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Nuvan Prostrips Vapona Insecticide

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Nuvan Prostrips with Dichlorvos or DDVP Vapona, are for the control of listed insects in household, industrial, and commercial applications. Prostrips control flying and crawling insects by utilizing controlled release technology to slowly diffuse a deep penetrating vapor in enclosed spaces for up to 4 months.

Target Pests

Nuvan Prostrips are use for the control of flies mosquitoes gnats ants (including fire ants) spiders wasps hornets reptile mites bedbugs and bedbug eggs moths silverfish and cockroaches.

For Use In

Nuvan Prostrips can be used in places such as garages sheds attics crawl spaces pantries cupboards closets museums museum collections animal buildings barns storage units trash bins grain bins pest traps utility boxes vacation homes cabins outhouses mobile homes recreational vehicles boats farm houses and ranch houses.


For the general use of Nuvan Prostrips in household, industrial, and commercial listed areas. Remove the Prostrips from the foil pouch and hang or place, out of the reach of children and pets, in an open space of an enclosed area, away from windows.

Replace Nuvan Prostrips every 4 months or as needed for the control of listed insects.

Coverage Area

Each 16 gram strip will treat an area up to 200 cubic feet of space.

Time to Kill

Nuvan Prostrips begin to kill immediately and your will notice results within hours.

Mix Rate

Each Nuvan Strip is 16 grams Treats 100 to 200 cu. ft. Approximate Equi Area 8' x 8' x 3’ = 192 cu. ft.

Active Ingredient

Dichlorvos 18.6%

Nuvan Prostrips Vapona Insecticide

More About Nuvan Prostrips

Nuvan Prostrips are constructed of a resin plastic impregnated with DDVP. They require no mixing or preparing are easy to use and may be applied for long-lasting control of many crawling and flying pests. Two versions are currently sold to the Professional Pest Management market: NUVAN PROSTRIPS (16g) and the larger NUVAN PROSTRIPS+ (65g).


Nuvan Prostrips work through vapor action. Vapors emerge from the strip slowly over time and control pests exposed to the vapors.


Nuvan Prostrips are easy to use and require minimal set-up or maintenance. Each strip comes in a sealed foil packet. Simply remove the strip from the foil packet and place it in the provided plastic cartridge. Hang or place the cartridge where pests are a concern. (Nuvan Prostrips may also be used without the cartridge.) Nuvan Prostrips may also be used in confined spaces or airtight containers for application to specific items. The strip starts to work when removed from the foil packet and is designed to protect a specified volume of area for up to four months against labeled pests. After the strip expires, simply wrap it in paper or plastic and throw it away. Place a new strip in the cartridge for continued pest control. Always read and follow label directions for Nuvan insecticide use.


Nuvan Prostrips is also able to eliminate bed bugs which may be resistant to other types of pesticides. 


Tips When Using Nuvan Prostrips for Bed Bug Control

  • - Remember, for NUVAN PROSTRIPS to work, the treatment vapors must be able to reach the bed bugs or eggs where they are hiding.
  • - Vapors from NUVAN PROSTRIPS are not true fumigant gases and will not pass through certain materials as a fumigant would.
  • - Vapors from Nuvan insecticide use can enter cracks, crevices and open void areas where bed bugs may be hiding.
  • - Gentle air circulation within the treated space will enhance the ability of the treatment vapors to be delivered to areas where bed bugs may be hiding.
  • - Normal room temperatures (about 65 to 75ºF) in the treatment space will produce better results than cooler temperatures.
  • - Although some bed bugs may be killed in just minutes via Nuvan insecticide use, optimal results can only be attained when the required exposure time has been applied (48 to 72 hours for nymphs and adults, one week for eggs).
  • - Avoid over-stuffing a plastic bag or treatment container when using NUVAN PROSTRIPS to kill bed bugs.
  • - Do not fill a plastic bag or treatment container over two-thirds full when using NUVAN PROSTRIPS to kill bed bugs.
  • - Be sure to capture air within the sealed plastic bag or treatment container when using NUVAN PROSTRIPS to kill bed bugs.
  • - Shoes, purses, belts and other such items that may not be placed in a clothes dryer are good choices for NUVAN PROSTRIPS bed bug treatment. Clothing and garments may be rendered bed bug-free quicker by using a typical dryer.


Suggested Items To Add To Your Cart

Make sure you have the right sprayer for this product: We suggest a Hose End Sprayer or a 1 Gallon Pesticide Sprayer

Alternatively, you can purchase Reclaim IT Insecticide which is our own patented brand of insecticide and a better value and can be used to form a long-lasting termite barrier.

Make sure you stay protected when handling chemicals with the help of our homeowner safety kit.

