Everyone loves a sunny 72°F day. Bed bugs most of all. At that nice, comfy temperature, bed bugs will live and even flourish, laying eggs and spreading at an alarming rate. When the temperature gets up above 118°F to 125°F though, they cannot survive. Who could?
They will either have to flee your home (if they can find a way out) or they will die. So, if you’re looking for how to kill bed bugs, it’s as simple as that. There is no way that they can experience such high heat for even short periods of time and live.
- Heat Treatments Do Not Require Follow Up Treatments
Unlike conventional bed bug treatments that require multiple visits to eliminate an infestation, heat treatments only require one visit. Pesticides are ineffective on bed bug eggs, so multiple visits are necessary to kill eggs that hatch after the initial visit. However, since heat kills all life stages of the bed bug, including the egg, there is no need to schedule return visits. This allows homeowners to return to a bed bug free living environment on the same day as treatment
- Bed Bugs Are Not Resistant to Heat
Bed bugs are rapidly developing resistance to entire classes of pesticides, leaving some products virtually ineffective with resistant populations. This is becoming a growing problem across most of the country. But bed bugs are not resistant to the effects of extreme heat.
- Heat Penetrates the Entire Room
Most bed bug treatments that use pesticides, such as synthetic products and desiccants, have one major drawback. They fail to penetrate hard-to-reach areas, such as the inside of furniture. With those methods – you have to apply pesticides in areas that hidden bed bugs are expected to visit after they come out of hiding in order to come in contact with the product. With heat, you just kind of sit back and let the heat find them. Where do bed bugs hide? Doesn’t matter. No matter how well they hide, they can’t get away from the heat. While sprays and dusts make areas dangerous to them, heat makes the entire home inhospitable.
- Every Bed Bug Life Stage is Vulnerable to Heat
Conventional pesticides, while effectively eliminating adults and nymphs, have no effect on eggs. With heat treatment, this isn’t an issue. If the temperature reaches the required level, it will eliminate eggs as well as nymphs and adults. This ensures that the infestation is completely eradicated on the day of treatment.
Keep in mind, not all pest companies offer heat treatment for bed bugs. And what’s the best way to get rid of bed bugs? Sounds like heat treatment to us. Western Fumigation does offer it. And they use their staff and equipment rather than subcontracting out the work to a third party. They have highly trained technicians that monitor the process with computer-based tracking systems to get the job done for you – quickly and efficiently. Contact Western Fumigation today for total bed bug control. That’s what you need.