DIY 'Sun' treatment - would you trust this?(7 posts)
Found this news piece on a single bed bug found in a state building in Hawaii. I would not trust the DIY heat treatment - placing the suspected mobile chairs in black plastic bags and leaving in the sun for 3 to 4 hours. So much wrong here - the bags are open so the heat does not intensify; the video shows the chairs were in the shade, and there seems to be a breeze as well. To top it off the chairs appear to have been returned to service with no inspection to determine if the DIY treatment was successful. Ugh. Ken. Disclaimer: I own and operate a bed bug dog service in Vancouver BC Canada. State building hit by bed bugs
I read that story this morning. Without them knowing the minimum temperature of the most dense part of the chairs achieved they are at best guessing that they solved their issue.
The trouble with these news reports is the limited information and misinformation provided.
Of course there are going to be problems with the information provided when the story needs to be squeezed into 18 seconds between the traffic report and the police car chase video.
I'd hate to think that a HD official would knowingly do such things incorrectly or purposefully contribute to the dissemination of misinformation.
Of course, I could be wrong. paul b.
I do love it when Journalists really research their stories and cover the hard facts.
Shame they did not think to google up this one:
Oops 2007, it may be old news and not new news but for the accuracy of this and all the other leave it in the sun freaks is always going to be bad news.
Bed Bugs Limited
I also love it when they retract a story later and get the facts straight again:
It appears someone sent them the Stephen Doggett link and they got a more accurate local opinion. I wonder who could have started that ball rolling.
The newer article is better, but I'm none too pleased about the "chemicals don't work" and "heat is the only effective method" bits. While it is true that DIY heat treatment is a bad idea in many ways, and while I am a big fan of heat as a treatment method, even I wouldn't say chemicals don't work or that heat is the only (or even always the best) treatment method for a particular situation.
I hope I'm looking at the right article. I'm home sick, so I'm not playing with full faculties. Apologies in advance if I misread which one is the newest version.
I agree but at least this time they are not suggesting something that will actually make it worse.
The 24/7 media machine is a tough one to educate which is why this will only get solved with standardised education but that is not to say the "cool aide" message we often see is the right one either.
Sadest reality is that the pest control industry is still learning to solve this for the most part and often the most heard voices have thier own message and agendas. It will get there at some stage though, it needs to be at a faster pace if we are too slow the spread though.
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