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If you’re currently battling bed bugs in your home or business, there’s a good chance you've run to the internet for help. And in doing so, there’s a good chance you discovered that heat can kill bed bugs. But are you aware of just how it works? If you're hoping to get rid of these blood-hungry parasites for good, the bed bug heat treatment process at McCall is something you should familiarize yourself with.
Heat gets everywhere. When you have a heat treatment, you don't have to worry about locating all the bugs before the treatment begins. Using temperature-regulated heaters and industrial fans placed strategically throughout your structure, the ambient temperature will be raised to the exact degree needed to eradicate bed bugs no matter where they are nesting. This uniform source of heat reaches deep into walls, mattresses, furniture, and other places that bed bugs hide without causing damage or leaving any chemical residue. A heat treatment also eradicates all 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 still miss some eggs, the infestation will begin again. Heat prevents this.
While it’s true that heat will kill bed bugs, it is important to know just how much heat is needed during treatment. The proper temperature required to kill bed bugs and their eggs is around 120°F, but getting your space to this level by yourself is not as easy as you might think. Opening the windows on a hot summer day or putting up a few space heaters just won’t do it – as making your structure warmer without reaching the correct temperature can actually cause bed bugs to breed faster.
In order to heat a house to the required temperature, McCall Service uses industrial-strength heaters that raise the 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.
Most importantly, DIY bed bug heat treatments can be extremely dangerous, as they can put your home or your business at risk for fires.
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’s so important to have a professional pest management company perform it.
Using heat sensors to keep a close eye on temperature fluctuations, our team can ensure that bed bug heat treatment is a success and that no property or belongings are damaged. As an additional measure, our industrial heaters turn themselves off if the temperature rises beyond the indicated threshold.
Customers often ask whether heat will hurt their electronics. It does not. The melting point of solder is at 350°F, so electronics will maintain their structural integrity through the process. In addition, many electronics routinely operate at temperatures similar to or exceeding the heat achieved through our bed bug treatment.
For example, a console gaming system idles around 120°F, and the fan on most systems doesn’t kick in until the system reaches between 150°F and 180°F. You can be assured that your electronics will make it through.
With McCall, you don't have to worry about the details during a bed bug heat treatment. Our pest control technicians have years of experience refining the heat remediation process, ensuring that your business, your home, and all of your belongings are safe before the heat is turned on.
All dangerous items – such as fire extinguishers, hairspray, and other explosive canisters – will be removed prior to heat treatment. Additionally, all belongings inside your structure will be secured, so that when our industrial fans used to circulate the heat are turned on, nothing will be blown from your walls or directed into heaters.
Also, our professional bed bug heat treatments are environmentally friendly and will not pose any danger to the items left within your home or business – meaning you won't have to throw out your mattresses, furniture, or clothes after treatment completion.
Bed bugs are a fast and elusive pest that can escape treatments and live inside wall voids or attics for months, waiting for another opportunity to attack. At McCall Service, our trained pest control technicians and K-9 bed bug inspectors can locate bed bugs directly at the source – utilizing advanced heating equipment and industry-leading protocols to ensure complete eradication.
For effective bed bug heat remediation from the experts here at McCall Service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our technicians today!