September 4 2020
We get a lot of customers and people in general asking us, why we dont offer heat treatments? So, sometimes people hang up the phone, when we tell them we don’t offer heat treatments and most customers tell us, the internet says it’s the only way to kill bed bugs. We usually ” sigh ” and then explain to them why that’s not true.
When referring to Bed Bug Heat Treatment we need to be clear. We don’t offer heat treatment when it comes to bringing large gas or electric powered heaters near or in your home. Bring the temperature up to between 122° to 140°.
Now that’s out of the way, here’s the reasons why we don’t use or recommend bed bug heat treatment.
First of all we found out that heat treatment doesn’t work in all situations. This application is great for if you have a home or downstairs apartment but in our line of work we have found that bed bugs can be found in all kinds of places like cars, RVs and even in the back of semi trucks. And heat treatments get kind of complicated when you have to lug equipment upstairs or can’t even get large weight equipment in a small or old building .
Second, the liability of heat treatments, what if something goes wrong? Now, every pest control company will tell you how successful their heat treatments are but they will never tell you the failures or the damage that a heat treatment can possibly cause. When I say failure I don’t mean that it didn’t work I mean that you killed all the bedbugs, but yet your TV or laptop is now ruined or even in some cases where the house has caught on fire but they were able to put it out before anything got out of control. This is a problem we’d rather not have to deal with.
And third of all, how dependable is a heat treatment. Every company that offers heat treatment also does a chemical treatment after the heat treatment is done. Most companies offer a chemical treatment after the heat treatment is done because a factor they like to call ” just in case ” (lol) . Don’t get me wrong heat definitely can kill bed bugs but heating your home to 122 degrees will kill all kinds of bugs. Also heat cannot penetrate through structures or inside wall void etc. Bed bugs don’t just hide in bed they can possibly hide in wall voids, behind baseboards inside dressers etc. Moving a mattress around a few times while in 122° Will definitely bed bugs and their eggs but what happens if a bed bugs laid eggs inside a wall void after the heat has been applied Well a couple days or weeks later you could possibly have another bed bug infestation. This is why a chemical treatment is sometimes applied after heat treatment.
So, if that chemical treatment is able to kill bed bugs and their eggs days or weeks later, why is it not strong enough to kill on the first application or the only application? Well it is strong enough! Furthermore Tulsa bed bugs Specialists have been studying the biology and chemistry and behavior of bed bugs for years to come up with a method that is 100% effective and safe on killing bed bugs in any type of situation.
In addition to this article we added some myths and facts about bed bugs and treatment options..
Myth: Pesticides are harmful and are considered poisonous for humans as well animals.
Fact: Many insecticides and pesticides have been made safer over the years and decades and when applied by a licensed experienced applicator, products have minimal risk if any to kids the elderly and pets.
Myth: Heat treatment is natural.
Fact: Heat treatment uses natural gas. Natural gas comes with a lot of chemical additives. These chemicals are added during the process of extracting and developing the gas.This gas is definitely harmful to nature, and in the long run, potentially harmful for your home. But maybe electric heaters use electricity which is renewable energy?
Myth: Heat treatments are safer than insecticides.
Fact: If you remove the possibilities of your house catching on fire or melting your electronics (which we have seen with our own eyes) in addition to causing damage to your home or business structure then sure heat treatment or safer. Over the last few decades manufacturers and Entomology have worked to make insecticide more safer and effective in killing bed bugs.
Myth: Heat treatment takes only one visit when pesticide treatments take several.
Fact: While pesticide applications can take more than one application, usually heat treatments require follow-ups. Most companies use a residual pesticide after they conduct the heat treatment so that they don’t have to go back or just in case the heat treatment is not effective.
We ourselves have come behind a lot of heat treatment companies and provided service because of failure.
Myth: Heat treatment is less expensive.
Fact: Heat treatment requires very expensive equipment to be used over multiple days. Because of this it usually comes with a large price tag.
Myth: Insecticide treatment doesn’t kill all stages of bed bugs.
Fact: Of course our insecticide kills at all life stages of the bed bug. Over the past 25 years the bed bug epidemic has become worse. Manufacturers have done their best to make solutions and insecticides more effective on killing bed bugs of all life cycle stages.
Myth: Heat treatment is more effective.
Fact: So remember when your being sold on the bed bug heat treatment? Think of the cost and ask yourself why it is so much? A potential reason is that because the heat-treatment equipment used. Since the equipment can cost upwards of $30,000, the pest control firms may pass that cost on to their customers.