How to Rid Your Home of Bedbugs With Heat Treatment for Bedbugs

“Good night! Don’t let the bed bugs bite”. While this has always been an affectionate way of saying goodbye to friends, it’s far too real for comfort in some homes. Bed bugs have become a major household problem in millions of homes around the world.

Who would’ve ever thought that a small, oval flat-bodied insect that’s just the size of a small grain of rice could cause so many problems and grief? These little pests can’t even fly, yet they are known to infest homes all around the world. 

They’re so much of a problem that there’s even a registry in the United States keeping track of their exploits. The Bed Bug Registry tracks infestations in states around the US. Between 2006 and 2019 New York alone had over 4000-bed bugs reports! As of 2017, Michigan had over 605 bed bug infestations. 99.6% of pest control companies have been contacted over bed bug issues.

What we know about bed bugs

Bed bugs have made astonishing comebacks over the years. Just when you think they’re gone for good, you see them reappearing out of the blue. Worse, they seem to come back stronger than ever. Perhaps this one’s a score for evolutionists, bed bugs can become impervious to chemicals once used to get rid of them.

Bed bug infestation is rarely caused by a lack of hygiene though. Their transfer to new places is usually by hitching rides in the personal belongings of people they latch onto. You could sit at a park for five minutes and give four to five of these annoying little nomads a ride home. 

The bad news is, you don’t even need all four or five to initiate an infestation. If you miss just one pregnant female bed bug, you can have your home infested with over 300 adults and 1000 new eggs in just three months. 

Though bed bugs feed on pets whenever possible, they do not travel or live on the skin of their hosts. So do not blame that cute little Persian cat or that adorable Bolognese for a bed bug infestation. Pets aren’t usually a factor in their spread.

Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood and can live up to a year without a meal. A single female bed bug lays up to 500 eggs during her lifetime and these eggs hatch within two weeks. Bed bugs are tough, smart, and can hide anywhere from your sofa to your suitcase.

Bed Bug Control Solutions

Okay, you’ve got bed bugs troubling all night, even during the day too. These tiny bloodsuckers keep nibbling away at your precious sleep all night and still don’t spare you during afternoon naps. How do you get rid of them?

Wiping out bed bugs is a difficult process and needs a lot of patience. By a factor of general knowledge, the use of insecticides is an effective method of getting rid of them immediately. However, we’ll be introducing you to another method today. The use of Heat treatments. First, we’ll talk about the use of chemicals.

Chemical Control (Insecticides)

Chemicals such as insecticides kill insect pests by getting inside their bodies and acting as a poison. 

Aerosol insecticides attack insect pests by blocking their oxygen flow. Insects do not breathe through nostrils or mouths as most animals do. They breathe through spiracles; these are small holes along their abdomen. 

Aerosol insecticides enter these spiracles and block the airways, causing insect and bug pests to die of suffocation.

Insecticide treatments are carried out thoroughly and correctly by licensed PMPs (Pest Management Professional) and they can be a very effective way of controlling bed bugs. There are generally three different types of insecticides:

  • Quick-action, contact insecticides for use on surfaces that bugs mostly reside e.g sofas.
  • Residual insecticide for inside furniture, cracks, and crevices, and the underside of surfaces we touch.
  • Dust insecticide for cracks and crevices and voids such as electric outlets and baseboards.

Some common chemicals used to kill bed bugs include pyrethrins, pyrethroids, pyrroles, neonicotinoids, desiccants, and so on. These chemicals attack bugs through different approaches. However, bed bugs develop resistance to some of them over time. 

A thorough insecticide treatment would involve at least two or three visits from your PMP because it is unlikely that all the bugs will be killed on the first visit. It is also strongly recommended that these insecticide control methods are not carried out by amateurs as these chemicals are poisonous to pets and humans too.

Heat Control

A common counter for evolutionary theory is ‘if animals are evolving, why hasn’t the bug gotten impervious to the boot?’ While the bug isn’t impervious to the boot (yet), how many bed bugs can you stomp to do away with an infestation?

Heat treatment has proven to be another effective method of getting rid of bed bugs. Bonus news, only one visit will do away with every single one of them; even their eggs! Isn’t that magical? Let us tell you how it works.

Ever gone camping in the woods? Remember how bonfires send ants away from the campsite top speed? The fire doesn’t even have to touch them, you’d already see a few that wandered too close for comfort balling up and dying out. This is the power of heat.

Heat treatments involve PMPs bringing in special equipment, which sometimes look like air conditioning units, to increase the temperature of your home or office to kill the bed bugs. 

This equipment simulates the temperature of the area directly around a bonfire, and sometimes even hotter! Always remember to take the candles out before the PMPs bring in the heat. 

The professionals would usually brief you about the procedure before they get to work. You need the help of an expert bug eradication company to get rid of the bugs. We at Thermal Eradication 911 are available to offer free consultation and friendly services to get rid of those tiny tyrants instantly. 

This special equipment can raise the temperature of your home up to as high as 150 degrees and even higher! That’s extremely hot! No bug is going to stand that. Not even viruses or other insects. When the temperature is at just 115 degrees, bugs are already on the highway to extinction.

Bugs have less than 90 minutes to live when the temperature is at 115 degrees. 

Better still, at temperatures as high as 122 degrees, bugs die immediately. How about watching that match right there in the comfort of your now bug-free apartment? Sounds good, right? Yes, yes it does.

The PMPs will attach remote thermometers throughout the home or office to make certain the right temperatures are reached. They then watch the thermometers closely to make sure that it gets hot enough to kill the bed bugs.

A heat treatment takes between six and eight hours, depending on the area being treated. Let’s not forget that the bugs die immediately at certain temperatures, but we still have to wait for the temperatures to drop back to human-friendly levels.

Make sure to discuss with your PMP for advice on what to take out during these procedures so you don’t come back in to meet wax puddles where candles once stood.

Fortunately, heat treatments don’t offer any residual effects after treatment as no chemical is used all through the process. 

Bed bugs are hardy creatures, so there are chances that they can re-infiltrate your home. So ensure that your PMP notifies you of certain prevention steps to take after treatment to prevent re-infestation. 

Let Us Help You

What’s even more embarrassing than sharing a bed with bed bugs all night? It’s having these unwelcome tenants hitching rides to work and school in your hair, clothes, and bag. 

Got bed bugs? Busy schedule? Get a stress-free consultation and price-friendly extermination service that would break neither your budget nor your schedule. We can be there as soon as you need us. 

Contact us at Thermal Eradication 911 today and say goodbye to those crazy little bugs. It’s usually an emergency situation to get rid of these things, that’s why we’re your best to handle the infestation. 

We know how much of a bother they are, and we’re available to bring in the treatments that will terminate them as soon as possible.

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