a question regarding treatments, which I hope you will answer. With bed bug sprays, one must remove pets (cats and dogs and others I would suppose) from the area being treated and they must keep them away from the treated areas until it dries. Are pets safe after that? Let me be specific (sorry dog lovers)---I have cats.

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    Fri Oct 29 2010 17:51:51
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    PS, I will closely moniter your other posts as I am hopeful for more information. Thanks.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Nov 2 2010 1:56:05
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    I'm also very worried about my cat when treatment begins. He really likes to claw at our bed (even will climb underneath into the box spring which he tore open years ago), the couch, and what is worse, he claws at the baseboards and our base heaters. To me, this seems like areas likely to be treated with chemicals, and I really don't want him to be exposed.

    We're thinking about driving two days back to our hometown to leave him with family until the problem is over. Obviously this is not ideal and probably paranoid.

    I hope our PCO comes soon so they can explain the process better and alleviate or confirm our worries.


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