Since: Apr 12

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#81 Jan 23, 2013
Lost wrote:
Shelly, you used mothballs to clean the phone and papers. Do you think if I put my clean clothes in a garment bag and added moth balls, it would keep them safe? I have been putting all clean clothes in black garbage bags which is a real pain cause I can't see what's in the bag. So I was thinking of garment bags to hang in the closet but was afraid the bugs would still get in. Maybe adding moth balls to the bag will help?
You can keep the in the dresser if you use a duster with DE put a piece in and dust it then the next piece same thing.
I light layer of dust will kill any bug even larger bugs. Flys, cockroaches, ants and of course mites. It really works.
(Buy the food grade you can find it at the same price as the non food grade)
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#82 Jan 23, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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You can keep the in the dresser if you use a duster with DE put a piece in and dust it then the next piece same thing.
I light layer of dust will kill any bug even larger bugs. Flys, cockroaches, ants and of course mites. It really works.
(Buy the food grade you can find it at the same price as the non food grade)
Hiya! Did the DE get rid of your springtails, too? I found that it just killed my vacuum and ruined my carpet...:0/ Seems like it didn't do much for our springtails... Does help clean out the guts if you mix it into a drink...:0) Of course, I'm referring only to the white food grade kind...

Since: Apr 12

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#83 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
Also, most mothballs that you find will have the active ingredient napthalene... I found some at Walgreens that had the paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient (the were in weird little individual packets that you don't open)... I read about these on the shanspirations blog... I don't remember why they said not to use the napthalene ones, but it stuck with me for some reason. They are also available on amazon. I do know they got the bugs out of my phone... I would always feel the pin pricks while using it... And I haven't since then. Hope this helps a bit...
Diatomaceous earth has many different uses for the home and garden and even in your family. There are several different types that exist but the ideal product for your home is food grade DE because it is completely non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Many household products are harmful to the environment, your family and especially your garden where you probably are eating the fruits of your labor. This is why diatomaceous earth is such a great product because you can eliminate those harmful chemicals from your home. Diatomaceous earth is a revolution in creating a chemical free and healthy home. If you are still skeptical take a look at what many people are saying it can be used for in your home.

A natural deodorizer for garbage cupboard or refrigerators
Kitty litter supplement for extra absorbency and odor control
Soft scrub cleaner because of its abrasive properties
Oil stain remover in garages and driveways
Stain remover for carpets
Polishes metal when made into a paste
* De-wormer for pets and livestock
* Dietary supplement for healthier pets and livestock
Grain and food storage protection from moisture
This product can be used for many more things around the home but these are some of the more popular general uses that have surfaced since an increased interest in food grade diatomaceous earth.

The other main use for this product has been human consumption. Many people have found that the benefits that livestock and pets enjoy from consuming this product also have effect on humans. This is something that has been tried by individuals around the country and have given only glowing reviews of how it has affected their health. Diatomaceous earth is made available for human consumption in other parts of the world such as Europe and China but the FDA in the United States has not approved its use for human consumption only animal consumption. Because of this, diatomaceous earth cannot be sold as a dietary supplement in the United States without disclaimers that you consume it at your own risk. Also keep in mind that the health benefits suggested on this website are from people who have personal experience with this product. Nothing on this website is intended to replace the opinions of qualified physicians and other healthcare professionals. As stated above the FDA has not evaluated diatomaceous earth for human consumption and it is not intended to cure, treat or prevent any diseases or health conditions. If you have any special circumstances such as pregnancy, nursing, or any health condition, it is recommended you consult a physician before taking this as a dietary supplement.*
Lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#84 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
Also, most mothballs that you find will have the active ingredient napthalene... I found some at Walgreens that had the paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient (the were in weird little individual packets that you don't open)... I read about these on the shanspirations blog... I don't remember why they said not to use the napthalene ones, but it stuck with me for some reason. They are also available on amazon. I do know they got the bugs out of my phone... I would always feel the pin pricks while using it... And I haven't since then. Hope this helps a bit...
Were you bagging your clothes after you washed them? Do you still bag them?
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#85 Jan 23, 2013
Lost wrote:
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Were you bagging your clothes after you washed them? Do you still bag them?
Absolutely! We still do... After fighting these devils for so long, I think we will have to probably go at least a month straight without finding one single dead one before we stop (we were over three weeks free of them when we found those couple of bugs)... I've found that the Member's Mark drawstring trash bags from Sam's Club are the best bang for the buck (13 gallon white ones are easiest to see through when trying to locate a certain item). You can really stuff them with clothes without fear of them ripping like some other brands do. What we do that helps is separating our clothes as they come out of the dryer into our own bags... So when we need something to wear, we just go to our bag.

