Do Bed Bug Heat Treatments Kill Bed Bugs?

by | Mar 7, 2024

Bed bug heat treatments have become a prominent method for tackling challenging bed bug infestations. These treatments are particularly useful in environments like homes, apartments, and hotels where bed bugs have easy access to human hosts. Bed bugs are insects that are notoriously pervasive and persistent due to their ability to hide in tiny spaces and because they have developed resistance to traditional insecticides. This is why heat treatment is often a more effective extermination strategy.

Heat treatment is known for its efficacy in exterminating bed bugs because it raises the temperature in the treated area to above the thermal threshold of bed bugs and their eggs. This method can be applied through various means like steam treating upholstery, carpets, and baseboards or larger-scale heat treatments for furniture and entire rooms using heat chambers or whole room heaters. Unlike chemical treatments which can prove ineffective against insecticide resistant bed bug populations, heat treatments typically achieve success in a single session if properly implemented. This approach eliminates the need for harsh chemicals that often can’t permeate into the hidden depths of cracks, joints, and wall cavities where bed bugs are sometimes found. For individuals considering heat treatment, it’s important to follow professional guidelines and safety protocols to ensure its effectiveness and prevent potential risks. Bed bug control professionals are equipped with advanced heating systems and expertise and can execute these treatments efficiently and safely.

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Why Are Bed Bug Heat Treatments Effective?

Bed bug heat treatments are an effective method to eliminate these pests due to the specific thermal death points of bed bugs and their eggs. Research has shown that adult bed bugs succumb to temperatures of 113°F when exposed for 95 minutes or more, and at 119°F, they die instantly [1]. Bed bug eggs require a sustained exposure of 119°F for 72 minutes to ensure complete mortality. Extreme temperatures above 130°F can kill bed bug eggs instantly [2]. When these thermal thresholds are reached and maintained for the required timeframe, bed bug survivability is reduced to zero. However, it is important that these temperatures reach the bed bugs which mean that heat needs to permeate into spaces like furniture, wall cavities, and any other hiding place for it to be effective.

During a heat treatment, professional exterminators employ industrial-sized electric heaters to create a uniformly high-temperature environment that is between 135°F and 145°F [3]. This range is optimal for penetrating bed bug hideouts and ensuring that all life stages of bed bugs are exposed to lethal temperatures for the minimum time needed to ensure bed bug deaths. The use of powerful fans to generate convection currents aids in evenly distributing the heat which ensures that the heat reaches into cracks and crevices where bed bugs often retreat. Unlike chemical treatments which may miss hidden bugs or face issues with pesticide resistance, heat treatments offer a more comprehensive solution by targeting the entire infested space. This thorough heating process is typically completed within 6 to 9 hours dramatically increases the chances of eradicating the entire bed bug population in a single treatment.

Pros and Cons of Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Bed bug heat treatments present a range of pros and cons that should be considered when dealing with an infestation:

  • Pros:
    • Non-toxic Solution: Heat treatment is a chemical-free and environmentally friendly way to eliminate bed bugs.
    • Effective Against All Life Stages: Heat can exterminate bed bugs at all life stages including their eggs which are often resistant to other treatment methods.
    • Quick Results: A typical heat treatment can be completed in about 6 hours which allows for rapid reentry into the treated space.
    • Penetrates Hard-to-Reach Areas: Heat can infiltrate places where bed bugs hide, such as in cracks, crevices, and deep within furniture which make it a thorough eradication method.
  • Cons:
    • No Residual Effect: Heat treatments do not offer ongoing protection, meaning bed bugs can re-infest soon after treatment if they are accidentally reintroduced.
    • Cost: Heat treatments can be more expensive than other methods due to the specialized equipment and energy required.
    • Risk of Damage: Certain household items can be damaged by high temperatures so certain items will need to be removed and treated separately to prevent damage.
    • Thorough Preparation: In large or cluttered spaces, achieving an even distribution of heat can be challenging so spaces will need to be prepared properly to allow heat to permeate all items within a space evenly.
    • Requires Professional Assistance: Proper execution of heat treatments typically requires experienced pest control professionals which add to the cost and complexity.

