The simple answer is it depends on what kind of heat treatment you choose and the size of your home. An even better answer is that whole house heat treatment costs too much and leaves you with no lasting protection because heat today can’t kill a bed bug tomorrow. Whole house heat causes bedbugs to relocate to areas where you do not want them. Bed bugs flee the heat so you will need protection tomorrow and the day after and the day after that! At Bed Bugs all Gone we use both steam, and dry heat in special circumstances, to kill bed bugs in a manner that they can’t escape and spread to other areas. Bed Bugs all Gone uses heat for “sterilization” of certain areas down to a zero baseline, before we give those areas lasting protection with our non-toxic Cimi-Shield barrier. Our service will outlast the bed bugs which can survive 400 days in hiding without a meal.
How We Proceed?
For bed frames we pump 275 degree steam into all of the cracks and joints to instantly kill any bedbugs hiding there. For upholstered furniture with lost of padding (couches, reclining chairs, upholstered bed frames, etc.) we have a special, tightly closed heat tent where we bake those items at 140 degrees for 3-4 hours until the thermocouples, placed deep in the furniture, indicate internal temperatures of 125 degrees everywhere which is sufficient to kill all of the bedbugs. The tent is closed tight so bedbugs can not escape the heat during this process. In all cases we treat those items with a fully non-toxic spray for lasting results. We give you a full 15 month warranty while most companies that do whole house heat treatment usually warranty for just 4 to 30 days.
Bed Bugs and Heat
We often do extermination work for people who bought more expensive, whole house heat treatment to kill their bed bugs, but their bugs came back. That is because bed bugs can see in infrared which is the color of heat. As the heat is rising, they head for cooler areas such as another room, a neighboring apartment or condo-unit with adjoining walls. This is a real problem for multi-unit structures since no one wants the bed bugs to spread. But this is exactly what they do!
Even with a detached home the bed bugs can find places where the heat may not get to the required 125-degree lethal level. Here are some examples:
All it takes is for one breeding pair to survive or one pregnant female. The female lays 2-3 eggs per day which could be up to 100 breeding pairs in just 3-4 months. Remember: heat today can not kill a bug tomorrow. The program at Bed Bugs all Gone will.
Our complete method kills bed bugs for over a year, every time they try to get a meal. We’ll make it so they can’t get a meal; instead they die. Why use a whole house or whole room heat treatment that can’t kill a bug tomorrow when you can use the Bed Bugs all Gone method? Our method lasts in the environment for over a year and is backed by a full, 15 month warranty! Click here to read more on this topic.