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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than a duffle bag with a space heater inside, March 21, 2011
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I have never left a review before in my life, but I was so incredibly disgusted with the rip-off scam of the PackTite Bed Bug Killing oven that I felt compelled to warn others. This company is preying on the fact that bed bugs are horrific and the mere thought (less having them) is enough to send many to a shrink.

You can buy this, or you can buy a duffel bag, this turkey thermometer that you can leave in the bag (i.e. oven) with your stuff CDN Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer, and this digital timer Taylor Digital Minute/Second Timer. Now all you need is a cheap space heater that you can fit in the bag Impress 1500-Watt Compact Space Heater Fan with Adjustable Thermostat, and voila, you have created your own PackTite bag for less than 50.00. Seriously, this is the exact product you will receive in the mail. Exact. This comes as a duffel bag with a space heater inside. It is not an oven. Then, twist-tied inside is a digital probe thermometer just like this, still in the clamshell package. Next to it, is twist-tied on a timer, also still in its clamshell package. These are not built in products, or part of the oven. Some company who knows how freaked out people are about bedbugs whipped together this thing with some parts that they twist-tie together in a warehouse and then ask YOU to assemble the whole thing and WATCH the temperature and time for HOURS! You can't put your stuff in this after coming home from a vacation and go to sleep... let me explain.

So you buy this. Peace of mind? Well, if you don't mind watching the bag get to 120 degrees on the little cheap thermometer they send with it that you insert in your bug filled clothes. And then, after you have sat there and waited for it to reach 120, you need to make sure that your stuff registers at 120 degrees for 60 minutes to kill all life stages of bedbugs. This is more or less a quote from the manual inside. Then, you can't leave it, because "if thermometer reaches 150 end immediately" -- i.e. there is no control of the temperature, so if you walk away for too long, you might burn your stuff at too high a heat because you didn't see it register to 150 (or more!) because you werern't SITTING WATCHING THE CHEAP THERMOMETER that ISN'T EVEN BUILT IN as part of the bag/heater. So let me summarize. This can take no fewer than 60 minutes, but can take overnight -- you are required to sit and check your thermometer probe off and on to make sure your stuff is "cooking" -- when it reaches 120, you can start the 60 min countdown. But no, you can't walk away and relax yet -- if the bag gets to 150, you have to end it immediately, so you have to keep checking back all the time to make sure that you don't overcook something, or worse, burn down your house! And then, inside, there is a large totally unusable area that has these admonishing warnings on it saying something like this "this area must remain free and clear for venting -- any malfunction because this was covered will not be covered by PackTite." Too bad that it takes up about 20% of the space the description is claiming is "usable". It is also too small to cook an entire house or apartment's contents -- it would only be useful for a vacation -- and it would take several "loads".

A terrible product that WILL burn someone's house down, if not make you nuts with sleep deprivation watching your thermometer and timer tick tick tick. Be warned. I only wish I could give this a zero!
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2011 8:24:45 PM PDT
Has anyone tried creating their own bed bug killer as described above (with a space heater in a duffel bag, monitored by a turkey thermometer)?

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 4:28:42 PM PDT
Geekwench says:
The comments about the $50 equivalent being "exactly" the same as a Packtite are completely false. Yes, one could ABSOLUTELY assemble one of these himself/herself, but the author of this review isn't giving an accurate representation of what's in the unit. For me, rather than trying to rig together something like the Packtite, which, yes, one could do, it was easier just to buy the bloody thing and skip the hassle of trying to get everything set up properly and not burn my house down in the process. I don't disagree that one could assemble something very similar; I disagree with the hyperbole and overstatement in this review.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 10:40:58 PM PDT
timbeep says:
Ernestine,

Thank you >so much< for your review. The world needs more people like you who will speak out with the truth.

I will definitely be putting together my own instead of paying the ridiculous amount of money for these basic items packaged together. I can't believe there is a larger version selling for $750 which I'm sure is nothing more than a larger bag and maybe a larger heater. The owner of packtite should be ashamed.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 7:40:43 AM PDT
Thank you! Everyone else seems to think I am crazy, but this is really just a rip-off, and no, I don't work for some bed bug company!!!

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 10:09:04 AM PST
Nico says:
One can alternately leave bagged items in (hot climate) in a car in the sun. The inside of a car can get very hot, exactly what temp I don't know. Another option is freeze-kill. If you are in a cold enough climate, one can leave things in 23F or less (less is better) for 5 days. However, things can't be packed tightly together, or many layers. The cold or the heat has to be able to penetrate. I appreciate the review. I am on SSDI, I would buy the thing if it wasn't 300$. I'd try it if I had money to burn.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 12:45:34 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 12:57:15 PM PST
Geekwench says:
Actually, you cannot reliably kill bedbugs by putting things out in 23° F for five days. In order to kill bedbug eggs, you have to put items out in temperatures below freezing for THIRTY TO SIXTY days, and it still may not work- the University of Minnesota has information about this on their website. Trying to kill bedbugs in a hot car is a great way to ensure that you have bedbugs IN your car, believe it or not. Unless you get every inch of the car and everything in it to a temperature >115°-120° F for at LEAST an hour, all you will achieve is to drive the bedbugs to the places in the car that haven't gotten that hot, where they will then happily breed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 1:18:04 PM PST
Geekwench says:
I don't think that anybody thinks you are crazy, Ernestine. I simply said that your post contained hyperbole and overstatement, which it does. You managed to forget several components of the unit that are not addressed in your "$50 duffel bag", which is one thing, but you also said that this thing WILL catch your house on fire. As I said in my first response to you, I don't disagree that somebody could create a similar solution himself or herself. I disagree with your hyperbole and overstatement.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 4:34:46 PM PDT
C. MALSTROM says:
The guy that wrote this is just mad because someone came up with the idea before him.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 4:50:17 PM PDT
Geekwench says:
You're probably right, C.Malstrom.
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