While heat treatments offer an effective and eco-friendly option for bed bug extermination, they also come with limitations. Careful consideration and professional consultation are recommended when choosing this method for bed bug eradication.

When considering heat treatments for bed bugs, there are various options that each have their unique advantages and drawbacks. It’s important to note that while heat treatments can be effective as standalone solutions, integrating them into a broader pest management strategy often yields better long-term results. Understanding these nuances is crucial when selecting the most appropriate heat treatment option for bed bug eradication.

Treating Infested Items with a Dryer

using a dryer to kill bed bugs that are infesting bedding and dirty laundry

One practical and effective method for eliminating bed bugs from various household items is using a clothes dryer. Due to the inability to use insecticides on items like toys, clothes, shoes, or bedding, dryer can be used to reach the minimum temperature threshold needed to kill bed bugs. A dryer set to a high heat setting can reach temperatures of 140°F – 160°F [4] which is effective against all life stages of bed bugs if maintained for 30 minutes. For items that can’t be tumble dried like leather shoes, handbags, or even books, a dryer with a removable shelf can be useful. It’s important to adjust the drying time accordingly to ensure all items reach the temperature required to kill bed bugs. This method provides a non-chemical approach to address bed bug infestations in personal and household items effectively. However, this heat treatment option isn’t enough to address an infestation, but it is an important step in preventing bed bugs or containing an infestation.

Treating Infested Items with Steam to Kill Bed Bugs

using a steam cleaner to kill any bed bugs found in upholstered furniture

Steam treatment is another highly effective method for addressing bed bug infestations, especially in sensitive areas where insecticides might be undesirable. This approach involves using a steamer with a large head to treat various surfaces like mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, carpets, and behind baseboards. This strategy is particularly effective on carpets because the steam can penetrate deep into carpet fibers where bed bugs and their eggs might be hiding. The process requires patience and precision, as the steamer must move slowly enough (about 12 inches every 30 seconds) to maintain a heat concentration of at least 160°F – 180°F across every inch of a treated surface [5]. This ensures effective extermination of adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs. It’s crucial for the steam to be emitted gently to prevent scattering the bed bugs and their eggs. While steam cleaning significantly reduces bed bug populations, it’s typically not enough to eliminate an infestation entirely because the steam needs to be applied to bed bugs directly to be effective. The cost of professional steamers can range from $300 to $1,200 which highlights the need for professional handling to maximize effectiveness.

Treating Infested Items Using a Heating Chamber to Kill Bed Bugs

Using a heating chamber is an effective method to eliminate bed bugs from various items such as luggage, clothing, shoes, books, and even furniture. This technique involves putting infested items inside of a large container and increasing internal temperatures above the lethal range for bed bugs (113°F –130°F). This method allows heat to permeate the contained items to ensure all life stages, including eggs, are killed. These chambers can come in the form of crates of different sizes or inflatable plastic containers that are available for sale or rent. These heating mechanisms can be used to treat a range of items unlike a clothes dryer, which is only suitable for fabrics and linens. Heating chambers can accommodate larger items or items that can’t withstand tumbling or direct heat. The main difference is that items inside heating chambers need to be heated long enough for the heat to reach the internal parts of the items contained inside. This can take several hours depending on how dense an item is or how packed the container is filled. It’s crucial to follow manufacturer instructions for safety and effectiveness, particularly with electronic devices or items sensitive to heat.

