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Safe replacement for Vapona Strips in occupied rooms?

Old 15th Aug 2018, 01:57
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Safe replacement for Vapona Strips in occupied rooms?

When first introduced Shell Vapona Strips were suggested as an easy use insect pest control in homes. Later advice was to use these strips only in uninhabited spaces or rooms which were occupied for less than four hours per day. More recent advice is to avoid these strips altogether in occupied rooms and even to take care with handling them as they have some long term serious health effects.

These strips contain Dichlorvos DDVP insecticide. This is a nerve agent. Apparently long term exposure through using strips in occupied rooms has a negative health effect on people.

https://www.wired.com/2014/01/cdc-wa...e-pest-strips/
https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandE...des/PestStrips
Be Careful Using DDVP Strips for Pest Control - eXtension

These strips are still available under various trade names including Nuvan Prostrips and Ortho Home Defense. They have even become more popular over the past few years because Dichlorvos kills pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs.

Is there an equally functional and convenient replacement that may be used safely in occupied rooms?

As a related question, how does the toxicity of Vapona Stripes, both short term and cumulative, compare with spraying rooms with consumer pest sprays sold under brand names such as Raid, Doom and Flit?

We have good insect screens on exterior doors and windows but with normal opening of exterior doors insect pests enter the home. We also use a fly swatter from time to time. A “hang it up and forget about it” safe replacement strip would be ideal. Does one exist?

I will appreciate your thoughts and advice.
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 06:42
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It's perhaps unfortunate you chose to include nerve agents in the post , along with other chemicals, because there is now the potential for a series of posts containing complex chemical formulae, constituents we've never heard of, dispersion and degradation rates allied to room volume and ambient temps calculations to appear.

However, this may help. For reasons only the flies knew, some decided to have a holiday with us recently. Being aware of the problems and concerns about the products you mention, and even more so with regard to the dogs health, the lady in my life purchased an electric fly swatter.....looks like a small tennis racquet ....and this worked quite well. Flies, it seems, understand the aroma of their friends being fried means it's time to relocate. Which they duly did.

And purely as an aside, while I was writing the above, the site kept vanishing, then reappearing, then vanishing briefly on four occasions. An advert has now appeared, at least on my machine, for "Derybshire pest control 24/7 No Call out charges"....funny things those algorithms This has now been amended to read Chesterfield however.....Belper or Buxton next then !

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just got one of those usb powered fly traps with a revolving disk on top which then sweeps them into a container below.

Stick some honey water onto the dimples and leave them to it.

Seems to have worked quite well. Got it off aliexpress for 5 euro.
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Modified fly strips?
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Old 15th Aug 2018, 08:25
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Could have done with that yesterday evening, Meadowrun, was walking on the local common sweating gently, trailing a cloud of flies and doing a a fair impression of Pigpen.

My neighbours have got chickens now, never known flies to be so bad.
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The flies seem to be bloody awful this year - I guess it’s the exceptionally hot summer we’ve had. Interesting post about the fly strips. I was going to get some because I’ve got a dog and cats so I don’t want to have any air borne insecticide such as Raid. The post by Carrier has made me think again.

The flies, themselves, seem to have a death wish. They circle endlessly passing right across my line of vision, so initially, my inner Buddhist tries to steer them gently out of the window. At the sight of the great outdoors, they seem to wake up, put their reverse thrusters on and head back into the room. Then, I’m afraid, my inner Saddam Hussein emerges and it’s chemical warfare.
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I bought an electric tennis racquet earlier in the summer to deal with flies and mozzies. Both my backhand and my forearm smash have improved immensely...

Bluebottles and so on are a pain but it's those odd ones that fly in triangular orbits in the middle of the sitting room. Annoyingly just out of reach from my armchair. Get one, there is quickly another to take its place. Are they some sort of FAC to guide other flies in to where the crumbs are, the plate with a few smears of food on the coffee table, the fat slob's feet (why do they like my feet, they aren't that smelly), and whatever other delicacies appeal to diptera...
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If you buy a tennis racket make sure if is like the exterminator. Others have a metal grid over the death grill to stop contact with the grill. Works on flies too, they don't get e
electrocuted either.

Wasp are dead easy. Fruit flies possible, but blue bottles near impose unless you gas them first. I love the snap, crackle and pop of wasp brain or the little stream of smoke.
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post

. I love the snap, crackle and pop of wasp brain or the little stream of smoke.
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How do you feel about napalm in the morning ?
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Like a wasp to poo
can't stop Krista l
Annoying too
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Of course if you're willing to go out of passive mode and devote some time to real shooting.......well, salt shooting...............


Then get one of those robot sweepers to get the salt and terminated bugs up.
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Like a wasp to poo
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Annoying too
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Ah, you handed your sense of humour in with your kit then.....or maybe it was never issued in the first place.
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What you need is two bricks. You should label these Brick A and Brick B.

First, place Brick A on a flat surface.

Then, when an insect lands on Brick A, you should swiftly bring down Brick B onto Brick A.

The insect invariably does not survive...
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The concept worked in the 1940s and has worked for me ever since.
No batteries needed . . .

and they are cheap too.
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I can vouch for the "Redtop Fly Catcher" really catches them. Disadvantage is the smell of rotting flies.
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post

The concept worked in the 1940s and has worked for me ever since.
No batteries needed . . .

and they are cheap too.
Apart from the squishy mess. I agree though as flies don't seem as adroit missing this as they do evading a bigger racket.

Last one we bought was at the Luxembourg hyper marche near Belgium. We stopped soon after for a picnic and it worked well Ai to Air even. I think you will find the 40s version had a wire mess beater. I also remember pouring DDT into the Flit tin. I would then wash my hands on water from lead.
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The Danes call it a "flue smækker" - which seemed to be a more descriptive name than the English version.
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I’ve purchased and strung up some fly paper today...and so far, nothing.

The flies are still flying in a lazy triangle around the kitchen and landing on every surface possible, except the bloody sticky stuff! I even made one sheet look more tasty by adding a small dollop of jam - which they’ve also ignored. The only things that have managed to get attached are myself, when I was setting the cunning trap, and the cat who had to investigate exactly what I was doing and conveniently left a chunk of fur. I think the flies are actually mocking me now. They’ve started walking on me whilst I drink my tea and keep passing close by my ear, blowing a smug buzz.
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A fly started buzzing round my bedroom late last night. Electric tennis racquet downstairs, so brandished a copy of Pilot at him - got him too, stunned in mid-flight... not another peep from the little sod.
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