Prior to the introduction of the PackTite bed bug heater, treating suitcases and personal belonging exposed to bed bugs was difficult. We had an opportunity to review the PackTite first hand and wanted to share our thoughts.
Bed bugs are disgusting and can be brought home about a million different ways including a child returning home from a college dorm, a stay in a hotel, a cruise, family visiting for the holidays or even traveling on an airplane. Before the invention of the PackTite, it was difficult to be certain bed bugs weren’t hitching a ride home as bed bugs are great at hiding and their eggs are almost impossible to see. The best way to take precautions prior to the PackTite Bed Bug Heater was to spray the suitcase with a pesticide and to dry clothing in the dryer on high heat. The problem with this method is it didn’t help if you had papers, shoes, magazines, books or other items that could not be placed in the dryer or sprayed with pesticides.
The answer to this problem was of course the Packtite Bed Bug Heater, which allows the user to place a travel size suitcase inside the unit after returning from a trip to ensure anything that came home would be killed. The Packtite heater is basically a large canvas box with an interior platform where items can be placed on top. It works by heating the contents inside the PackTite above 117 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 hours killing all stages of bed bugs. Bed bugs are very susceptible to heat so prolonged periods above the 117 degree threshold will do the trick (some studies report 111 degrees Fahrenheit is the terminal temperature, but we like to be safe at 117). To ensure the temperature inside the PackTite reaches the proper temperature, an included digital thermometer gauge is included. The guage has a long wire with a sensor, which is placed inside the PackTite allowing you to read the inside temperature from outside the PackTiTe.
Upon arrival the Packtite was very easy to get ready taking about 5 minutes to setup. An included timer lets you select how many hours you want it to run before it automatically shuts off. We suggest experimenting with different objects to see how long the treatment should run. For example if you place a small suitcase inside and it’s packed with towels it will take much longer to heat up the core temperature than if you put a few books inside. Once you have the hang of it it’s very easy to use an can help treat your personal items with confidence.
Another popular usage for the PackTite heater is during a bed bug infestation. Rather than throwing away shoes, books, magazines, papers and countless other items, you can simply place them in the PackTite. Dry clean only items can also be placed inside, which can save hundreds of dollars in dry cleaning bills. After treating belongings inside the PackTite, we suggest placing them in sealed garbage bags or Hefty Big Bags to prevent them from being re-infested during overall treatment.
The PackTite works as advertised and can be a great addition to your bed bug arsenal.