Bed bugs can be difficult to control because they like to hide in small
cracks and spaces and can be resistant to insecticide. A heat treatment
is one of the most effective tools that
a pest control service will suggest. Not only is heat non-toxic, but it also successfully kills
bed bugs in all their stages of life, including eggs. Read on to learn
more about how heat treatment for bed bug infestation works.
Small-Scale Heat Treatment
Bed bugs will likely infest more than just beds.
A household dryer easily kills bed bugs that attach to your clothes, bedding, and shoes.
Put your loosely filled dryer on a high heat setting for 30 minutes for
best results. This is an especially good idea after traveling abroad.
Many professionals will use a steam treatment on mattresses, inside box
springs, behind baseboards, and on furniture. This slow, yet effective
process is best done by a professional technician, but it can eradicate
a localized bed bug problem.
Some professional pest control companies use a heat chamber to remove bed
bugs from infested furniture and household items. Heat chambers can reach
a very high temperature that is guaranteed to kill bed bugs and their
eggs. However, the baseboards and perimeter may still require insecticide
treatment in conjunction with a heat chamber.
Whole Room Treatment
In the case of an extreme infestation, a whole room heat treatment may
be necessary. A pest management company can employ a heating system to
drastically increase the temperature of a room. Heat is blown into a room
for an extended time to raise the temperature to 135 degrees. Technicians
can remotely monitor the temperature of cracks and hard-to-reach places.
The thermal death point of 113 degrees must be maintained for one hour
for maximum effectiveness. The process can be time consuming and somewhat
costly, but it will cures infestations in one treatment.
Center Termite and Pest Control proudly offers Los Angeles County with
pest control methods. For more information on our services and specialties, please call (866)
548-2847 or visit us online.