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The Benefits of Bed Bug Heat Remediation

Bed bugs are very pesky, and they can be really hard to get rid of. There are several ways to exterminate them, but heat treatment might be one of the best methods. Since bed bugs live off humans’ blood and warmth, thus living in close proximity to us, it’s only logical that such treatment will occur in your living space. That being said, you will think twice about using deadly chemicals to kill bugs.  

How Heat Remediation Works

Bed bugs navigate their food via heat. That’s why when a heat treatment begins, they come out of hiding because that heat signals them that food is nearby. But as the remediation continues, heat levels rise up to temperatures they won’t be able to tolerate, hence killing all of them.

Benefits of Heat Remediation

Here are some reasons why heat treatment for bed bugs might be the best solution for you:

  1. It’s guaranteed. Bed bugs are really good at hiding – their flat bodies allow them to get into cracks and crevices that anti-bug sprays or pesticides and powders won’t be able to reach. And because they’re tiny, they move very quickly. But with heat remediation, since heat permeates throughout the entire house, you can rest assured they can’t escape and that there is a minimal chance of reinfestation. Moreso, this kind of treatment is one-time-big-time, unlike chemical treatments that need multiple applications over a span of time as these require follow-ups and retreatments.
  2. It’s time-efficient. Another benefit of heat treatment is that after just a few hours, it’s done and over with. And if, let’s say, not the entire house is infested, areas that don’t need treatment will remain functional, so you don’t have to evacuate your home. And even if the whole place is invaded, you’ll only have to leave it until the remediation is over. Freezing bugs can take days, storing things until they’re no longer infested can take months; but with heat treatment, you can immediately move back in when it’s done.
  3. It’s chemical-free. Because heat is the major component in this type of remediation, you don’t have to worry about the side effects of being exposed to chemicals. During chemical treatments, when proper procedures aren’t followed correctly or the place isn’t well ventilated before you move back in, chemicals can be hazardous to your health. Additionally, the bed bugs may have adapted against pesticides as they grew a cuticle that’s immune. They could even have stronger offspring, which will make them more difficult to destroy entirely. Though there might be pesticide-resistant bed bugs, there are no heat-immune bed bugs. Indeed, no bed bug can get away from 120 °F. 
  4. It’s eco-friendly. The ozone layer is affected when fumigation with the use of methyl bromide or other pesticides are used. Obviously, that’s not an issue with heat treatments. All-natural, with no gasses released or chemical residues left, not even foul odors, heat remediation isn’t adverse to the environment.
  5. It’s convenient. Unlike when there’s a scheduled chemical treatment wherein you have to prepare the area by removing all significant items or maybe enclosing pieces of furniture in plastic, and evacuating your loved ones and/or employees, heat treatment demands little preparation as it is a method that’s not unsafe for your belongings. Though you have to keep away aerosols and firearms, that’s a whole lot less of preparing compared to other methods. Moreover, you can expect that there will be no damage to the interior space and its contents after said treatment. And you won’t have to bother doing this routine all over again because, as mentioned earlier, this treatment will happen only once.

A bed bug infestation can be a huge problem, but every problem always has a solution. Heat treatment is one of them. It’s effective, saves you time, safe from chemicals, not bad for the ecosystem, and hassle-free. Benefit from a heat remediation by calling pest control experts and have, finally, some peace of mind. 

Jude Thompson Oscar
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