BED BUG removal (backpack and things inside) HELP

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#1 Jul 8th, 2017, 02:18
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Hi everyone on inidamike.com

Admins note: I'm sorry I don't know if this is the right section. Please excuse me, I'm new.

Now to my important questions.
If you have any experience with bed bugs, please explain in simple terms-
Because all the information I've read is confusing me- but one thing seems to be persistent is that BED BUGS don't like HEAT.

Now is there somewhere in India that I can get heat treatment for backpack, clothes, socks and or with shoes?
Heat treatment like hot water washer and a hot drying machine?

Or anything to treat my things before returning to my home (Thailand).
I don't know anywhere in my home town in Thailand that has hot water washing machine or a hot drier I know big cities do but I dont live in one or near one...

And I can not take it back into the house- I'm living with a few people, and they have a lot of wooden and cloth furniture.

I'm I'm at an extreme loss. And it is Urgent that I get this information. To sort it out before going home

Please Help.

Thank you in advance
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#2 Jul 8th, 2017, 05:21
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Important... Where are you?

Here in Chennai, a day on the terrace (roof top) might do the trick, especially if you can find sheltered corner. It is still high 30s C.

But I'm pleased to be able to say that I don't know just how much heat it takes
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The only method I've heard of is washing thoroughly in hot water. I would think they'd thrive on a hot roof like they thrive in a warm mattress! They need to be scalded and washed away.
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Yes, after vacuuming all the crevices in the bag etc first. I am told that detergent in the hot/scalding water helps.
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Periodical exposure to hot sun works wonder, very effective, especially for mattresses, quilt (which you won't be able to give a hot wet bath)...
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An insecticide by the name of Khatnil works wonders - but it is strong, you need to protect yourself from it's smell. (a face mask is good while sleeping on the mattress. Ideally, let it be in the sun after putting the insecticide for a couple of days).
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Originally Posted by Chay View Post Now is there somewhere in India that I can get heat treatment for backpack, clothes, socks and or with shoes?
Wrap everything up in plastic and put it in direct sunlight, free and best heat treatment you can give. In strong sunlight, just a couple of hours will kill all bed bugs.

Don't wrap tightly, use small boxes like soap case etc to create space between the film and content. Empty space increases the efficiency and this way, more heat will be stored. For small package, you can put the package in plastic bag, blow up the bag as much as possible and tie it.

There are many different tricks that you can apply for desired results, you can use hair dryer to heat up the contents before putting them up in bags. and then blow in at low heat setting. If you are ok with them running away, just using hair dryer will make them run away from back packs etc. Of course, needless to say that just be careful with thin synthetic lining etc and long exposure at same spot.
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Wrap everything up in plastic and put it in sun
Is the idea that heat actually kills them, or that it makes them run away?

If it kills them, then black plastic bags would probably build up quite a temperature inside. Hmmm... would probably kill more than bedbugs. A cockroach or two might walk out alive at the end.
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Bedbugs are rarely able to survive temperature of around 50C and higher, which is easily reached by wrapping up the stuff in transparent plastic film.
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that makes sense. roast them if you can't scald them!

how about black plastic, like a garbage bag? i.e., black can heat up more, like wearing dark clothes can make you feel hotter.
In organic gardening I've used black plastic garbage bags (cut open and laid out) to kill a specific fungus spore in the dirt over the summer months. Hot sun on the black plastic heats up the dirt underneath.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post If it kills them, then black plastic bags would probably build up quite a temperature inside.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post how about black plastic, like a garbage bag? i.e., black can heat up more, like wearing dark clothes can make you feel hotter.
It would not work. While it is true that black colour absorbs more heat, but that is only limited to the surface or the object in direct contact.

If you want the heat to build up inside a chamber, or in this case a plastic bag, you will need a transparent film so that the sunlight can pass through. Black plastic will block all the sunlight and the inside will have no temperature rise.

It is same as solar cooker, a glass cover and black paint at the inside base. The heat goes in and black colour absorbs as much as possible to increase the efficiency.

Sama, need more info about your garden fungus, but heat is not what is killing the fungus spores, it could be that fungus do not form spores due to absence of light, or some other reason.
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Brilliant!
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THANK YOU all so much.
I'm actually heading to Manali as of tonight from Delhi.
Anyone know a place in manali? to stay (Cheap? 300 INR?)and maybe wash all the clothes. Do they wash clothes in hot water in Manali?

Again Thank you so much for all your replies.

Regards Chay
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I have an image in my mind of a big cauldron on top of a campfire with boiling water and all your stuff in it and someone stirring with a big stick! good luck!
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post I have an image in my mind of a big cauldron on top of a campfire with boiling water and all your stuff in it and someone stirring with a big stick! good luck!

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