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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs – Heat is Your Friend

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs? Bed bug heat treatments are a good choice for many people in the Washington DC area.  In fact, heat is a very important part of every effective bed bug treatment that we perform.

How to Get Rid of Bed BugsSo why do we say that heat is your friend? When exposed to 122° Fahrenheit, bed bugs and bed bug eggs will die in less than a minute.

First, there is no known resistance to high temperatures, making heat one of the best methods of eliminating bed bugs.

Second, heat can penetrate through pillows, mattresses and even into wall voids: places where it would be unsafe or impossible to apply a pesticide.

Third, if the proper kill temperature is achieved, heat will kill all life stages of bed bugs, including the eggs, in one just one heat treatment.

Pesticides require multiple applications over a period of weeks to kill bed bugs.

Every single bed bug case we treat will use heat in one way or another. For those clients who opt for a chemical treatment, all clothing and bedding will be put through the dryer to kill any bed bugs that are on those items.

(Most chemicals used to kill bed bugs should not come in contact with your skin, which poses a problem when bugs set up residence in a drawer, closet or suitcase).

Alternatively, many of our clients opt for a “heat treatment”  where we use specially-designed equipment to heat the home and its furnishings.

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, the home dryer is possibly the best weapon in preventing a bed bug infestation in your home.

We always recommend if you have been anywhere that you believe you may have encountered bed bugs, you should place your clothes and anything else that won’t be damaged by heat in the dryer for at least 30 minutes.

There are also products on the market that look like large duffel bags and heat up to temperatures sufficient to kill bed bugs. These are an excellent option for travelers or others who are frequently exposed to bed bugs.

One note of caution, we do not advise that anyone should try to “heat treat” their own home.  We use specifically designed equipment and carefully monitor the temperatures in order to achieve the right bed bug kill temperature.

This is a job that should be left to bed bug professionals.