What can and cannot be heat treated? General guidelines

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  • January 26, 2016
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These are only general guidelines for heat treatment. If in doubt, please consult the manufacturer of the item you are thinking of treating. Safe With few exceptions. For example, Crocs™ shoes are made from unusual materials and are known will shrink or deform in heat from sunlight alone. Clothing Linens and blankets Towels Suitcases Papers and magazines Books Shoes Plastic storage bags, such as Ziploc® bags and trash bags Potentially Safe May vary by product. Consult product information or check... Read More

Thermal Death Points: Pest Insects & Worms

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  • January 22, 2016
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A selection of common pest insects and parasitic worms that can be killed with constant, sustained heat between 120°-135° F, and how long it takes to kill them. Time ranges differ by species from a few minutes to a few hours. These are lethal temperatures according to published, scientific studies, as demonstrated in a laboratory environment. Except where noted otherwise, the listed temperatures sustained for the corresponding time duration resulted in total lethality. These are not recommended treatment times. Professionals... Read More

Thermal Death Points: Fungi (Mold & Rot)

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  • January 22, 2016
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A selection of fungi that can be killed with constant, sustained heat between 120°-135° F, and how long it takes to kill them. Time ranges differ by species from a few minutes to a few hours. These are lethal temperatures according to published, scientific studies, as demonstrated in a laboratory environment. Except where noted otherwise, the listed temperatures sustained for the corresponding time duration resulted in total lethality. These are not recommended treatment times. Professionals may recommend exceeding these temperatures... Read More

Thermal Death Points: Bacteria, Viruses, & Protozoa

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  • January 22, 2016
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A selection of common bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that can be killed with constant, sustained heat between 120°-135° F, and how long it takes to kill them. Time ranges differ by species from a few minutes to a few hours. These are lethal temperatures according to published, scientific studies, as demonstrated in a laboratory environment. Except where noted otherwise, the listed temperatures sustained for the corresponding time duration resulted in total lethality. These are not recommended treatment times. Professionals may... Read More

Bed Bug Identification

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  • January 8, 2016
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In 2008 when I first encountered bed bugs, we lived with the issue for almost six months before we pulled back the sheets to find a major infestation right under our noses. Because people are much more educated on the issue, people are more reactive to the warning signs. - Mike Lindsey, Chief Engineer, ThermalStrike     Do I have bed bugs?   By the time most people notice they have bed bugs, the infestation has already been there for... Read More