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Benefits Of Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Why Is Heat So Effective At Killing Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are the worst. When they get into our homes, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. These insects have behavioral patterns that help them avoid all of our attempts to exterminate them and an adaptive nature that allows them to produce offspring that are resistant to insecticides.

The good news is that bed bug heat treatments effectively combat these natural defense mechanisms. Here are some of the reasons that heat treatment is the most effective method for treating bed bugs, and a few additional benefits you can expect from these treatments.

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Bed Bugs Can't Hide From The Heat

Bed bugs can move quickly. When they sense a threat, it doesn't take them long to crawl into a hiding place. That hiding place is usually deep inside wall voids or in a piece of furniture. However, before you move and before you throw out your bed, couch, and other furniture, it's important to understand that a heat treatment will penetrate these hiding places and eliminate the bed bugs inside. Heat radiates. There is no place that those bugs can hide when the entire home is brought up to 120 °F.

Bed Bug Heat Treatments Bring Peace Of Mind

Many pest control measures can leave you with a false sense of security when it comes to fighting bed bugs. If you are lucky enough to have your efforts have any effect on these pests, they may just find a place to lay low for a while. In fact, bed bugs can go into hiding for months without eating. So, when you suddenly start getting bit again, they could be from the same bed bugs that were plaguing you before that have come out of hiding.

When you have a heat treatment, you don't have to wonder if the treatments worked, because heat treatments target the entire home. You can know for sure that those bugs are gone for good.

Heat Kills Insecticide-Resistant Bed Bugs

When bed bugs develop, they shed their cuticle (skin) five times. If they are exposed to pesticides during this growth process, they can develop a cuticle that is more resistant to those pesticides. They can even have offspring that are more resistant to insecticides. This can sometimes create an issue when trying to eradicate these bugs with pesticides alone.

Since bed bugs are hitchhiking insects, your bed bugs could have been exposed to pesticides somewhere else. If so, they could be even more difficult to get rid of than normal bed bugs.

Heat treatments kill pesticide-resistant bed bugs as easily as bed bugs that have no resistance at all. There is no such thing as a heat-resistant bed bug. All bed bugs die when they overheat, making this the best way to treat bed bugs for proven results.

Other Benefits Of Heat Treatments For Bed Bugs

  • Not only are heat treatments extremely effective at killing bed bugs, but it is also a process that is all-natural. There are no leftover residuals, no release of gasses, no chemicals used, and no negative impact on the ecosystem.

  • A bed bug heat treatment will kill those bugs in hours, not weeks. While chemicals can be an effective and safe way to eradicate bed bugs, using chemicals requires follow-up visits, and usually re-treatments. If you choose to go with a heat treatment, your bed bug infestation will be treated in a few hours, on a specific day. And, since you will only be gone from your home for a few hours, you won't have to worry about spending money on a hotel. Not only is that an expense you can do without, it could also open you up to another infestation!

  • When your heat treatment is done, you can move back in immediately. There is no wait for chemicals to dissipate or tents to be taken down.

  • Heat treatments kill bed bugs in all stages of development, including eggs. If you hire a pest control company to do a fumigation, it is possible that bed bug eggs can survive exposure to the fumigants.

  • A bed bug heat treatment treats the entire structure and everything inside. You won't have to throw clothing away or get rid of any of your stuff.

  • Adjacent areas don't have to be evacuated during a heat treatment. That means areas of a business not targeted can continue operation even while a treatment is being done.

What To Do If You See Signs Of Bed Bugs

If you've discovered a bed bug infestation in your home or business, contact the bed bug control experts at Moyer Pest Control right away to schedule fast and effective bed bug control services in West Chester, Souderton, and throughout Pennsylvania. We also offer bed bug control in parts of Deleware and New Jersey. Our team is standing by and ready to help!

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