Professional Bed Bug Heat Treatment
PROFESSIONAL BED BUG HEAT TREATMENT OF YOUR ENTIRE HOME
Bottom Line: If you can afford professional bed bug heat treatment, we recommend this method. But you need to take into consideration the factors we discuss below.
The advantages of professional bed bug heat treatment, if done correctly, it is a very effective way to eliminate bed bugs and it saves you from putting in a lot of personal time and effort.
The main disadvantage is that this process is cost prohibitive for most people. Prices can run over $1000 per room, depending on who you use for the treatment.
Professional heat treatment of your entire home requires bringing in a team of professionals who use industrial heaters and fans throughout your residence to heat up the entire structure to bed bug killing temperatures. Because the electricity required is so high and would blow the circuits in your home, the heaters and fans are linked to cables that run out your windows and doors to portable generators outside. With this method you are essentially making your entire home into a giant bed bug oven.
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If you live in an apartment, condo, or townhouse, bed bugs can re-infest your home from units that were not heat treated. You must take additional steps to prevent this (see below).
Bottom Line: If you can afford it, we recommend this method. But you need to take into consideration the factors we discuss below.
A potential problem is that if the heat treatment is done incorrectly, bed bugs can easily return. All of the wall voids must be heated up to killing temperatures, which is difficult to do. If this is not done properly, bed bugs can survive in those wall voids and then re-infect your home. So you really need to use very competent professionals who are going to do the job right. If you choose this method, we recommend that you get a guarantee that if bedbugs return, your home will be re-treated for free.
Also, it’s important to remember that if you live in a multi-family dwelling—such as a condo or apartment or townhouse—bed bugs can migrate back to your unit from units that were not heat treated. This is because bed bugs can travel between units through the electrical conduits and through spaces under walls or through other cracks and crevices. In addition to heat treating your individual unit, you must also proof it against re-infestation from other untreated units. Using Step 4, Step 5 and Step 7 from the 8-Step Approach will help prevent re-infestation.
The bottom line is that heat is the quickest, most effective way to completely kill all bed bugs. (That is why we use heat in ZappBug.) So, we definitely recommend this method, if you can afford it, so long as you are aware of all of the issues we discuss above. But for most people, this method is just going to be too cost prohibitive.