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Treating Whole Rooms or Houses Infested with Bed Bugs

Treating bed bug infestations with heating systems has become a highly effective method that has become an industry standard. Most available heating systems use either electric or propane-generated heat to raise room temperatures to around 140°F. This level effectively kills bed bugs and their eggs but is generally safe for electronics. This process involves circulating heated air for several hours inside a building or home, with remote temperature sensors ensuring that even the most concealed areas reach the necessary thermal death point. This method can even reach inside wall cavities which is typically one of the hardest places to target bed bugs. After this temperature is sustained for at least 60 minutes, the bed bugs and their eggs are effectively eradicated. This method is advantageous as it typically requires only one treatment and doesn’t necessitate the removal of belongings. However, these systems can be costly and often exceed $1,200 in addition to being time-consuming. Additionally, older buildings with unique construction features may create “heat sinks.” This can impact the efficacy of these systems which can require the use of supplemental treatments strategies in colder spots where bed bugs might survive. Larger systems can treat areas up to 1100 sq. ft. by using high velocity fans to distribute heat evenly [6]. Other systems use propane heaters and mylar ducts to funnel heat throughout a building. Both systems can also adapt to create portable heat chambers for treating infested items. This method has evolved as a cornerstone in bed bug elimination and offers a potent solution to what can be a persistent and challenging problem.

How Long Does Whole House Bed Bug Heat Treatment Take?

Typically, the whole house heat treatment process involves heating rooms to a temperature range between 135°F (57.2°C) and 145°F (62.7°C). At these temperatures, bed bugs and their eggs are killed. Even though it takes 72 minutes at 119°F (48.3°C) to kill bed bugs and their eggs, the time it can take several hours for those temperatures to reach the interior of furniture and wall cavities. To ensure thorough treatment, exterminators strategically place remote thermometers throughout the house to confirm that all areas reach the necessary lethal temperatures. The duration of this treatment varies depending on the size and complexity of the space being treated, but it generally takes between six to eight hours to complete.

Can Whole House Treatment Cause Damage to My Home?

Whole house bed bug heat treatments are effective but often raise concerns about potential damage to the home. Fortunately, the temperatures used during these treatments are carefully controlled and are not high enough to cause structural damage. It’s crucial, however, to ensure that all living beings, including pets and plants, are removed from the premises as well as any items that might be sensitive to heat.

To further protect your belongings, take additional steps like turning off and unplugging all electronics, covering sensitive screens with clean blankets, and ensuring fans and air conditioners are off. Your bed bug control professional will provide detailed guidance on preparing your home for heat treatment, including which items are safe to leave inside and which should be temporarily relocated. This preparation helps to minimize any risk to your belongings while effectively eliminating the bed bug infestation.

Whole House Bed Bug Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist

Preparing your home for a bed bug heat treatment is crucial to ensure the effectiveness of the process. Absolute Pest Management recommends the following steps to ready your house for treatment:

  • Air Conditioning and Heating: Turn off all air conditioners and ensure that windows are closed. It’s also advised to set your heating to 85 degrees before the treatment begins. Even if these steps are not taken, the Absolute Pest Management team will manage the heating system during the initial hours of treatment.
  • Vacuuming and Trash Removal: Thoroughly vacuum all areas of your home. After vacuuming, promptly dispose of the vacuum bag in an outside trash can. Additionally, remove all trash from receptacles and clear common areas.
  • Thermostat Management: Due to the high temperatures used during treatment, thermostats may malfunction. If you choose to remove your thermostat, please do so before our team arrives. Remember, reinstalling the thermostat post-treatment is the homeowner’s responsibility, and Absolute Pest Management is not liable for any damages if the thermostat is left in place.
  • Selecting a Safe Area to Stay: Choose a location to stay during the treatment that is free of bed bugs. This could be a hotel or another residence where bed bugs are not present. Avoid staying with neighbors or in common areas of apartment complexes to prevent the spread of bed bugs.
  • Clothing Preparation: Each household member should select one set of clothes for the day of treatment. These clothes should be treated by drying on high heat for 30 minutes and then stored in a sealed Ziploc bag outside the treatment area. Leave all other personal items inside the house during treatment. If you must take additional items with you, ensure they are things that can be heated in a dryer upon your return.

Preparing Beds for Bed Bug Heat Treatments

When preparing your beds for a bed bug heat treatment, there are specific steps to take to ensure the process is effective and to prevent any damage to your belongings.

