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Bed Bug Heat Treatment

What Is A Bed Bug Heat Treatment?

The most efficient and eco-friendly way to eradicate bed bugs through an entire structure is with heat. At 120°F bed bugs die. That is a good thing. But how do you heat a house to 120°F? Pest management professionals have industrial-strength heaters that raise the air temperature of a structure to between 120°F and 140°F. Sensors are used to monitor and regulate temperature throughout, and fans are positioned strategically to put the heated air where it needs to be. If needed, steam is applied to baseboards, wall voids and carpet edges to make sure all bugs are eradicated.

Why Use Heat?

  • Heat gets into everything. When you have a heat treatment, you don't have to worry about locating all the bugs before the treatment begins. The heat will get into mattresses, upholstered furniture, walls, electronics and other areas where these bugs hide.

  • Heat fully eradicates all bed bugs. A heat treatment kills bed bugs at all stages of development. This is important because bed bug eggs do not need the mother to hatch. If you destroy all adult bed bugs, but miss some eggs, the infestation will begin again. Heat prevents this.

  • Heat only takes one day, and usually only one treatment is needed.

  • Heat treatments are environmentally responsible and safe when handled by a professional.

Is Heat Safe For Electronics?

The concern that comes up most when treating a home for bed bugs is, "Will the treatment hurt my electronics?" Let's use a standard video game console as an example. A console gaming system will have an idle temperature of around 120°F. The fan on most systems won't even come on to cool the system until it heats up to 150°F to 180°F. If you own a PS3, it won't shut itself down until it gets to 200°F. But these temperatures are only a concern when the console is running. Throw in the fact that solder has a melting point of 350°F, and you can know for sure that your electronics will be safe.

Is Heat A Fire Hazard?

You don't have to look far to find a horror story about a house or apartment complex burning down because of an improper heat treatment. This is why it is so important to have a professional pest management company do your heat treatment. Professionals use sensors to monitor the heat levels throughout a structure and have the expertise to prep and treat homes safely.


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