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by Tommy Underhill, GreenTech Heat
July 31, 2018
Many people falsely believe they need to remove electronics from the treatment area prior to beginning a heat treatment. Not only is this not the case, but excluding electronics from the treatment is a sure-fire method to reintroduce an infestation once your home or building cools down. Here are several common reasons to keep the electronics in the room as you heat... and yes, that is a photo of an insect’s cocoon I found in a laptop!
Heat won’t hurt your devices...
Because computers, televisions, stereos, and all other forms of electronics all employ some kind of active or passive cooling, people think they cannot take the heat. That’s not entirely accurate.
Electronics can be extremely sensitive to heat when operating. When these devices are powered down and not generating heat of their own, they tend to be rather innocuous to heat.
Electronics have already been exposed to high temperatures
...and they run just fine. At one point or another, almost every electronic thing we use has been transported in a sealed shipping container. It really doesn’t matter if it was moved across an ocean or a desert: the contents of these metal containers get hot!
I’ve read reports of ocean-going shipping containers being 30% above ambient temperatures, and those stowed on deck in full sunlight will climb even higher. The German Marine Insurer’s Transport Information Service reports that ambient air temperatures of 25°C (77°F) will see interior temperatures in excess of 50°C (122°F). That temperature can extrapolate up quickly.
In the middle of summer, trucks moving freight across Nevada will travel through ambient temperatures in excess of 120°F, and the freight in the container will be subject to temperatures lethal to insects.
Steps to safely treat electronics
A bit of prudent preparation will keep electronics safe during an insect heat treatment and kill all bugs inside the device— unfortunately not the digital ones! We will work with you to ensure we achieve lethal temperatures that kill all the bed bugs while not damaging your computers, electronics, and other belongings.
- All you need to do is power down and unplug the device. It won’t need to dissipate any additional heat into an already hot environment.
- We don’t direct treatment air directly onto electronic devices. Treatment air directly from a duct or heater can warp or melt plastic.
- If need be, we will cover the device with a thermal blanket to ensure the item heats gently and thoroughly.
- Let the item cool down slowly, just like the rest of the contents of the room. There is no need to remove the item from the treatment area before the rooms are ready for occupation.
Heat technology is effective against all forms of insect pests, but we have found it to be equally effective against problem-causing allergens and bacteria as well. Call TRS Extermination at 513-604-6332. We are ready to help or consult with any unique applications and offer complete emergency bed bug services!
Don’t take our word for it
A couple weeks ago our son brought home some bed bugs from one of his friends house and knowing how quickly they can spread and infest, I immediately started to search for an exterminator to come in and exterminate them. I ran into TRS on Google and read their reviews which were very good. I called them and spoke to Kelly and she was very helpful and informative. They sent one of there exterminators to my house within one day to check our house and his name was Mark - Mark did a very thorough job looking over the house and discovered traces of bed bugs and went over what needed to be done to extinguish them. After he was finished, he called his office and they were very good about making sure they could bring their crew in as quick as possible to take care of them. They were able to come in and do the work within just a few days. The owner even called me direct to speak to me and go over the process with me on the phone. They have now come, treated my house and so far see no more traces of bed bugs. I would like to recommend TRS to anyone have pest problems because they showed me that they cared about my problem and were willing to do what ever they could to make sure my needs were take care of. Their customer service was top of the line. For the actual work, Mark and Ryan came in and took care of everything. - Thanks so much TRS.
5 Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
September 12, 2018