How Heat Can Eliminate Bed Bug Infestations

October 8, 2021

How Heat Can Eliminate Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs not only cause physical symptoms in their victims but also have a damaging effect on your business. To eliminate them, you need more than ineffective pesticides. Instead, you must opt for heat treatment to completely eradicate bed bug infestations.

Research Shows Heat Kills All Life Stages of Bed Bugs

In 2008, the University of Minnesota completed Temp-Air-sponsored research on the effectiveness of heat and the eradication of bed bug infestations. This research revealed that a minimum temperature of 50°C/122°F was effective in killing all life stages of a bedbug’s life cycle. This research also found that this temperature of heat kills the bed bugs immediately.

Heat Is More Effective Than Pesticides When Treating Infestations

Unfortunately, pesticide treatments may not achieve complete mortality of all the life stages of a bed bug’s lifecycle due to issues of inaccessibility, tolerance and so on. This means that pesticide treatment will need to be applied more than once to eradicate an infestation. Not only is this ineffective, but it’s potentially harmful and costly.

Heat treatment can kill an entire infestation immediately if proper protocol is followed. Heat penetrates cracks and inaccessible areas where bed bugs tend to hide that pesticides often can’t reach.

Heat Treatment Example: A Hotel Room

How does heat treatment for bed bugs work? Let’s examine a hotel room. Electric heaters are placed throughout the room and brought up to the minimum lethal temperature of 122°F. Fans are then used to move heated air throughout the room to reach high infestation zones and crevices.

The heat treatment process is carefully monitored from outside the treatment area using real-time wireless sensors. The process may require intrusion into the area to move stuff around to attain minimum lethal temperatures in the heat-treated space.

The duration of treatment typically lasts up to 6 hours but may take longer depending on clutter and the extent of the infestation.

Take Advantage of Heat Treatment by Thermal Remediation

Thermal Remediation from Temp-Air® delivers effective electric heat treatment equipment to pest control professionals, hotels, universities, housing authorities and property management companies. As a dominant player in the industry, our systems have been sold within the US, Hawaii and overseas.

Each of our equipment packages includes technical training at our Minnesota facility or your site and lifetime phone support. We ensure that you understand how to use your equipment for the best results. Our current package options include:

  • Equipment-only: Our equipment-only packages come with bed bug heaters, wireless temperature monitoring systems, high-temperature fans and additional supplies. Packages range from dual heater systems to full-scale systems with eight heaters.
  • Full-trailer with equipment: Our EBB-60KW and EBB-80KW packages include bed bug heat treatment equipment, generator and fully-equipped trailer.
  • Box truck with equipment: For large-scale operations, we offer our EBB-80KW Box Truck package. The package includes a fully-equipped box truck as well as heaters, generators, high-temperature fans and additional supplies.

Eradicate Bed Bugs With Heat Treatment by Thermal Remediation

Bed bugs must be treated as soon as they’re found to completely remove an infestation. Thermal Remediation delivers the equipment and training you need for infestation eradication now and in the future. To learn more about heat treatment for bed bugs, call us today at 800-836-7432 or send us a message.