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  1. jannifer20

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 10:27:20
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    My dryer does not heat high enough to kill BB.

    I was thinking of trying to bake my leather shoes. I think one pair is infested and I have them in ziploc bags.
    At what temperature and how long?
    Would they catch on fire?

    Silly question, but I've never baked shoes before.
    Would appreciate any suggestions.

  2. faye

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 10:30:21
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    I'm curious what to do with my Doc Martens, I have two pairs and they are boots. I'd hate to throw them out, they are worth some money. Kinda hard to inspect up near the toes.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 11:26:46
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    Are you sure your dryer doesn't get hot enough? 120 degrees F for a half hour is plenty.

    You can buy shoe racks for your dryer. They fit inside the drum but do not tumble. If your dryer actually doesn't get hot enough then a longer duration at a lower temperature should still do the job, especially in a dry, windy environment.

    Tony

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 11:34:53
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    Aren't Doc Martens very durable? Maybe you could pour half a bottle of rubbing alchohol into the boot, swish it around a bit and pour it out. That way if you damage the leather it'd be on the inside only.

    I would buy an old pair from the goodwill or salvation army to test it out on first though.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 11:41:55
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    I had a mild infestation that I did not think infected my shoes and boots. However, to be sure, I used my hair dryer on the highest setting to carefully kill any bugs hiding in them. One live bug fell out of one fur-lined boot and I killed it. I guess it could not take the heat as my fingers were finding it too hot to take:) I have used some of these "cleaned" shoes and boots and have not got bitten.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Oct 30 2008 13:26:08
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    I put my suede boots that I was wearing at the infested motel into my freezer for a week. I have worn them since and actually found and itchy red spot on the arch of my foot after wearing them all night. I had nylon stockings on which I wouldn't think are thick enough to prevent a bed bug from biting, but I also don't see why they would pick such thick skin to bite. Also, wouldn't walking have crushed the bug under my foot? Although the arch of the foot maybe be safe? I'm not sure if my foot would react the same as my arms and back did (large itchy welts), because the bites on my face weren't itchy at all and went away within a week, but I'm still hoping the itch was cause by something else. Maybe I will try the blowdryer.

  7. jan

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Oct 31 2008 0:48:02
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    I'm under the impression using a blow dryer will only scatter the bugs...the high temps needed to kill them can't be maintained with a blow dryer. Most home freezers don't maintain temps low enough to kill them either. I put shoes & bags in double zip-locs, taped up, then in plastic storage bins (also taped) into my attic for 18 mos. Maybe overkill...but this so needs to end

  8. Livingagain

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Oct 31 2008 7:57:01
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    You can put a No-pest strip in the bags so you don't have to keep them sealed for 18 mos.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Nov 1 2008 0:46:10
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    barelyliving - 16 hours ago  » 
    You can put a No-pest strip in the bags so you don't have to keep them sealed for 18 mos.

    That's what I was going to mention too. Also, I didn't have a problem with putting my suede jackets into a bag with a No-pest strip. BTW, if you click on the "No-pest strip" tag link near the upper-left corner of this thread, it will take you to a thread called "Moth balls in air sealed bags as treatment" where the No-pest strips are discussed in detail.

    P.S. Also, keep in mind that this product hasn't officially been tested on bedbugs, however, people have been using it on their own to kill bedbugs.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Also, I have been using the paper covered moth-ball packets(I don't use the traditional moth balls) in sealed bags with my shoes in them for awhile now and there doesn't seem to be any problem. However, there was a weird chemical reaction with a plastic bag that I had the moth-ball packets and rubber sandals in. But actually, I should have contacted the manufacturer about using the moth-ball packets with shoes and/or rubber sandals.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Nov 1 2008 2:20:48
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    Thanks for the no pest strip info...Do I undertand this correctly...only 4 hours for items sealed with a strip??? As opposed to 18 mos sealed without a strip?? Jeff White basically says to follow the labeling instruction...which I will, but is that what the label says? He also mentions luggage...I'm disapointed I didn't investigate this option prior to discarding my daughter's luggage which was store in a bb infested closet (sigh)....live & learn. If this is a viable option, my daughter will be thrilled her shoes & bags can come out of quarrantine before March 2010!!!

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    jan - 11 minutes ago  » 
    Do I undertand this correctly...only 4 hours for items sealed with a strip??? As opposed to 18 mos sealed without a strip?? Jeff White basically says to follow the labeling instruction...which I will, but is that what the label says?

    I threw my label away and don't remember. However, I did call the "800" number on the label and one of their product specialists told me about the 4 hour time period. Also, the "800" number can be found at the Hot Shot site.

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    death2allbbs - 2 hours ago  » 
    BTW, if you click on the "No-pest strip" tag link near the upper-left corner of this thread...

    Um, once again...make that near the upper-right corner.

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    (This is an old post, but just adding my notes incase anyone comes across this looking for info...)

    If the pest strips aren't available, you could try using an enzyme spray.
    Its a contact killer and non-toxic.
    I haven't tried it on shoes but I think its safe on leather. Its definitely safe on all fabrics.
    The brand I bought was Kleen Green, but I think there is also Kleen Free.
    I'm guessing you would need to spray it thoroughly and let it dry.
    Maybe vacuum the shoes first carefully, and then spray inside and out. Then let it dry, then do it again.
    There is no odor at all, and its totally non-toxic.

    Also, rubbing alcohol is an effective contact killer, but not sure how that affects leather.

    If you live in the U.S, I would invest in a packtite, if its proven to be as good as I've heard.
    I'm so jealous! I'd buy one in a minute. The investment of $300 is so worth it, rather than throwing out hundreds of dollars of stuff.

    One other thought is steaming the shoes. A pro-steamer should work, but you have to be careful about not blowing around any eggs and such.

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    Also thought I'd put in my 2 cents.

    If the OP doesn't think his dryer gets hot enough, he could make a trip to the local laundrymat. (Though I personally think he's mistaken, or there's something wrong with his dryer)

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    Others have used a Packtite for this purpose. They became available AFTER this thread originated, which explains why no one has mentioned this.

    The problem with contact killers like enzyme cleaners is that they only kill bed bugs they hit directly. Bed bugs may be able to crawl into a tiny crack in your shoe.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 9 years ago
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    I am several weeks into my battle with bed bugs (finally having my first spray and steam later today! Wee!) and I have a lot of shoes. I can honestly say that the Packtite has been an absolute godsend when it came to disinfecting them, among many, many other things. And I have not been bit while wearing a pair at all and am confident they are all clean. I did loosen the glue on a couple of the soles , but nothing my shoe guy couldn't fix. Once cleaned in the Packtite, I placed the smaller non-boot type shoes I don't wear as often in gallon Ziplocs, then placed them inside plastic shoe boxes from the Container Store (also great for other things like disinfected cosmetics, jewelry etc. They sell them in boxes of 20)and then I put the boxes in XL Ziplocs. 3 boxes per bag. Might be over kill, but I don't care. They're safe. Boots or shoes I wear more often are in simply in XL Ziplocs and hanging by the handle of the bag in my front closet for easy access. To keep them clean, I put them on outside before I leave, and when coming home, I use a sterilized cookie sheet from a sealed bag to step on when I walk in the door so I am not stepping on my carpet. I then alcohol the bottom of the shoes and the cookie sheet and store both in their clean spots for next time!

  18. lieutenantdan

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    Buy a steamer from Bed Bath and Beyond for less than one hundred bucks and steam your shoes
    this will kill bugs and eggs and then keep your shoes sealed in a plastic container which you could purchase from Bed Bath and Beyond as well. Oh yes one more thing, do not put your shoes under your bed.


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