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"Hang bedding outside on warm sunny days" Really?

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  1. Canuck

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Wed Aug 29 2012 10:14:38
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    Can anyone enlighten me as to why under a website's section on "Bed Bug Prevention" would be instructions to: "Hang bedding outside on warm sunny days for several hours."?

    I was pleasantly surprised to find a Google Alert "New UF/IFAS website has tips on bed bug prevention and control". Clicked on it and it is a University of Florida news piece on a new website, developed by the Florida Bed Bug Workgroup and the University of Florida, providing resources for anyone concerned about bed bugs, from college students living away from home for the first time to pest control professionals and landlords.

    Fantastic - a quality web site. Good news indeed. Then again, I have learned to always check out all sites and not assume anything.

    At least they did not describe them as 'apple-seed size', just 'tick-sized'. No time to finish reviewing the site right now, but here is the link

    Sheree

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  2. djames1921

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Wed Aug 29 2012 11:05:08
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    Yeah, the put it outside when its warm idea needs to be put to rest. Even on the hottest sunny days the temps between the ground and the clothing often remain quite cool, and that's where the bed bugs will go. Had a story relayed to me about a whole house heat treatment that failed because the tenants had removed their infested clothing and put it in the sun on a very hot day. The bed bugs survived in the cool spots and the tenants brought the infestation back in after the heat treatment was done. We have also done temp tests in cars on sunny hot days, same problem, some areas get hot enough but cool spot shelter areas exist. When it comes to heat treatments, everywhere needs to get to kill temps, any areas that don't will be where the live bed bugs will be found after the treatment.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Wed Aug 29 2012 11:29:41
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    My pco had told me to do that when we had 100 degree weather here in VA. I didnt do it cause I knew it wouldn't be enough. Sometimes we have to listen to others, read our own info and use our extinct.

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    Wed Aug 29 2012 11:44:08
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    Hmmmm, maybe they are just too busy reinventing the wheel to read the research of their peers, such as this:

    http://medent.usyd.edu.au/bedbug/papers/garrards_bed_bugs_2007_fullarticle.pdf

    45 seconds clicking through that website and it gets a double gong for technical inaccuracy from me on several levels.

    Sadly many academics don't seem to be able to relate the same model of learning that their students do, i.e. you attend university to learn from more experienced people (usually Professors) but when it comes to reinventing yourself academically from a termite specialist to a bedbug guru they do not follow the same simple logic.

    Its fair to say that most of the people I respect in the bedbug world post to this forum, the others tend to be just a little to late to the party to be given respect without actually earning it.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Aug 30 2012 0:34:38
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    That's not good.

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

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Aug 30 2012 8:37:28
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    And, it's fair to say that killing critters in a test tube is a lot different than doing so under actual field conditions at real accounts where controlled conditions are absent.

    Have a nice day ! paul b.


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