3 Reasons To Use Heat Treatments For Bed Bugs
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Nobody in San Diego wants bed bugs, unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, they keep hanging around. There is good news in the war against these pests though, there’s a proven, chemical-free way to exterminate bed bugs for good – heat treatments.
First, let’s be clear, it’s not your fault, you didn’t do anything wrong. Bed bugs happen to people everywhere. While it’s irritating and embarrassing, you don’t have to worry, we can help.
For all of their unattractive traits, you have to hand it to bed bugs, they’re survivors. It seems like for every new pesticide that we develop, they find a way over time to wether it.
If you are looking to remove these pests for good, you’re going to want to get heat treatments for bed bugs. It’s a proven method for clearing your home completely.
Of course, there are any number of products on the market that purport to be able to rid your home of bed bugs, but none of them has the ability to consistently work like a heat treatment. Rather than waste your time and money fruitlessly fighting these invaders, take a more practiced approach. First, let’s take a science break.
It’s Science Time
A bedbugs favorite temperature? Like a woman of a certain age (i.e. my mother), they LOVE 70°F. It’s the temperature that’s best suited for them to raise a family in.
Here’s something else to consider – a bed bug can live for 9 months without oxygen and they have been reported to last 2 to 4 months without food. You can see why it’s so difficult to get rid of them.
Difficult but not impossible. Particularly if you’re using the right kind of treatment.
You Could Spray But…
When you spray, yes you may kill some of the bugs but there could also be some that get away clean. You may also be dealing with a strain of bed bugs that have built up a tolerance to the poison in your pesticide of choice.
So the result is that you’ve covered your bed in toxic spray while the bedbugs sat back and laughed. Hardly an effective attempt at bed bug control.
“It’s Cold Momma, So Cold…”
So, like many humans, bed bugs hate the cold and, in theory, you could use this against them. Bed bugs can not survive in temperatures of 0°F and below.
Before you start shoveling snow into the house, here’s the catch. That temperature has to be maintained for 80 hours straight in order to effectively kill off the pests.
If the temperature rises, even a few degrees, the bed bugs will shift from floating toward the bright light to entering a form of suspended hibernation. Eventually, they will thaw out and be none to happy about the experience.
Heat treatments for bed bugs
We know what temperature bed bugs love. We also know what they hate.
If you turn up the heat on them… well it brings to life that old phrase “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” When you double the bed bugs’ target temperature, they quickly die off.
So when looked at on its own, or put up against other popular forms of extermination, heat treatments for bed bugs are what the pros recommend. Here are the top 3 reasons why they work so well in the fight against bed bugs.
“It’s Like a Sauna In Here”
Heat treatments for bed bug removal are fairly simple and rather exhaustive in their effects. At its base, a heat treatment involves getting the core temperature up to, or past, that 140°F mark that kills bed bugs.
You’ll be turning your house into a sauna of sorts. This is important because while you can’t always see a bed bugs or their eggs, they can certainly feel the heat.
With every room the same consistent, uncomfortably hot temperature you’ll be killing all of them at once. As opposed to killing them in groups as with other treatments.
Timing is Everything
“So how long is this gonna take?” A completely reasonable question with, in this case, a completely reasonable answer.
Heat treatments for bed bugs can be provided in a two to three hour treatment time. Total. All told that’s a fairly fast process for eliminating these unwanted pests.
(It should be noted that there will be some additional time needed to get the treatment set up and to get the temperature in the house to reach it’s intended target. This time will be minimal and will vary based on the size of the house being treated.)
The heating process is a safe one. For everything except the bed bugs of course.
You’ll need to make sure your family and pets are not in the home during the heating process. Go visit the relatives or take in a double feature as you’ll need to let the home cool down somewhat before you re-enter.
When you do return home though you’ll most likely be warm for a bit but that is really the only “left-over” from the treatment. It will not damage any of your household items nor will it leave a residue of any sort.
You will, of course, want to thoroughly vacuum the house to clean any remains, but the heat treatment process is one that is relatively easy on the homeowner. Particularly when held up against the mess that powders and sprays can leave behind.
Treat Your Home Today
Bed bugs are a nuisance that no one can see coming. They will ride into your home on a suitcase or in clothes from a sleepover, and then quickly infect your living space.
While you can rent the heating equipment needed to provide a heat treatment to your home, it might be best to call a professional. This will ensure that the house is treated properly and completely.
When you are ready to take advantage of heat treatments for bed bugs in San Diego, Bed Bugs San Diego can help you stop the infestation before it gets worse. Remember there’s no shame in fighting bed bugs, the shame is in letting them win.