Whole Room Heat Treatment
While there are multiple ways to treat a bed bug infestation, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which option is best for your situation. At Advanced Bed Bug & Pest Services, we strongly recommend heat treatment of bed bugs. We believe it is the fastest, most efficient, most effective form of treatment available today.
Heat treatment has several advantages over typical pesticide treatments:
- Requires just one visit.
- Kills both live bed bugs and their eggs.
- Reaches hidden and hard to find bed bugs.
- No harmful pesticides in the air.
- No need to vacate the premises for days.
- You won't have to throw clothing away or get rid of any of your stuff.
- Adjacent areas don't have to be evacuated during a heat treatment.
- No need to discard your mattress.
The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, which conducted a study in 2009 that proved "infestations can often be eliminated by heat treatments in one day."
Whole room heat treatments involve a Pest Management Professional (PMP) (more commonly known as an exterminator) bringing in specially designed propane-powered heating equipment to raise the temperature in the room to kill all of the bed bugs. Bed bugs and eggs die within 90 minutes at 118°F, and immediately at 122°F. During our heat treatment, the air temperature in the room is typically held between 135°F and 145°F. We place remote thermometers throughout the room(s), to ensure the proper temperatures are reached. A heat treatment typically takes between six and eight hours, depending on the condition of the room(s) being treated.
Because a bed bugs exposed to high heat will try to escape to cooler pastures, a residual insecticide will be applied to the border of the home or room being treated for bed bugs to prevent escape.
When bed bugs develop, they shed their skin five times as they reach adulthood. If they are exposed to pesticides during this growth process, they can develop a skin that is resistant to those pesticides. They can even have offspring that are more resistant. This can make pesticides less effective.