Bed Bug Heat Treatments Aren’t For Everyone
About 90% of the customer who contact us for Bed bugs discuss the option of Heat Treatments and whether those treatments are right for them. I assume the companies’ response comes down to whether they are in the business of pushing bed bug heat treatment over traditional treatment methods. Here are a few issues on bed bug heat treatments, their effectiveness and whether its right for you. You be the judge:
How Hot Will My Home Be During A Bed Bug Heat Treatment?
As a homeowner you must understand that in order to effectively kill bed bugs, the temperature inside the structure and in all the areas of a home must reach at least 117 degrees. This may seem like a reasonable temperature but remember that that 117 is the low target must be reached in all the cracks crevices and so on. The actual target according to University of Virginia is 140 degrees. Anyone who has seen or used an infrared camera will tell you that to reach that temperature there are going to be area of the home in excess of 250 degrees. Think of a fireplace and how the farther away from the fireplace the temperature lowers. Any areas away from the equipment source are going to be colder some there will be areas that are excessively warm.
This means that you are going to have to evaluate certain items in your home that could be sensitive to excessive heat. Its not uncommon to have personal items damaged or discolored from the extreme high temperatures. Boxing and bagging these materials for storage or removal can be hard to identify and most companies will not touch personal items for insurance and just shear time. There can be a cost associated with throwing out hundreds if not thousands of dollars of damaged personal items.
No Chemicals When Using A Bed Bug Heat Treatment
Heat Treatment is a great way to eliminate Bed bugs without the chemical treatment. The exposure to pesticides, especially sensitive folks, is something a lot of people are very weary about. This is for good reason. We can tell you from experience that there are a lot of people applying pesticides commercially in New York state that should not even be pumping gas. Sorry to be break it to you but being in a seasonal market with companies paying low wages results in turnover. That turnover can lead to poorly trained and unprofessional people with access to hazardous materials.
I have rarely seen pest control companies warranty heat treatment for bed bugs longer than 60 days and there is a reason why. Very often you don’t realize something was missed until the bed bug nymphs have gone through their life cycle and started their blood meals. This can take 6-8 weeks before the signs of an infestation. This means companies will be out of their contracts by the time you see it as an issue. If you are going with a heat treatment, ask the bed bug company what happens if they must come back past the warranty period. A lot of companies will either charge you the same amount or charge you a slightly reduced rate. For a Pest Control Company to treat properly for bed bugs you need some high-end expensive equipment, good insurance and good people. This can be a lot of investment for the company itself and retreating the property will cost them most of their initial profits. From a business perspective it doesn’t make sense to spend 6 hours of equipment and labor to redo a treatment for free. If heat treatments are 50% effective, then your best bet is to double the amount they are charging you. Unless you’re getting a year guarantee, there is a good chance your going to be paying again. Not to mention the hassle of prep and just the shear discouragement for a re-infestation.
We employ only highly trained licensed techs that work majority on Bed bug treatments. Although we have and do heat treatments, the majority of the work we perform is treatment to the source areas of with the proper types of materials. The reason we are when we explain the programs most people want an affordable, long guaranteed and least intrusive program. Click here to read more.
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