Toronto Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Why Use Heat?

Heat treatments are a popular, environmentally friendly alternative to using chemicals for bed bug infestations. 

A single heat treatment is the only way to ensure all stages of the bed bug life (eggs, nymphs and adults) have been killed. 

We recommend you opt for a bed bug heat treatment if you want every bed bug to be eliminated.

Heat Treatments Are Effective

Heat treatments are effective for two reasons:

1) Bed bugs are attracted to heat sources, like body heat. Rather than trying to escape, they emerge from hiding and come out to the heat source we create. 10-15 degrees before lethal temperatures the bed bugs get active and come out of the structures from where they are hiding.

2) Bed bugs are attracted to CO2: The reason bed bugs find us is from all the CO2 that is in our beds and from the CO2 we exhale. They know this is where they can feed. Our heaters release CO2 and this is another way bed bugs are drawn out.

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Heat vs Chemical Treatments

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There is abundant scientific evidence that show bed bugs become increasingly resistant to chemicals but are physically not capable of surviving elevated ambient (above 50°C) temperatures.

It is a difficult job to treat for bed bugs with chemical products. There is a high chance that a chemical spray won’t hit all the bed bugs. They are extremely good at hiding and can stay out of the direct line of fire from a spray. Bed bugs are so small that they can fit in a crack smaller than the width of a credit card.

Over 50% of our clients tried chemical treatments with no success spending more money than they would of with a single heat treatment. 

Heat is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Pesticides pose a potential health risk for humans and pets inhabiting the treatment area, especially when they are over-applied. Each year, dozens of people fall ill due to chemical exposure from insecticides.  

Heat Treatment Preparation

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Once it is confirmed you have bed bugs we will email you a heat treatment preparation checklist. 

This checklist will consist of heat sensitive items and belongings that must be removed before the heat treatment. Examples include aerosol cans, makeup, oil paintings, candles, soda cans, and heat-sensitive medication. 

We do an inspection before we turn on the heat in case you missed something. 

We do not get it up to damaging temperatures. The heaters are set at the correct temperature and will shut off automatically if it gets too hot.

Our Heat Treatment method

At Heat Relief, our effective heat treatment is all about balance, timing, and monitoring. We use purpose-built industry-leading heaters and convection fans to heat the whole space so no bed bugs are left standing. 

We adjust furniture and personal items to ensure 100% bed bug eradication by eliminating all potential cold spots. Heat sensors are used throughout the unit to monitor the heat.

The temperature is brought up quickly and maintained at lethal levels until every last bed bug is dead. Furniture and personal belongings need to be moved around by the exterminator to eliminate all possible cold spots. The success of a heat treatment is largely dependent on how thorough the exterminator is. This process takes roughly 6-10 hours, depending on the size severity of the infestation. You’ll be able to return to your home the same day.

If the client would like added residual protection we offer a safe natural biopesticide called Aprehend. 

Our Heat Equipment

Our recirculating propane Sleep Tight heaters are equipped with safety shuts offs in case the heat gets too high or if the CO2 levels get unsafe. Fresh air fans are attached to the heater via aux to supply the unit with fresh air.

We use high powered convection fans to circulate the heat. This is key to for an even distribution throughout the treatment space. Infrared temperature guns and heat sensors are used to monitor the heat.

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Competitors Heat Equipment

There is a few different heat systems that companies use:

Propane Direct Fired: These are the heaters that are placed outside with a long tube going into the area of treatment. While powerful, the toxins and temperature are not controlled and could cause a fire if not monitored correctly. They also do not allow for much privacy as it is impossible to miss.

Propane Recirculating: This is the system we use. These heaters are completely enclosed in the treatment space. It has temperature control, CO2 monitor, and fresh air fans built in. We use this system paired with many fans to circulate the heat during the treatment and then cool down at the end. We believe this is the best system because it gets to high temperatures quickly without making it unsafe. This system is also completely discreet because it is not visible and very quiet.

Electric Heaters: These are the heaters that uses the clients power source and is the size of one of our fans. It’s generally too weak of a heater. It could take up to 8 hours to get a small room to 50 degrees Celsius.

However, those connected to a diesel generator produce more heat. These generators are usually very large and loud making it hard to be discrete. Many thick cords would be running from the generator to infected space making it hard to treat condos and apartments. These are not discreet in any way. 

Heat Relief vs Competitors

A lot of our competitors will heat particular areas and spray the rest with pesticides. At Heat Relief we heat the entire space instead of risking the chance of survival from spraying alone. We also caution against exterminators who do not move items around to prevent cold spots. Some will turn on the heater, leave, and then come back at the end of the day to pick it up. This is not an effective way to kill every bed bug.

Our Bed Bug Heat Treatment is Discreet

There is an unfortunate stigma behind bed bugs, and that’s why we understand the importance of being discreet. 

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