Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
"Borax has the ability to get on insects' skin and then suck the moisture out of their bodies. If you do laundry with borax soap powder, your clothes and sheets get a borax residue on them. Unsuspecting bedbugs pick up that residue and take it back to their nests, where all their nasty little friends meet Mr. Borax, dry out and die. Borax soap powder can also be sprinkled on carpeting and left for days, providing you do not have small children or pets that will eat it."
27 January, 2011.
It may or may not work, I would assume that they would get hungrier (or thirstier...) and go for more blood...on average adults eat once a week. They can fast for over a year.
Vaguely I recall borax being illegal to use in New York as a powdered bug deterrent, but I am not sure. But this is worth knowing about. My own flat has seen a decrease in the bugs, which I attribute to more use of ziploc bags and therefore loss of habitat.
Also, is this a free ad for a product - or is it reality? I wonder if it only makes the critters hungry, and rather than dry out and die, they just go for more blood. At least Mr. Pearlman is not selling us on DDT.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Other shops have not paid any attention, so this is a real find. They are made by GAM Associates in Goshen, NY 10924 - and sold as the Nicole Home Collection.
So if you don't live near Jack's in Manhattan, try googling that information.
Monday, November 22, 2010
While New York wastes time with deadly and useless chemicals to treat bedbugs (see previous post), New Haven in Connecticut has the solution. And excerpt from the New Haven Independent spells it out. Hopefully Bloomberg will get the hint or get impeached. I do not mind saying he is a stupid, incompetent jerk who is noted for having fondled his male interns. Don't like what I am saying then don't read my blog!
On Wednesday morning Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH) officials scheduled a pre-bid conference for contractors who would like to provide it with the Temp-Air-40kw Mobile Heat Treatment System and training in order to elminate bed bugs throughout city projects.
This equipment has already completely eliminated bed bugs at the Tower One and Tower Two senior developments, according to HANH Chief Operating Officer Renee Dobos,
“It’s a quick kill,” said Lee Purvis, the HANH staffer in charge of the project.
HANH officials said they haven’t experienced a spike or invasion of bed bugs. They want to get ahead of any new problem that might develop.
HANH did a pilot on eight apartments already. It worked, officials said. Each thermal radiation machine costs about $50,000; the HANH hopes to buy two.
Within six to nine months, Dobos said, all affected apartments in the system should be cleaned.
Gentrol EPA # 2724-351 The active ingredient is hydroprene, which interferes with normal juvenile hormone levels within the insect, creating an imbalance at critical periods in insect development and maturation.
Sterifab EPA # 397-13 Active ingredients are 3-phenoxybenzyl D-cis, trans 2.2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylpropenyl) cyclopropanecarboxylate, isopropyl alchohol, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride n-alkyl and dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride.
Ecopco D.x EPA # 67425-16 The active ingredient is 2-Phenethyl Propionate, a botanical insecticide, which all dealers refuse to sell to users in New York State.
Demon ultrawet powder EPA # 432-1304 The active ingredient is cypermethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid used as an insecticide in large-scale commercial agricultural applications. It behaves as a fast-acting neurotoxin in insects. Cypermethrin is highly toxic to fish, bees and aquatic insects, according to the National Pesticides Telecommunications Network (NPTN). Excessive exposure can cause nausea, headache, muscle weakness, salivation, shortness of breath and seizures.
D-force-Hpx EPA # 9444-217 The active ingredient is deltamethrin, which produces typical type II motor symptoms in mammals. Type II symptoms include a writhing syndrome in rodents, as well as copious salivation. Acute exposure effects in humans include the following: ataxia, convulsions leading to muscle fibrillation and paralysis, dermatitis, edema, diarrhea, dyspnea, headache, hepatic microsomal enzyme induction, irritability, peripheral vascular collapse, rhinorrhea, serum alkaline phosphatase elevation, tinnitus, tremors, vomiting and death due to respiratory failure. Allergic reactions have included the following effects: anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, eosinophilia, fever, hypersensitivity pneumonia, pallor, pollinosis, sweating, sudden swelling of the face, eyelids, lips and mucous membranes, and tachycardia. Studies have shown many cases of dermal deltamethrin poisoning after agricultural use with inadequate handling precautions, and many cases of accidental or suicidal poisoning by the oral route at doses estimated to be 2- 250 mg/kg. Oral ingestion caused epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting and coarse muscular fasciculations. With doses of 100-250 mg/kg, coma was caused within 15-20 minutes.