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  1. vigorb

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 12:56:17
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    Hi all,

    I finally had my bed bug infestation confirmed by my apartment manager via a second K9 investigation service. However, the pest control company they're choosing to go through is using heat treatment on our apartment. The earliest date they had available was December 28.

    I'm getting bit frequently and have even seen live bugs crawling on my wall. Is a 3 week wait for heat treatment pretty standard, or should I demand another company come and treat out apartment sooner? I feel like bed bugs are pretty urgent, as they could be spreading to other apartments and I could be spreading them to friends or at work.

    Advice?

    Thanks,

    Brittany

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 15:25:37
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    vigorb-Hi,
    I considered a heat treatment from A3Superior--owner Jeff Klein. They operate in the areas of
    Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NYC. One of there reps came and spoke with me. I live in a nyc

    I was nearly certain that the infestation was in my place alone since the bites began soon after
    my daughter returned from a short stay in 2 hotels in San Juan.

    A good Co. doing thermal remediation is very costly. If your land lord is paying for this it's
    imperative that they are well versed in this method and that the technicians performing the
    treatment are well trained and extremely vigilant. A thermal treatment must be done on all units
    surrounding your apartment, the entire floor, and units above and below if there is any possibility
    that there are other infestations. I'm not a PCO, but I believe that this is about what I heard.

    nobugsonme is well versed in this treatment. If she doesn't get to you first you can pm her.

    I did not have a thermal remediation. I would have had to pay for it myself $2500. for a small apt in 2011. In addition, my infestation was not that bad. My bbs. harbored in the wood frame of the bed.
    2 and (i'd have to say) one half chemical treatments later I was done with the nasty bastards.

    3 weeks is awhile to wait when your sufferin bites, but if your land lords going the whole hog
    properly done I've heard it can be over in one treatment. Good luck

  3. NorthEast

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 17:26:54
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    Just wanted to comment on bedbugsuptown quote that all surrounding units need to be heat treated, this is not true. Only units with bed bugs in them need to be heat treated.

    As for a three week wait- that is a long time but when my company was busy with bed bugs and only had one heat treatment system there were times we had to tell customers to wait 2-3 weeks because the heat trailer was booked everyday. There is a potential for bed bugs to move to adjacent units while you wait. I would think the Pest control company would want to reinspect those units before treatment to cover their own butts so they don't just end up with a problem down the road.

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    Thu Dec 13 2012 12:30:55
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    The reply is correct about only having to treat the units infested. Make sure all surrounding are inspected by a canine to ensure accuracy. We have added another 100k generator giving us the ability to treat three separate sites in one day(2-100k Gensets and a 30k for Hotels and small areas). Most of the younger companies have limited generation and heaters as well as trained crew people. With the coming fungus treatment I do not see a lot of additional companies spending 100k plus on heaters and generators. We have about 300k invested to date. And thank you for the referral bedbugsuptown -appreciate it.

    Bed Bug and Thermal Remediation Specialist
    Please email me directly for support. Thank you.
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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Dec 13 2012 13:57:18
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    My mistake Mr Jeff Klein & NorthEast, That was a bit overstated, I checked and am surprised that i posted that, I'm not a pco but I do know that you wouldn't do a thermal remediation on all units.
    (although I know someone in a building about 10 blocks from mine with an infestation that's been
    festering through all 16 units for a few years now. (they'res a buncha junkies living in one unit, probably not the most cooperative in this situation, and the LL sound problematic as well)

    @vigorb--terribly sorry about that error, since I was talking about thermal remediation I expect that I used that term in regards to the units, instead of posting inspection of all surrounding units.

    @Jeff, rep that came to my place was professional, gave me sound advice, told me not to jump into a
    thermal treatment and certainly not to do it before the apt. below me was inspected since there may have been potential for bbs. there. I was in a tough position, rent controlled with a LL known as Patch
    Work Pete. I knew I was on my own.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 14 2012 0:52:19
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    jeffklein - 12 hours ago  » 
    Make sure all surrounding are inspected by a canine to ensure accuracy.

    Just chiming in on this need to inspect adjacent units, though IMO it does not have to be a k9, it can also be a skilled human.

    Don't forget attached units may have given you bed bugs rather than the other-way-around scenario which you're rightly concerned may also happen, and if others are infested they may not even be aware they have them in some cases (or may be afraid to seek help).

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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