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Wet dry shop vacuum?

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  1. kleetor1

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Fri Jul 6 2018 10:58:25
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    Hi,
    I have bedbugs and my vacuum is a bagless one (canister only). I put down some DE but I need to clean it up before pest control comes (vacuuming is part of the preparation). Can a wet/dry vacuum be ok for cleaning up DE and maybe sucking up bugs and eggs? I know that HEPA vacuums or bagged vacuums are best but I cant afford them right now. Any advice would be appreciated. A nylon stocking over the hose might not work cuz I put down quite a bit of DE (I was going paranoid but I caught 5 adults that I think are coming from the radiator in my apartment and I can't deal that off). Help!

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    Posted 4 months ago
    Fri Jul 6 2018 11:43:35
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    You'll need a filter that can handle drywall dust, otherwise you'll just spread the DE around.

  3. JohnIsSoTiredOfBegBugs

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    Posted 3 months ago
    Sat Jul 21 2018 0:48:49
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    I put down too much DE. my wet dry shops werent much help. I pulled out my old hoover steamvac. Its not a true “steamer vacuum” but it does spray down water with a squeeze of a button and that worked amazingly to turn the fine dust into a watery slurry that was easily vacuumed up and collected in the tank. Dumps right out into a 5 gallon bucket. Which i would pour onto my patio which has ants. I just used water in the fill tank to clean up the DE. I wouldnt even recommend a shop vac as both of mine were useless.


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