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High Heat to get Rid of Bed Bugs...

  • 1.  High Heat to get Rid of Bed Bugs...

    Posted 12-05-2017 11:23
    What are the opinions or experience with high heat to get rid of bed bugs in an apartment and the affect on a grand piano. The heat would be around 117 to 122 degrees.

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    "That Tuning Guy"
    Scott Kerns
    www.thattuningguy.com
    Tunic OnlyPure & TuneLab user
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  • 2.  RE: High Heat to get Rid of Bed Bugs...

    Posted 12-06-2017 00:56
    Scott,
    I looked into this issue and decided that, if the piano isn't involved (unlikely) then avoiding heat treatment might be wise.

    There are other options; RenToKill or other treatments that only treat the affected furniture under a tarp or in a bag or even Vikane gas (which is quite safe on pianos).

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    Blaine Hebert
    Duarte CA
    626-795-5170
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  • 3.  RE: High Heat to get Rid of Bed Bugs...

    Posted 12-06-2017 10:03
    Thanks Blaine. That's very helpful!

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    "That Tuning Guy"
    Scott Kerns
    www.thattuningguy.com
    Tunic OnlyPure & TuneLab user
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  • 4.  RE: High Heat to get Rid of Bed Bugs...

    Posted 12-06-2017 11:13
    I agree with Blaine on this. Have had more experience with bed bugs than I care do admit (an aunt in Dallas..long story..took the heat thing to finally do the trick.  Home Health worker brought them into my mom & dad's house about 3 years ago..pretty much had to move all their stuff out of the house..hired a Bed Bug specialist.)
    I would highly recommend removing the piano from the premisis if you do the hear treat. That kind of heat NEVER GOOD for a piano. On a positive note, having the piano in storage (after treating it of course) removed the human from the equation, ie the "food". They CAN survive for up to about 6 months though, so IF the piano has evidence of bed bugs, this job should be treated differently than if there is none on the piano. Best of luck!!

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    [Kevin] [Fortenberry] [RPT]
    [Staff Techician]
    [Texas Tech Univ]
    [Lubbock] [TX]
    [8067783962]
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