Product Q & A

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I would like to try to use this product on some house plants and place them in a plastic bag for a few days to kill scale and spider mites. Will it harm my plants?
Shelley G on Nov 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It has only some testing on plants, but is labeled for use in Use NUVAN PROSTRIPS to control mites on reptiles and other pests in
reptile enclosures, displays, reptile houses, and terrariums. Place strip
such that the reptile and desired animals within the enclosure or terrarium
will not come in direct contact with the strip. Do not over treat. Strip is NOT
intended for treatment of aviaries or birdcages. Place the appropriate number
of strips in a suitable place to provide control. Strip must be removed
after the 48 hour treatment interval.

So I would assume it is fine to house plants.
Does nuvan expire?
Bob G on Sep 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used them right after I bought them. From what I read they have an effective life of a few months after opening so I reused them several times after opening but no controlled experiments. Seemed to work though.
Can you tell me the cubic foot area that the 65 gram strips would treat?
Sharon L on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Webuse them for preventing Bed Bugs. Webuse a 65g in a 144 sq ft cabin with LOTS of heat for 48 hrs. Works great!
What are the risks to humans?
Tommy D on Feb 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When handling the product make sure to wear gloves and keep pets and children out of the area.
Can i use this is in a car to control roaches?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can also spray or bait for roaches in your car, we do have a great publication on getting rid of them.

Can I use these in a false ceiling of a hospital to deal with cluster flies and boxelder bugs?
Digger on Jan 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: According to proper use instructions, no, due to health risk. If space does not get any air flow and you use sparingly, I would say yes, although in a hospital setting that would not be possible due to legal considerations of using pesticides in a wrong fashion as per health warnings and directions.
will this kill fleas too?
Linda N on Oct 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No fleas are not on the Nuvan Prostrip labels, you will want to take a look at Novacide for flea control.

Are there also 12 cartridges included with the 12 strips?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes we will send out 12 cartridges with the 12 strips of Nuvan
I see the information involving the 12x16 but not on the 2x65. What's the difference? Is one better for bigger rooms than the other?
Andrew L on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: NUVAN PROSTRIPS are available in two sizes. The large NUVAN PROSTRIPS+ are 65g strips designed for
application in 900 to 1,200 cubic feet areas. The small NUVAN PROSTRIPS are 16g strips designed for
application in 100 to 200 cubic feet areas. NUVAN PROSTRIPS are sealed in foil packets and convenient plastic
cages are provided for ease of application
Can I use these to treat my minivan for bed bugs and how do I do it?
A shopper on Apr 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Just hang them up.
How many strips is in the 12x 16? Is it 12?
A shopper on Dec 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are 12 strips of Nuvan Pro Strips in the 12x16 pack, please let me know if I can assist you any further.
How COLD weather resistant are the strips?
Stephen L on Nov 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They should not be allowed to freeze.
How is nuvan vapona prostrips different from regular nuvan prostrips?
Doris on Nov 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are only Nuvan Prostrips, Vapona was a different brand that is no longer available.
Can I use Nuvan Pro Strips in a rarely used bedroom where there are some items stored?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would not be recommended to use in a room of a house that you are living in, unless it could be completely sealed up. Better to apply the Nuvan Strips, and leave for the weekend, then remove when you return.
Can these be used in a commercial kitchen?
MAC on Jul 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, sorry the Nuvan Prostrips are not labeled for that type of application.
Can I store electronics with a strip for over the weekend to treat for bed bugs? or should I leave them in longer?
Beth on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Use NUVAN PROSTRIPS to control ants (including fire ants), spiders, wasps,
hornets and other pests within electric junction boxes, plumbing control boxes,
pump houses and other such utility boxes as needed. Place the proper number
of strips for the space to be treated. Strip will control pests for up to four months.
2 to 3 days will be fine.
I am going to be putting it kind of hidden in the living room, does this have any scent to it?
Ted on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is no extreme smell, but is not meant to be used in areas that will be occupied by people or animals. if you are trying to control a pest this way then you should leave the home for a couple of days and dispose of the Nuvan Prostrips on arrival. These are perfect to use in second homes that are left vacant for extended periods of time.
How heat resistant are the strips?
Bruce on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Nuvan Prostrips can handle high heat, they can be used in attics spaces to control insects in that part of the house.
Can I place Nuvan strips in a plastic bag with clothing, then wash and wear clothing?
Katie on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: For Control of Bedbugs and Bedbug Eggs
NUVAN PROSTRIPS may be used to control crawling bedbug nymphs and
adults exposed to product vapors for 48 hours. In difficult to treat areas, a
minimum treatment time of 72 hours will provide better results. Strip may
be used to control bedbugs that have entered various items in an infested
structure including, but not limited to: electronics, appliances, footwear, art
work, collectibles, plush toys, clocks, radios, wall hangings, telephones,
computers, printers, mattresses, box springs, books, lamps, furniture and
other such items. Place infested items in a suitable plastic bag, poly sheeting,
container or room that is closed to contain the strip treatment. Plastic
bags or poly sheeting should be at least 2 mils thick. The closed volume
for treatment should not exceed the volume to be treated for the size of
the strip used. Take care to avoid direct contact of the strip with the surface
of items being treated. Seal items in the containment for a minimum
of 48 hours to kill bedbug nymphs and adults. To kill any bedbug eggs, if
suspected to be present, seal items in the treated space for seven days.
Seal plastic bags and poly sheeting with as much air space around the
treated article as is practical as this will enhance the exposure to the product
vapors. Proper seal can be attained by any appropriate manner such
as the use of tape, twist ties or other means. Professionals should test for
adequate seal by testing for the escape of air from the sealed bag. Identify
sealed treatment by a label indicating a pesticide treatment is in process
that should not be disturbed by unauthorized persons. The label should
include the date, pest professional person or company responsible and
contact telephone number. When treatment is completed, remove treated
items from the treatment in a well ventilated area and air out for a period of
not less than two hours.
After trying everything and I mean everything, the only thing that got rid of them completely was the Nuvan Pro Strips. They saved me and my sanity.
Mike on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Very glad to hear that the Nuvan Prostrips worked so great for you issue, checkout this other Nuvan product.


