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ICAN/ATEX: How does one deal with bedbugs?

November 29, 2012

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How does one deal with bedbugs?

What procedures or methods would you recommend that would be cost effective?

Thursday’s Answer:

Bedbugs are quite susceptible to heat.

bedbugRaising the room temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and holding it there for at least three hours will kill both the bedbugs and their eggs, making the next generation non-existent.

Steam, directed at the infestation, will do the same thing, but you are less likely to miss with the heat method.

Basically, the room is sealed and heat introduced and held for six to eight hours until the job is done.

There are companies specializing in the detection (dogs can be trained for this) and elimination of   … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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