Treatment Update(8 posts)
So, after having one company come out and casually sprinkle pesticides in my room (for only a couple hundred bucks, thank god,) I had Isotech come out and do the heat thing. I'm pretty sure that they were just confined to my bed and the wood paneling on the wall. Two days later, had the wonderful pups come out and do their thing and I'm cleared!
I'm also moving so I'm gonna take this time to seal my bed frame and wash it down again with murphy oil and move it to the new place right away. I still have some packtiting to do even though all of the stuff was treated with the thermal treatment of the house.
I feel pretty confident that the heat was the answer and that I won't move with them. especially after entering the house just after it was done and feeling how intense the heat was. I doubt any insect could survive that. I will be having the dogs come out to my new place once I'm moved in just to confirm. The dogs were fantastic and I did get to see a sample (with some confined bed bugs) of how the dogs act once they do find bugs. It was pretty cool.
I will keep posting on the success:)
Glad to hear of your success! I hope you stay bug free. Dogs are just all-around amazing.
good 4 u
hi sweetblood, just out of curiousity, how long was your place heated and do you know to what temperature the company got it up too? i am just wondering how different companies vary in these areas..
deesgusted, they were there for about 6.5 hours and i don't know the top tempuratures, but I will ask them. i want to say in the 140 range just because thats what they told me it would get to. I'm willing to bet it got higher than that. I'd like to think that after they left, they heat was still working (I'm sure they were all dead at this point.) But I left the house closed up afterwards. When I walked in right after, it felt like the point in a sauna when you just cant take it anymore lol. Also, the heat damaged a few things that I'd forgotten to put away and that actually was some sort of confirmation that progress was made lol.
When I had the truck heat treatment, the average surface temperature was 175 degrees in areas that didn't have sensitive electronics. This, I am sure, was to make sure that the interior of thick items such as the mattress or rug got fully heated.
I just began my fight with these critters a week ago and I am looking to break my lease move out of my apartment building. I told management of the issue and they treated my unit 2 days later - but i highly doubt they treated any adjacent apartments. Which, we all know means I'll be reinfested. They are coming back next week (on my DEMAND). I did find one live bug 2 days ago (about 4 days after treatment) I don't truly know now bad the situation is - I found maybe 10 or 12 bugs in total (alive and dead). But nonetheless I'd like to get the hell outta dodge. I'd like to salvage whatever i possibly can. I've been a mess the past week thinking that I'd have to get rid of everything i've worked so hard for. I've thrown out a ton of things (comforters, clothes, shoes, rugs, items etc.) I'm not a dirty person but I do have a lot of stuff (well not so much anymore). I guess i'm MOST concerned about my flat screen tv that i only purchased a few months ago - I can get rid of my bed and couches but losing all my other furniture really scares me. I've already encased the existing mattress and boxspring and washed everything and am living out of ziploc bags (although i'm paranoid i didn't do a good job of washing and drying to kill the bugs) In any case - I'd like to know if thermal treatment in a truck or pod is available in New York (im about 40 min north of NYC). And what the recommendation is for vikane vs. thermal treatment. Obviously I'd like to know approximate prices too.
Heat treatment seems pretty reliable, based on the anecdotes on this site (more reliable by leaps and bounds than pesticide, certainly), but I don't think anyone should rely on dogs to tell them that they're not infested. At most, I'd rely on a dog to tell me where I should spend my time on a visual inspection, trying to determine if I were infested.
The fact that you can't see smoke any more doesn't mean it's safe to walk away from the fire.
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