Can someone please tell the good folks at the Johnson City, Tennessee Fire Station #2 on Cherokee Road that leaving mattresses outside in the heat is not a reliable way to kill bed bugs?
This news video says they’re “hoping the heat” will deal with bed bugs in the mattresses. Not likely.
They got a pest control operator to spray after finding bed bugs Monday. It sounds like they’ve also put all their furniture outside. But this is not necessarily going to make the furniture bed bug-free.
Mattresses can be covered in encasements designed and tested to keep bed bugs in or out, but other items will also have to be treated.
I hope the department is able to get rid of bed bugs quickly, so these firefighters can relax when they’re not saving lives.
Check out this video from WJHL in the Tricities: Bed Bugs Invade Johnson City Fire Station.