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  1. Heattreated

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Wed Sep 5 2012 2:02:02
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    Hello,

    This is my story. Recently found bb's in our apartment. Since I never really liked the place I decided to get the heck outta there. I booked a pco that does heat treatment and immediately after moved everything into a storage locker. I have since found a place to move to and I just want to be 100% sure I don't bring them with me.

    I have thought about doing a mobile heat treatment during the move. I plan on renting a moving truck and having it done in the truck.

    This got me thinking...

    Has anyone tried to use heat in a moving truck via a DIY method?

    The plan is to rent a truck and a powerful heater combined with box fans to circulate the air in the truck box. I plan on reaching 120 or 130f and sustaining that temperature for 6-8 hours. Afterwards, I will move everything in.

    Anyone have any luck with this before? Or should I hire a professional?

    Thanks and sleep tight!

  2. Aintnobugsonme

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Sep 11 2012 12:23:59
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    That's very dangerous. Please don't try that and just hire a pro.

  3. victimandveteran

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    Tue Sep 11 2012 20:20:04
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    You can try to heat treat yourself but it is indeed dangerous. You could very quickly get yourself into a soup that you can't get out of and really REALLY regret you didn't try something else.

    I heat treated in a brand new apartment. We believe the mattress we bought had bed bugs on it because it was "all natural" and in the warehouse next to where they were taking apart mattresses.

    Anyway, with no neighbors yet I decided to heat treat. First off it's not as easy as you think. Secondly buildings give off VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can permanently damage your lungs and health (aspestos, formaldehyde, etc.). New building especially. So we learned hand on that bringing materials past 120 degrees that are not supposed to can cause harm. If you do that in a metal truck you're liable to set something on fire.

    Again, if you're into that kind of risk, then be sure to use a heavy duty cable for ANY AND ALL of your extension cords. If you don't, again, you will start a fire at the plug if not the heater. Do your research, my cable looked heavy duty and it wasn't so I was wise to get the right kind and not burn down the building.

    More than one heater will trip a breaker box so just keep that in mind. You're dealing with some seriously hot horsepower. We still have to air out the bedroom every day to avoid getting sick while we sleep cuz VOCs are still coming out two weeks later.

    Please consider a professional that you can sue if something goes wrong or take a different route.

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  4. bed-bugscouk

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    Tue Sep 11 2012 20:47:00
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    Hi,

    You might want to see if there is an insect inferno unit in your area. Its a specialist trailer designed for heat treatment which I did the validation studies for earlier this year. I would estimate that you could easily fit the contents of a 2 room home into one of the units and thermally treat it within an hour or two.

    In fact decontamination moves is one of the niche applications I identified for it within my report.

    As pointed out above thermal treatment is a steep learning curve even with the right equipment and the correct micro climate temperature sensors could set you back a few thousand dollars before you start looking at suitable heaters.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Sep 11 2012 21:40:06
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    A PCO offered to gas all my belongings in a trailer with Vycane(sp?) Maybe that might be a better option?

  6. Heattreated

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    Mon Sep 17 2012 23:54:34
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    Thank you for your replies everyone.

    I am now considering renting a "frost fighter" heater and a shipping container to treat everything.

    I have contacted another pco who will use the exact same process that I plan on using.

    I plan on monitoring temperature with sensors and keeping a close eye on everything.

    Wish me luck!

  7. Heattreated

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Mon Sep 17 2012 23:56:42
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    Bed Bug Armageddon - 6 days ago  » 
    A PCO offered to gas all my belongings in a trailer with Vycane(sp?) Maybe that might be a better option?

    Hello,

    Unfortunately Vikane is not available in Canada. Apparently heat is the only way to ensure the bugs and the eggs are eliminated.


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