The NUVAN Pest Strip is frequently used by pest control companies to get rid of bed bugs in cars. It is designed for professional pest control use. It can be dangerous, even lethal to humans and pets. BEDBUGSNORTHWEST.COM does not recommend you handle NUVAN Pro Strips and strongly encourages you to enlist a professional to do that for you.
PESTICIDES CAN MAKE YOU SICK OR KILL YOU! FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS ON THE LABEL IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO THIS ROUTE WITHOUT A PROFESSIONAL. CALL A PROFESSIONAL AND ASK THEM TO HANDLE THE NUVAN FOR YOU.
I had my pest company treat my car with a NUVAN pest strip for three weeks. I did not open or use or move my car for three weeks. The bodies were evident when they removed the strip.
NoPest Strips can be used to treat items that can’t be washed such as books, toys, some electronics, papers, purses, etc. Items are placed in a new heavy large trash bag. The NoPest strip is tossed in the bag and the bag is sealed tightly. That bag goes into another bag which is also sealed tightly. A plastic tub with a tightly fitting lid can also be used but the lid should be sealed with duct tape around the edges to ensure no vapor escapes. The tub should be placed outside or in a shed where people and pets don’t go.
Remove the bags or tubs from your living quarters and leave your items for two to three weeks. This will catch any egg-laying cycles going on in the bag or tub.
Remember, bed bugs will lay 3-5 eggs every day with or without a meal. As always follow all protocols on the label. Reposting an excerpt (read the whole thing) excellent article on using NUVAN Pest Strips (which were not available for consumer purchase during my infestation plus my pest control company had never used one before. Read and follow all of the protocols.
A repost from http://www.extension.org/ blog post by Mike Merchant, PhD discusses these findings:
For anyone unfamiliar, dichlorvos is the active ingredient in (among other products) NUVAN™ Prostrips™, a slow release pesticide formulation for control of bed bugs, “flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, silverfish, cockroaches, spiders, beetles, earwigs and other pests”.
Dichlorvos kills pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs. But it can also hurt people if not used carefully as described in the label. The CDC study reports on 31 acute DDVP pest strip–related illness cases recorded from seven U.S. states and Canada from 2000 to 2013 (more cases undoubtedly occurred that were not part of this study). Most of the illnesses resulted from using the product in commonly occupied living areas (e.g., kitchens and bedrooms), in violation of label directions.
Not only is it important for individuals to read and understand the directions, but it is also important for industry professionals to carefully read and understand the appropriate application. When you are informed you will have a better idea if your pest company is providing you with accurate information.