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Old 08-25-2009, 02:13 AM   #1
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Aquariums and exterminators

Just wondered if anyone has any experience with having an exterminator over and them being aquarium safe. My wife and I are contemplating hiring an exterminator for periodic pest maintenance (we live in the country and have a huge bug problem) and I wanted to get input on how to hire an exterminator without exterminating my fish! Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:27 AM   #2
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Unless you are fogging the house you should be OK. just tell them not to spray around the tank.

Here is a good post if they are going to get aggressive with bug treatment.

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Old 08-25-2009, 08:01 AM   #3
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My guy just sprays the baseboard areas on the first and basement levels. I ask him to stay away from the tank areas and most importantly I have myself or my wife follow them around to make sure.

Luckily it's usually only late spring (those flipping ants)
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:31 PM   #4
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Ok, I was going to tell them to stay out of the tank room all together, but that is one of the problem areas. From what I read the first visit they spray inside (baseboards, windows, etc) then they come back every 3 months for an outside only treatment. After the first visit they don't come back inside unless there is an issue. You think I will be alright if I just tell them to avoid the aquarium wall as well as the window closest to the aquarium?
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:33 PM   #5
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Just read the apartment complex thread, sounds like sealing the tank off may be the way to go, moving the fish or tank is out of the question.
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The spray at my house is pure liquid from a pressurized cannister. Sprays about a 4 inch wide spray from about 6 inches from the baseboard. My sump is enclosed in my stand. I don't sweat it, they just don't get within 2-3 feet , either side of the tank.
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Awesome, thanks for the great advice as always.
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