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One week after heat treatment, alive bugs being found at my parents

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  1. studiopeg1

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    Thu Oct 4 2012 11:01:32
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    One week ago my parents had the whole house thermal heat treatment. A few days later they found a bed bug under the sheets, dead, but obviously it had been alive after the heat.

    Last night my mom found one in the bathroom, alive.

    I want to throw up. They are 82, my mom can hardly walk, my dad has a serious heart condition, and this whole thing has just about killed them.

    And now I have to get them out of the house again? Bed bugs are like a plague upon the world.

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    Thu Oct 4 2012 11:36:31
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    Called the PCO and he said it was not likely "viable" and in some cases it's "normal" see find ones still alive. He said not to panic, that when the dog returns next week for a follow up inspection we will see if there are any "viable" ones around.

    I'm not comforted.

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    Thu Oct 4 2012 12:59:58
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    There are some K9 specialists on this site, maybe one can verify that statement.

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    theyareoutthere - 18 minutes ago  » 
    There are some K9 specialists on this site, maybe one can verify that statement.

    I thank you

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    Studiopeg1 I'm sorry you and your family are still going threw this. Nothing makes this whole situation more aggravating then when it happens to babies and the elderly. Keep your hopes up. I will pray for you and your family

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    2r4m - 8 minutes ago  » 
    Studiopeg1 I'm sorry you and your family are still going threw this. Nothing makes this whole situation more aggravating then when it happens to babies and the elderly. Keep your hopes up. I will pray for you and your family

    Thanks for your prayers!

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    Heat is definetly the knockdown punch to these insects.
    However after my heat treatment I did find one or two and still do not know if they survived somewhere in the house or were brought back into the house.
    I think you need to make sure of at least a followup with DE or a spray.
    At my mom's senior complex they used both methods and have not seen one there since.
    As far as my own place goes, it's been over 6 months since I seen one.
    Also maybe your PCO has a warranty for the heat treatment and will come back?

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    Alberta has bugs - 16 minutes ago  » 
    Heat is definetly the knockdown punch to these insects.
    However after my heat treatment I did find one or two and still do not know if they survived somewhere in the house or were brought back into the house.
    I think you need to make sure of at least a followup with DE or a spray.
    At my mom's senior complex they used both methods and have not seen one there since.
    As far as my own place goes, it's been over 6 months since I seen one.
    Also maybe your PCO has a warranty for the heat treatment and will come back?

    Here's the deal with the PCO: they will be back in one more week (2 weeks after initial heat treatment) with their canine for a canine inspection. They know about my mom finding one alive and they said that the heat knocks the viability out of them - like the walking dead. I don't know how true that is, I think it's more of a thing they say to calm people down.

    The good news is they are not getting any bites. But... that doesn't mean anything right now. The heat could have driven some of them into the walls and it will only be a matter of time for them to make their way back into the bedroom. The PCO guys were supposed to take all the outlet plates off and they didn't take any off.

    The one bug my mom found was in the bathroom, where they never found one before. So that says to me some of them survived the heat by moving in there?

    If the dog finds anything viable next week, they will heat treat again. But dang... we know canine inspections aren't 100%. If the dog finds nothing I know I will never feel like I can sit down in their house again.

    I guess we'll see what happens next week.

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    Fri Oct 5 2012 21:47:41
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    Not to be Nancy negative, but heat treatments can and do fail. As I have mentioned here before, I found a couple of live ones as the guys were packing up the heat treatment equipment. They assured me they were "zombies" and would soon die.

    They did not. They lived. And kept coming.

    It took 6 more PCO trips out with spray to end it for good.

    If I were you, I'd demand they spray immediately.

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    It's possible for heat to fail, but we have also heard heat specialists here saying its not uncommon for some to be alive after heat treatment but on their way to dying.

    That said, you want to be sure they're all dead now.

    Another issue is that it's a little problematic having their dog out to inspect. I'd feel better if you got an inspection from someone who does not stand to lose if they detect a continuing problem.

    When does the warranty expire? Passive monitors may also help confirm you're clear.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    studiopeg1, I am so sorry your parents are going through this. I agree they need to have an inspection that is more than just the k-9. Bring in the dog to sniff around, but if he hits anyhere the handler better start searching for more evidence.
    We have a follow up (no dog) Monday. Iam still getting bite but they are small and only 1-3 as apposed to 15-20.
    This will end for all of us. It just might take longer for some. Your parents will get through this because you are helping them!


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