  • Adjust Specialized Beds: For airbeds like Select Comfort, partially deflate them and disconnect from power sources. For waterbeds, ensure they are completely drained to allow heat to effectively penetrate the frame and surrounding areas.
  • Bed Placement: Reposition beds at least two feet away from walls to facilitate thorough heat exposure.
  • Under-Bed Clearing: Remove all items stored under the bed. If containers under the bed are tightly packed, their contents will be removed during treatment to guarantee complete heat penetration.
  • Bedding and Wrappings: Use a dryer to tumble dry bedding and blankets on the highest heat setting for at least 30 minutes. Then contain the freshly dried bedding in plastic bags or containers and keep them separate from untreated areas. If possible, use mattress and box spring encasements to trap any bed bugs that are hiding inside the mattress and box spring so they can’t escape into more difficult to reach areas like all cavities.
  • Disposal of Infested Items: If you decide to discard heavily infested mattresses or furniture, it’s crucial to prevent spreading the infestation. Encase these items properly, label them as infested, and render them unusable. Then, dispose of them responsibly at a local landfill.

Preparing Clothing for Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Proper preparation of clothing is a crucial aspect of bed bug heat treatments because these pests often reside in and on garments.

  • Clothing in Drawers: Clothing in drawers should be removed and laundered according to proper bed bug containment protocols to ensure that the clothes are free of bed bugs and their eggs. Drawers themselves may need to be removed to improve air circulation during the treatment.
  • Hanging Clothing: Clothes hanging in closets can stay there as long as there is enough space between them to allow for the circulation of heated air. Rearrange these items to create gaps that facilitate airflow.
  • Loose Clothing Arrangement: Place any other clothing that remains in the treatment area that can’t be laundered into open-weave laundry baskets. Ensure these items are loosely packed to enhance heat penetration.
  • Pre-Treatment Preparation: To reduce post-treatment disorganization, consider drying clothing on high heat for 30 minutes before the treatment. Then, seal these items in plastic totes or storage boxes with lids. Properly label these totes for service technicians, so they know not to disturb these pre-treated items.

Preparing Other Items for Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Effectively preparing stored items, clutter, and luggage for a bed bug heat treatment is crucial for ensuring the success of the eradication process. Absolute Pest Management advises adhering to the following steps:

  • Luggage Preparation:
    • Bed bugs are carried in via luggage so treating these items after traveling is recommended [7].
    • If stored in an attic or garage, bring any luggage into the main structure to ensure it receives adequate heat treatment.
    • For luggage stored in closets or other areas within the home, make sure it is visible and accessible to the service team. They will need to open the luggage so it can reach the required temperature for effective treatment.
  • Managing Stored Items and Clutter:
    • Remove all boxes and stored items from closets and place them in the center of rooms. This practice helps in maximizing equipment placement and ensuring proper air movement and heat penetration.
    • Be mindful of excessive clutter and stored items, as these can impede air flow and heat distribution which can potentially lead to treatment failure. It is best to address excessive clutter and stored items prior to heat treatment. This can be done in two ways:
      1. A reasonable quantity of items can be arranged throughout the home in small stacks for inclusion in the heat treatment process.
      2. Alternatively, clients may opt to discard non-valuable items that are not worth the time or additional expense of heating. These items should be clearly marked as infested and disposed of responsibly at a local landfill to prevent others from accidentally acquiring infested items.
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Items That Need to Be Removed from Heat Treated Areas

When treating bed bugs with heat, it’s essential to know which items should be removed from your home to avoid damage and ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. This guide outlines the key items that need to be safely relocated before undergoing a bed bug heat treatment.

