Thermal treatment prep/clutter(3 posts)
In the watching, waiting game to see if we can find "proof" of bugs. Not been bit for three nights, hoping I was wrong-however, in the meantime researching options in case.
I've been reading on here quite a bit and I see a common thread about clutter being the bed bugs friend as well as making treatment harder. I guess I don't know what a PCO's definition of "clutter" is. I have a fairly small one story house, three small bedrooms with small closets. My husband and I are both college graduates and in love with vintage books etc. We have tons of them. My house is orderly, (save my husband's office in one of the bedrooms that is chaos). I have a small bedroom with large furniture in it. Every closet is full top to bottom. House is orderly, as I said, but lots of things in here. Most walls have furniture in front of them.
I would more than likely do thermal treatment if it is found have BBs. I was told we didn't have to clean our out closets for treatment, but I suspect we would have to do more prep than say someone who has very little, or lives in a apartment. The heat must make it to the walls and permeate through things and though my closets are full they are very small. So would heaters be able to get into the closets with minimal removal or bagging of items? I know I won't get off without doing anything and even though I show no signs of BB's right now, this has motivated me to get rid of stuff in a big way.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this
The system I would be using if treated would be ThermaPure. FYI
Being heated tomorrow, so take it with a grain of salt, but after speaking with several companies they all would prefer that things be packed loosely so that the heat can penetrate evenly and quickly throughout the structure. While some may say to just leave it, it really depends on the size of your house and the materials it was constructed from (Plaster, Drywall, Paneling, etc) their ability to move air into those locations etc. Even with gas, it is advised that you open up spaces so that it get to everything.
I suspect that with enough time the entire residence would be cooked through, but speeding and simplifying the process cannot hurt.
As to the definition of clutter, I have a feeling it may in part be a nice way of saying to do your laundry and pickup your floors, and do basic cleaning, remember not all homes visited by PCOs are clean or orderly.
From other things I've read on here this morning, I think the key is if the clutter can be moved. My main issue is probably with my closets. I have a linen closet that is pretty full, a coat closet that is bursting, my closet in my office is also used for storage and then my husband's closet. All of these things can be taken out and moved to where they could be heated more evenly. The other main issue is my bedroom, because moving stuff in there will be tough.
About the "nice" way of saying, clean up your house, yeah I wonder about that too. I can't imagine what those guys get into when they go look at houses. I know I'm not the best at pulling out furniture and cleaning behind it, but I try to keep a reasonably tidy home. Just too much stuff in too small of a place, for sure.
The only room that would need some major excavating would be my husband's office. I think we could make thermal work without renting a pod or something.
Thanks for input.
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