How to Kill Bed Bugs With Heat
Historically, bed bug treatments have primarily used chemicals to manage and eradicate infestations. But pesticides are becoming less effective — especially with a single treatment. An informal survey of pest control operators conducted by an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts found that 68% of all bed bug infestations require three or more pesticide treatments, while 26% needed two treatments. Just 6% required only one chemical treatment.
Our Exclusive Heat Treatment
The scientific principle behind non-chemical, non-toxic bed bug heat treatments is simple but proven: Raise the temperature of an infested area to approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours to kill all life stages. Within a single treatment, rooms can return to normal use — bed bug free — without having to discard mattresses, pillows and other soft furnishings.
Our technicians use specially designed EPA-registered devices that pump pure, clean heat to the infested areas through flexible ducts or infrared heaters. The air temperature is slowly raised to a safe 140 degrees, penetrating cracks, crevices, mattresses, sofas and wall cavities. The heat kills bed bugs and their eggs within 2 to 12 hours, unlike traditional pesticide treatments that can take up to six weeks and multiple treatments.
In the same way heat works to eliminate bed bugs, it also improves indoor air quality and reduces odors. After a ThermaPure Texas heat treatment, you can say goodbye to air pollutants, viruses, bacteria, asthma triggers, allergens and dust mites in small homes to grand mansions, single college dorm rooms to entire residential shelters, and health care facilities to government buildings.
Other Companies' Pesticides
While many companies still exclusively use pesticides to treat bed bug infestations, many experts consider this method to be less effective — and potentially dangerous. Some pesticides may pose a serious threat to the environment as well as irritate people who have allergies.
DDT was an effective chemical in treating bed bug occurrences in the United States before it was banned in 1972. The use of other solutions throughout the years has led to pests becoming more and more resistant to pesticides. The Integrated Pest Management Association found that by 1956, DDT resistance was so widespread that the control method had to be changed to Malathion. Results from current research conducted by the University of Kentucky show that bed bug resistance to insecticidal products that have pyrethroids as an active ingredient has become significant. The excessive use of pesticide solutions may result in the bed bug developing even greater resistance. This can lead to overcompensating by increasing amounts of chemicals. Do you want this dangerous practice happening in your home or business?
Some people also may be sensitive to chemicals as a result of neurological or other medical disorders. These people may not have the option to use chemical solutions as part of their control method. Heat is a non-chemical process that is ideal for treating health care facilities, hospitals and schools where chemicals are more than likely not an option. Heat also protects against incidental chemical contact in semi-public areas such as hotel or waiting rooms.