My basement apartment tenants called me in a panic, they had bed bugs. They had found a crawling insect and identified it on the Internet as a bed bug.
I assured them I would call an extermintror the following morning and have the apartment sprayed. No you can't was the tenants adement response. It turned out they were afraid of poisonous chemical exposure and wanted heat instead.
I didn't know bedbugs could be killed with heat so I had some research to do. There are a few exterminators in the Hamilton area that heat heat up your whole house using propane heaters but It is very expensive, yikes.
Later in the evening I happend upon an ad on Kijiji for "Bed Bugs Dead Bugs" who rent and set up bed bug eradication equipment. Heat treatment at a reasonable price. I hired them on the spot directly from their website.
Adrienne, a chatty bubbly lady called the next morning and we set up a time to meet at the basement apartment. She arrived in an unmarked van and quickly unloaded the specialized heaters, fans and cords that are designed to run from a stove or dryer electrical outlet.
The setup was fast and we were able to monitor the rising bedroom temperature from the kitchen. Adrienne said when the heat gets to the kill temperature in about 1 hour, let the heaters run for 4 more hours and this room is done. Off she went saying she'll be back tomorrow to pick up the equipment.
We finished the bedroom and moved the bedbug heaters and fans all to the next bedroom.
Adrienne arrived as promised the next day and we inspected the rooms. Numerous dead carcasses were found but not a live one anywhere. I was surprised when bed bugs fell out of the curtains.
It's been 5 months since Bed Bugs Dead Bugs did the apartment in Hamilton, the tenant say it's still all clear and are very happy. Thanks Bed Bugs Dead Bugs! Thanks Adrienne!
- Company Response
It's is always good to have happy tenants. Glad we could help.