What to expect after a thorough bed bug heat treatment
by Tommy Underhill
July 21, 2021
My sister-in-law lives in the Midwest. She’s one of the cleanest people I know and we’ve had her in our home many times. Runs a hip food truck and highly-respected catering service. She knows better than almost anyone how to avoid cockroaches... her reputation depends upon it!
When she moved into a new home, my wife and I drove out from Colorado and spent a long weekend at her place, helping her move in.
As we helped her move into the new rental, the house was a mess! The previous tenants had not only left what is expected on a move-out— they left filth. I could see the physical affect on my sister-in-law. My wife and I spent a large amount of time cleaning. Her new home has hard flooring throughout most of the house and low-pile carpeting in only a couple of rooms. We scrubbed under sinks. Cleaned cabinets. Cleared out and threw away trash. The previous folks even left an unwanted car parked in front of the house. Given the state of the place, I expected cockroaches to be the big potential pest problem.
Fast forward to the present day, about six weeks from her move-in. My sister-in-law’s son started complaining of “ticks” in his bedroom. She bathes and grooms their two small dogs... and finds no fleas or ticks on them. Nothing. They don’t find any of these “ticks” anywhere else in the house.
Of course the landlord sprayed for bed bugs!
She called her landlord who informed her that because “he had sprayed for bed bugs prior to their moving in” the insects were her problem, and that she should visit the local bed bug store. (Yes, they really exist in some parts of the world!) My wife called me and said I needed to call my sister-in-law. Immediately.
My sister-in-law picked up the phone and in a panic shared her story. Unfortunately, it was nothing new and almost indistinguishable from all the other bed bug nightmares I’ve heard over the years. She sent me a photo. Even though it was fuzzy and out of focus, clear as day it looked like a male bed bug to me.
Next, I had her send me photos of all the mattresses in the house. They were as clean or cleaner than mine!— but obviously not so new they had been recently replaced prior to move-in. No dried fecal spots. No cast skins. No bed bugs hiding in the seams. I would have seen some signs of an on-going infestation on the mattresses if she had brought bed bugs with her when she moved in.
Her landlord agreed to a bed bug heat treatment and arranged with a local bed bug heat exterminator to heat treat the house. (I learned after the fact that the heat exterminator is a client of ours!) The exterminator sent her a bed bug heat treatment pre-treatment checklist, and my sister-in-law got started removing wines, aerosols, candles, makeup, chocolates (a very important tool for stress control during a bed bug infestation!), vinyl miniblinds, vinyl records, and anything else that could be affected by the heat. In our last conversation before the treatment, I told her to leave her purse in the house, and to expect her home to look like the FBI tossed it while searching for evidence. She thought I was exaggerating. I hoped I was not over-promising for how thorough the heat technician would be.
The bed bug heat treatment
Ben, the bed bug heat technician, showed up yesterday morning and did a quick inspection to make sure the job site was adequately prepared. Good to go! As he was unloading the heaters, fans, ducting, and power cords, my sister-in-law asked Ben if he knew a Tommy Underhill. “He wrote the book on bed bug heat treatments with Dr. Linford!” Ben continued, “That book is the gold standard of how to conduct a bed bug heat treatment! We use it on the jobsite and refer to it all the time!”
My sister-in-law, her kids, and two dogs were out of the house all day. When they returned, Ben told her he found a small infestation in her son’s room and one bed bug in the laundry room. My sister-in-law told Ben that I suggested she leave her purse in the house for the treatment. “I wish more customers would do that.” Tom Costello tells everyone that will listen that this one suggestion could significantly cut down on the potential for reinfestation by bringing the bed bugs right back into a freshly-treated home.
My sister-in-law said “I’m just so impressed with the job Ben did.” Looking at the photos she sent me, I have to say Ben did a thorough job with her bed bug heat treatment.
If it could be tossed, opened, or fluffed...
Mattresses tented. Cabinets opened.
Contents of chests and blankets laid out to maximize heat penetration.
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- the best bed bug heat equipment.
- the best temperature measurement strategies.
- the best bed bug heat training.
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