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Old 05-18-2015, 04:13 AM
 
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One of our biggest fears is catching bed bugs from the moving truck. We know about 6 people that have caught bed bugs, 2 were from buying used furniture and the other 4 got them from moving trucks. That being said I know many more people that have moved and never saw a single bed bug... But it still freaks me out nonetheless!

Is this a real concern? Or more me just over-thinking and worrying too much? Anything I can do to prevent potential bed bug contamination? Wrap boxes in plastic or trash bags? What about mattresses?

How would I even know if the truck had bed bugs? I hear they are so small you don't see them till you have an infestation....
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:47 AM
 
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Rent a Kerosene Heater from Home Depot for about $20. High heat kills bedbugs and is the easiest way to take care of them. Place the heater in the center of the rear of the truck, set the heater at 120 degrees, partially close the door and let it go for 90 minutes to 2 hours which will kill any bedbugs/eggs. The heat will not harm the aluminum interior of the truck and allowing a touch of ventilation with the partially opened door will not harm the rented equipment.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My husband and I have rentals and our tenants has had bedbugs before and moved their items out using uhauls so yes, they could be present (more likely the eggs) Its a concern for us also, as we have a upcoming move. we actually will spray the truck before putting items in it. 99% rubbing alcohol (walmart has this) kills on contact. Our exterminator suggested this long time ago, we spray our feet after being in any rental also.

A tenant who worked at rent a center said they use to try the heat method on their trucks (as kyle above mentioned) and he said it didnt work so they now spray them.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Has anyone had or heard of this problem with big commercial movers like Mayflower etc.?
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:50 AM
 
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Another thing to worry about... waiting to hear about the big commercial movers also
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I've used big commercial movers 3 times and never had a problem with bed bugs.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I've used big commercial movers 3 times and never had a problem with bed bugs.
Good to know -- but next time I move I will make a point of asking the company whether they've ever had the problem, what they did about it, and whether their insurance covers it if it happens to me.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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Just wanted to update:

I actually emailed someone who works in the entomology dept at Perdue to see what precautions I could take and if bed bugs on moving trucks should be a valid concern. He said that the likelihood of catching bedbugs is "improbable" and "unlikely"
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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Here is the "Ask Betty Bed Bug Blog": Ask Betty Bed Bug: Bed Bugs and Rental Trucks and Bedbugged! How to avoid picking up bed bugs from a moving truck | BrickUnderground

I would spray to be on the safe side. They have serious problems here where we live due to the illegal population. Until moving here, I never saw "bedbug spray" and all the stores here have it. Luckily, kids are in school and husband has strict orders on avoiding possible infestations. Just yuck!
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Old 05-27-2015, 06:24 AM
 
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Just wanted to update:

I actually emailed someone who works in the entomology dept at Perdue to see what precautions I could take and if bed bugs on moving trucks should be a valid concern. He said that the likelihood of catching bedbugs is "improbable" and "unlikely"
Based on what? Self moving companies like U-Haul, Budget and Penske do not clean out trucks between uses (it's up to the renter or face a financial penalty) and items such as moving pads are rentable and similarly not treated either between use.
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