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Bed Bug Heat Treatment: How Does It Work?

Our household is susceptible to all sorts of pests. Some pests are considered dangerous because they can be fatal to our health, while other pests may be called harmless but still can be extremely annoying and simply bothersome. Among those nuisance pests that invade our homes, bed bugs are without a doubt among the peskiest and most difficult to eliminate.

It has been proven that even with preventive measures, failure to kill a few remaining bugs and their larvae is already enough to cause a re-infestation. That is why effective bed bug removal entails more than just eradicating the live bugs you have spotted; it involves a thorough inspection of all possible infested areas and bed bug hideouts and treating items or objects where bed bugs could be hiding.

When infestation becomes too difficult to handle using DIY treatments, the best option left for homeowners would be to contact professional bed bug exterminators and allow them to conduct treatment methods like heat treatment and chemical treatment.

Bed bugs, being so small in size that they are almost invisible to the naked eye, are not easily detected. They can effortlessly tuck their bodies into any small dark cracks or discreet spaces and can just deftly hitchhike on people’s clothes, luggage, backpacks, shoes, and items like padded furniture and stuffed animals.

Anyone can have bed bugs. If you travel a lot and frequently visit hotels/motels, which may have been infested, it is very likely that you can unknowingly acquire those creepy crawlies and bring them home with you without you knowing about it.

What’s Heat Treatment?

The internet suggests a lot of DIY methods and home treatments for bed bugs including vacuum cleaning, decluttering, using extreme heat or extreme cold, and applying diatomaceous earth and home pesticides. However, if you are looking for an effective and long-term solution to your bed bug problem, treatment methods like heat treatment, fumigation, and chemical treatment are the best options around. Still, pest control professionals prefer heat treatment the most because it does not use chemicals, thereby, it is safe and not harmful to living things and the environment in general.

Heat treatment, also called heat remediation, is a pest control technique that uses heat to kill bed bugs and their eggs in a single session. This method allows hot air to move around the entire area infested by bed bugs. It has an efficacy rate ranging from 95 to 100 percent, and unlike chemical treatment, it is environmentally friendly and less time consuming to perform. Using this technique simply requires specialized tools and equipment like heaters, remote thermometers, wireless sensors, and monitors.

Bed bugs can’t stand being put under extreme heat since they have very delicate exoskeletons. Thus, heat treatment effectively kills those crawlies in just a matter of a few hours.

How is Heat Treatment Conducted?

Setting up your home for the heat treatment procedure entails installation of the specialized heaters in different areas of the household. From the heaters, hot air will be discharged and, through the use of industrial fans, will be blown and thoroughly circulated around the infected zones. This allows the heat to pierce through every potential bed bug hiding spot (i.e.  cracks on walls, gaps on furniture, crawling spaces, and soft furnishings) regardless of how difficult to reach they may be.

As opposed to chemical treatment, bed bug heat treatment is a procedure that can be completed in just one session. Also, people may still walk inside around the treated area during the process. Only pets and objects sensitive to heat should be taken out of the room while treatment is ongoing.

The truth is that, minutes after the pesky pests are exposed to the heat, they will die immediately. In a maximum of 10 hours of conducting the heat remediation process, you can be rest assured that the entire bed bug population, including their eggs, is exterminated. At the end of the session, all you need to do is use the vacuum to clean up and get rid of the dead bodies.


Choose heat treatment if your goal is to do away with bed bugs fast without the hassle of follow up treatments. Heat treatment surely is less time consuming because it only calls for a single visitation to complete the procedure. It is particularly the most appropriate technique  to apply if you are dealing with huge infestations. Of course, to avail of heat treatment services, you need to contact a trusted pest control company.