How Heat Works

heat to kill bed bugs


Heat treatment kills all life cycle stages of pests, from eggs and larvae to adults in one treatment. The heat kills insects such as bed bugs by denaturing the proteins within their bodies and disrupting the waxy layers on the outside of the insect, causing dehydration.

The Thermal Remediation® target temperature during treatment is between 120-135°F, the temperature necessary for heat to penetrate bed bug harborages. This safe, effective, and environmentally friendly process uses dry heat to kill the entire life cycle of bed bugs, while reducing the application of insecticides.

With equipment designed specifically for the application of heat to kill bed bugs, our highly effective process relies on three main keys to a successful treatment.


Step 1. Apply Heat
Electric bed bug heaters are placed within the space; introducing and recirculating heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 135°F for the controlled application of heat.



Step 2. Monitor
Temperatures are monitored in real time from a remote location using wireless sensors to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and its contents



Step 3. Move Air
High temperature fans move heated air throughout the space to reach insects in cracks and crevices or high infestation zones


Why Electric Heat
Electric portable Thermal Remediation® heaters are the cleanest and most convenient of all types available today. These heaters can reduce cost to rid your home or business of bed bugs because the units may be moved as needed throughout a facility, therefore fewer heaters are required. Advantages of portable electric forced air heaters include:

  • No toxic combustion byproducts
  • No water vapor (a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion)
  • No open flame
  • No fuel to store
  • No chance of fluid leakage

Safe to operate in unattended and enclosed areas

  • Long air throw
  • Quiet operation

Typical safety features include a completely enclosed fan motor, magnetic contractor, thermostat, overheat cut-out device, plus front and rear protection grills to meet OSHA requirements.

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