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Re: GSBN:Bugs in sb in Northern Arizona...

Matts and checking in from the Red Feather build at the Turtle Mountain Reservation in northern North Dakota.

Re: bugs in bales.  We had similar sounding bugs in Mom's Place that we tended to find on the window sills.  After we caulked to seal every possible crack around all the windows, they no longer appeared.  They had either run out of food, or they simply could no longer get from within the walls into the room, or something else was happening that will forever remain hidden by the veils of time.

Best wishes to all!

In a message dated 7/19/2004 7:52:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Strawnet@...:

>Hi all,
>Interesting timing for this inquiry that came today, since Bruce was just 
>asking for instances and experiences with bugs. If anyone has any 
>suggestions for Ed, I'll be glad to pass them along to him.
>Warmest regards, 
>David Eisenberg
>From: Ê solarbale@...(Ed Dunn)
>To: Strawnet@...
>I have a question for you, and if you don't know the answer, could you 
>forward the message to others?
>I have a house that was finished one year ago. ÊStucco was completed 
>about Jan, 2003. ÊThe client has had a problem with a bug infestation. Ê
>They have tried different conventional pest control techniques but to 
>no avail. ÊI seems that the bugs (Larger Pale Booklouse; Troglum 
>puisotorium [or puisatorium]) accumulate (dead) near the base board 
>where pesticide has been sprayed.
>The walls are well sealed at joints and transistions to ceilings, 
>walls, windows and doors, and have been painted with three coats of 
>latex paint. ÊIt is obvious to me that they are living in the straw 
>bale walls. ÊThe description of this insect states that it "lives and 
>feeds on seed borne fungi and grain dust." Ê "Can be found in large 
>numbers in aging bulk storage." ÊI have suggested to him to super heat 
>the house to dry the walls out but right now we are in the middle of 
>the monsoon season and the humidity is currently 46%. ÊWe may be more 
>likely to pull moisture in than drive it out.
>Pyrethrum is another thought. ÊWe could drill holes in the interior 
>stucco and spray it in but I don't know if it should be in liquid or 
>powder form. ÊI don't even know if it kills them. ÊAlso I wonder what 
>the hole spacing should be.
>Any thoughts on buggy straw bale walls? ÊThis is the first time I have 
>heard of this.
>I have been quite busy, I have finished two places, am almost finished 
>with a greenhouse/barn and we are in the middle of doing some earth and 
>lime plasters on another on. ÊWe are getting ready to start Star School 
>using the panelized straw bale system developed by Chris Magwood.
>David Eisenberg, Director
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