Heat treatments are a great option if you want the bed bugs gone right away.
Neither adult bed bugs nor eggs can withstand temperatures over 118 degrees for 90 minutes, and die immediately.
We have portable heaters powered by propane that will heat your home to at least 125 degrees for two-three hours. Fans circulate the heat throughout your home, while our technicians monitor the temperatures the whole time. On top of that, we will also spray a pesticide to the soft furniture, mattresses, baseboards, and in and around outlets during the treatment. As the bed bugs are scurrying from the heat, they’ll run through the chemical, ensuring their extermination.
The treatment itself takes about 3-4 hours and all people and pets must be out for at least 4 hours after treatment has been completed.
Like the chemical treatment, we do offer a warranty period. It is very unlikely you will need any additional treatments, but for 60 days after the treatment if you see any live bed bugs or experience any bites, we will respray your home for no additional cost.
Preparing for a Heat Treatment
A heat treatment requires much more preparation than a chemical treatment, considering there are lots of things that can be affected by such high temperatures.
Place any of the following items in boxes or containers and place them by the front door to be inspected by the technician:
• Compressed Gases
• Flammable or combustible chemicals (gasoline, propane, butane, cigarette lighters, light fuel)
• Aerosols and pressurized cans (hairspray, spray-on deodorants, bug sprays, spray paints, asthma inhalers, and aerosol cleaning products)
• Ammunition/black powder, butane lights, lamp oil, fuel or food warmers, solvents, etc.
• Sleep apnea machines, candles, wax figurines, plastic window blinds, musical instruments, picture frames (pictures may adhere to glass) indoor plants, valuables, or any items you feel may be affected by extreme temperatures.
Place any of the following items in the refrigerator:
• Fruit, vegetables, chocolate, and any other food unlikely to withstand the temperature.
• Carbonated beverages or drinks kept under pressure (plastic sodas, wine bottles, canned soda/beer)
• Clear a path about the width of a door throughout all areas of the home to allow the technician to move the mobile heating units and high-powered fans from room to room.
• Strip bedding and wash/dry in the highest heat setting. Place in bags.
• Turn off/deactivate security systems including smoke alarms, the high heat may trigger the alarm and notify emergency services.
• Clothes and personal items may be left in drawers, but empty out contents of densely packed areas into open-weave laundry baskets.
• Place all dishes, pots and pans, and food (including pet food and dishes) inside cabinets.
• Remove all unsecured items from walls (clocks, picture frames, decorative items) and place them on the floor.
• Loose papers, newspapers, and magazines should be collected and contained to prevent being blown out of place by the high-powered fans.
• Move furniture and items away from all baseboards.
• Remove all light switch plates and outlet covers.
• Unplug all electronics including televisions, radios, clocks, etc. with the exception of the refrigerator.
• Turn off heating (furnace) and air conditioning systems.
• Orthopedic devices such as wheelchairs, prosthetic appendages, canes, etc. must remain in the residence.
• Deflate the bladders of any water beds or air beds