Updated: Nov 17, 2022
Heat treatment in mobile homes
Is heat treatment for bed bugs safe to use in mobile homes? The short answer is yes. Heat treatment for bed bugs, besides being an effective smoke-free method, is safe to use in almost all types of homes. Most of the time: when using heat treatment, the house is gradually heated to 140-150 degrees in order to kill bed bugs. In the case of mobile homes, it is gradually heated to about 122 degrees to avoid the risk of fires or damage to the home. Thus, it usually takes a little longer to heat a mobile home than it does for another type of building. Rest assured that it is a completely safe method for you, your home, children and pets. Mobile homes are no more likely to catch fire than other buildings and bed bugs of all life stages will die in temperatures between 117 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bed bugs love to travel. They love to ride in cars, planes, trains, and more, so it makes sense that they'd be drawn to mobile homes. However, the infestation of bed bugs in a mobile home presents some unique issues with removal. Bed Bug BBQ is known for heat treatment for bed bugs, but is it safe to use heat treatment in a house made of metal or plastic? And how do bed bugs get into mobile homes in the first place?
Mobile homes are usually close together, but standalone without common walls or public spaces such as hallways and lobbies, unlike apartment buildings. Bed bugs can't travel far on their own, so how do they go from mobile to mobile if they can't crawl through tiny holes in walls like in apartment buildings and other multi-tenant dwellings? The answer is simple: you can pick them up from your neighbors. One of the best aspects of living in a community or neighborhood is getting to know your neighbors. Fourth of July cooking trips, hanging out on each other's balconies and chatting, and inviting each other over to dinner are just a few of the fun things you can do when you're part of the community. Unfortunately, if your neighbors have a bed bug problem, you may be unwilling to bring the pests home. If a bed bug crawls from your neighbor's sofa or bedding onto your clothes or shoes, you may end up taking it to your motorhome, where it will burrow comfortably into the upholstery and furniture.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Fortunately, it's not too hard to tell if you've accidentally brought bed bugs home after a nice dinner at the neighbor's house. If you find any small black spots around your house, this is a sign of bed bugs - small black spots are fecal spots. It is a myth that bed bug faces are always stained red due to the blood you ingest. It can be rusty brown, mixed with red, or just black. Also keep an eye out for the bed bug bites on your body. They will usually appear as small, itchy red spots.
Precautions you can take
Of course, due to the nature of the treatment, there are precautions and preparatory steps to take before extermination. Anything that is overheating should be taken outside. Furniture should be moved away from walls and other fabrics. Anything that has the ability to expand and contract, such as musical instruments, should be removed. Magnets, such as those in the refrigerator, may lose some of their strength during treatment as well.
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