How Bed Bug Heat Treatment Works

Prior to the middle of the twentieth century, bed bugs were a common problem inside every home and around the world…and even in the United States. Bed bugs were, for the most part, eradicated in the U.S. through the use of DDT in the 1960s.  Unfortunately, the DDT being used to control the bed bug population was also found to be toxic to other, larger animals like birds, as well as the environment itself.  The U.S. government has since banned the use of DDT allowing bed bugs to make a come-back.

There are multiple ways of ridding your house, or other building, of bed bugs.  These methods include liquid and dry residual insecticides, vacuum cleaners, steam equipment, and fumigation.  One new, and effective method to fumigation.  One new, and effective method to kill bed bugs is the use of thermal remediation technology, or more simply, heat treatment.

This method uses hot ambient air to kill the pests and their eggs.  Bed bugs and their eggs cannot tolerate temperatures approaching 135 degrees.  Specialized portable heaters are brought in to infested houses to raise the temperature to this lethal level.  A bit more is involved that just cranking up the heat so make sure you call a professional like Maine Bed Bug & Pest Control.  Here are some easy-to-follow steps outlining the heat treatment process.

1)  Remove items that cannot tolerate high temperatures

Items such as candles, aerosol canisters, foods, and medications should be removed or discarded.

2)  Residual insecticides are applied to cracks and crevices

These insecticides are help to prevent the bed bugs from migrating when the heat is turned on.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment that Works | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control3)  Fans are used to distribute the heat

Once the heaters have been setup up, large fans are used to circulate the heat to all areas of the house to make sure that even the interiors of walls reach the appropriate temperature.

4)  Remote sensors are installed

Remote sensors are installed in all rooms.  These sensors are used to monitor temperatures inside the house.

5)  More insecticide is applied

After the heat treatment, a follow-up application of insecticide is applied in order to provide long-term protection.

So just how effective is this beg bug heat treatment?  According to scientific studies, heat treatments are proven 99% effective at removing a bed bug infestation.

Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control is proud to offer this excellent method for removing these unwanted pests.  We also offer methods to eliminate carpenter ants, roaches, fleas and ticks.  Our service extends to most of southern Maine including Augusta, Biddeford, and Sanford.

Contact us at 207-650-8654 today!