Using Thermal Remediation, or Heat Treatment, has proven 99% effective at removing a bed bug infestation. Prior to the actual heat treatment, there is some preparation involved. A pest control specialist such as Maine Bed Bust and Pest Control will walk you through the preparatory process.
Below are a few things to remember when preparing for your bed bugs heat treatment.
1) Remove items that cannot tolerate heat.
Items such as aerosols, pressurized cans, flammable liquids, solvents, explosives, ammunition, candles, oil paintings, musical instruments, make-up, medications, and VCR tapes should be removed from the heating area. At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we suggest boxing these items and marking “DO NOT HEAT” on the outside. These items can be removed and treated by other means while the large areas and items are being heated.
2) Place other items in the refrigerator.
Items such as chocolate (and other foods that will melt), fresh produce, and medicines that can be refrigerated can be stored in the refrigerator until after the heat treatment is concluded.
3) Store other liquids in the bathtub.
All other liquid that will remain in the house should be placed in the bathtub or shower because they could leak or break from the heat. Valuable liquids such as perfumes should be boxed and removed (see step 1).
4) Unplug all electronics.
This will allow the heat to penetrate into interior spaces.
5) Take down wall-mounted pictures.
As with unplugging electronics, taking down wall-mounted items allows heat to affect all surfaces of house and contents.
6) Place loose paper in a box.
Powerful fans are used to circulate heat to all areas of the house so nothing should be left free to blow around.
7) Empty and open all suitcases.
Suitcases are potential hiding places for bed bugs so it is important that they be subjected to the same amount of heat as everything else. This is especially important as the bed bugs may have made their way into your home from somewhere else.
8) Remove other living items.
Make sure all plants, pets, and fish are removed from the premises prior to the heat treatment. Just like you and me, these living things can’t tolerate the high temperatures associated with this method of bed bug extermination.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Your pest control specialist will provide detailed instructions as to the process of preparation.
At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we are proud to offer Thermal Remediation to the residents of Southern Maine. We also offer methods for the elimination of carpenter ants, roaches, and fleas to York County, Cumberland County, and surrounding areas.
Contact us at 207-650-8654 today!