The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that about 9,000 PackTite Bed Bug Heating units pose a risk and should be returned. The government says 3 users have reported their units overheating, melting and, in one case, the items being treated were singed. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers are intended to place items for bed bug treatment inside PackTite's black canvas bag and turn the heater on inside the bag.
This recall involves PackTite bed bug heating units sold with PackTite™ original bed bug treatment systems. The white heaters are attached to a black wire frame that fits in the bag. PackTite™ is printed in white on the bag. The bags measure 36 inches long by 19 inches wide by 24 inches tall. The recalled heaters do not have any visible text on the up-facing side of the heater casing, but they do have reset instructions on the underside of the heater.
Customers can call PackTite toll-free at (866) 520-7952 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT, by or contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or get more information online at www.packtite.com and click on Product Recall for more information.
The units affected by the recall were sold at pest control companies and pest control product distributors nationwide, including Atlantic Pest Solutions, Bedbug Central, Bedbug Supply, Broadway Exterminating, Dana Pest Control, Do My Own Pest Control, Grainger, M&M Environmental Isotech, K-9 Sweeps, Orkin, Pestaway, Round-the-Clock Pest Control, Steritech, Stern Environmental, Tallman Scientific, Univar and US Bedbugs.
They were sole between October 2009 and January 2013 for between $300 and $330 for the entire system or $53 for the heater when sold separately.