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  1. eatingmealive

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Jan 24 2009 11:27:53
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    and we feel a lot better about it. I felt like stuff was moved around better and better temperatures were reached overall. No damage to the house that we have noticed thus far (even if I secretly wanted my husband's television to break, it is a big old projector). I stuck around for the day to see the process and it is a lot of work and was interesting. We did not see any bugs come out, but (a) I don't think we had a major infestation and (b) if they were nymphs I have no idea how people see those being so tiny and translucent. Either way, I'll keep the board updated.

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    One of the thermal bed bug pros (I think it was BakedBedBugs) when I was freaking out about how I didn't understand how thermal could avoid sending them scattering to other places explained the heat and bed bug escape phenomenon to me this way:

    When it starts to get warm, the bugs will try to find cooler hiding places to stay safe. Their instinct is to burrow deeper into places to stay cool. As the temperature in the place being treated heats up, eventually the heat begins to penetrate whatever deep in your mattress/behind your baseboard/other place the bugs went to keep cool, but by the time those places heat up and the bugs try to escape, they're jumping right into the heat.

    [insert evil villain laugh here] Sorry. I will never get tired of the image of the bed bugs emerging from hiding only to be crisped to death.

    Anyway, that's a long way of saying that, in fact, when I got back, I saw no evidence of bugs at all, and my best guess is that that's because they had all crawled deeper into things to try to hide from the heat.

    I was also fascinated by the whole process. It is a lot of work, as you point out--way more than I expected, even having met the thermal PCO for the walkthrough before treatment. I'm also sort of a tech geek, so the idea of there being a high tech and more environmentally friendly way to deal with the bugs (At least as far as the pesticides go) intrigues me.

    Do keep us updated. I'll cross my fingers that your treatment got them all and this'll be the last you'll have to deal with them.

    As a personal fan of thermal, I'm always hopeful to hear that it's becoming more widely available and reliable--not because
    I think it's the only way or the best way, but because I firmly believe that the more good options we have for treatment, the sooner we'll get the problem under control.

  3. eatingmealive

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Jan 25 2009 19:48:06
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    So far so good. One potential bite on my thigh, but it is hard to tell if it is new or if it is just an old one that is acting up. Typically Saturday night seemed to be feeding night and didn't really experience anything last night. So I'm still pretty hopeful that this worked.

  4. susan

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Tue Jan 27 2009 14:59:56
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    i had bed bugs and i had my landlord come over and we got the room up to 180degress f so im hoping that it killed them all i have bites on my arms and legs, how do i get rid of them?

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Hi susan,

    Thermal is a specialist treatment skill and requires accurate monitoring for it to be efficient and effective.

    If I read your post correctly you and your landlord tried to a self treat thermal which in my opinion is likely to do more damage than good.

    I would suggest that you both spend time reading through the information in the FAQ's on this site and others and come up with a strategy that is more likely to be effective.

    Regards,

    David

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Jan 28 2009 8:42:07
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    Woke up today, no bites. We noticed very very minor damage that we could have avoided, but didn't think. Completely our fault.
    1.) A full length mirror. The frame was glued on and came un-glued. I am glad it was leaning on a wall and didn't shatter.
    2.) A stick of Crisco for baking was forgotten about, it melted and my cabinet is gooey.
    3.) A forgotten bag of chocolate baking chips. Melted and when I went to use it, it is now a block of chocolate.
    4.) Various pens were left out and dried up.

    Pretty minor stuff but a few of them made us laugh.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    how do i get rid of the bed bugs bites? i have been looking in cracks and i cant see none just dead one so i vacum them up but im still afraid to go to sleep in there, im getting a new bed this friday but i dont think i will sleep good knowing that i had bed bug.YUK!!!!!

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    susan - 2 hours ago  » 
    Q: how do i get rid of the bed bugs bites?

    A: You wait for them to heal avoiding scratching them at all costs.

    David

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    Thu Jan 29 2009 2:11:59
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    Susan,

    If I understand you correctly, you and your landlord tried to self treat the bed bug problem?

    If so, please try and convince your landlord to have a professional come and inspect, at least.

    Do NOT try a thermal treatment inside your home yourself. That can be deadly if done incorrectly.

    You can use your dryer to do much of the work for you though. Read the FAQ's on dryers.

    Best of luck,
    Tony Canevaro

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Jan 29 2009 2:13:58
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    eatingmealive:

    I'm glad to hear that things are going well! Follow your post treatment protocols!

    The funniest thing we had happen to us on a thermal treatment was a smoke detector left in a box in a clients closet.

    Boy, did we scramble when that thing went off!

    Tony Canevaro

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    Tony,
    We weren't given any post treatment protocols. We've pretty much been living as if we still have them. Washing bed clothes every 2-3 days. Dirty clothes in one zipper bag, clean in another outside the "infested" rooms (ie the living room and bed room). Not bringing anything between the rooms. Stuff that goes to work stays outside the apartment and any clothes we wear to work actually go from the clean clothes bag to the dryer on high heat and we get dressed right before we leave. It is a little nutty.

    Is there something we are missing?

    Thanks.

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    One week in and we're sort of struggling with some new "bites", I put bites in quotations marks because we just don't know if they are new, are they old bites flaring up, as this happens with me, or are they delayed reactions. Is there something else going on here? We are scheduling to have the k9 back next week to hopefully get us moving in the right direction. If we need to restrategize we will.

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    Over the past two days I have had a significant number of marks develop on my skin. Mostly on my upper thigh area.

    In the living room I usually have pants and socks on this time of year. I have been sleeping in shorts. I sleep in a short sleeved shirt though. I am pretty sure that the "bites" must be coming at night when my legs are exposed, but I can't for any reason think why the bugs would work so hard to get to my legs when my arms are sticking out and readily accessible.

    For the most part I am wearing clothes straight out of a hot wash and hot hot dry.

    Very frustrated at this point. Likely getting rid of a lot of furniture over the weekend.

  15. reepicheep

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    I don't know how bed bugs choose where to eat, but I can tell you that I sleep in sweatpants and turtleneck with a long flannel nightgown over that, and I get bites mainly on my ribs, hips and sometimes thighs. I hope your bites turn out to be something else, and hope the bed bug dog can help you. Be careful about throwing away furniture unless you know it's infested; what if they're in the wall voids and not the furniture? I would think that the thermal treatment would at least kill anything in your furniture. Maybe before you throw anything out, you could try sealing up suspect pieces of furniture in heavy duty plastic sheeting (Home Depot) and see if that makes a difference in your bites.

    We are in a similar situation, have had 2 thermal treatments on our house, but are still definitely getting bitten. But we're at a dead end until I find a bug. Good luck.

  16. almostdying

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    I'm on the same boat. Had PCO do chem treatments. Got a dog (no conclusive evidence)Had one heat treatment. Still getting bites. The weird thing is, some of my bites are turning into PIMPLES! Is that noRMAL? I'm so paranoid and frustrated/depressed. Going to the dermatologist to see if there is a chance I have scabies since I've searched everywhere for bed bugs and can't find one...AHH!!!!!

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    I am also sharing this uncomfortable situation, and I guess a lot of us are. I am still getting bites after 3 chem treatments but there are no other evidences of their presence. Scabies could be a possibility, just as flea bites, paranoia, extra sensitive skin or very delayed reactions but I am very doubtful about any of this. I guess a physician would not be of such great help as bites look like bedbugs bites. Further treatment is postponed until new evidences are showing. How frustrating!!!! I see myself living with my bugs for a long long time without being able to return to a normal life as I am afraid of spreading them to friends and family.... I wish I could convince myself that they are gone.


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