Bed Bug Heat Treatment

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Bed bug heat treatments (or thermal remediation treatments) are the best method for resolving heavy infestations, particularly in cluttered conditions. They may also include a chemical treatment for maximum effectiveness. Wil-Kil will bring industrial-sized heaters into your property and heat your space to a temperatures of 120 degrees or above (see images below).

Treatment Methods May Include:

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

Preparation Requirements:

Most items can remain in the structure during the heat treatment without being harmed.

The Wil-Kil representative will provide and review the preparation checklist with the Client prior to service.


  • Eliminates all stages of the bed bug, from egg to adult.
  • Results are achieved more quickly than with conventional methods, usually in a single treatment.
  • Less extensive preparation for the resident, and they can return to their home that same day.
  • Heat is non-chemical, non-toxic


  • Residents must vacate the area, for about 6-8 hours, during treatment.
  • Higher cost than conventional treatment.
  • As with other treatments, re-introductions are possible.

Best Choice When:

  • Elimination is needed in a single treatment.
  • Infestations are heavy and/or conditions are cluttered.
  • Residents have limited ability to prepare for treatment.
  • The area is less than 2200 sq ft., including apartments, dorm rooms, condos and small homes.

Q: How long does a heat treatment take?

A: A heat treatment will last about 8-10 hours depending on infestation levels. Our heat team arrives between 6:30 and 7:00 AM to make sure we have time to address extreme infestation levels. Clients can generally return to their home in the early evening.

Q: Do I need to throw away all my furniture and pull everything out of my closets to prepare for a heat treatment?

A: No, not at this time. All infested items should stay in the home to be heat treated. In some cases, heavily infested furniture may need to be discarded. Clothing and other items should remain in closets for treatment.

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