Thermal failed, bugs are in the walls now?(3 posts)
We figured out we had bbs about two weeks ago. Finally settled on thermal treatment because I thought that would be the most effective and quickest way to get rid of the bbs. We had a dog come in to the house and the dog hit on our bedroom, my daughter's bedroom and the family room. The dog did NOT hit on the living room, the dinning room, the kitchen, the third spare bedroom or anywhere in the basement.
The pest company said we just needed to heat the rooms where the dog hit. Ok, that's what we did. The charge, by the way, was $4,000.00. After the treatment, they laid down some chemicals, dust in the outlets, bedlam on the couch, something else along the walls. Apparently, we had a bad infestation in our bedroom. The guys who did the thermal said they saw "hundreds" of dead bbs after the thermal.
One day later my wife found a live engorged bbs walking across the floor of our dinning room which is located directly below our badly infested bedroom. Later that night, I found at least 4 or 5 bbs on the ceiling of the dinning which, again, is directly below our badly infested bedroom. I killed the bugs on the ceiling with spray rubbing alcohol and jarred them up for the PCO to see. Then I went upstairs to our bedroom - the badly infested one which got the thermal - and found a nymph right under where my wife was sleeping. The night I found more on the ceiling and a few in my bedroom. Most of these bbs were full grown but not feed recently. My wife also found one - a little one - running across our bathroom floor which is next to the badly infested bedroom.
The pest company is coming again in the morning to do a thermal on the dinning room and on our bedroom.
I hope they kill these things.
I'm assuming the bugs are now in the void between the floor in my bedroom and the ceiling of my dinning room. What I don't know is if the failed thermal caused the bugs to spread throughout the house now.
This is horrible. Has anyone else had a thermal fail? The guy I'm working with at the PCO seems like a good guy - most of the people who came to our house regarding this issue were not - but I also think they botched the heat job.
What should I do?
First, sorry to hear what you're going through.
Second, demand a full house thermal treatment. Bugs will try and move away from the heat and it sounds like thats what happen. I don't understand these thermal companies, they push this thermal process and use the "bugs are resistant to chemicals" and then they use them with their process. I will not get into it because thats my issue but get them to do the entire house over, they failed and now most likely spread your bugs. Good Luck!
What KQ said. There are two major licensors of thermal in the US; ThermaPure and TempAir. They claim to have a carefully developed technique that's highly effective. Which one was your company affiliated with? Perhaps a talk with the national company is in order.
There are also a host of people who are buying heaters and setting up shop. I'm not an expert, but what you describe sounds sloppy (and a sloppy thermal job can make things much worse).
As thermal offers no residual value, some thermal operators add silica dusts to the process, but spraying a couch with BedLam (which is a decent OTC product, but not with a great residual) sounds amateurish.
And if they said they found "hundreds" of BB, did they show you any?
You may need legal advice, as well as a retreat.
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