No pest strips are fairly popular and can be bought at most hardware stores. Even though they are easily obtainable, they are not always used safely. Today we're going to be talking about the safety precautions that should be taken when using one. Like all pesticides, they should be treated with respect.
So, how does a no pest strip work? It's a kind of fumigation. The strip releases a vapor that is deadly to insects.The vapor penetrates even deep cracks and crevices through controlled release technology. The vapor is said to be odorless to humans although I personally can smell when a new strip is first opened. Most strips guarantee about four months of effectiveness. The main chemical is called dichlorvos. It should be noted that no pest strips do not leave a residual effect. Once they are removed, the vapor quickly dissipates. You should still give the room in which the strip is kept a few hours from the time it was removed.
Many assume that since a product is readily available, it has to be completely safe. Remember that bleach and radiator coolant is also readily available but we all know exposure to these chemicals is harmful. Like with all pesticides the label is the law. Literally, the products label will stand up in court. Simply follow the label when using any pesticides and refer to the MSDS sheet in case of accidental exposure.
The main problem with no pest strips is over-exposure. While they are labeled for indoor use, they are not to be used in indoor spaces occupied by humans or animals for more than four hours per day. Headache, respiratory and stomach problems can be symptoms of over-exposure. You should open any new no pest strip outdoors to minimize exposure to the initial odor. This is because the odor will be condensed inside that package and the vapor will build up. You should also never cut the no pest strip into pieces or come in direct (skin) contact with the strip. This is only a brief look at the product. Be sure to refer to the label for full warning and details.
When it comes to disposal of a no pest strip, you should contact your local solid waste management facility for proper instructions. You may have to take it to your local hazardous waste facility.