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Jessica,


Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is not a particularly effective treatment for bed bugs. 
But, if bed bugs were actually present ten years ago, they would have long 
since perished. So there's no risk of contacting living bugs or eggs. The DE 
would pose only minimal risk. If you have a HEPA filtered vacuum, you could 
remove nearly all of it quite easily.

Richard J. Pollack, PhD
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (EHSEM)
Senior Environmental Public Health Officer
46 Blackstone St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Office: 617-495-2995  Cell: 617-447-0763
www.ehs.harvard.edu
richard_poll...@harvard.edu<mailto:richard_poll...@harvard.edu>

HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Instructor, Department of Immunology & Infectious Diseases
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Subject: [pestlist] Bed bugs treated with diatomaceous earth

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Hello everyone,

A curator is considering bringing in an archival collection consisting of paper 
and media materials that was treated for a bed bug infestation with 
diatomaceous earth 10+ years ago.  We don't have much information on how the 
treatment was implemented.  The problems with diatomaceous earth residue on 
collections materials aside, is it an effective means of treatment?  
Information on how long bed bugs and their eggs can remain dormant and how to 
best assess the efficacy of the remediation would also be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Jessica

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Jessica Pace

Preventive Conservator
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department
NYU Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2518

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