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Should you use a bed bug heat treatment for a standalone home?

Updated: May 18, 2022

Is heat treatment for bed bugs safe for a detached home? The short answer is yes. Heat treatment for bed bugs, besides being an effective smoke-free method, is safe to use in almost all types of townhouses.

Bed bugs and some basics to know

The infection can quickly get out of control. When that happens, you want the treatment option that works fast.

When it comes to the safest and most effective business plan, heat treatment is the way to go. Generally, heat treatment kills bed bugs without harming your home or property.

In comparison, pesticides and bug bombs can leave behind dangerous chemical residues. It is also not 100% effective at killing both the adult bugs and their eggs, so it is likely that they will re-spread.

Let's look at how the heat treatment works, what the process looks like, and what pests it can exterminate.

What insects does heat treatment kill?

A pest control technician will heat your home to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit when you get a heat treatment for bed bugs.

While the heat treatment effectively kills bed bugs and their eggs, it can also kill other pests such as:

· The White Termite

· stink bugs

· fleas

· cockroaches

Heat treatment not only kills insects. The treatment can also kill bacteria and viruses spread by rodents and other pests. The feces and urine of rats and mice can contain dangerous viruses such as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome or HPS.

Heat treatment can destroy these dangerous viruses that may lurk invisible on shelves, counters and floors. If you can't get rid of the rodents in your home, you should at least get rid of the diseases they carry.

Will the heat treatment for bed bugs damage my home?

Heat treatment is a very safe option. Unlike fumigation with insecticides, you don't have to worry about removing most of your belongings from the home before the treatment.

The heat itself will not damage the home or belongings. However, there are specific steps you must take to make sure your belongings are safe before, during, and after the treatment process.

Secure all small or light objects that the airflow may be able to move or hit. These items can include paperwork and fragile items on shelves and small tables.

Remove all items at risk of exploding, melting, or wilting.

Remove any fish tanks larger than 10 gallons.

Heat treatment will not harm your home. As long as you follow the specific instructions that the exterminator places on you, your belongings will be safe and sound.

At what temperature do insects die?

Bed bugs stink bugs, and termites usually die at around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The eggs of these insects cannot survive beyond this temperature either.

Cockroaches and fleas can tolerate temperatures up to 155 degrees Fahrenheit, but they usually die at temperatures above 131 degrees Fahrenheit.

The exterminator can still eliminate these pests with the same heat treatment used for bed bugs. If you have a problem with crickets or fleas, talk to your exterminator so he or she can adjust the procedure accordingly.

Some insects are very heat-resistant, and others thrive even in the hottest conditions. For example, flies love hot weather, and their life cycle accelerates with heat.

Fly eggs hatch about three times faster when the temperature is over 99 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are trying to get rid of flies, heat treatment is not the way to do it.

Yellow wasps, hornets and hornets also become more active and more aggressive at higher temperatures.

What can harm heat treatment?

While the heat won't damage your home or furniture, some items can explode at these high temperatures. You should always remove any aerosol cans, ammunition, fire extinguishers, and unopened beverage bottles or cans.

Other things like candles or wax models can melt if you don't remove them before treatment. Finally, living plants are likely to die in such high heat, and the treatment can damage some musical instruments.

Will heat treatment for bed bugs hurt electronics?

Heat treatment does not damage the electronics. You should review the instructions given by your exterminator to ensure that the treatment is 100% effective. These guidelines usually specify that you should not remove any electronic devices from your home.

Heat treatment will not damage computers or televisions, but you risk re-infecting your home if you remove them before heat treatment. When you have a terrible infestation, bed bugs are more likely to hide in electronics such as laptops, alarm clocks, and speakers.

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