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Is Heat Treatment Effective?

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  1. scared in ottawa

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Sun Jul 20 2014 18:15:03
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    Hello;

    I have a few posts here already outlining my issues, but I'm starting to feel conflicted after doing a lot of reading on this site. I have a few questions, and would really appreciate if anyone could answer some/all of them.

    I am looking to hire a company to come and treat my things in a truck prior to a move. There are a lot of accounts here that say that heating was not successful, but this is generally in their homes, not in a truck. One of the PCO's I spoke to says he estimates he has a 90-95% success rate, the other claims a 100% success rate when it comes to a truck.

    Can any of the experts weigh in? Is it worth the $2000 to treat in a heat truck, or should I be looking into a different (initial) treatment?

    Secondly, I was told by a PCO that bedbugs cannot survive in my car in the summer heat. I live in Ottawa, where the temperature with the humidex is often in the 30's (or higher), and my car generally feels sweltering. I haven't found any evidence of bugs in the car, but I'm petrified to spread them to anyone else. Is this information accurate? The infestation started in late June, but I wasn't treating my clothes consistently prior to leaving (believing we were safe).

    Finally, for treating clothes/fabric, I want to be certain that everything dies before bringing some clothes for safeguarding to my parents. If I dry all the clothes on high heat for an hour, wash them and then dry them again, can I be guaranteed that everything is dead? So far what I've been doing is drying my clothes at high heat, inspecting and then bagging them, showering, inspecting again, dressing without letting the clothes touch the ground in the bathroom, and then walking out the door, so I feel fairly confident I'm not bringing anything out (barring issues with the car) but when it's a large load of laundry, it's harder to inspect every last piece of clothing.

    Thanks to all who take the time to read and reply to this!

  2. scared in ottawa

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Jul 21 2014 11:58:11
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    Could someone please answer me? This is my fourth post in 4 weeks trying to get help that has gone mostly unanswered, and I'm starting to get really desperate, and lost. Even if the answers aren't positive, at least knowing what I can expect as a next step.

  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Jul 21 2014 12:08:31
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    Hi,

    OK.

    There are specialist trucks designed for heating, the one I have tested is the Insect Inferno and I know it is built to work 100% of the time. The failures and errors which can occur tend to be when people assume that a tent or truck can just be heated and that air temperature is a viable indication of core temperature and they fail.

    If you are going to attempt this method make sure its with something that will work the first time because its usually quite a cost to incur.

    The advice with regards your car is incorrect, you have to park the car a lot closer to the surface of the sun than its feasible without being in outer space (the payload costs are crippling).

    There is a good and already written FAQ for the clothes and "stuff".

    Personally I would start by looking at what level of confirming activity you have, namely:

    • Live samples
    • Cast skins
    • Faecal traces

    That way you can work out the extent of the issue and thus an accurate reflection of what is needed to succeed at the task.

    Hope that makes sense.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Jul 21 2014 14:13:42
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    Hi! I have not heard of doing this in a truck. I would see the downside as having to be in contact with all of the belongings and possibly spreading the problem. Is this an alternative to heat treating your living area? Or is it because you are moving? If you have bedbugs you should probably treat your living area so that the next person is not affected. As long as everything is at the right temperature for long enough, then it will work. But, there is the concern of cold spots -- air should be circulating, and belongings have to be separated enough for the heat to penetrate everything.

    As far as your clothes regimen, drying dry clothes (clean, presumably) on regular heat for 30-45 minutes is enough. There is no need to inspect.


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