Heat treatment for bed bugs
So, you have found the tell tale signs of bed bugs and identified you have a bed bug infestation. What next? You obviously need to get the problem sorted and the best way of sorting it out is suing heat treatment for bed bugs.
Heat treatment for bed bugs is another way of killing bedbugs and eradicates all bedbug infestations. Heat treatment doesn’t use any chemicals, doesn’t use any pesticides, doesn’t use and sprays or powders and is totally non-toxic. As a result, heat treatment for bed bugs is considered to be the best method of killing bed bugs currently available.
Reasons why heat treatment for bed bugs is safer than using chemicals
In the past killing bed bugs has meant using chemicals and pesticides, which used to work well. However, there is growing evidence that bed bugs are developing a resistance to chemicals, which means chemical treatments are not so effective, which means even more bedbug treatments are
needed. As more and more chemicals are required in killing bed bugs the bugs’ resistance is also increasing, which means the chemicals are only going to get stronger.
Chemicals and pesticides have an impact on the environment. Some chemicals previously used in killing bed bugs are known to affect the reproductive effects of birds and using the chemical in killing bed bugs had an adverse effect on the bird life, which got exposure to the chemical by eating
other insects that had contact with the bed bug pesticide. The chemicals were working their way in to the eco system and having a big effect on many animals in the food chain, which is not good.
Some people may, unknowingly, be sensitive to the chemicals used in killing bed bugs. The chemicals could have any number of effects, including allergic reactions, causing nausea, causing itchiness and skin complaints and causing respiratory problems to name but a few.
Heat treatment for bed bugs doesn’t use chemicals therefore the issues above do not apply when killing bed bugs using heat treatment.
How does heat treatment for bed bugs work?
As its name suggests, heat treatment for bed bugs consists of applying a heat evenly throughout your whole house. This means tha mattresses, wall cavities, curtains, floorboards and all those other hard to reach places will be heated up to the temperatures needed to kill bed bugs at all stages of the bed bug life cycle, so heat treatment for bed bugs will eradicate un-hatched eggs all the way through to mature adult bugs.
Heat treatment for bed bugs forces heat in to the upholstery, in to mattresses, in to the carpets and in to every crack and crevice in the room and the bed bugs have no place to hide. Using conventional bed bug treatments, such as using a bed bug powder, a pesticide or a bug bomb the treatment does not penetrate every crack and crevice, which means the bugs can simply sulk off somewhere and hide. Considering an adult bed bug can live for a year on one feed it means a bed bug can disappear through the floor boards of the room being treated and find somewhere else to reproduce.
Conventional bed bug treatments do not always wipe out the un-hatched eggs, therefore multiple treatments are needed to break the bed bug life cycle and get rid of the infestation. Studies have shown that 68% of infestations require three or more treatments, 26% of infestations require two
treatments and 6% require a single treatment. Multiple treatments mean more exposure to chemicals, more hassle and more cost, which is not great.
Unlike conventional methods of killing bed bugs heat treatment for bed bugs can kill a large infestation in a single treatment. A single treatment is preferable as it is cheaper in the long run and far less hassle as you only have to vacate your property once.
The temperatures reached when using heat treatment for bed bugs
There is a lot of documentation that states that in order to kill adults and nymphs it is necessary to maintain a constant temperature of at least 113 degrees Fahrenheit for at least fifteen minutes. In order to kill un-hatched egg it is necessary to maintain a constant temperature of at least 113 degrees Fahrenheit for at least an hour. So, bearing this in mind if you raise the room temperature above the minimum 113 degrees Fahrenheit and can keep it there for several hours it is possible to kill bugs at every stage of the bed bug life cycle, break the trend and eliminate the infestation.
The minimum temperature of 113 degrees Fahrenheit is easily within the range of heat treatment for bed bugs and the companies who offer this service can easily get your house to this temperature in order to eliminate the bed bug infestation.
The advantages of using heat treatment for bed bugs
In summary the advantages of using heat when killing bed bugs are as follows;
1) Heat treatment for bed bugs does not use any chemicals which may be harmful to human health
2) Heat treatment for bed bugs doesn’t put dangerous chemicals in to the ecosystem
3) Heat treatment for bed bugs is environmentally safe
4) Heat treatment for bed bugs will eradicate the infestation with a single treatment
Is heat treatment for bed bugs worthwhile?
This method of killing bed bugs is the safest and most efficient method of killing bed bugs and getting rid of the infestation for good. This method of killing bedbugs is fast and efficient and far better than conventional methods of getting rid of bedbugs using chemicals. This method of killing bed bugs may be more expensive at first but if you have to have multiple treatments using chemicals you will soon see the costs escalate and heat treatment will not work out much more expensive.