More on Vancouver building’s bed bug sauna

by nobugsonme on October 14, 2009 · 2 comments

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Remember the “bed bug sauna” which was designed into the new Lux residence by Vancouver supportive housing developer RainCity?  There’s an article on the building in The Province today, which notes:

The latest supportive housing building to officially open in the Downtown Eastside has something no other building in the city has: a bedbug sauna.

The nine-storey Lux on 65 E. Hastings boasts a 400-square-foot hot room on the ground floor that heats up to 65 C to cook the voracious apple-seed-size parasites that plague many Metro Vancouver homes and Downtown Eastside hotel rooms.

It’s already seen a lot of use from Lux tenants.

“I’ve already brought my couch down two times now, said Greg Cornish, 50. “It’s a really great feature.”

And yes, it also cooks bed bugs which are not “apple-seed-size” but are as small as first instar 1/32″ (1mm) long nymphs.

I want one in my building!  That and the luxe bamboo flooring… sweet.

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1 Craig Baker October 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I thought about havng my cousin who works in HVAC build me a large box out of sheet metal with a heating element…..much like a permanent packtite

2 nobugsonme October 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Craig,

University of Florida researchers devised a system for building something like this to treat the contents of rooms. It is not easy, and if you’re going to do it, I would do your research and use what the U Fl folks learned.

You may be interested in this article on their efforts:

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/jee/2009/00000102/00000003/art00042

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