Thermal treatment - effective?(1 post)
I moved from a bed bug infested apartment into a new one-bedroom three weeks ago. I threw most of my furniture out, bringing with me only what I considered essential, items that could be somehow treated, and items I thought were not infested. I even traded in my car in fear that it was infested too.
I isolated my bed by putting climbup interceptors on them and filling them with talcum powder. Nothing has been caught on the climbups but I am still getting occasional bites.
Basically I have two options:
1) sleep on a mattress on the floor for 6 weeks with a perimeter of diatomaceous earth all around it. This is hard to do, since I sometimes go out of town for the weekend and I'd need to sleep here every night for this to work.
2) To have a thermal treatment done. I am leaning towards this option since it sounds less painful even though it is exponentially more expensive. My question is: would the heat treatment be efficient in penetrating all the walls before bed bugs have enough time to escape to neighboring apartments? Do the bed bugs try to escape once they sense the temperature rising or do they stay? I think my pest control company will only give me a 2 week guarantee, which I don't think is enough time to tell if all the eggs were killed at the time of treatment.
Luckily, the infestation is only 3 weeks old and I have no reason to believe it has spread to neighboring apartments, so it should be harder to control, right?
Some advice from those that have had success with thermal treatment or diatomaceous earth would be greatly appreciated.
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