Proper preparation prior to a bed bug heat treatment is essential
The fight against bed bugs continues as more people are finding themselves having to deal with an bed bug infestation each day.
If you're reading this article you may be dealing with a bed bug problem yourself or know someone who is. Researching the subject is important because there are a number of ways that one can go about eliminating a bed bug problem in the home.
One option that more people are choosing is a bed bug heat treatment. This is NOT simply applying steam to a localized area but rather raising the temperature of the ENTIRE home to above the thermal kill range where bed bugs will die. There are a number of ways to go about doing this but it is always recommended that you call in a professional that uses the right equipment for the job, can do it safely and do it effectively. More on this to follow.
A bed bug heat treatment raises the temperature of a home to between 140 and 150 degrees F. and keeps the temperature there for a number of hours the treatment will most likely be successful - however, a proper preparation is required to increase the odds of a successful outcome.
Preparing for a bed bugs heat treatment will consist of removing items that may be damaged when exposed to such temperatures. There are the obvious things like crayons, candles, vinyl records etc. and the safety things like fire extinguishers and propane tanks. But, it is also very important to understand that de-cluttering your home as much as possible is also essential... Why? Because it's all about air circulation. Air circulation is an essential part of a bed bug heat treatment.
It is true that exposing a bed bug or bed bug egg to the requisite temperature for the correct amount of time will render them dead - this is simply a scientific fact. However, proper air circulation in the entire treatment area is important because bed bugs are very good at hiding! They will often be found in places that one would not normally expect to see bed bugs. Hot air, if circulated properly during your bed bug heat treatment, will enter even the slightest crack or crevice and 'find' the bugs that are not readily visible.
When a home is very cluttered it hampers the efforts of your exterminator to properly circulate the heated airy - in other words, if the air can't penetrate a huge mess there may be bed bugs that can escape the treatment. Naturally this is something that neither you nor your exterminator wants to see happen. Bed bug are crafty little insects and will use any little space to hide when given the opportunity to do so.
Choose wisely when selecting bed bug heat treatment company to conduct your extermination. Compare the bed bug heat equipment that is offered in your area and select the one that offers the greatest chance for success.
A reputable bed bug heat treatment company will provide you with a detailed list of things that must be done by you prior to the treatment taking place. This list should include things that should be removed either because they may be sensitive to heat or dangerous should they be heated. Those removed articles should be treated in ways that don't use high temperatures to mitigate any bed bugs that may be in them. One way is to dust them with a high-quality diatomaceous earth.
A proper preparation prior to having a bed bug heat treatment is necessary to ensure the greatest chances for success.