No one wants to deal with bed bugs. They are parasitic pests, meaning they feed off the blood of their hosts, mainly you, and they can be difficult to get rid of. No matter how much you don’t want to think about them, you will most likely, at some point, find yourself with a bed bug infestation. When this happens, it is important for you to know the best ways of getting rid of them. A great bed bug killing option: the heat treatment. How do heat treatments work to kill Portland bed bugs? Find out below!

Different Heat Treatments

How do Heat Treatments Work to Kill Portland Bed Bugs?

Bed bug heat treatments take many different forms, depending on what is being treated. Here are a few heat methods that can help you get rid of your pests:

●        Hot box. Using a hot box, place your infested items, such as shoes, clothes, blankets, etc., inside the hot box. You can then use sustained heat of high temperatures to kill the bed bugs. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 117 degrees F to 122. The walls of hot boxes can reach higher temperatures than those in order to permeate your belongings that are inside to kill the bed bugs at all stages of life.

●        Steam. Heat treatments using steam is not used to penetrate items deep enough to kill hidden bed bugs. Steam treatments are better used for items such as your box spring, bed frame, blankets, sheets, curtains, and pillowcases.

●        Dryers. Your standard home dryer can also help you kill bed bugs. Your washer alone, set on hot water, can be enough to kill the bed bugs, but some items can’t be washed. Items that can’t go in the washer can be run through the dryer to kill the bed bugs and not cause any damage to the item. The standard dryer heat treatment is at least 20 minutes on high. It’s important to remember to keep uninfected items away from your washroom as you kill the bed bugs in order to keep them safe from infestation.

●        Home Heat. This heat treatment entails raising the temperature of your home to the lethal level for bed bugs of 117 degrees. However, professionals with the proper equipment should be called to do this treatment properly and safely. This is an effective treatment, but it can be rather costly. It is also common to still have bed bug activity after whole room heat treatments which is why professionals combine the home heat treatment with safe applications of pesticides.

Trust a Professional

Using heat to kill bed bugs is a very effective treatment, if you can get the heat to the proper lethal degree. Since you’re using lethal degrees of heat, safety is a big concern. If you’re unsure of the proper and safe ways to conduct Portland bed bug heat treatments, call the professionals at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. Our licensed technicians are trained to rid your home of bed bugs using the safest methods available for heat treatments. Contact us today at (207) 650-8654 and get your home back!