RE: [pestlist] Bed bugs treated with diatomaceous earth

2017-09-08 Thread Louis Sorkin

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I think the DE powder was probably sprinkled around, possibly an over 
application, and then the boxes sealed.  Do you see powder? It’s slow acting, 
but bed bug and egg dormancy period has passed well before the 10 year mark! 
Any bugs or eggs will have died. DE contains a small amount of crystalline 
silica compared to CimeXa dust where there is none – it’s all amorphous.

Louis N. Sorkin, B.C.E.
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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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RE: [pestlist] Bed bugs treated with diatomaceous earth

2017-09-08 Thread William Shepherd

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Hello Jessica,

I can’t answer most of your questions but diatomaceous earth is 
used for passive treatment of bed bugs and other insects. They physically have 
to crawl across the sediment for it to have effect, it scratches their 
undersides and ends up killing them. Exterminators will place it around trim, 
in corners, electrical outlets, anywhere that they may be hiding. Generally in 
treatment an insecticide or other poisonous substance is used as a more active 
treatment so you may want to research the types that were used at the time of 
treatment in your area for health and safety concern for staff. There is food 
grade diatomaceous earth so it isn’t in and of itself necessarily harmful to 
you beyond irritation to eyes or lungs even if this particular usage it isn’t 
food grade. The issue would be more if it’s ground into the collections or 
related concerns.

Typical ‘waiting them out’ treatment can be up to two years. If 
they’re been sealed or isolated for the 10+ years since treatment it’s likely 
that there isn’t a concern but I would be personally very concerned as you 
sound like you might be. No good story ever started with, “So I found this bed 
bug……”.

William Shepherd
Collections Officer
Swift Current Museum
44 Robert Street West
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
S9H 4M9
Phone: 306-778-4815
Fax: 306-778-4818

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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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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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Re: [pestlist] Bed bugs treated with diatomaceous earth

2017-09-08 Thread Pollack, Richard J

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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
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HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Instructor, Department of Immunology & Infectious Diseases

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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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[pestlist] Bed bugs treated with diatomaceous earth

2017-09-08 Thread Jessica Lian Pace

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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

-- 
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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