Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Home and Family0
Types of Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs
No one wants to hear that they have a bed bug infestation in their home, or had encountered the pests while staying at a hotel. One out of every five Americans has had an infestation in their home or at least knows someone who has encountered bed bugs somewhere.
About Bed Bugs: These tiny critters are small, reddish-brown, and round; they can lay anywhere from one to five eggs in a day (500 in a lifetime!) and can live several months without a meal.
Know the Truth:
Most modern bed bug populations are very resistant to insecticides used for their control; they can also withstand a wide range of temperatures — from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Many people believe that bed bugs cannot be exterminated completely. However, this is false. There are over-the-counter treatments, DIY treatments, and professional bed bug treatment, which is the most effective bed bug treatment. There are also options if you prefer a non-toxic bed bug treatment, such as thermal remediation services.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment: Heat is a non-toxic way to kill bed bugs in every stage of their development, from eggs to adults, while also preventing serious damage to your belongings. Using heat is known to be the most effective treatment to date and there are many forms of bed bug heat treatment, which include the following.
DIY Washer/Drier Method: Washer and driers are able to deliver the right amount of heat for the right amount of time to kill bed bugs found in clothes, toys, curtains, and sheets. Make sure to use the hottest setting for both machines.
Steam Treatment: This bed bug heat treatment can either be done professionally or a DIY project. A steam tool is used by professionals to clean mattresses, carpets, curtains, etc., and can easily be used to rid you of bed bugs. Only use this treatment if you know exactly what area the bed bugs are located in. This type of treatment may be tedious, but can certainly get the job done.
Heat Enclosure: This is the most effective bed bug heat treatment on the market right now. To kill the bed bugs and their eggs, thermal remediation equipment (large, industrial space heaters) heat your house to 140 degrees for two hours, or 130 degrees for three hours.
This treatment can treat an entire room, furniture and drapes included. The process may be slightly more expensive than the ones mentioned above, but it is well worth the cost if it means ridding yourself of these pests. Ger more information on this topic here: thermination.com