As mentioned, I had a conversation with an exterminator today about the bed
bugs. He says they wrap the mattress and fumigate it. They did one that
was so bad they just took it outside and left it for the trash. I'll have
to ask him about the heat and potential cost when he comes back next week.
I think $3600 is outrageous.
I don't see getting a mattress internals to 120 easily either. It may be
green, but I'd not trust it.
They had a big bed bug article in the Denver Post. Seems Denver is
lousy (pun intended) with them. One reason for the high prices is
some of the specialized commercial heating equipment which can run in
the thousands. The other is jes plain greed.
The exterminator business has always notorious for price gouging.
First time I had my driveway sprayed for Japanese roaches (mostly
outdoor species), it was $75 for a one time pop. Jes a few years later it
was a mos long repeated applications costing hundreds of dollars.
Screw it, I jes stepped on the few that made it into the house, then
moved 4 states away! ;)
A high concentration of CO2 is supposed to kill the bugs. I wonder if
you can put clothing in one of those vacuum bags, suck out the air
then blow the bag back up with CO2 and leave it that way for a while
to eliminate the pests?
That's interesting, because my friends told me that one thing that
attracts bedbugs in the first place is CO2--specifically, our CO2 at
night, which apparently helps them locate their source of tasty blood
meals. But maybe a high enough concentration could knock them out.
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
The banning of ddt was the biggest problem. It was highly effective
One problem is they don't groom like most other bugs. That's how
most bugs transfer insectcides into their system. They pick it up by
walking in it and then later they groom and eat some of it.
A bed bug can live up to 9 months without food.
Bombing chases them away to other non-infected rooms and inside the
walls. Then they come back.
Heat to 140 is an effective solution but it needs to be held to that
temp ong enough to insure that the insides of things like matresses
also reach 140.
It is enough if all nooks and crannies and mattress interiors get to
130 or upper 120's for 10 minutes.
Electronic items that are not connected to power sources can take 140 F,
with few exceptions. The main problem items for such heat are magnetic
media (especially other than hard drives), vinyl phono records, aerosol
cans and containers of volatile liquids such as gasoline or rubbing
Also, get the place free of thermostat, motion sensor and timer switches
making sparks unless one is confident that the place will be free of
leaking/evaporating flammable/combustible liquids with flash point of
similar or lower temperature (such as kerosene and some penetrating oils).
I don't think that is too tall an order.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's the warmth of your body and CO2 that attracts them, a bed bug hotel
like the roach hotel would be a good idea for control. A trap with a
small electric heating element plus a CO2 cartridge for the gas combined
with a sticky surface or a poison might do the trick.
There was just a piece on CNN about bedbugs. Part of the routine for
killing them was to heat the room to 120 degrees.
With all of the alien species we have imported so far ... killer bees,
fire ants, etc....we probably will end up with a super-bedbug.
Some countries have reintroduced ddt as an indoor treatment only. The
reason we got into so much trouble with it was we were spraying it
wholesale outdoors. It rapidly entered the food chain of birds that
way. Controlled indoor use is reasonable.
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