Bed Bug Conventional Treatment and Heat Treatment

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At Wil-Kil, we understand that “one-size-fits-all” doesn’t work when it comes to bed bugs. That’s why our specialists are experienced in a wide range of bed bug treatment options. They know how to eliminate bed bug infestations at various levels of severity, and can help you determine what will be the most efficient and cost-effective.

Conventional Bed Bug Treatment

Conventional bed bug treatments are typically used on more localized bed bug infestations. They are frequently used in small homes, hotel rooms or apartments when there is a low-level infestation. The property will go through several rounds of treatments until bed bugs are effectively removed. The repeat treatments will help to eliminate all bed bugs throughout various stages of the reproduction and incubation cycle. We ask that residents (or guests/tenants) vacate the premise during the service and stay out of the space until the treatment has dried.

Treatment methods include:

  • Pesticide Dusts
  • Pesticide Sprays
  • Crack & Crevice Injection / Spot Treatment
  • Mattress Encasements

How these methods work:

Conventional treatment methods provide residual action, which means the materials used can work against bed bugs even after the initial treatment dries. Not all active ingredients have an effect on bed bugs, so it is crucial that these treatments are done by someone who knows how to select the right treatment method for optimal effectiveness. Even in cases where pesticide resistance isn’t a factor, treating bed bugs through insecticide is not always the most effective solution.

One limitation of pesticide applications is access to the actual bed bugs. Most insecticides that work against bed bugs are contact insecticides, meaning they actually have to touch the bed bugs to eliminate them. If bed bugs are tucked away deep inside a crack, crevice or even in the wall, it’s possible they will be missed by the insecticide. The pesticide treatments also won’t impact bed bug eggs, which means they can still hatch after the treatment. For this reason, conventional applications are only effective through multiple visits. Pesticide treatments require significant preparation and the homeowner or business owner needs to have the flexibility to allow for multiple treatments over weeks, or even months.

Preparation Requirements:

  • Clear clutter in all rooms
  • All clothing and bed linens must be sealed in plastic bags
  • Vacuum the floor and dispose of contents in a sealed plastic bag
  • Empty closets and dressers

Bed Bug Heat Treatment

Bed bug heat treatments (or thermal remediation treatments) are the best method for resolving heavy bed bug infestations, particularly in cluttered conditions. They may also include a conventional treatment for maximum effectiveness. Wil-Kil will bring industrial-sized heaters into your property and heat your space to a temperature of 120 degrees or above. Bed bugs can’t withstand this high heat at any stage in their development, so it will eliminate the entire infestation.

This option is best for those who want an issue eliminated in a single treatment and the infestations are more severe. Bed bug heat treatment works best for areas less than 2,200 sq. ft., including hotel rooms, apartments, condos and small homes.

Treatment methods include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Pesticide Dust
  • Heat (120°F and above)
  • Mattress Encasements

How bed bug heat treatment works:

Bed bugs have a thermal death point, and when exposed temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period, the entire population of bed bugs at all life stages (including eggs) are completely eliminated. Of all the documented bed bug control methods, heat treatment has proven to be the most effective.

Employing a heat treatment program is best for severe infestations and quick elimination, but a few drawbacks and limitations exist with this option. Heat is best used to control the insects’ presence in a centralized location. It’s perfect in removing bed bugs in your master bedroom or hotel suite, but it could get very costly if your bed bug issue is more wide-spread in a building. Another limitation is access to the site of the bed bug infestation. Some structural limitations exist, for example, rooms that are directly adjacent to a concrete foundation or a room significantly larger than the average home. Heating units are also run off of generators, so many pest control companies have height restrictions on the use of their heaters (Wil-Kil does not). If you are situated in a high rise, there may be some companies that can’t physically reach your location with their equipment.

Preparation Requirements:

  • Leave your home anywhere from 8-10 hours, including pets.
  • Clean up entire residence as if you were expecting company.
  • Vacuum your entire home and discard vacuum bag into the trash.
  • Unplug electronics from outlets in rooms that will be treated.
  • Large and heavy equipment will be used, so remove any items on walls or shelves that could fall or damage easily.

Read our full pre-heat treatment checklist.

The Quick Facts on Bed Bug Heat Treatment

  • 120 degrees Fahrenheit can kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
  • Heat treatments require heaters and fans to circulate the heat.
  • Technicians are trained in how to properly place heaters to keep homes safe while effectively performing treatments.
  • Some pesticide applications may still be used, but it is limited and focused.
  • Residents must leave for 8-10 hours so that a treatment can be done.
  • Heat treatments are used when a single treatment is needed.
  • Re-introduction of bed bugs is always possible.

With any bed bug treatment, re-introduction is possible. No bed bug treatments, conventional or heat, is able to prevent a bed bug from being brought back into the home on a person or their belongings. The best way to prevent reintroduction is to do regular inspections and to alter habits to stop the spread of bed bugs.

Contact a Wil-Kil Professional today for inspection and treatment services!

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