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  1. Jeff100

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Mon Dec 3 2012 12:33:28
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    My place was sprayed for bed bugs two times about a year ago after I found a bed bug. About 6 months ago I started to find more of them and went to talk to people in the building's main office. It turns out that the person in the apartment below me had an infestation. The PCO set off a bomb (which as it turns out is a bad idea, http://bedbugger.com/2007/05/30/bombs-dont-work-on-bed-bugs-citation-anyone/) in the apartment below me and sprayed my apartment as well. Afterwords I found 20 dead bed bugs on my couch, on the floor and coming out of my faucets..... I have since moved cities leaving all of my furniture behind. I bagged up all of my belongings in garbage bags and put them in the basement of my new place. All dishes have gone through the dishwasher, all of my clothes have been washed and dried, but there are many things that can't be washed such as electronics, books, my cell phone, etc.

    Is there any way to be sure that my things that can't be washed are bed bug free without waiting 18 months?

    According to Changlu Wang from Rutgers book chapter (http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~insects/WangCooper2011BedbugbookChapter4.pdf page 59), Dry ice palced in a sealed garbage bag that was 80% full of clothes killed all bed bugs within 24 hours. Has anyone found this to be effective in practice? In the form post about dry ice (http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/dry-ice) a lot of senior members seem to think that it is unreliable, is this still the case? The book also mentions on pg 56 that "freezing items in a household freezer for 4 days should be sufficient to kill bed bugs". But I've read that freezing in household freezers is inadequate (http://bedbugger.com/2007/08/04/faq-leaving-stuff-out-to-freeze-walk-in-freezers-etc-how-cold-and-how-long/).

    I was initially very excited when I read this book chapter that I was going to be able to "decontaminate" my stuff, but now I'm unsure after reading a lot of articles from this site. Does anyone have any articles that show these techniques not working or have first hand experience of it working/not working?

    I can't wait to be bed bug free and stop living out of garbage bags.

    Thanks for your help and suggestions!

    Jeff100

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Mon Dec 3 2012 16:04:03
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    We're told heat is a much more efficient, reliable and useful useful tool though freezing can work if the temperatures are sustained long enough and cold enough.

    See the FAQs on killing bed bugs in your stuff:
    http://bedbugger.com/FAQs/stuff

    DDVP strips in a sealed bag may be an option though I am not a professional and can't really advise on that. P Bello is a pro here who could talk to you about that. Some other pros are not as positive about encouraging DDVP use by consumers.

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

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