Bed Bug Heat Treatment
Once upon a while ago, people used to say 'don’t let the bed bugs bite." Then we introduced our alternative heating treatment and now they say, "Watch those suckers burn."
It's not nearly as violent as that phrase would suggest but it is just as effective. Here's what happens: We raise the temperature in your home to between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a few hours. This slow, constant heat, coupled with air circulation to keep things moving, will penetrate all of the cracks, cervices, and nooks bed bugs claim for themselves, and, shall we say, takes care of the problem. It is also the only recognized sure-fire way to kill bed bugs short of turning your home into an EPA toxic waste site. (Which of course, is illegal)
This approach effectively shuts down the entire life cycle of the bed bug from the unhatched sucklings to fully-grown land leeches. This type of bed bug treatment is safe, chemical free, and friendly to the environment. At the end of the treatment, your home will be bed bug free and you can rest easy, literally.
Bet you're wondering how we raise the temperatures to those high numbers without damaging your house (and most important, the stuff in it)? We monitor the heat within your home with sensors throughout the rooms and are able to control the heat based on the feedback we get from these sensors. Of course, we prefer to be safe, so we will work with you on which appliances and electronics should be removed as well as any items that may be affected by the increase in temperature.
Our bed bug heat treatment is family and pet safe and is the best way to ensure complete bed bug eradication.
Learn more about our Pest Heat treatment for Bed Bugs.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feeds exclusively on blood.
Bed bugs can cause a number of health effects, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. They are able to be infected by at least 28 human pathogens, but no study has clearly found the insect is able to transmit the pathogen to a human being. Bed bug bites or cimicosis may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters.
Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms. Treatment involves the elimination of the insect and measure to help with the symptoms until they resolve. They have been found with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), but the significance of this is still unknown.
How do bed bugs spread?
- Dwellings can become infested with bed bugs in a variety of ways, such as:
- Bed bugs and eggs inadvertently brought in from other infested dwellings by visiting pets, or a visiting person’s clothing or luggage
- Infested items (such as furniture, clothing, or backpacks) brought in
- Nearby dwellings or infested items, if easy routes are available for travel (through duct work or false ceilings)
- Wild animals (such as bats or birds) that may also harbor bed bugs or related species such as the bat bug
- People or pets visiting an infested area (apartment, subway, movie theater, or hotel) and carrying the bed bugs to another area on their clothing, luggage, or bodies.
Bed Bug Signs
Bed bugs are elusive and usually nocturnal (peak activity usually occurs between 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.), which can make their detection difficult. They often lodge in dark crevices, and the tiny adhesive eggs can be nestled by the hundreds in fabric seams. Aside from bite symptoms, signs include fecal spots (small dark sand-like droppings that occur in patches around and especially beneath nests), blood smears on sheets (fecal spots that are re-wetted will smear like fresh blood), and the presence of their empty molted exoskeletons.
Although bed bugs can be found singly, they tend to congregate once established. Although they are strictly parasitic, they spend only a tiny fraction of their life cycles physically attached to their hosts. Once feeding is complete, a bed bug will relocate to a place close to a known host, commonly in or near beds or couches in clusters of adults, juveniles, and eggs which entomologists call harborage areas or simply harborages to which the insect will return after future feedings by following chemical trails. These places can vary greatly in format, including luggage, inside of vehicles, within furniture, amongst bedside clutter, even inside electrical sockets and nearby laptop computers. Bed bugs may also nest near animals that have nested within a dwelling, such as bats, birds,or rodents.