You have bed bugs and you are looking for a fast and effective solution. There are a couple different options, and the price of bed bug heat treatments may seem daunting, but there is a reason we advocate for them so strongly here at Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives: heat treatments work! Read on to learn more about the process and the treatment itself, and get started with a bed bug inspection from Northwest K9 today!
Treating Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are a hard pest to beat. They excel at hiding, often burrowing into the cracks and crevices of furniture where they are exceptionally hard to spot. For spot treatments like pesticides, which need to be applied directly to the bugs infesting your home, it makes bed bugs a difficult target.
Fortunately, bed bugs have a weakness: heat. Adults and eggs alike die within 90 minutes of exposure to temperatures 118 degrees and higher. This is why the recommended cure for affected clothing is often washing and drying with high heat. If your infestation is more widespread, a bed bug heat treatment can be the solution!
Why Choose Bed Bug Heat Treatments?
One top reason we recommend bed bug heat treatments is the fact that they are 97% effective. Heat doesn’t have to be applied to a specific area, but in fact can be applied to an entire room to reach even the bed bugs that went undetected in an inspection. It kills bed bugs in all stages of their lifecycle and it can even address other pests in your home.
Another great advantage of heat is that it is eco-friendly and pesticide-free. You don’t have to worry about harsh, dangerous chemicals in your home or wait for the fumes of those chemicals to dissipate before you resume everyday life. With bedbug heat treatment, there are no residual effects, and in most cases you can keep all your belongings and furniture rather than replacing it.
Heat vs. Pesticides
Pesticides, as we mentioned, can be dangerous, especially if utilized as part of a DIY solution without professional expertise. They need to be applied to the specific locations where you have found bed bugs, which is why pesticides are most effective during the early stages of an infestation, before the bugs have had time to spread out. Pesticides may also require several treatments in order to be effective, especially given the fact that bed bugs are becoming resistant to many kinds of pesticides.
What to Expect
Bed bug heat treatments are simple! We’ll start the process with an inspection of your home, and our team will give you instructions on how to prepare for the treatment. You will be asked to declutter the relevant areas of your home and remove heat-sensitive items like aerosol cans or artwork beforehand. In all but the most severe cases, you don’t have to worry about handling your infected furniture, because it will be treated along with everything else in the room.
On treatment day, pest control professionals from Northwest K9 will pump heat into your building until it reaches around 122 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which bed bugs die instantly. We will maintain this temperature for about two hours to ensure we address as much of the infestation as we can. The ambient temperature inside your home will be about 145 to 150 degrees, which is about the temperature of a typical sauna!
In most cases, we’ll be able to complete your bed bug heat treatment in just one day, but there are a few factors that can affect this, such as the size of your building and its levels of insulation. There are very few cases that require two-day treatments. Often, we’ll be done and out of your hair before dinnertime!
Choose Your Top Rated Local® Bed Bug Exterminators
Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives recommends heat treatments because they are safe, environmentally friendly, and effective! We understand that it’s an investment, however, which is why we offer a 35-day guarantee. We will come back to your house after treatment has been completed for another inspection to ensure your pest problem is gone, and if it’s not, we’ll return to do a second heat treatment for free! Call today to find the solution to your bed bug infestation.