Toronto Bed Bug Heat Treatments
Why Use Heat To Kill Bed Bugs?
A heat treatment is a popular, environmentally friendly alternative to using chemicals for a bed bug infestation.
A single heat treatment is the only way to ensure all stages of the bed bug life. This means the eggs die as well.
We recommend you opt for a bed bug heat treatment if you want every bed bug to be eliminated.
Heat Treatments Are Effective
Our heat treatment method is the best way to effectively kill bed bugs 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 hide.
2) Bed bugs are attracted to CO2: They find us from all the CO2 we exhale and the CO2 in our beds. They know this is where they can feed. Our heaters release CO2, which draws the bed bugs out during the heat treatment.
3) The high heat is measured everywhere, including bedding and infested items. Having this insight allows us to identify any potential cold spots we need to address.
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Bed Bug Heat Treatment vs Chemical Treatments
There is abundant scientific evidence that bed bugs become increasingly resistant to chemicals but are physically incapable of surviving elevated ambient (above 50°C) temperatures.
It is a difficult job to treat 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 cracks and crevices thinner than the width of a credit card. The way bed bugs hide makes pesticide treatments troublesome.
Over 50% of our clients tried chemical treatments with no success spending more money than they would with a single heat treatment. A chemical treatment can help reduce the population but typically cannot eliminate every bed bug in one 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 toxic chemicals from pest control.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment Preparation
Once our visit is scheduled, you will receive an email with the heat treatment preparation checklist.
This checklist consists of heat-sensitive items and belongings that must be removed before the heat treatment. Unpackaged perishable food goes in the fridge. Certain heat-sensitive items could melt or explode. Examples include aerosol cans, makeup, oil paintings, candles, soda cans, flammable items, heat-sensitive medication, and plants.
We inspect the entire house before turning on the heat in case a heat-sensitive item is missed. The heaters are set at the correct temperature and will shut off automatically if it gets too hot. We do not get it up to damaging temperatures.
Our Bed Bug Heat Treatment methods
At Heat Relief, our effective bed bug heat treatment involves balance, timing, and monitoring. We use purpose-built industry-leading heaters and convection fans to heat the entire space so no bed bugs remain.
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 increases quickly and is maintained at lethal levels. The exterminator moves furniture and personal belongings around to eliminate all possible cold spots. A heat treatment’s success largely depends on how thorough the exterminator is. This process takes roughly 5-10 hours, depending on the size and severity of the infestation. You’ll be able to return to your home the same day.
If the client wants added residual protection, we offer a safe, natural biopesticide called Aprehend. It’s completely safe for the family which includes babies, elders and pets.
Our Bed Bug Heat Treatment Equipment
Our recirculating propane Sleep Tight heaters are equipped with safety shuts offs in case the air temperature 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 an even distribution throughout all the infested areas. Infrared remote thermometers and heat sensors are used to monitor the heat.
Competitors Heat Equipment
There are a few different heat systems that companies use:
Propane Direct Fired: These are the heaters placed outside with a long tube going into the treatment area. While powerful, the toxins and temperature are uncontrolled and could cause a fire if not monitored correctly. They also only allow no privacy as it is impossible to miss.
Propane Recirculating: This is the system we use. These heaters are entirely enclosed in the treatment space. It has built-in temperature control, CO2 monitors, and fresh air fans. We use this system paired with many fans to circulate the heat during the treatment. This is the best system because it reaches high temperatures quickly without making it unsafe. This system is also completely discreet because it is quiet and not visible.
Electric Heaters: These heaters use the client’s power source and are 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 up to 50 degrees Celsius. These can only be used for single room heat treatments at most. This method is difficult for complete eradication. These companies typically market “whole room heat treatments.”
However, large 120V electric heaters connected to a diesel generator produce more heat. These generators are usually large and loud, making it hard to be discrete. Many thick cords would be running from the generator to the infected space making it hard to treat condos and apartments. This heat system can only go up a couple of floors. Logistically if it works out, this is an effective method for a heat treatment.
Heat Relief vs Competitors In The Greater Toronto Area
Many 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. We caution against exterminators who do not move items around to prevent cold spots. This is an extremely important step in the heat treatment process. Some will turn on the heater, leave for several hours, and then come back to pick it up at the end of the day. This is not an effective way to kill bed bugs. Everything needs to be treated to get rid of bed bugs entirely. The exterminator needs to be thorough and tedious for a successful bed bug treatment.
Our pest control services only involve bed bug removal. We do not get rid of any other insects or pests.
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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