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Heat Treatment or Pesticides?

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  1. BedBugsLoveMyBooty

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Thu Aug 9 2018 18:22:22
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    Hey all... We need help/advice. My parents place is infested pretty bad. Virtually every room of the house has signs of the little buggers. Mom found bugs in the microwave... I just found em in the upper back corner of the shower... At least 3 of the 4 bedrooms are confirmed. It's about a 2000 sq ft. home with an attached garage (about another 600 sq ft.) and was built about 40 years ago. Bugs have been here at least 6 months, probably more... Hard to say.

    Anyway, first place we called recommended heat treatment stating that it's the only way to truly get rid of them to the tune of somewhere around $4k. Then the next place we called said the exact opposite... Heat treatment doesn't work, it just makes them run and hide and that we should go with pesticide treatment at somewhere around $2k.

    So which is the way to go? We don't care about the price difference... Just want to make the right decision that gives us the highest chance of success.

    Bonus question...

    What's the best way to go about cleaning bed bugs out of electronics?? Laptops, computers, monitors, keyboards etc.

    Thanks all!

  2. Bug Buffet

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Fri Aug 10 2018 22:53:38
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    What you really want is what is called Integrated Pest Management, which is the use of whole-house heat treatment of 125+ degrees for 6-8 hours, followed by the spraying of a residual chemical that will kill any stragglers. Worked for me!

    After the treatment use Packtite monitors around frequently-used furniture, checking 1-2x a month (weekly the first month). Usually 60+ days without any signs of bugs (live specimens, fresh shed skins, fresh fecal spots, etc) generally means you're in the clear and can resume a "normal" life with periodic monitoring.

    For the right type of heating to use, do a word search here for "heat treatment", which will give you more info.

    Much success!


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