Heat Can Help After a Flood

September 5, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is camped off the coast of the Carolinas with the looks of being a major threat to parts of the southern East Coast. Hurricanes leave catastrophic and costly damage behind them. In the aftermath of a devastating storm, or even something as relatively common as a backed up sewer pipe, flooded basement, or overflowing toilet, TRS Extermination offers a solution that can save the structural integrity of a home by drying it out and killing wood-destroying organisms and— often most importantly!— other dangerous microbes.

In 2017, there were 16 separate billion-dollar or greater climate events, including hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma, with water damage from rains and flooding being a major cause of the destruction. Even if a home is left intact post hurricane, structural damage from the effects of water will eventually destroy a property if left untreated.

According to the EPA, along side the damage to your home, flood waters can also affect your health. If your property remains wet for more than two days, mold can flourish causing adverse health effects, including allergic reactions. Flood water typically also contain other potentially harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria or chemicals. These flood waters are microbially very similar to a sewer backup or an overflowing toilet’s effluence— it’s all bad news!

TRS Extermination offers a solution that could save the health and property of those residing in a structure after a flood event. The direct-fired heaters we use to kill bed bugs and other insects can help.

Disinfection is an added benefit of drying a structure after dirty water damage. Whereas submerged contents of a structure may be a total loss, treating the frame and subflooring of a building with heat will kill bacteria, mold, and other dangerous organic contaminants. Structural drying with TRS Extermination ’s equipment may kill most organisms living in the interior spaces we inhabit. In the laboratory, Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as toxic mold, is killed in 30 minutes of 140°F (Domsch, 1993, pg. 745). E. coli rarely survive beyond 10 minutes of 150°F (Padhye and Doyle, 1992). Hantavirus is rendered inactive with exposures of 30 minutes of 140°F (Manual of Hemorrhagic Fever and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. WHO. p. 196).

The likelihood of Cincinnati and Dayton getting hit by a hurricane might as well be zero when compared to the occurrences in Florida and other locations on the coast, but water damage is still a common occurrence. If you are in an area prone to repeated flooding, or own mutli-unit structures in a flood zone, having a relationship with TRS Extermination might be the right move. Call us at 513-604-6332 to find out more how we can help you in the aftermath of a dirty water event: be it a hurricane or a just burst pipe. In the event you never experience water damage, we know all your bed bugs and other insects will be dead.

Halloween bed bugs are around the corner

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For many people, Halloween means an opportunity to dress up in a costume and experience being someone— or something!— else... maybe even a vampire! I’ve put together a short list of action items to help make Halloween a treat and keep you from being tricked into bringing home an unwanted blood sucker. Read more

The real reason why we exterminate bed bugs

September 26, 2019

Some days the extermination business can be tough. Some folks call us and we are the bearer of bad news as we show them how extensive their infestations have become. We treat the homes and businesses of others and never hear back after our final inspection a couple of weeks later (by the way, that’s when your bed bug warranty begins... when we certify we killed them all!)... and we know we killed all their bed bugs. In that regard, not hearing from a client again is a good thing, and I hope to never hear from my clients again. However, if they do need us, we’re always ready to help with the same integrity and honesty we delivered on our previous visit. Read more

Tips to avoid bed bugs when traveling

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It’s just past Labor Day and late summer might be winding down. There will be many opportunities for travel in the upcoming months, and an ounce of prevention is worth a heat treatment of cure. Here are a few tips to help you not bring back bed bugs from your time away. Read more

Touched by a bug

September 14, 2019

We hear many stories from people all across the country and other parts of the world. Everyone wants to tell me their experience with bed bugs. Sharing some highlights is worth volumes to open the eyes of many who have no clue about the mysterious bed bug. Read more

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