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Roasting bedbugs exterminates them | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 21 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 13, 2009, titled Roasting bedbugs exterminates them | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The latest technique to eliminate a stubborn pest has bedbugs feeling the heat -- and dying.

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Lou

Wilmington, DE

#1 Dec 13, 2009
The utilities' companies will LOVE that! I can see DIY homeowners, landlords, motel managers and college dorms turning up the thermostat 113 to 120 degrees to kill bed bug infestation (ugh!). Treating rooms with diesel generators sounds a little risky. You can bet that now that this exterminator has revealed that high heat kills the annoying pests, the brain-dead will also come out of the woodwork, potentially causing accidents or fires in efforts to avoid the expense of a professional. Can't wait to read about the goobers that actually try it themselves.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 13, 2009
Lou wrote:
Can't wait to read about the goobers that actually try it themselves.
The home remedies should provide a few laffs. The city may want to deploy more firemen on the South side.
Wanda

Columbus, OH

#3 Dec 13, 2009
When I was a child and we still had the old-fashioned springs on our beds, my mother always treated the springs during her spring cleaning by carrying the springs outside, rolling up newspapers tightly, lighting the papers with a match, and going over every inch of the springs to kill any bedbugs that might be lurching. I can't remember ever having seen a bedbug in our house, though, for my mother was a stickler on keeping the house spotless. She, with the help of her eight children, cleaned the house from top to bottom every Saturday.
rhonda

Zanesville, OH

#4 Dec 13, 2009
I can't help but wonder what those temperatures might do to the glue and other chemicals in the walls, and flooring, and what about pictures, electronics, paint, even plaster walls. I would still think that you would have to remove all bedding because the room air might be 120 degrees but the inside of a mattress or any dark little nook wouldn't be.
Chris

Hilliard, OH

#5 Dec 13, 2009
Use an iron (no steam)to go over everything.
BuckeyePa in TN

Kingsport, TN

#6 Dec 13, 2009
Lou wrote:
The utilities' companies will LOVE that! I can see DIY homeowners, landlords, motel managers and college dorms turning up the thermostat 113 to 120 degrees to kill bed bug infestation (ugh!). Treating rooms with diesel generators sounds a little risky. You can bet that now that this exterminator has revealed that high heat kills the annoying pests, the brain-dead will also come out of the woodwork, potentially causing accidents or fires in efforts to avoid the expense of a professional. Can't wait to read about the goobers that actually try it themselves.
Reminds me of an article I read some 20 years or so, during an especially cold winter. A super-genius had fuel line freeze up. So he got some gas and tried to warm it up on a stove. You probably realize why this made the news. People are just funny sometimes.
John Deere Man

United States

#7 Dec 13, 2009
Chris wrote:
Use an iron (no steam)to go over everything.
good idea chris!
Bugsy

Columbus, OH

#9 Dec 13, 2009
I wonder how many kerosene heaters I can fit in my double-wide.
Little Bubba Junior

Blacklick, OH

#10 Dec 13, 2009
Bugsy wrote:
I wonder how many kerosene heaters I can fit in my double-wide.
Try the deep-fryer you used for the Thanksgiving turkey.
Mike

Columbus, OH

#12 Dec 13, 2009
All this is to blame for all the tree huggers around. Maleria kills thousands EACH DAY in the world. Maleria is past by mosquitoes living in swamps. Back in the 60's we used DDT to rid them.
Now because of the green peacers people die. Likewise with these bed bugs.
Mr Wizard

Hilliard, OH

#13 Dec 13, 2009
rhonda wrote:
I can't help but wonder what those temperatures might do to the glue and other chemicals in the walls, and flooring, and what about pictures, electronics, paint, even plaster walls. I would still think that you would have to remove all bedding because the room air might be 120 degrees but the inside of a mattress or any dark little nook wouldn't be.
Nothing! It gets that hot between the walls every summer.
GAR---142

Hilliard, OH

#14 Dec 13, 2009
Roasting bedbugs may be an alternative to Chestnuts this time of year?
Southern Buckeye

Brunswick, GA

#15 Dec 13, 2009
If you have bedbugs move to Phoenix, AZ and open the windows.
SAL

Lancaster, OH

#16 Dec 13, 2009
Thanks for the laughs, guys!
skeptical observer

Sweden

#17 Dec 13, 2009
John Deere Man wrote:
i wonder if this same remedy would work on all the illegal welfare suckers and illegal aliens sucking us taxpayers dry!. im not sick just fed up!. 80% of the people at the grocery line has a food card and is driving a nice vehichle.
Not sure, but it works great on right wing jackasses.
Eric

Savannah, GA

#18 Dec 13, 2009
In Finland, before wide spread use of pesticides, people would have the sauna in a separate building. Now, 120F is the same as 48.88C. The Finnish sauna, when properly heated is 60 to 100C (much hotter than what the bed bugs require). When people came home from vermin infested places such as military baracks or from travels, they did not enter the home at all until they had gone into the hot sauna with all their belongings for at least an hour. It was called, "lice sauna" because they made it especially hot and it prevented all manner of parasites from ever getting to the home. If the home got infested, mattresses and any belongings could be carried off to the sauna and treated. My parents grew up there and they never had lice or bed bugs in their home. They would also allow homeless people and travelers to sleep in the sauna (not the house) and then they could disinfest the entire building when they heated it up again just in case the guests brought something with them.
Ohioan

Columbus, OH

#19 Dec 13, 2009
Bugsy wrote:
I wonder how many kerosene heaters I can fit in my double-wide.
They have food cards because 80% of those who have time to go to the grocery store are actually poor. With unemployment rate of over 10%, you don't have to wish extermination for people. It would be shame if people died on the streets for lack of food. By the way, your own grandparents were once aliens to the US. This xenophobia won't help you. Think right and stop this hatred for the most disadvantaged groups of society.
rjj

Findlay, OH

#20 Dec 13, 2009
Southern Buckeye wrote:
If you have bedbugs move to Phoenix, AZ and open the windows.
That's great.....prepare for the scorpion invasion.....
Lisa

Farmington, MI

#21 Jun 17, 2010
Much to my surprise, BED BUG AWARENESS IS STILL LACKING and gee, until 3 months ago, I happened to be one of those "unaware" people and on a trip to Arizona in March (2010) I learned the hard way about how SERIOUS of a problem they are.

In short, I got 35 bed bug bites, a terrible allergic reaction/blood stream infection (had to take prednisone and an antibiotic), bugs that did "hitchhike" on me/my stuff (I got 2 more bites during the flight home) and a claim for medical reimbursement and a luggage allowance that has been denied (Hotel: Aspen Hotel InnSuites, Flagstaff, AZ, represented by Traveler's Insurance. Pest Control found an INFESTATION of bed bugs that was found behind the headboard of the bed I'd slept on and the headboard was attached to the wall so even if I wanted to, I could not be proactive and check behind it).

Sure it's frustrating for hotels, apartments, colleges, care homes, etc. to be "the victim" in that they certainly didn't ask for someone to bring bed bugs on to their premises, but in turn, it's scary and discouraging for people like me who are also "the victim" to pretty much have no recourse.

Apparently not all people get a reaction from the bites, but for those who do, it is HORRENDOUS!

Good job for people who are publishing articles like the one here and companies that are getting wise to the fact that HEAT TREATMENTS are bed bugs worst enemy and NOT pesticides!

For your own sake and well being, please take the time to RAISE YOUR AWARENESS and be proactive!!– Lisa, Ypsilanti, MI
EAD

Troy, MI

#22 Jun 22, 2010
Roasted bedbugs? Sounds tasty! Can I get some honey mustard?

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