Since we did find two dead ones recently, we are ordering the two chemicals suggested by Aurore in a previous post to try soon. Onslaught and Nyguard from domyownpestcontrol... After reading reviews on these two pesticides, I'm thinking it may be a better option for all over indoor control. Also, since we have been using the Transport Mikron and Martin's IGR for so long, it's probably a good idea to switch things up in case a few are resistant now. The Transport and Martin's were definitely game changers for us. I just worry about those few that are popping up recently.

Don't want to get our stuff out of storage until they are completely gone for a while. Looks like we will be living out of trash bags, too, for a while longer...:0/

Since: Apr 12

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#86 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
<quoted text>Hiya! Did the DE get rid of your springtails, too? I found that it just killed my vacuum and ruined my carpet...:0/ Seems like it didn't do much for our springtails... Does help clean out the guts if you mix it into a drink...:0) Of course, I'm referring only to the white food grade kind...
That's why you need a duster to put down lightly it takes very little to cover a room. They claim it's good to eat one spoon full a day is very good for you.
It's a colin cleaner.

It killed all of our spring tails, flys, Asian beetles and the mites.
Shelly

Bossier City, LA

#87 Jan 23, 2013
One more thought before I head to bed... An Amazon Prime membership can be invaluable during something like this.$79 a year for free 2 day shipping on any item with the "Prime" logo on it... In the beginning of this madness, I would at times pay $15 for two day shipping for an item that I felt I needed right that moment to help with this fight. Didn't even occur to me to get the membership... There are other perks, too... Also, if you live overseas, I've heard of people using their Prime membership and getting items within five days in the middle east... Definitely something to look into if you haven't yet...

Since: Apr 12

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#88 Jan 23, 2013
Shelly wrote:
One more thought before I head to bed... An Amazon Prime membership can be invaluable during something like this.$79 a year for free 2 day shipping on any item with the "Prime" logo on it... In the beginning of this madness, I would at times pay $15 for two day shipping for an item that I felt I needed right that moment to help with this fight. Didn't even occur to me to get the membership... There are other perks, too... Also, if you live overseas, I've heard of people using their Prime membership and getting items within five days in the middle east... Definitely something to look into if you haven't yet...
Good point. Thanks.
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#89 Jan 23, 2013
Thats exactly what I'm going to do too! The people at Do it my self said the Transport Mikron gives a big knockdown to pest (hopefully it will work on these demons) and then I figure I can spray the nyguard and onslaught in carpet. Worth a try! Thank you for sharing about Transport Mikron because I had never heard of that!
Shelly wrote:
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Aurore!!! You know, I think I'm going to try the nyguard after reading reviews on it real quick... Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that info!! I may go ahead and get the Onslaught, too... And just use my Transport Mikron as a crack and crevice, as it's intended. I do worry about using such harsh chemicals in the house with a fifteen month old child, but we don't let her on the ground without shoes and one of us right there with her trying to walk. She doesn't touch anything with chemicals on it, but she is breathing the air in here...:0( After reading about the Nyguard and Onslaught, I definitely would feel better about that... So THANK you for sharing!!:)
Shelly

United States

#90 Jan 24, 2013
Aurore wrote:
Thats exactly what I'm going to do too! The people at Do it my self said the Transport Mikron gives a big knockdown to pest (hopefully it will work on these demons) and then I figure I can spray the nyguard and onslaught in carpet. Worth a try! Thank you for sharing about Transport Mikron because I had never heard of that!<quoted text>
You bet!! Big Thanks to you, too!!:)
Shelly

United States

#91 Jan 24, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
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That's why you need a duster to put down lightly it takes very little to cover a room. They claim it's good to eat one spoon full a day is very good for you.
It's a colin cleaner.
It killed all of our spring tails, flys, Asian beetles and the mites.
Thanks for the info on DE! Guess I went overboard on it... We tried a little hand held duster in the beginning, but I guess it wasn't a very good one... So we gave up and spread too much of it, leading to disaster.:0/ Very good information, though! Thank you for sharing!
misery_in_au

Wentworthville, Australia

#92 Jan 25, 2013
Bumping this for Shelly.
Still treating. Some improvement since finding 96% alcohol.
Shelly

Tyler, TX

#93 Jan 25, 2013
Thanks, MIA! How is everything going? I'm kind of in freak out mode... Noticing a rashy area creeping up on my daughter and a couple of itchy spots showing up on me... Guess I should stop reading on Topix.... And paying such close attention to everything. This shite gives me anxiety.:(
lost

Crystal Lake, IL

#94 Jan 28, 2013
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#95 Jan 28, 2013
how is your daughter Shelly?
Shelly wrote:
Thanks, MIA! How is everything going? I'm kind of in freak out mode... Noticing a rashy area creeping up on my daughter and a couple of itchy spots showing up on me... Guess I should stop reading on Topix.... And paying such close attention to everything. This shite gives me anxiety.:(
Aurore

