Do you have a bed bug problem? If so, there are several things you can do to try and get rid of them. One approach is to use heat treatment. This article will explore the heat treatment experiment and see what works best for bed bugs. 

Bed bug heat treatment experiments typically involve heating a small area of the bed bug’s hiding place until they die. 

Although heat treatment is one option for getting rid of bed bugs, it is not always successful.

What are bed bugs, and how do they spread?

Bed bugs are small, brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and other animals. They can spread quickly through contact with an infected person or object, including luggage, furniture, and beds. This is known as a bed bug infestation.

What is a bed bug heat treatment? An Effective bed bug treatment

A bed bug heat treatment is a way to get rid of bed bugs and stop bed bug infestations without chemicals.

What are the benefits of using Bed Bug Room Heat Treatments?

1 – Heat Can Kill Pesticide-Resistant Bugs

Since bed bugs are resistant to many pesticides, heat treatments may be the best way to eliminate them. Heated air treatment can kill bed bugs and their eggs in a matter of hours. 

It is possible to kill all stages of the bug using heat, including the eggs and nymphs. This means that you won’t have to worry about pesticide resistance or have to treat multiple times over several weeks. 

2 – Chemical Free 

There are many benefits to using bed bug room heat treatments. Chemical-free, these treatments are effective at killing bed bugs and their eggs. The chemical-free method can be used with other insecticides or as a standalone treatment.

3 – No Evacuation is Required

Using bed bug room heat treatments can benefit those suffering from these pesky pests. These treatments do not require an evacuation, which can be a massive relief for those in a rush. Additionally, these treatments can help to kill bed bugs and their eggs, which is essential in preventing future infestations.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

We recently created a video to show you how heat kills bed bugs by performing a Bed Bug Heat Treatment Experiment.  We collected a few bed bugs (from a home we treated this week) to be the stars in our video. Click HERE to watch the video!

Set-Up

We purchased a 10-gallon clear glass fish tank and made a cover that had air vents and a place to insert a hairdryer. This will be our heat source for the experiment. 

Process

We know that bed bugs die in minutes at 118°F but we wanted you to be able to see this.  So, we heated the tank up to about 99°F degrees and then dropped 4 bed bugs in the tank. They started to scatter to the corners of the tank, which is typical bed bug behavior.  As a side note, they tend to cluster on the corners of mattresses and box springs. The bed bugs love any little area where they feel snug and secure.  Next, we started to heat up the tank again.  Finally, all of the bugs died after the temperature reached 120° F for about 5 minutes.

The More Extreme Temperatures, The More Effective It Is At Eliminating Bed Bugs

So, we have shown just how effective a heat treatment can be to kill bed bugs.  The bugs will die at a temperature between 115°F and 120°F when exposed to that heat for an extended amount of time.  The higher the heat gets, the less time the bugs need to be in that high temperature before it is lethal for the bed bugs.

Our Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs: Best Bed Bug Control Company

Here at Debug Your Bed, when we perform a heat treatment with our electric heaters and fans, we aim to get the treatment areas to 130-135° F.  Then, after temperatures reach approximately 118° F (which typically takes 4-6 hours), we continue to heat the room for 18 more hours. Yes, 18 MORE hours. 

This ensures that the heat permeates all areas and hard-to-reach places in the rooms. Some of these areas can be dresser drawers and closets full of clothes.  We also recommend that the contents of drawers and closets be spaced to aid in the permeation of the heat. Click HERE to watch our room prep video or HERE to read the Room Prep PDF.

So give us a call in New England, Indianapolis, or Austin to see how we can help you eradicate bed bugs from your home with our bed bug heat treatments!