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What to Know About Bed Bug Heat Treatments
Bed bugs are not just an irritation; they're a real health hazard. Although they don't transmit disease, they cause havoc in their own right. They can cause allergic reactions, infections, and severe anxiety to people living in infested homes.
If you've got bed bugs, you need a solution that will completely rid your home of them. That means targeting the eggs, not just the bugs. That's where bed bug heat treatments come in.
Let's look at why bed bug heat treatments are the most effective way to get the job done.
Current Bed Bug Treatments
Head to the hardware store, and you'll find plenty of bed bug kits and sprays on offer. Traditional pest control companies may also offer chemical treatments to clear bed bugs.
The fact is, insecticide treatments only kill the bugs. They will not penetrate and destroy the eggs. Unless the eggs are also treated, you will continue to have a problem with bed bugs.
Tracking Bed Bugs Down
If you find an infestation of bed bugs in a mattress or piece of furniture, it's easy to think that getting rid of the item will clear the problem. But bed bugs are far more sneaky than that.
They will find places to hide. Bed bugs are tiny; at their biggest, they're about the size of an apple seed. Some are much smaller.
The best way to track bed bugs down is by using a specially trained dog. Dogs can sniff out bed bugs and find them in places you'd never even think of looking. The first step in scheduling a treatment is to have your home inspected by a trained canine.
Why Home Treatments Don't Work
You can bring them or their eggs into your home without even realizing it. They can come in on second-hand furniture, jump into your luggage at a hotel, or even just get picked up on your clothes.
If you try to treat an infestation in your home yourself, the chances are that you will spread them around your home. Professional bed bug heat treatments contain the infestation and don't spread the bugs during treatment.
How Bed Bug Heat Treatments Get the Job Done
Bed bug heat treatments make use of a very interesting fact about bed bugs. They cannot survive at high temperatures.
Bed bugs die between 114-115°F. Holding their eggs at this temperature will also kill them. Clearly, this is hotter than any standard home heating system will go.
Steam has been used as a form of heat treatment for bed bugs, which can be effective. However, it is very time-consuming, and areas can be missed.
Whole room heating systems are more effective. They work using dry heat and fans to circulate the heat throughout the room.
The pest control professionals will attach temperature monitors to crevices and hard-to-reach places. This ensures these spots where bed bugs can lurk reach the correct temperature.
Holding the room at 150°F for a minimum of 60 minutes - often a lot longer - ensures that the treatment is effective. Most treatments last between 6-8 hours.
Preparing for a Bed Bug Heat Treatment
Before a heat treatment, the pest control company will survey your property to identify all infested areas. Dogs will sniff out all affected areas, and these will be prepared for treatment.
You can prepare yourself or hire a preparation service to prepare your home for treatment. The key is to remove clutter - these are potential hiding places for bed bugs.
You can kill bed bugs in bedding and soft items by putting them into a clothes dryer on a high heat cycle for 20 minutes. Thoroughly vacuum the infested area to remove all visible bugs.
During the Heat Treatment
During a bed bug heat treatment, pest control professionals will seal your home and use a special heater to heat the room to about 150°F.
Heating the sealed room to this temperature allows the heat to penetrate baseboards and other areas where bed bugs or eggs may be hiding. Throughout the treatment, the pest control company will monitor the temperature in the room.
They will hold the room at a high temperature long enough to eliminate any bed bugs and eggs hiding in the area.
Follow Up Treatment
To stop bed bug pests from coming back into your home, you may want to consider applying insecticide outside your home.
A canine inspection can confirm that the bugs have gone. Typically this is done about 30 days after your final heat treatment. This can give you peace of mind that the problem has been resolved.
What Are the Advantages of Bed Bug Heat Treatments?
There are several advantages of bed bug heat treatments. The main advantage is that it is the only treatment that works on both bugs and eggs. Also, it can penetrate areas that are very difficult to treat with insecticide treatments.
Even though the heat in the room reaches 150°F, this is not high enough to damage your belongings or the fabric of the home. The pest control company will advise you to remove anything that could melt or get damaged before the treatment.
It is a non-toxic treatment, so it is completely safe for all family members, including pets, to enter the area afterward. Plus, the treatment typically only takes 6-8 hours. This reduces the disruption to family life or your business if you are treating an office.
Bed Bug Heat Treatments - The Best Solution
Chemical treatments for bed bugs may seem cheap, but they'll cost you more in the long run. Bed bug heat treatments are the only way to kill the bugs and the eggs and get into their hiding places.
At Vision Pest Control, we've developed a system using our patented heaters to rid your home of bed bugs. Our canine investigators will seek them out, making sure we target the treatment exactly where it's needed.
Contact us today to learn more about the treatment options we can provide for your home.