Non-Chemical Bed Bug Control using Heat
Over the past few years, we've become convinced that heat treatment (also called "thermal remediation") is the best method of bed bug control for most situations. This isn't such a new idea, but it's only recently that specialized, purpose-built equipment capable of regulating the temperature precisely enough to kill bed bugs without damaging the items inside the home has been available. Now that it is, we believe that heat treatment should always be the first option considered for bed bug control.
Many of our customers ask us if it's really possible to eliminate bed bugs using heat treatment only, with no toxic pesticides. In most cases, the answer is yes! Like insects in general, bed bugs are very sensitive to temperature because they're incapable of regulating their own body temperatures. Apply enough heat for a long enough time, and they will die.
The exact times and temperatures are dependent on each other: The higher the temperature, the less time is needed for control (and vice-versa). Obviously, the goal is to apply as high a temperature as possible without damaging your home or your belongings.
By using specialized equipment capable of delivering and circulating enough heat to raise the temperature inside your house to a high-enough level to kill the bed bugs without damaging your home or its contents, Dayton Bed Bug Control is able to solve most bed bug problems using no insecticides at all. Many of our customers who prefer an entirely non-chemical, "organic" approach to bed bug control choose this method.
Advantages to Using Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
The advantages to heat-only bed bug control include:
No toxic pesticides are used.
There will be no chemical or solvent odor.
Heat treatment is the safest bed bug control method for children or pets.
Using heat to kill bed bugs will not trigger allergic reactions or aggravate respiratory conditions.
Some items and surfaces that would be damaged by chemical application can be treated using heat.
Customer preparation for heat treatment is easier than it is for chemical bed bug control, and they can return to their homes more quickly.
These and other reasons are why heat-only bed bug control is now our preferred bed bug control option, especially among environmentally-conscious young families in Dayton.
Deciding Between Conventional and Heat-Only Bed Bug Control
The biggest advantage to using heat to kill bed bugs is that no insecticides have to be used. If that's your number one concern and you absolutely don't want chemicals to be used in your home, then heat treatment is the answer. There are, however, some important things that you need to be keep in mind when deciding to treat your bed bug problem using only heat.
The most important factor to keep in mind that non-chemical bed bug control using heat or any other method doesn't leave any chemical residuals at all. While this may seem obvious, and it may even be exactly what you want, it does mean that both you and we have to work extra hard to kill all the bed bugs on the first try, because there will be no residual insecticide left behind to catch the stragglers.
In fact, proper preparation is important to bed bug control in general, but proper preparation is absolutely critical to bed bug control using heat treatment. If the home is not properly prepared for treatment, the chances of success drop dramatically.
The second thing to consider is that because there will be no residual insecticide, there will be no protection against "new" bed bugs that are introduced by guests or carried into the home on your clothing or in your luggage. Without any residual insecticide in cracks, crevices, and other places that bed bugs live, "new" bed bugs can more easily become established in the home post-treatment. This is of particular importance to commercial hospitality establishments like hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, and other establishments with frequent turnover of guests.
Finally, because using heat to kill bed bugs requires expensive, specialized equipment and is much more labor-intensive, it may cost a bit more than a conventional bed bug job using insecticides and growth regulators.
We know this is a lot of information to digest and that it may not be easy for you to make a decision. If you're like most of our customers, you probably have a lot of questions. That's okay. We have a lot of answers. Please call us at (937)478-5776 to talk to a licensed pest control professional. We'll answer your questions and help you decide which bed bug treatment plan is best for you.
If you prefer, you can also contact us by email, and we'll get back to you promptly. Either way, we look forward to hearing from and helping you solve your bed bug problem.