Acworth, GA

#96 Jan 28, 2013
How is your daughter Shelly????
Shelly

United States

#97 Jan 29, 2013
lost wrote:
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Hi Lost! We had some problems with the cedarcide in my car, too... Just got them fixed. If you have kids or pets, please be careful with the Transport. I just got my cat in to the vet yesterday... The vet is trying to save him.:( My other cat is fine, but I think the chemicals we sprayed on the floor were too much for him... The vet said some cats react to pyrethroids, while others don't. You may want to try the Onslaught with the Nyguard, as Aurore suggested after calling up domyownpestcontrol. Maybe Transport as a crack and crevice? It is kinda pricey... But a little really goes a long way. I would definitely spray the Nyguard or the Martins IGR in your cars and then try the menthol crystals in a coffee cup... On a cup warmer. It really does seem to help. Hope you find some relief soon!
Shelly

United States

#98 Jan 29, 2013
Aurore wrote:
How is your daughter Shelly????
Hi Aurore! Thank you for asking... Was pretty freaked out this weekend after looking at her boogies... Looked very similar to the pictures I found of fungus gnat larvae... But looked more into it and realized it was club shaped fungal spores... Looks identical to alternaria. Getting her into a pediatric allergist this afternoon and an ENT very soon. Still very worried about her, but hoping this allergist will run some tests and figure it out. Also, got my mysterious mite sample into the County Ag extension... Waiting to see if they can ID it. Still pretty freaked about that.

How are you doing?
Shelly

United States

#99 Jan 29, 2013
lost wrote:
Shelly - I used the cedarcide for a week. Started to see a slight difference, but it screwed up the furnace twice in one week. We had to call a service tech twice and he had to change the pilot valve twice. Cedar oil kept clogging it up. Can't use it anymore. Have the Martin's IGR, will order the Transport. How did you use both of these. You said you used one each week and the Transport on all floors, baseboard, window sills and bottom shelf of cabinets. Did you spray it on hard floors only or on carpets too? And what did you spray the Martin's IGR on?
Hi again, Lost! I'm sorry... Looked back and realized I didn't answer your questions. I'm worried about my suggestion to use the Transport as an all over spray now... It is for cracks and crevices only, and it very strong, so it might not be wise to spray it everywhere... Especially if you have kids or pets. If you're to the point where I was a couple of months ago, you won't care and are willing to try anything... But please really think about these things. If I had known my cat would have liver problems because of it, I would have found an alternative. I just don't want anyone to be harmed...

For the Martin's IGR, I mixed one ounce to one gallon of water in a 2 gallon pump sprayer from Lowe's... Sprayed a light mist on all flooring, baseboards, and inside lower cabinets.... Under refrigerator and along sides. You don't want to have puddles on your floors, but you do want an even coverage of the chemical. I also opened up all windows as I went and sprayed inside the metal ledge of the windows. Make sure you turn on all fans, open all windows, and turn your heat or -A/C to the ON position, instead of Auto. This should help recycle your inside air, as well. If you live where it's super cold right now or if there's snow on the ground, you might not be able to do this... It's really your call... We did leave windows open and vacate while it was cold.. Just kept heater running on high with windows open to help air out/dry out. Since these bugs thrive in moisture, a good dehumidifier may be a good idea, too. We don't run ours all the time... Usually after we spray and whenever it feels slightly muggy... For the Transport, we did the same routine on alternating weeks. If you go with the Nyguard and Onslaught instead, these two can be mixed together in the same tank, so no need to spray them separately.

If you go with the Transport, be sure to spray around the perimeter of your home as well. I sprayed inside all weep holes to keep bugs out of there, as well as about two feet up all around the house and a few feet away from the house on the grass. Sprayed all window ledges, as well. You just want to create a barrier that kills bugs before they can enter your home, as well. This spring, we will also be treating our yard with Bifen granules from domyownpestcontrol... And probably spraying the yard to keep springtails and any other bugs from hitching a ride into the house. Hope this helps, lady...
Shelly

United States

#100 Jan 29, 2013
One more thing... The nystatin pills were great... Temporarily. Went to see my PA yesterday and she was willing to prescribe terbinafine, which should be effective against candida (if that's the problem) or this fungus I've IDed in my daughter's nose, which i suspect is whats growing on my scalp (springtails are known to spread and feed on fungus... I also read that they spread some sort of nasty plant fungus... But that nobody really knows which one... This Alternaria IS a plant fungus that can affect humans... So who knows?)

Cross your fingers for me... I'll let you all know if the terbinafine works or not... And what they decide to treat my daughter with...

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