Items That Can Melt or Be Damaged

Absolute Pest Management advises the removal or safeguarding of the following items when preparing for a bed bug heat treatment:

  • Pressurized and Flammable Items:
    • Pressurized cylinders (e.g., spray cans, fire extinguishers, oxygen tanks)
    • Firearms and ammunition
    • Paints, adhesives, and all flammable chemicals
  • Media and Electronics:
    • Vinyl records, audio and video tapes
    • Computer software, CDs, and DVDs
  • Household and Personal Items:
    • Soft vinyl items, including vinyl window blinds (if not removed, pull them all the way up)
    • Rubberized prosthetic devices and medical braces
    • Wax-based items (candles, wax figurines, crayons)
    • Cosmetics (lipsticks, creams, lotions, stick deodorants)
  • Food and Beverages:
    • Fresh food, fruits, vegetables (can be stored in the refrigerator)
    • Chocolate, artificial sweeteners, vitamins, and other medications
    • Wine or other bottled alcohols, carbonated beverages

By ensuring these heat sensitive items are either removed from the treatment area or properly stored, you can prevent potential damage and contribute to the overall effectiveness of the bed bug heat treatment.

Items That Can Be Damaged by Fast Circulating Air

Large air blowers are used to circulate hot air during heat treatment, which can potentially damage certain items. Absolute Pest Management recommends taking precautions with the following items to prevent damage from the fast-moving air:

  • Wall Decorations and Frames: Decorative items or picture frames that are not securely attached to walls may get dislodged and damaged. It is best to remove these items from the wall and place them in the center of the room with the rest of the untreated belongings.
  • Delicate Belongings: Lightweight and delicate items, such as ornaments or fragile decor, should be placed in storage boxes to avoid being blown about and broken.
  • Paper Items: Loose stacks of papers, important documents, and lightweight paper materials should be stored in totes or secured containers to prevent them from being scattered or damaged by the air circulation.

By properly securing or storing these items, you can protect them from potential harm caused by the powerful air blowers used during the heat treatment process.

Electronics

electronics that can be damaged during bed bug heat treatment

When undergoing a bed bug heat treatment, it’s important to consider the safety and handling of electronics because they can harbor bed bugs but are also sensitive to extreme temperatures and air movement. Absolute Pest Management advises the following steps:

  • Which Electronics to Leave Inside:
    • Computers, flat-screen televisions, and remote controls should remain inside during the treatment due to their high potential for infestation.
  • Handling and Preparation:
    • All electronics should be unplugged from power sources.
    • Remove batteries from laptop computers.
    • Electronics must be positioned away from the direct path of hot air circulation.
  • Temperature Considerations:
    • Most electronic equipment can withstand temperatures between 150°F – 170°F when not powered on [8]. However, if there are concerns about specific devices, consult the manufacturer for temperature tolerance information.
    • Absolute Pest Management does not assume responsibility for verifying the temperature thresholds of electronic devices.

By carefully preparing and positioning your electronics, you can contribute to the effectiveness of the bed bug heat treatment while safeguarding your valuable devices.

Living Plants & Animals

plants behind an aquarium that need to be removed during bed bug heat treatment

When preparing for a bed bug heat treatment, special consideration must be given to living plants and animals to ensure their safety and the effectiveness of the treatment. Absolute Pest Management recommends the following precautions:

  • Aquariums: Entire aquariums, including any coral or other living organisms within, should be removed from the premises. The increased heat not only affects the fish but can also cause coral to die off and bleach.
  • Potted Plants: Relocate all potted plants outside the treatment area. The extreme heat used during the treatment can kill the plants.
  • Occupant Safety: It’s crucial that all occupants, including pets, remain outside the premises during the heat remediation process. This is important for both their safety and the effectiveness of the treatment.

By following these guidelines, you can protect your plants and pets from the high temperatures used in bed bug heat treatments.

