What is a good insecticide that won't damage my toys?

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  1. Darkravager

    Darkravager Zombie Hunter

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    I got home for Easter, and my collection is in the basement of my parent's house, and I am moving around my figures to re-focus it. In the process, I found many of my toys covered in cobwebs and found two spiders. One was living on Unicron and the other was on Energon Ironhide. So my question is, is there an insecticide spray I can get that will kill bugs but not damage my toys? I don't have any G1 metal toys, but I do have a lot of Transmetals. Will a bug spray hurt that? Anyone know?
     
  2. MegaMoonMan

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    The best insecticide for you?

    A shoe.

    Sprays would probably harm the plastic. I'd just move your TFs somewhere else, or put them in plastic bug-proof tubs.
     
  3. oxidative

    oxidative last chance to evacuate

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    I would go with cedar chips or blocks. You could also try Mothballs. Cedar is an excellent pest repellant. It won't kill them but they won't go anywhere near cedar. It smells great, too.

    Good luck! I see silverfish around my house sometimes and they eat cardboard. I need to get my act together and get me some cedar blocks to put in all my boxes :( 
     
  4. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    dont use mothballs! theyll stink your stuff!

    just spiders?! just whack em, you big sissy.
     
  5. Sledge

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    short term or long term?
     
  6. Chaos Muffin

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    I use this stuff called ziplok, works well. :D 

    Idon't think spraying your figs with anything is a good idea.
    Unless it's paint! :lol 
     
  7. Darkravager

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    I'm not afraid of killing them KA. :p  My problem is that I am away from my collection for most of the year while I'm at college, and I don't want spiders laying eggs on my Transformers while I'm gone.

    So the cedar chips will keep spiders away from my stuff? I might have to try that.
     
  8. Triformis

    Triformis Insecticon Fanatic TFW2005 Supporter

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    I've been told that using Lemon Pledge on the areas in which they may enter (or even around your boxes somehow) such as window sills and such will deter arthropods of many types since they detest the scent. Another product called orange oil may work as well. I know it works pretty well on insects and since spiders feed on insects primarily, then they will move elsewhere when the food runs out. Another person told me that furniture polish is also a good deterrent. Lastly, the best idea may be to simply put your collection into sealing plastic boxes, which can be had very cheaply by going to Wal-mart/Target. Giant ones cost almost nothing these days. Another idea is just to hit up google and search for notes on the effects of pesticides on plastics and maybe you'll even find better ideas for dealing with the spider problem. Good luck!
     
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    I recommend sticking to the classics. DDT is potent and I hear it is plastic friendly.


    Thanx
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  10. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    This is funny, when I went to install the repro long stacks for 20th Prime, I found there was a tiny spider living inside his left arm.

    The spider promptly got screw-drivered.
     
  11. Sledge

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    To keep bugs off while in storage generally keep the boxes off the floor and away from walls. You can also buy a safe powder based insecticide which you can put around the boxes.
     
  12. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Insecticide kills insects. You said you had a spider problem. You should be looking for aracnicide instead.
     
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    wouldnt it be creepy if u havent opened up primes trailer for a long time, than you felt the urge to do so, to be greeted with spiders swimming up to the brim in it.

    *goosebumps*
     
  14. Chaos Muffin

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    If they laid eggs in Tarantulus or black Arachnia and decide to scurry out of them im gonna freak!
     
  15. Eradicator

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    I had something simular in one box of toys I had. I can't remember what was in it, but it wasn't tfs. Anyway, I was looking for something and opened the box. It was at least half full of dead flies. It was very gross.
     
  16. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    So I take it your an optimist? Box half full instead of half empty....
     
  17. Eradicator

    Eradicator I am Antithesis

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    I guess so. lol
     
  18. Sledge

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    The stuff I'm talking about is diatomaceous earth. It's basically a microscopic abrasive, as bugs pass through it, it slices them up, and then because it's so absorbent it dries them out. Much safer than a chemical insecticide.
     
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    I wouldn't put Diatomaceous earth on any plastic toys. What may cut up any creepy crawlies may also damage the toys as well. Nowadays, Diatomaceous earth are synthetically made and could cause damage to the lungs if you breathe in the dust.
     
  20. Sledge

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    Depending on the brand you buy, some do not have the dangers that others do. They even use it in kitty litter these days. But definitely not for putting on the toys. As I suggested, elevate the boxes and put the powder around the boxes.
     

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