The Benefits of Heat Treatment for Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are notoriously hard to get rid of. Adult bed bugs can go a year without eating and survive on very little air. This along with other genetic factors make bed bugs difficult to eradicate.

The good news is bed bugs are susceptible to heat – they’ll die at 118 degrees after an hour and a half. For this reason, heat treatment is an effective alternative to pesticides.

How the Process Works:

First, anything flammable or explosive must be removed from the home. Doorways and windows should be sealed so heat doesn’t escape.

Whole home heat treatments are generally done by pest control professionals. In our process, we set up mobile heaters, fans, and a generator to power them. As your home heats up, they’ll start rotating belongings (cushions, clothing, luggage) to make sure the heat distributes evenly.

The heat in your home will rise to temperatures between 130 and 140 degrees and stay there for a number of hours. Both adult bugs and eggs are killed off in the process.

Why it Works:

Bed bugs find their food (your blood) by sensing heat. During the early stages of heat treatment, bed bugs come out of hiding because the heat tells them food is near. The temperature slowly rises to deadly temperatures and the bugs die off.

Whole Room Treatments Gets Every Corner

When bed bugs invade a home, they’ll create a living space anywhere they can hide – mattresses, box springs, carpet, baseboards, and more. Because they multiply rapidly, it’s minimally effective to treat ‘only the places where you see bed bugs.’

They could be anywhere.

During a home heat treatment, heat permeates the entire house. All of your belongings reach levels of heat that bed bugs can’t survive. They may be able to hide from sprays and powders, but they can’t hide from the heat.

It’s Done in a Matter of Hours

Heat treatment is often preferred because it’s over in a matter of hours. You can freeze bed bugs, but it takes several days.

Some people also bag their belongings and put them in storage until the bugs die. Again, this requires months rather than hours.

Heat Treatment Doesn’t Require Harsh Chemicals

One of the biggest benefits of heat treatment is its ability to kill bed bugs without using harsh chemicals. Because bed bugs feed on your body, most of the treatment will need to happen in your living space. You may not want to spray down your bed with deadly chemicals to get rid of bugs.

Heat Treatment Can Accompany Other Treatments for Maximum Results

Heat treatments will kill every last bug in your house. However, bugs could return after the temperature cools.

For this reason, many professionals recommend applying an insecticide to your home’s exterior that acts as a barrier once bed bugs are gone.

Once you get bed bugs out of your house, take preventative measures to makes sure they never return!

Considering heat treatment for bed bugs in your home? Don’t wait as the problem grows! Get in touch to talk about eradicating bed bugs from your home.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is President of Inman-Murphy Inc., one of the fastest growing pest control companies in Memphis, TN.

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