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What Pests Are Heat Treatments Used For?

Published December 8th, 2020 by Vision Pest Control

In the early 20th century, bed bugs were prevalent. At that time, it wasn't uncommon for people to carry insecticides when they traveled and keep their eyes open for bugs.

Even though they seemed to disappear for a while, today, 1 in 5 Americans have had bed bugs or knows someone who has.

Heat treatments are the best way to kill bed bug infestations. Heat treatments can also be used for several other pests.

Keep reading to learn all about heat treatments and what other pests they can get rid of!

What Is a Heat Treatment?

Pest control companies use heat treatments to get rid of bed bugs and other pests because it's a fast and effective treatment method.

It works by taking a unit that can physically heat a room or even an entire house. A heat trailer gets stationed outside the home and provides power for the heating units. Fans get placed throughout the treated areas to ensure even circulation of heat.

The heat must be at least 120 degrees. The way it works is that the heat denatures the insect's protein within their bodies. The heat disrupts the waxy outer laters of the insect, which causes dehydration.

The heat method is chemical-free and safe to use without any damage to your home.

Typically, pest control monitors the process on a remote laptop, using computer-generated graphs. From there, they record and measure the process to make sure the heat distribution is even.

Sometimes, pest control applies a low toxicity pesticide for added protection against re-infection.

Benefits of Heat Treatment

Bed bugs hate the heat, which is why heat treatment is so effective in eradicating them. Plus, the results are quick.

When heat is used in conjunction with a low toxicity pesticide, you can rest assured your bed bugs won't return. Another excellent benefit of heat treatment is that you can return home when it's complete.

You don't have to worry about potentially exposing your family to harsh chemicals and having to sleep somewhere else for a night or two.

Cons of Heat Treatment

One of the only cons of heat treatment is that, depending on the infestation, heat isn't always enough. Sometimes pest control must add a low toxicity pesticide to ensure the pests don't repopulate.

The size of the space to be heated matters, too. The tactic works best in smaller homes. However, many pest control companies have found ways to heat a more extensive home evenly.

California Pest Control Heat Treatments for Other Bugs

In addition to bed bugs, heat treatments are an excellent way to eliminate lots of other pests. Let's take a look at some of the bugs California pest control can eradicate using heat treatments.


Certain heat machines have enough energy to increase the temperature of big, wooden structural beams. As long as that heat reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat becomes lethal to termites.

Fumigants take multiple days to penetrate the wooden structure of a home. Plus, they're toxic to people and their pets. Heat penetration, on the other hand, can usually kill termites within one day.

Plus, it's non-chemical and will also help flush allergens, dust, and odors.


Finding fleas on your pet can be a daunting discovery. Typically, it's easy to find and eliminate fleas that live on your pet, though.

Sometimes it can be hard to find them all. Most probably live on your pet's fur, as these pesky insects need blood to reproduce and live. Even though they live on your pet, it's also common to find fleas and their eggs all over your home and yard.

If you've found fleas, you likely have larvae, pupae, eggs, and adult fleas throughout your home.

Chemically treating your entire home for flea eggs isn't practical. However, whole-house heat treatment will kill all stages of fleas existing in your home.

An entire home can be treated in as little as a day.


Rodents include rats, mice, and squirrels. These creatures can damage property, spread disease, and contaminate food.

Rodents can begin to ruin a home's structure by gnawing on piping and insulation.

They can spread the disease to humans, even by just breathing in dust that's contaminated with rodent droppings or urine. While rodent traps eliminate the rodents, they don't get rid of viruses and bacteria left behind in their urine tracks and droppings.

Plus, rodents don't have dedicated bathroom spots, which means if you have rodents, it's likely all over your home.

Heat treatment for rodents will eliminate the bacteria and viruses found in those rodent droppings, too. Rodents will seek cooler areas to live in and will leave the home. The heat will eradicate any rodents left inside and sanitize your home of viruses and diseases.

Once you get rid of rodents, there are simple things you can do to keep your home rodent-free.


Cockroach infestations spread quickly because they're aggressive breeders. You must identify the infestation and eradicate it as soon as possible.

Chemical pesticides and baits must be sought out by the cockroaches. However, heat treatment will penetrate every single crack and crevice they hide in, live in, and infest.

If combined with perimeter barriers, heat can prove to be 100% lethal to cockroaches and cockroach eggs.

Heat Treatments Are Better for You and the Environment

Heat treatments are an excellent, eco-friendly solution for getting rid of most pests. Heat kills all stages of cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, and many other pests.

Plus, heat treatment can be completed within one day, so you don't have to worry about moving your family for days.

It's non-toxic, too, so you don't have to worry about potential toxins hurting your family or your pets.

An experienced heat treatment pest control service will ensure even heat distribution to all areas of your home so that you don't have to worry about another infestation.

Do you have pests you want to get rid of in your home? Contact us to set up a consultation or treatment so that you can start living more peacefully and pest-free!

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