heat treatment in chicago but they wont do basement?(11 posts)
hey there, its crazy pregnant woman with new infestation...quick question we are going to do heat but they wont do the basement...(or garage or cars) wont all the bugs just migrate away from the heat towards the cool basement, then back up when the house cools? our house is very losely constructed in terms of being able to see down to basement from heat ducts, fireplace, etc. please let me know what you think. also my car probably has them. tHE PERSON I GOT THEM FROM WAS IN IT ALOT, AND THE STUFF SHE GAVE ME FROM HER APT (CLOTHES BOOKS ETC) SAT IN THE CAR A WEEK OR SO.
Odd very odd.
Is your house a normal bungalow? Main floor and basement?
Is the basement cinderblock material maybe?
I had my house done with Thermal and there were no issues with running the venting into the basement.
In fact the bugs had no where to run to as heat was applied in the basement and the main floor at the same time.
The only caveat was the cement would not heat up properly if their were cracks or crevices for them to hide in.
However the air on the surface rose to 130F.
Did they give a reason?
I know right? The reason was they are usually not down there and it doesn't heat properly anyway...we have a laundry room down there and a laundry shoot that connects to our bedroom. Wtf! Can I say that here?
And thanks for replying...I am having a nervous breakdown over this. I am eight months pregnant. Literally just got put on anti depressants Bc I'm so anxious I shake and dry heave constantly...why me? Why now?
Oh my, is it possible to stay elsewhere so you can get some rest?
If not then hopefully you are on the way to getting your house back so you can relax more and concentrate on other things.
I would think that the laundry chute and venting could pose a problem (IMO). Besides if the heat was coming from the basement as well it would heat under the joist's if any tried to get through the floor.
In my case I took off some of the false basement ceiling to get the air circulating through the joists.
Is the company reasonably priced that will do this or have you contacted any other company's?
Do they have good reference's?
I would assume you are going with heat because of being pregnant and want to avoid pesticides. However is the company going to dust some DE in the electrical or baseboards to catch any stragglers?
Perhap's the company has a solid plan, however some questions do arise.
Can they use chemicals to treat the laundry area and you'll be off "laundry duty" until after the baby comes? That's a win/win in my book.
I'm also in Chicago and just researched thermal providers. I don't know who you are using but we're going with Rose Pest Control to do two rooms only. Rose, as well as other thermal providers, say that the bugs don't migrate because they're first attracted to the heat (same temp as a person) and then it's too late for them to run. One of the reasons I chose Rose is that they try to get the temperature in the room to 113 degrees in 15 minutes so the bed bugs really don't have a chance to go anywhere. They aim for a temperature of 125 degrees after that and keep it there for four hours. FYI - They quoted us $900 for two bedrooms and that includes DE treatment and two follow up visits. They also provide a 60-day guarantee. I couldn't find another thermal provider who would.
Other thermal providers I looked into: Gold Seal, 120 Degrees Inc., and Smithereen. A-Alert doesn't do thermal as often but they do use steam and sounded like they really know bed bugs. Maybe that could be an option in the basement?
Good luck. As I tell my 2 year old, don't panic! He thinks it's hilarious.
Thank you. Very helpful. I cant wait for the sun to come up.
Long time lurker new poster here, in fact signed up tonight while trying to finish the Christmas leftovers!
I'll tell you we are BedBug Chasers and we make heaters, rent the heat trailers and do offer heat services in limited areas - now that I've said that you know who I am and not hiding anything.
We've been involved killing bugs for 20 yrs plus with heat, although bed bugs are a relativly new venture for the company.
When we do a service directly for a customer we heat the basement, I would not heat it without doing it. We have rental customers who have only done a room or two such as they want to do for you - it does not work, the bugs will be back because they are still there!
My experience (not a lab) has shown me when heat is applied the bugs become active and do not flee the area, the heat kills them before they can travel too far. Next, the scent dogs do not find all the bugs, they only find what is nose level or below and do not find what is in the walls well at all. When we heat you will find bugs comming out of places you never thought they were and mostly NOT where the dog hit.
Bed bugs like any other insect travel in conduits and go from room to room, floor to floor - I do not know makes they travel or if they come back to the original hiding spot because it has never been our job to study them - just kill them.
Cement walls, cinder block, YES they suck up allot of heat nd take longer, regards of structure we start low and work up, you can drive the bugs sometimes, so start at one end and push them up and against the wall.
To summerize - heat the basement
Bed bug chaser, Thank you for that! I will research your company a little, and yes I agree it makes no sense not to...I'm so frustrated and due to have a baby in three weeks. I will not bring a newborn home like this. I could cry.
Fruity thanks, but we are not Il yet, so I'm not looking for anything, just giving you a little advice that I found in the field - hope things get better for you!
I live in the Chicago area as well and was told by Gold Seal that heat treatment wouldn't work for my house because of the unfinished basement, so they did chemical. Not sure of the results yet because I'm still being bitten and I'm not sure where it's coming from. They also have a heat treatment facility for vehicles in Bensenville, which is good because I think most of my problem now stems from the car. So far, they are the only company I've found that have a facility to treat vehicles (they do trucks and commercial vehicles mostly I guess). The only problem with them is they are based in Indianapolis and have only a small number of people who work here in Chicago, and though they are polite and good at what they do and I would not hesitate to call them as far as professionalism, they weren't able to keep on schedule due to the lack of manpower.
I've called a lot of companies and from what I had learned, you have to heat the entire facility, not just rooms so please just check around for another company. Not good to waste money with a baby on the way, you'll need every dime. I hope this works out for you.
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