Thermal Heat Treatment Preparation for Bed Bugs
You know you have bed bugs and are ready for treatment. The quotes on treating your space are in and you have decided to have a thermal heat treatment. What does having a thermal heat treatment performed in your home to exterminate bed bugs mean? Every company will have their own specific requirements but there are some basic guidelines about a heat treatment. Your company should provide written instructions to you before the treatment. These instructions will help you protect items and help to ensure the thermal heat treatment is successful. To review our complete preparation checklist go to this page.
It’s going to get hot!!
Heat treatments must heat the space and contents to at least 120° to kill the live bugs and eggs. The ambient air temperature may greater than 120° and could reach 150° to 160°.
A good rule of thumb is – if an item can get damaged in a closed car on a hot summer day then a heat treatment may damage it.
120° Pest advices our clients to remove items from the treatment area after a technician has inspected or cleared the item for removal.
- Records and Albums
- Fine Art
- Photographs or Negatives
- Remove Medications
- Wines and Liquors
- Live Plants
- Pets musts be removed including fish and reptiles
- All electronics need to be unplugged
- Nothing under the beds
- Nothing stored on top of the beds
- Fresh Foods will spoil
Cleaning is a Must
For the space to hit 120° the heated air needs to be able to move and transfer the heat energy to items. Some cleaning is required for this to happen.
- Launder and fold clothes that are on the floor. Heat cannot penetrate piles of clothes on the floor.
- Vacuum the floors. Dispose of the dirt in an outside receptacle.
- Pick up and arrange loose papers. High speed fans can blow things around.
- The items under the bed will have to be removed. The bed and bed frame is usually has the highest concentration of bed bugs.
The prep is important.
By doing the required prep you will help to ensure a successful thermal heat treatment. This list is not complete and you should consult with the bed bug company of your choice on what they require as preparation for a thermal heat treatment. By following your company’s pretreatment list you are helping to ensure a successful bed bug heat treatment. You can download a free preparation sheet here.
Preparing for a thermal heat treatment to exterminate bed bugs is a critical step in ensuring its success. As you embark on this journey to reclaim your space from these pesky pests, it’s essential to follow your chosen company’s instructions diligently. At 120 Pest, we understand the importance of a comprehensive approach to thermal heat treatments, and we provide detailed written instructions to guide you through the process.
Remember, the success of the treatment depends on reaching temperatures of at least 120°F to eliminate both live bugs and their eggs. It’s crucial to adhere to the preparation checklist provided by your chosen company to safeguard your belongings and maximize the effectiveness of the heat treatment.
What does a thermal heat treatment involve?
Thermal heat treatments use high temperatures to exterminate bed bugs and their eggs. The ambient air temperature may exceed 120°F, reaching up to 150-160°F.
What items should be removed from the treatment area?
Items susceptible to heat damage, such as records, fine art, photographs, collectibles, medications, wines, liquors, live plants, and pets (including fish and reptiles), should be removed.
Do electronics need special attention during a heat treatment?
Yes, all electronics should be unplugged to prevent damage.
Are there specific precautions for items under the beds?
Yes, nothing should be stored under the beds to ensure the heated air can penetrate and effectively treat the entire space.
How does cleaning contribute to the success of the treatment?
Cleaning is crucial to allow heated air to move freely and transfer heat energy to items. Laundering clothes on the floor, vacuuming, and arranging loose papers contribute to a successful treatment.
Why is preparation necessary for a thermal heat treatment?
Proper preparation, including following the company’s guidelines, is essential for the treatment’s success. It helps ensure that the heated air can reach all areas and items, maximizing the efficacy of the thermal heat treatment.
Can I download a preparation sheet for a thermal heat treatment?
Yes, you can download a free preparation sheet from our website to guide you through the necessary steps. Consult with your chosen bed bug company for specific requirements tailored to your situation.