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I want to know if I can use a propane heater to kill bed

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I want to know if I can use a propane heater to kill bed bugs if I have the heater for the house on at the same time to prevent the bugs from going into the vents? also, since the heater gets really hot I shouldn't have to run it too long to kill them right?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Im sorry , you wont be able to kill bed bugs with a heater
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
There are numerous treatment that can be used.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
First a total clean up and scrub doen of the room to remove any eggs or places for them to hide
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Be right back
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Bed bugs are not a reflection of your cleanliness . However their eggs can be any where there is a crack or place ti hide.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
This is just one brand . All are pretty similar.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
If the floor had cracks around the baseboards you need to spray them . Make dure it gets well into the cracks
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Strip the bed and sorsy the frame under the mattress
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Spray the bottom of the bed and anyplace they can hide
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Check sll areas around and under the mattress for signs of bed bug activity
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
If totally thorough one treatment may be eniugh
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
If they come back in a week or so that means some more hatched. Repeat the treatment
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Usually two treatments is enough
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
http://www.bedbugstore.com/bed-bug-killer-spray-by-bed-bug-patrol-value-pack-2-24oz-bottles/?gclid=CJTgrP_LrNACFdc9gQody-0HIA
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
This is another brand that works well
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
http://www.target.com/p/raid-bedbug-flea-17oz/-/A-13969091?sid=1199S&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Grocery%2BEssentials%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Grocery&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=m&location=9010378&fndsrc=tgtao&gclid=CNOWj4jKrNACFQsQgQodZ9UDkw&gclsrc=aw.ds
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Both of these brands work well.
Two treatments are common but sometimes
just one will work.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Getting back to your original question it takes 115 degrees and 90 minutes of exposure to kill bed bugs. The eggs take a little longer.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
This is a pretty high temperature
and could be a fire hazard.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Make sure all dust and flammable materials are removed. Watch everything carefully including yourself.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
The reason my original answer
was no is the high temperature us hard to reach.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Thermostatically controlled heaters will cut off before reaching the temperature needed to kill the bugs.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
Professionals use special heaters and often with special sorays at the same time.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
While the room may reach the temperature cracks and ares where the bed bugs hide may not.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
While bedbugs can die faster than 90 minutes depending on the area
they are in 113-118 is a working range eggs
need a full 90 minutes at a minimum of 118 or more
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
It is possible but not likely to reach and maintain these
temperatures without professional equipment
and training.
Expert:  Machinc replied 6 months ago.
I dont believe , based on your description
of the situation that you will be able to irradicate the
bedbugs using the set up you have in mind.
However you know your situation best and if you
think you can meet the parameters it may he worth
a try.