Entrepreneurs Are Inventing to Cash In On Bed Bug Control
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$60.00 to spray up to a 2 bedroom apt for bed bugs
Be cautious of the many people who are scrambling to cash in on the
spread of bed bugs.
There has been little notice taken over the last 50 years about bed
bugs. In recent years, bed bugs have spread all over the U.S.
at such a rapid pace that many people are trying to invent products
in the hopes of becoming rich.
Heating an Apartment to Kill Bed Bugs
We have received a report that a licensed exterminator charged an
apartment owner $800 to heat one of his apartment units --
supposedly to 180 degrees for 3 hours to kill bed bugs. The
downside is that at that heat, the electronics in the owner's stove,
dishwasher and/or refrigerator can be damaged. The tenant's
television cannot stand that high of a temperature. The
tenant's furniture has glue in the joints that will be damaged at
Think about what will happen to plastic that is put in your 180
degree F oven for 3 hours. Try hating your dining room
furniture or couch to such a high heat. You will find that the
glue will be damaged, the wood would be damaged and the varnish on
the wood may be damaged. When you think with common
sense, these "brain-storms" are really not the best alternative.
To prove that point you can always put the wooden knife holder for
your larger knives in the oven at that temperature (or the high
temperature professed by somebody who wants to do this) and see what
is left of it when you are done. Chances are you will have to
buy another wooden knife holder when you are done because the glue
will lose its ability to hold the wooden pieces together.
It did not work because propane heaters cannot heat the mass of an
apartment unit to that high temperature in three (3) hours.
(The mass is the walls, floors, furniture, etc.). These bed
bugs are so tiny they probably just crawled under the walls and out
into the hall to another apartment or through the flooring to a
That person probably got that idea from the researcher's report from
a university that put bed bugs in an oven and found that they died
when subjected to high heat. The problem is that you cannot
take that researcher's experiment in an oven and think you can
expand that result to heat an entire apartment unit that high.
Tent Around the Bed and Furniture Does Not Work
Trying to put a tent on the bed with a heater inside the tent will
most likely drive the bed bugs into the flooring, under the
carpeting and probably under the wall into the hallo. The fact
that a pillow or blanker in a hot dryer will kill bed bugs in 20
minutes does not necessarily mean that an entire mattress will work
as well. These bed bugs are very good at finding small
openings to escape. The tent is not air tight -- if it was the
air would explode just like putting too much air into a balloon by
pumping hot air into the tent. Remember that just because the
pests are called "bed bugs" does not mean that is the only place
A favorite place for bed bugs to live is in the carpeting and inside
the walls of the bedroom, cracks and crevices in flooring,
furniture, clothing, light fixtures, drapes, and wall moldings
to name a few. Putting a tent around a bed will not completely
eradicate them in all their other hiding places.
Think about whether the wooden frames of the furniture can still be
glued together after the glue is heated to such a high heat.
If you don't want to sacrifice your knife holder to such high
temperatures, try putting a book into your oven at such high
heat. See what happens to the book binding glue. I know
the book I accidentally left in my car for a week in July fell apart
when the glue in the book binding failed. The glue in
the furniture is not rated for such high heat either.
Bet This "Brain-Storm" Sounded Good Until You
Think Rationally About It
The other problem is that just because the pest is called a "bed
bug" does not mean that they only live in the mattress and the
bed. They also live in cracks in your dresser, your drapes,
lamps, picture frames, carpeting, floor board cracks, door frames
and in your clothing, bedding, blankets, towels, etc.
It is true that you can kill bed bugs and their eggs if you put a
pillow, clothing, blankets, linens, sheets, etc., in a hot dryer for
20 minutes but it is impossible to heat an entire apartment until to
that heat in 3 hours.
This is a real life example of an entrepreneur trying to cash in on
the new problem of bed bugs by taking money from people who are
desperate to be rid of the bed bugs.
Freezing Bed Bugs to Kill Them Does Not Work in
the Real World
Another researcher at a university discover4d that if you put bed
bugs in a freezer at 0 degrees F for 36 hours, you will kill
them. While this is true, there are articles on the web that
tell people to put their mattresses out in the cold January weather
to kill bed bugs. The problem? The sun will warm the
mass of the mattress and heat the mattress enough that in 36 hour9s
the bed bugs will not be killed. The sun provides a lot of
heat even on a cold January day. That is why solar heating a
house works so well in the cold of winter. Another article
says to put your mattress in a freezer. I don't anybody who
owns a freezer that would allow bed bug infested mattresses inside
with the food. People need to keep in mind that
what works in theory may not work in the real world. A freezer
is not the same as a cold January day and an oven is not the same as
a very warm room.
if the Person Who is Trying These Methods is a Licensed
Licensed exterminators have been licensed by the State in which they
work. In order to obtain this license, you need to have a very
extensive educational background with mandatory education throughout
the years. Licensed exterminators are also required to carry a
minimum of $300,000 of liability insurance in case there is
damage. A licensed exterminator is required to carry his
license on his person when performing exterminator work on a
person's property. Ask to see it. Any exterminator who
has a license is proud to have the license and is happy to show it