Sentimental Items

When preparing for a bed bug heat treatment, special care should be taken with sentimental, valuable, and personal items because they may be sensitive to high temperatures. Absolute Pest Management recommends the following steps for handling such items:

  • Art and Craft Items:
    • Oil paintings, acrylic artworks, and other types of paintings can melt or otherwise be damaged by high heat levels. These items should be removed from their frames where bed bugs might hide and be carefully inspected before being removed from the treatment area.
    • Heat can cause photographs and polaroids to warp or fade. Like paintings, photos should be removed from frames or albums and removed from heated areas to minimize damage.
    • Arts and crafts items assembled with hot glue can deteriorate as the adhesive melts.
  • Antiques and Musical Instruments:
    • Antique furniture, especially those with delicate finishes or fragile glue points should be carefully treated without heat to avoid damage.
    • Musical instruments can detune due to expansion and contraction so they should be treated using other methods to prevent warping. Their cases can be left behind.
  • Miscellaneous Sensitive Items:
    • Refrigerator magnets can demagnetize under high heat.
    • Heirlooms, one-of-a-kind items, and irreplaceable possessions should always be removed to avoid any risk of damage.
    • Items of value or personal nature like jewelry and credit cards should be removed as they are likely not infested.

Before the treatment, inspect any items that need to be removed and ensure they are still identified as needing treatment to mitigate the risk of spreading bed bugs. This precaution ensures that these items are not left uninspected or untreated if they contain bed bugs.

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Other Bed Bug Heat Treatment Considerations

When considering bed bug heat treatment, there are several important factors beyond just the treatment process itself.

  • Pricing: Be wary of unusually low-priced treatments. If the price seems too good to be true, it likely is. Quality and effectiveness often come at a higher cost, so trust your instincts and invest in a reputable service.
  • Guarantees: Many companies offer a 30-day guarantee after heat treatment. However, since bed bugs can proliferate from any survivors, it’s crucial to have comprehensive treatment. This includes heat monitors, mattress and box spring encasements, and pesticide applications. Opt for companies offering more extended guarantees to ensure complete eradication of bed bugs.
  • Expertise and Reputation: Consider whether the pest control company is an operation with little experience treating bed bugs or a business with the experience and knowledge necessary to exterminate your bed bug problem. Companies with a solid reputation often invest in the tools and resources needed to ensure their technicians are well-trained and equipped. This expertise is key to effective bed bug solutions.

By taking these factors into account, you can choose a bed bug heat treatment service that is not only effective but also reliable and trustworthy.

What Does Bed Bug Heat Treatment Cost?

The cost of bed bug heat treatment can vary widely and is influenced by several key factors. These include the specific heat treatment method employed, the scale and layout of your property, and the extent of the bed bug infestation. Because of these variables, it’s challenging to provide a one-size-fits-all cost estimate for this service.

A bed bug control expert from Absolute Pest Management is the best resource for a personalized estimate. They can conduct an on-site assessment of your property and take into account the unique aspects of your situation. This tailored approach ensures that the provided estimate for bed bug heat treatment cost accurately reflects the requirements of your specific case while offering a clear and realistic understanding of the financial commitment involved in effectively addressing a bed bug infestation.

What to Expect Before and During a Bed Bug Heat Treatment

During a bed bug heat treatment, there are several steps that Absolute Pest Management will take to ensure the process is thorough and effective. Understanding what to expect can help prepare you for the treatment day:

  • Equipment Setup: Our team will set up specialized equipment inside your home, including large air movers that are strategically placed to circulate heat efficiently throughout the property.
  • Pre-Treatment Inspection: Before the home reaches critical temperatures, our representatives will conduct a final walk-through to check for any heat-sensitive items. This is a courtesy step to complement your preparation efforts.
  • Supplementary Treatments: Prior to reaching the critical temperature, our team will also perform dust and liquid residual migration treatments to enhance the effectiveness of the heat treatment.
  • Temperature Monitoring: The team will continuously monitor temperatures in various parts of the home to ensure uniform heat distribution.
  • Critical Temperature Maintenance: Once the average temperature hits 122 degrees, we will maintain this crucial level for three hours to effectively eliminate bed bugs.
  • Active Manipulation: During the three-hour period, our technicians will enter the structure periodically to adjust and move items like opening drawers, flipping mattresses, and moving clothing. This ensures that heat reaches every corner of your belongings.
  • Post-Heat Adjustments: After reaching the desired temperatures, most cabinet doors and dresser drawers will be opened, and items within may be rearranged to guarantee successful heat treatment. Mattresses, cushions, and upholstered furniture will be flipped or propped to expose all surfaces to heat.

