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Safe to place suitcase in the balcony after potential bed bug threat from travel

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  1. Nobugspls

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    Hi all. So...I am very scared and anxious about potentially carrying back bed bugs from the hotel to my apartment. I stayed in a hotel for 7 days and on the 5th day changed rooms because I found one broken dried but surely a bed bug body in my room. I also got 3 bites - one on my arm, 2 on my one leg.
    I plan to put my suitcase and bag in big trash plastics and tie the opening with some rope to prevent the bugs from spreading in my apartment. Where should I put these trash bags containing my travel bags...in the basement personal storage room or in the balcony attached to our living room and bedroom?
    I have dealt long with bed bugs before and ther are a big source of anxiety and panic for me. Please please help.

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    Hi,

    I would suggest pallet wrap / cling film or Saran Wrap rather than bin bags as you get a better and more secure seal.

    If it’s sealed correctly it does not really matter where you leave them because anything inside is sealed there.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    Hi. Thanks for the quick reply. Do you know what kind of wrap i can buy in Germany? Until i get those wraps bin bags are my only option. Where would you rather leave the bin bags then? Also I am scared the bugs might fall out while taking things out of the bags...for laundering etc.

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    Hi,

    Pallet wrap from a hardware or storage store or failing that food plastic wrap.

    David

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    If you need to open the bag and suitcase to take clothes out, please be careful. I would do that outside if you can or maybe a bathtub where you could more easily inspect and clean after. When you're done, seal it up good as David recommends. As far as where to store it, would temperature be important? If it's below freezing in Germany now, storing it on the balcony would require a longer wait before it's safe to open. I think I read bed bugs can only survive about 5 to 6 months in room temps but in freezing conditions, over a year. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Posted 10 months ago
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    Would make sense that they survive longer in freezing temperatures like -1 or so. But my plan was to take out luggage in plastic bags and then treat the suitcase and backpack by spraying with alcohol and inspecting while they're still in the plastic bags in the balcony. Without treatment i think it's safe to open them only after a year...right?

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    I thought BBs die within 4 days in freezing temps? No?

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    Rick_C123 - 1 hour ago  » 
    I thought BBs die within 4 days in freezing temps? No?

    Not the range of freezing temperatures that are acchivable on planet earth. You need active freezing rather than environmentally cold and even then -20C takes weeks not days to be 100% certain.

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    So, lets say i want to get rid of the bed bugs by starving them to death inside the plastic bags containing my luggage. How long should one wait before opening these bags? I read a little online and came think about 1.5 years (considering average temperature 10 degrees C).

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    Hi,

    Starvation option takes 1.5 years. Means having a few spare toothbrushes and wash kits.

    David

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    bed-bugscouk - 2 weeks ago  » 
    Hi,
    Starvation option takes 1.5 years. Means having a few spare toothbrushes and wash kits.
    David

    Not sure what the last line means.
    I wanted to heat my suitcase inside something like PackTite but it is not available in Germany.
    Also, I am not sure how to treat the suitcase, back pack, winter down coat and sneaker shoes.

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    Posted 9 months ago
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    Hi,

    To rely on just leaving your suitcase sealed you need 1 toothbrush and 1 washkit as well as 1 suitcase per trip you take on an 18 month basis.

    Yes, sadly there is not a luggage heating system which works on sale in the EU, a reflection of the fact that heating sources and the conditions to get reliable successful heating is more complex than it first appears. In 2012 I tested 30 heaters and while 2 were close to specification none ended up being reliable enough.

    Our UK solution was to create a Decon facility where we can work on things using a variety of methods. Sadly the cost to build one from scratch is over £25,000 and not many pest controllers are committed to that kind of investment for dealing with luggage and laundry.

    Hope that explains a little better.

    David


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