Hi there,
I just move to studio apartment, so living room, kitchen & bed room are in one open room (it is pretty small room 4x7- enough for myself). So can I hang the nuvan on my small apartment? It said odorless so do you think it saves for me to breath?
Betty on Jun 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No you should not use the Nuvan strips in areas where you are existing in, this is something that is used in areas that are closed up.

Customer Reviews

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Easy to use. Good value. Effective. Prompt service and delivery.
July 5, 2018
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This needs to be part of your bed bug attack plan.
We had what I would consider a minor bed bug infestation. Our problem was, we would find a bug here and there throughout the house! Never found a major nest or harborage of any sort. Because we found a couple in most rooms, we were forced to clean the entire house. I rented a 20 ft. portable storage unit and placed all items that were not practical for heat or chemicals. Things like electronics, and collectibles. We used this as a huge vapor chamber. Placing two large sticks inside hanging from a cord where clothes were hanging as well. I also packed nick nack items in totes and placed a small vapor stick inside and sealed the tote for a couple of weeks. This product is a great way to kill off eggs and bugs on items you dont know what to do with. Like purses and shoes. They last several months, so you can use them again. As we cleaned clothes and books in the heat chamber, I would place them in the vapor chamber outside for a couple of months. Yes - bed bugs are a plague!! These vapor sticks are a wonderful option to consider as part of your attack!! The worst part of bed bugs is, for the next 12 months or more, every time you see a speck on the wall or floor, you panick!!
June 8, 2018
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I put 1 in my car for a bird mite infestation and within 8 hours i felt no biting .Also use them for bedbugs in garbage bags in a storage unit .They are excellent i give 5 stars..Funny that i came across the site by accident after using everything under the sun .Thank you so much me and my kids are bug free after 7 months .
June 5, 2018
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Nuvan Strips are great for electronics and oil paintings..
I have been infested with mites. They get into everything. Nuvan strips have been a life saver (or should I say a stuff-saver). Things that can't be safely heat treated, like electronics, oil paintings, even shoes can be sealed in a 3 ml. plastic bag for at least a month. It kills everything. I use zip lock freezer bags so I don't need to duck tape them shut...
April 20, 2018
5 months ago
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Used to Treat Bed Bugs in Commercial Facility
I was referred to this product by a professional pest control exterminator. Now I can buy it directly, save money, and have the same results. This was used to Treat Bed Bugs in Commercial Facility. Allow 5-7 days to circulate treatment in a closed environment. This is my new go-to treatment for this pest issue.
April 3, 2018
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Item kills all bugs that I can test at home, but.....
This item kills everything that I could ever hope for killing in a residential area, but due to the fact that this item poses extreme health risk, I would use this sparingly and with caution.
January 23, 2018
1 year ago
Used It for Bed bugs
I was miserable with a bed bug infestation so I sought out all the best products in my attempt to get rid of them. I was told to use Nuvan Prostrips and placed them on my furniture and wrapped them in a furniture bag. Lo and behold, the bed bugs are dead and gone! Highly recommend!
August 18, 2017
I hate mosquitos more than anything. this helps so much!!
May 4, 2017
Quick Results
Got rid of bugs quickly. Very happy with this product, will order again
May 4, 2017
The Nuvan Prostrips are very effective and easy to use. The only caution is that you can't have them in a room that people are using.
May 4, 2017

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