By understanding these steps, you can be better prepared for the bed bug heat treatment process.

What to Do After Bed Bug Heat Treatment

After a bed bug heat treatment by Absolute Pest Management, there are several important steps you should follow to ensure the treatment’s effectiveness and to return your home to a comfortable state. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Cooling Down Your Home:
    • Post-treatment, your residence will be unusually warm. Allow a cool down period for the ambient temperature to return to normal.
    • Open windows and use fans to expedite the cooling process naturally. Avoid using air conditioners or washers and dryers until the temperature drops below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Reorganizing Your Space:
    • During treatment, items in your home may have been moved or flipped for thorough heat exposure. These items will typically be left in their new positions as the home may be too warm for our staff to safely rearrange them immediately after treatment.
    • Take this opportunity to look for signs of bed bugs and vacuum any dead insects, casings, or egg clusters found in or around the treated items.
  • Post-Treatment Measures:
    • If you have purchased mattress encasements, ensure they are sealed correctly around your mattresses. Repair or replace any encasements that are ripped or torn.
    • If you’ve opted for bed bug interceptors for beds or furniture, ensure they are placed correctly after returning furniture to its original position.
  • Carpet Cleaning:
    • Refrain from shampooing or steam cleaning carpets for at least 30 days following the treatment to avoid interfering with the treatment’s effectiveness.

By following these guidelines, you can help maintain the effectiveness of the bed bug heat treatment and ensure your home returns to a comfortable and pest-free environment.

Contact Absolute Pest Management if You Are Dealing with Bed Bugs.

Dealing with a bed bug infestation can be a stressful and challenging experience, but you don’t have to face it alone. Absolute Pest Management offers professional and effective bed bug control solutions tailored to your specific needs. Our experienced team is equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to eradicate bed bugs from your home efficiently. If you’re struggling with a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to provide you with the support, expertise, and peace of mind you deserve. We have offices in Austin and Buda, Texas and serve the surrounding communities. Contact Absolute Pest Management today and let us help you reclaim the comfort and safety of your home.

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Bed Bug Heat Treatment FAQs

  • Can bed bugs survive heat treatment?
    • Bed bugs are generally unable to survive a properly conducted heat treatment. Heat treatments raise the temperature in your home to a level that is lethal to bed bugs – typically around 120°F to 140°F. However, the success of the treatment depends on thorough heat penetration to reach all infested areas, as any surviving bed bugs can lead to a re-infestation.
  • Does heat draw out bed bugs?
    • Heat can draw out bed bugs. During a heat treatment, bed bugs will often emerge from their hiding places in response to the heat which make them more susceptible to the treatment and increasing the effectiveness of eradicating the infestation.
  • Will heat treatment for bed bugs damage my electronics?
    • When conducted properly, heat treatment for bed bugs typically does not damage electronics. Most modern electronics are designed to withstand temperatures up to around 140°F which is within the range used in heat treatments. However, consulting with the pest control professionals and following their specific guidelines regarding electronics to ensure their safety during the treatment process is recommended.
  • What temperature kills bed bugs instantly?
    • Bed bugs can be killed instantly at extremely high temperatures that exceed 130°F. This falls within the range of typical heat treatments which raise the temperature between 120°F to 140°F for a sustained period. If this temperature is maintained for an appropriate time, this range will kill bed bugs at all life stages, including their eggs.

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[3] https://extension.umn.edu/bed-bugs/bed-bug-prevention-and-control-home#understanding-bed-bug-treatments-3341761

[4] https://www.whirlpool.com/blog/washers-and-dryers/how-hot-does-a-dryer-temperature-get.html

[5][6] https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/bb-heat1.pdf

[7] https://www.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/bedbugs/bed-bugs-travel.pdf

[8] https://www.ece.cmu.edu/news-and-events/story/2021/06/hot-electronics.html

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