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Will flaming hot car interior kill BBs?

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  1. miseryinthed

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Jun 6 2008 19:47:27
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    Anyone know the answer to this? (pasted from another spot on site)

    It was hotter than a mother today in the D (detroit), and instead of heading downtown to celebrate all the haps (not the stanley cup parade, which i could care less about, but the Detroit Festival of the Arts is on, & it’s the shizz), i spent my afternoon laundering clothes & escorting our PCO guy through the house on a ‘follow-up’ visit, forking over another $40 to have him say, “well, looks like the problem’s almost gone.” Then I paranoidly check the vacated bedrooms & find & kill like 6 babies. AAAAAAH! So anyways my question is: when i brought my clothes to my car, i noticed it had to be way hotter in there baking in the sun than the 92F it was outside. Is there a chance that any BBs that may have been living in there (which i suspect) would have been killed from the intense heat? Anyone know how much hotter cars can get inside on a hot sunny day? i know it’s enough to kill a neglected dog if someone doesn’t crack a window…

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Fri Jun 6 2008 22:12:41
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    best way to know how hot it gets is to buy an outdoor thermometer from a hardware store. you can buy remote ones, so that you can read the temperature in your car without even leaving the house! they are pretty handy.

    keep in mind though that heat exposure is required for long periods of time to kill bedbugs. i think for thermal treatments the heat has to be consistently maintained at well over 120F for at least three hours, and you want to pack clothing loosely (and in dark bags) so that there isn't too much to "insulate" the bugs from the heat.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Sat Jun 7 2008 0:50:42
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    I have Personally tested this theory. Living in Florida this is not hard to do because of the high heat.I placed a breatheable vial of bed bugs in a vehicle containing 5 Adults and 5- 3rd stage Instars. After 25 minutes in the vehicle, the Temp was recorded at 136 degrees and the Instars were dead. It took only 5 more minutes to kill the adults. Humidity was about 96 percent, the windows were rolled up and it cooked them. Humidity played a major roll in mortality because a dry heat is not as intense as in a high humidity circumnstance. The vial was glass with silkscreen over the opening. The vial was placed in the center console cupholder "Not in direct Sunlight." The vehicle was parked in direct sunlight. It killed them all within one half hour.

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    Posted 11 years ago
    Sat Jun 7 2008 1:09:06
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    Thanks so much guys, great suggestions/info! And encouraging, since my car WAS in direct sunlight to boot, and for a midwest state, MI gets really freaking humid, like it was today. Soooo... so long, suckas! (i hope). Ironically, right after i posted that Q, i took out a can of shaving cream from my trunk & instinctively checked the label after yrs of reading that "contents under pressure do not store in temps above 120F as container may burst". Well, the container didn't burst, but i'm hoping that's bc it was a little cooler in the trunk? maybe? i think i'll still get it steam-cleaned just to be safe.


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