Simple question-->Bagging.(5 posts)
This past summer I had asked a few different customers to bag certain clothing items that were on the ground near infested areas, or just infested themselves. They used the solid black contractor bags and set them outside most of the day in the sun. (temps 80+)(I asked them to bag them. They put them outside on their own) One of my customers called me a few days later and said she opened up a few of the bags and found dead bugs in them. I went to here house and sure enough, plenty of dead bugs. These items were never treated/washed/dried. Just set out in the sun, in the summer.
Now the simple question: has anyone had previous experiences with bagging clothes and setting them outside for X amount of hours? If so, is it viable as a cheap(paying for the bags), basically "free" heat treatment for items that can be bagged and thrown outside?
Sadly, it's just not reliable as a method of eradication. It used to be standard advice in Australia but it turned out that whilst some bugs died when left in the (scorchingly hot Australian) sun for long periods, sealed in black plastic bags such as you describe; plenty of the little blighters survived & the advice was withdrawn.
Sorry to be a party pooper but the clothes drier on hot setting/ Packtite are still your best options.
Yea I understand that it's not the most effective, thats why we don't use that as part of our practice. I was just blown away at how many were dead in the bag.
Ya didn't hurt my feelings
Was really more curious if anyone had any previous experiences.
I'm always trying to find cheaper alternatives to help out my customers. In many cases these people are already into treatment costs (and any other cost incurred due to BB's) into the thousands. You'd be surprised at how many people call me freaking out about costs and products pertaining to BB control.
People have done it. Some have reported it failing. The lack of reliability is the problem. Unless one is sure the core temperatures of every item inside the bag are going to reach killing temps, it is not going to kill all bed bugs inside.
Cheap is good, but when people are relying on a method, they need assurance it really will work. For clothing items, I would spring for a dryer just for the peace of mind.
Yea Nobugs thats what we usually have them do is hit the dryers with the clothes. I do a lot of low income, section 8 type of units which in many cases people don't have washer/dryers or the money it takes to hit the laundry mat. (considering the amount of clothes that need to be dried, that money can add up quick.) A lot of these landlords will pay for my process and that's about it, sadly.
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