Introduction: Bed bugs are annoying and can nest almost anywhere in your home. You need to incorporate the most effective treatments since bed bug infestations in homes and businesses have progressively increased over the years. Until recently, harsh chemicals were a big part of bed bug treatments. While many believe these treatments are the only way to get rid of bugs completely, the truth is there are more successful methods but a lot less harmful to our health, homes, and environment—like heat treatments.
In this article, let’s discuss how a bed bug heat treatment works and how you can prepare your home for this process. Let’s delve right into them.
How Does a Bed Bug Heat Treatment Work?
The most common way for a pest management professional to conduct bed bug heat treatments is by bringing large electric heaters into your home. The heaters will turn on and run until they reach 135 and 145 Fahrenheit. Experts may also blow hot air into the rooms through ductwork or localized steam heat.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment Preparation Tips
- Seal the room(s) to make sure none of the heat can escape the room.
- Remove any items that could be damaged by heat, especially flammable items.
- Unplug all electrical items and make sure these items are not directly in front of the heater.
- Leave all items in place to reduce the risk of spreading the infestation.
- Clean up the entire residence.
- Place your clothes in plastic bags and then wash and dry them.
- Be ready to leave your home for the duration of the treatment.
- If you live in a multi-family building, avoid visiting other residences until the treatment is complete.
- Open all your drawers for effective airflow.
- Check for fire sprinklers installed in a building before the treatment.