Full dwelling heat extermination is the ONLY method proven to kill an entire infestation of bed bugs! There is a process that must be followed though for it to be effective.
First, make no mistake about heat extermination. There are scams from big name extermination companies that try to compete with full dwelling “heat extermination” by offering what they call a heat treatment. Heat treatment typically means that they will heat surface areas using steam or other surface heating equipment. This is NOT effective at all! So be cautious!
Here is a true story about a client that utilized when of the popular know extermination companies that told here they were going to exterminate with heat. First they told her the procedure would take a few hours and she could not be there while it is being performed. She came home an hour later and the house was at comfortable temperature. She even had chocolate bar on the counter which was fully unharmed. All of the above are indicators of a topical type of heat verses full dwelling heat extermination.
In a full dwelling heat extermination, the ENTIRE dwelling is brought to very high temperatures ranging from 122 degrees to 170 degrees. Let’s use an average dwelling temperature for this of 150 degrees. If the entire dwelling is heated to that temperature, it will take hours to come back down to a comfortable temperature. This is true even if AC is used. A well-insulated dwelling will hold its temperature with small drops for a long period of time.
Typically if a dwelling begins an average temperature of 70 degrees, it could take between 1 and 2 hours to achieve the goal temperature. For some heat exterminations that goal is different, but it should always exceed 122 degrees. Once EVERY square inch of the dwelling is heated to that minimum temperature goal, that is when the timer should begin. At minimum, it should be 4 full hours at the minimum temperature. In the above example, a chocolate bar left on a counter would completely melt.
At Archangel Extermination, the goal temperature is a minimum of 130 degrees and the duration is 5 hours. Sometimes temperatures exceed well beyond for an average dwelling temperature of 155 degrees. This is far from a standard of others!
A dwelling can be overheated and cause damage. Temperatures of 160 degrees can start laminates to peal. Temperatures above 170 degrees can start melting of plastics. Some direct heat is part of the process which means there will always be some places in these higher temperature ranges. It simply has to be controlled.
Different dwellings require different types of devices to heat. In a multi-family dwelling such as an apartment complex, the heat should be electric or the entire dwelling should be vacated if any sort of open flame heater is used. Units utilizing direct flame can operate on natural gas or propane. Never should kerosene or diesel be used in a residential living space.
Make sure to ask questions such as what is the goal temperature? How long is dwelling heated once it is achieved? How is the temperature monitored? What type of equipment will be used (electric or forced air and if forced air, what is the fuel)?
And again, don’t be fooled by topical heat such as steam heating or heat guns verses full dwelling heat extermination.
Further advice and commentary is always welcome from Archangel Extermination LLC. If you are dealing with bed bugs in the Ohio vicinity of cities: Cleveland, Lorain, Akron, Painesville, Sandusky, or Youngstown, we can help. Counties served: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Summit, Erie, Medina, Mahoning.
Archangel Extermination LLC offers full dwelling heat extermination for bed bugs. We are a Christian based organization that offers the lowest price solutions and best guarantees around. Call: (440)-532-7545 or visit www.archangelexterminate.com