Heat treatment becoming a popular option to control bed bug infestations

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Bed bug infestations are in the news on a daily basis and are proving to be a formidable problem and big concern for many cities and towns throughout New England and across the nation. With bed bug infestations on the rise, heat treatment is becoming more popular.

Bed bugs are elusive, hardy pests
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, nocturnal creatures that primarily dine on the blood of humans, but can live up to 12 months without a blood meal. Though they do not transmit diseases, their bites can become red, itchy welts, sometimes causing an allergic reaction. Bed bugs are elusive, hiding in mattresses and tiny cracks and crevices close to where humans rest and sleep, and their presence can take an emotional toll on their hosts.

When bed bugs are spotted, call a licensed professional
Bed bug complaints to health officials are increasing and in fact, a bug bed registry has been created to track infestations throughout the U.S., though those claims are not substantiated or regulated. Some people think they can easily treat their bed bug problem with over-the-counter applications or DIY other measures, but infestations are very, very difficult to eliminate and people simply cannot control them on their own. As soon as bed bugs are suspected, a thorough inspection by a licensed professional should be made. Modern Pest Services recently invested in a second Thermal Remediation® unit to keep up with the growing numbers of bed bug calls its been receiving.

Heat treatment ideal for many residential and commercial applications
Bed bugs are not caused by poor sanitation or someone’s social status so no one is immune to an infestation. Known as “hitchhikers”, bed bugs will travel into your home or facility via luggage, backpacks, purses, clothes or shoes to be near a food supply. Heat remediation is a safe and highly effective “green” alternative to conventional chemical treatments for this growing epidemic and can be used in a residential or commercial setting to treat an entire building or as a spot treatment for high-infestation areas. Applications include:

  • single-family homes
  • health care and elder facilities
  • homeless shelters
  • public housing
  • hotels and motels
  • dormitories
  • apartment buildings
  • public transportation


Lethal temperature kills all cycles of bed bugs
Though “heat remediation” sounds complicated, this advanced treatment process is fairly straightforward. Portable, electric heaters are placed within the space and the heat level is raised to a lethal temperature range of 120º-140 ºF. High temperature fans are used to move the heated air throughout the space to reach bed bugs in all their hiding spots. Trained professionals use infrared guns to monitor the temperature and maintain it via wireless sensors for an extended amount of time, usually 4-8 hours. Bed bugs have no defense against this extreme level of heat and this treatment will kill all life cycles of bed bugs, from eggs to adults.

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