thermal treatment

Thermaspot: easily confirm heat treated items reach 120F

July 20, 2012

David James (inventor of the Packtite, Packtite Closet, Bed Bug Beacon, and Bed Bug Blue) has another new product which may improve the way many of us deal with bed bugs: the Thermaspot (TM) Temperature Sensor. Thermaspot is a small piece of adhesive paper (which can be kept attached to its backing or attached to […]

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Thermal treatment for bed bugs destroys home of two Cincinnati families

May 18, 2011

A thermal treatment for bed bugs has ended in sorrow. Two families were displaced when a two-family home in Carthage, Ohio caught fire during structural heat treatment. According to, Cincinnati Fire District Chief Glenn Coleman said one of the six [propane] heaters Tyree was using ignited carpet in a living room, a fire that […]

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Heat treatment for bed bugs is not a Do It Yourself project

September 27, 2010

Although heat treatments can be effective for bed bugs, this is not a treatment method you can do yourself. A Lexington, Kentucky woman recently set her home on fire while trying to treat her home with heat to kill bed bugs. WKYT reports, Carol says they’ve called exterminators in before to no avail. So frustrated, […]

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Bed bugs lead to evacuation of York, Pennsylvania apartment building

August 10, 2010

The York Dispatch reports that an apartment building in York, Pennsylvania was shut down by the fire department after someone called them to complain about a bed bug infestation. A notice on the door of 137 S. Beaver St. said the building ‘constitutes a serious hazard to the health and safety of the occupants because […]

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More on the Hollister bed bug case, and consumer fears

July 8, 2010

Racked asks how scared Hollister Epic customers should be about the recent bed bug problem in that store.  Racked says Timothy Wong of M&M Environmental … told us his firm has handled over 150 calls from freaked-out Hollister customers in the past week. On inspection, the majority turned out to be free of the tiny […]

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Bed bugs to be discussed on ABC’s Nightline tonight (4/29)

April 29, 2010

ABC’s Nightline will feature a segment on bed bugs tonight (4/29, assuming no other breaking news stories take precedence) according to this press release from ThermaPure (who will be featured in the show). Meanwhile, nothing about this on the Nightline website at this time. Let’s set our DVRs and TiVOs and see what transpires! Update […]

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Public housing tenants living with bed bugs for 3.5 years

April 27, 2010

Remember the Connie Griffith / Ballard Towers, in Lexington, Kentucky? In November, 2008, we told you that some of the complex’s public housing tenants had been suffering with bed bugs for two years.  Next month, it will be three and a half years that some tenants have been living with this pest. And as WKYT […]

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Bed bugs in Regina; is the cost of thermal treatments coming down?

April 19, 2010

A new article today on the rise of bed bugs in Regina, Saskatchewan, is not unusual.  This is a local story about the problem, with soundbites from a local pest management professional: Regina sees increase in bed bugs in The Leader-Post. We don’t usually cover such pieces, which mainly seem to be a promotional tool […]

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NY Press spreads potentially bad ideas about bed bug treatment

February 17, 2010

A story in the New York Press yesterday tells the tale of a pest tech’s daily work.   He rides around in a car covered on the inside in Delta Dust: Plus, everything in Frank’s car, including us, is covered with a fine white powder. It’s called Delta Dust, and its active ingredient is the neurotoxin […]

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Depot Square, St. Johnsbury, VT: 39 of 47 units have bed bugs

August 7, 2009

Representatives of various state agencies  in St. Johnsbury, Vermont met Friday to formulate an action plan in Depot Square, a heavily infested building where canine scent detection teams found bed bugs in 39 of 47 units. reports, For the last four months, tenants living in the Depot Square building have been living side by […]

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Bed bugs at Northern Kentucky University

April 15, 2009

Northern Kentucky University is suffering from the bed bug scourge, independent student paper The Northerner reports today: Director of University Housing Peter Trentacoste said, “I can confirm we had a (bed bugs) incident. We successfully treated the six rooms.” It appears they took swift action and ordered a thermal treatment for six infested rooms in […]

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Kill bed bugs and eggs in your stuff using a Packtite

March 29, 2009

The FAQ below focuses on the original Packtite, which was subject to a voluntary recall by the manufacturer in December, 2013. More on the recall here — including what to do if you have a Packtite Original. To read about the newer, larger, more expensive and more powerful Packtite, available in the US and Canada, […]

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