Vikane or Thermal for apartment belongings?(3 posts)
The landlord and PCO recommended that the parquet floors in my studio apartment be coated with polyeurothene, and the place repainted. They found no traces of bugs but I am still getting bit, they are probably in my sofa, on which I sleep. They have found bugs in one other apartment but it is not next to mine.
Here's my question, after this work is done on my apartment, should I have all my belongings put in a truck and given Vikane treatment? I want to know this is done once and for all. The sofa will either have to be treated or thrown out (it's brand new and expensive!) so I might as well get everything treated at the same time.
I live in NYC and would appreciate advice on getting a decent price on this treatment. Or should thermal be considered?
Both approaches can produce good results.
I prefer gas fumigation... Vikane gas will penetrate the furniture completely and kill any bugs or eggs very reliably without leaving any kind of residue or causing any potential damage.
Getting heat evenly distributed through to the insulated portions of the furniture without creating any hot spots is the challenge with a thermal approach... On site treatment can be limited by the power supply that is available for the heating units.
In either case, it will be very important to treat your residence at the same time to ensure that all bed bugs are eliminated from the furnishings and the empty unit simultaneously to avoid re-infestation.
On-site fumigation services are available for buildings that install a Fume Cube or a rental truck / moving pod can be treated with Vikane gas at an off site location with a concurrent treatment of the unit by the PCO.
You can send a PM to me, if you want more info.
(Disclosure: I work for a company in Florida that is associated with Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists in New York)
Have you looked into a sofa encasement?
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