Heat Treatment For Bed Bugs & How Does It Work

The principle behind bed bug heat treatment is to use environmentally responsible heat to eradicate bed bugs without the use of chemicals. Heat treatments are safe and effective which makes them ideal for use in many environments. This includes office buildings, food manufacturing, warehouses, visitor attractions, care homes and of course residential homes. Because chemicals are not used, the treated area can be safely reoccupied within 60 minutes – even if it’s used for foods handling and storage so it is one of the best methods to eradicate bed bugs.

How does heat treatment work?

Heat treatment works by killing all stages of the bed bug by denaturing the proteins and enzymes essential for the insects to survive or develop. This is done by;

  • Selecting the appropriate indirect heat source for our high-powered heating units (from 25 to 200 kW) to heat the infected area to the required target temperature.
  • The treatment area is sheeted over with insulating material unless you are treating a separate room or an entire building.
  • Measuring heat penetration into the coolest area where bed bugs may be harbouring. Temperature sensors attached to a data logger measure the temperature in these areas and throughout to produce a temperature profile. This shows the technician any cold spots requiring further heat treatment to ensure all bed bugs are eliminated.

Effectiveness of heat treatment on bed bugs

Heat treatment is a powerful, effective, and fast alternative to chemical treatments. This makes it ideal for businesses involved in the storage, production, and distribution of foodstuffs, not to mention schools, hospitals, care homes and offices. And of course, homes from flats to mansions!

There is no chemical residue or unpleasant odours still present after treatment.

Heat treatment can be used to eradicate many insect species at all stages of their life cycle including bed bugs. Hotels can re-let previously bed bug infested rooms within hours of treatment and, even a guest’s infested luggage can be successfully treated.

With heat treatment an office, school or factory can be treated out of hours in a matter of hours and open without delay.

As you can imagine this treatment is effective in environments, including hospitals and nursing homes where many of the occupants are physically vulnerable and therefore more exposed to the risk of a reaction to the chemical residues from conventional pest control treatments.

If you have vulnerable people in your home, heat treatment offers a proven alternative to the use of chemicals.

The heat is fatal to bed bugs and their eggs within 60 minutes of beginning the treatment.

How to prepare your property for bed bug heat treatment

    1. Ensure the room(s) being treated for bed bugs is clutter free and that all items requiring washing, dry cleaning, freezing, heat treating or that are for safe storage, are in robust sealed bags or holdalls. This includes bedding, clothing, and footwear. Group items into the bags based on how they will be handled. E.g.: one bag for hot washing, one for dry cleaning, one for safe storage and so on. Don’t mix items for separation later.
    2. Vacuum all floors. Make sure that immediately after vacuuming you empty the waste contents into your outside bin. Wipe down your vacuum, checking all areas for bed bugs, especially the rotor brushes, nozzles, and tools.
    3. Ensure all ornaments and books that are usually kept in the affected areas are closely inspected for signs of bed bugs and are damp wiped or cleaned as is appropriate and placed in bags and boxes or stored in another room when you’re confident there is no longer any sign of bed bugs.
    4. Remove any paintings and other wall hangings. Check for signs of bed bugs, damp wipe, and store in tamper-proof bags.
    5. Vacuum mattresses, headboards, and soft furnishings such as chairs and curtains. Don’t remove soft furnishings you think are no longer contaminated because bringing them back in the room after heat treatment could re-contaminate the room. If in doubt leave it and wait for a technician to advise you on the right course of action.
    6. Dry cleaning – you may want to dry clean some of your clothing. Jackets, suits and coats are the most obvious items. Do not collect any dry-cleaned items until after the heat treatment has taken place or, if this is not possible, please store them in an unaffected room in your property. Again, we will help you make the right decision.
    7. Hot machine washing – bedding, towels, some cottons and under garments are usually suitable for washing at 60 degrees. At this temperature, any bedbugs will be killed. However, you will need to store these cleaned items away from the affected room(s) before professional treatment has taken place to prevent re-infestation.
    8. Freezing. It is a fact that freezing clothing and soft furnishings for a period (usually 4 weeks) kills any bed bugs. However, it is desirable to have a large chest freezer for this and if possible, to vacuum pack items before freezing.
    9. Let your technician know what you have stored, where it is and why. They may well need to check some items and use include these within the heat treatment process.
    10. Your technician will tell you when it is safe to reintroduce items to a treated room.

Can heat treatment damage your property?

Heat treatments applied by a professional, trained, and accredited technician will not damage your property – whether that be a home or business. The pest control company that you choose to eradicate bed bugs will talk to you beforehand about the preparatory work that is required, and which items should be removed from the area before heat treatment commences. It is a safe, chemical free treatment that has been used for many years to kill infestations of bed bugs and other insects. We also ensure that machinery, materials, sprinklers, and electronics are not damaged by over exposure to heat.

Can you heat treat bed bugs yourself?

You should not attempt any DIY heat treatment of bed bugs. It requires specialist tools including commercial grade heating machines and heat chambers plus training in how to safely deploy this machinery. Dyno-Pest technicians abide by all relevant health and safety regulations and method statements to keep you and the people in your home or business safe.

If you have an infestation of bed bugs in your business attempting to combat the problem using your caretaking teams is to be avoided.

  • Only an accredited pest control company has access to the full range of commercial grade fit for purpose treatments including intensive heat treatments.
  • In-house caretaking teams are not trained in how to spot and detect the earliest signs of a bed bug infestation. An experienced pest controller is.
  • Specialist equipment and training is required for detecting bed bugs in ‘hard to reach, hard to see and challenging to identify’ areas. An experienced pest control company is fully equipped for all eventualities.
  • Early detection can stop a problem from becoming a full-blown infestation and an accredited pest control specialist has access to the full range of early detection monitoring systems.

The role of your caretaking team should be to work alongside your pest control contractor to ensure access is given to all areas and that their best practise recommendations are implemented on an ongoing basis.

Why call an expert for bed bug heat treatment?

As mentioned above the application of heat treatment for bedbugs requires specialist tools, skills, and experience. Dyno-Pest technicians will identify if heat treatment on its own will eradicate bed bugs from your property or if complementary treatments are required including insect growth regulators and early detection traps. This is usually only considered when an infestation is in a commercial property and has spread throughout.

For residential homes heat treatment should eradicate an infestation without the need for other treatments. Dyno-Pest are expert in treating infestations in apartment blocks where the bed bug infestation has reached every flat, in businesses over several floors and in homes where just one room has an infestation. As well as heat treatment we also offer early detection monitors, canine scent detection dogs, bed bug traps, and chemical treatments. We can also encase and treat infested soft furnishings. By choosing an expert your bed bug infestation is in the safest, most competent hands and you will receive the best advice on how it can be successfully removed and how it can be prevented moving forwards.

How much does bed bug heat treatment cost?

The cost of treatment for bed bugs varies and is based on several factors including:

  • The size of the area being treated
  • If the infestation has spread and where else to in the property
  • Any requirement for other bed bug treatments (for example bed bug monitoring)
  • If soft furnishings require treating

We do not provide an estimate cost without talking to you beforehand. We can then advise you of the cost and how many treatments are required. All bed bug treatments are undertaken by Dyno-Pest employed technicians and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Contact us today!

If you are experiencing a one-off infestation or a recurring problem with insects including bed bugs, contact us to arrange a professional heat treatment survey. This will be delivered by one of our accredited and experienced surveyors. This survey is without charge and you will receive a detailed estimate outlining the treatment required and an itemisation of costs.

For help with heat treatment for bedbugs
Call 020 7582 9241