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Bed Bug Heat Treatments – Not Just Hot Air

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Bed Bug Heat Treatments – Not Just Hot Air

Don’t waste your time or money on any insecticide for bed bugs.

Heat dries wet environments, eliminates voc’s (volatile organic compounds), mold spores, termites, and dust mites.

It even helps reduce allergens, fungus, viruses and bacteria.

But did you know, since the late 80’s, the structural pest control industry has been utilizing heat to control pests in many different industries?

Today, with bed bugs becoming resistant to chemicals, thermal heat has taken its place.

Living in a Chemical World

There is a grave concern nowadays for toxins and their effect on our environments.

Many toxins have a significant impact on not only our environment, but our family’s heath.

Aside from pharmaceutical drugs we consume and the foods we eat, chemicals are everywhere.

They’re used in building materials, solvents, furniture, household products, clothing, cosmetics, lawn care, fertilizers and more.

And especially, toxic pesticides.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)[2], 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides and 30% of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic. Dangerous amounts of pesticide residue has been detected in 50-95% of U.S. foods

People are reaching for a safer way of reducing toxins without the use of harsh chemicals.

Heat helps to reduce these concerns.

Outside of Environmental Concerns

We all have a widespread exposure to environmental toxins in our everyday lives.

A large majority of our population suffer from immune system problems.

Topping the list is respiratory problems[3].

Aside from allergies, asthma and COPD, pesticide chemicals can exasperate the symptoms of a simple cold.

Especially young children whose little bodies absorb chemicals more readily than adults.

And our pets who spend the majority of their lives on floors and carpets that are cleaned with chemicals and sprayed with pesticides.

Temperature Tolerances

Laboratory studies conclude that most common household insects will succumb to temperatures between 115°F to 130°F.

A previous problem for bed bugs has been killing the egg stage.

Chemicals don’t kill the eggs and repeat treatments are needed to obtain this.

Repeat chemical treatments poison household environments.

This can cause problems especially for children, pets and those with respiratory problems, asthma or other immune sensitivities.

Heat Benefits for Bed Bugs

Self-treatment– Easy to set-up, little if no prep work needed

Targets Areas– Reduces the need for “whole home” treatments and can be used in infested rooms alone.

Reduces cost– No need to throw away and replace furniture and items

No chemical use-No need for chemicals

Odor Reduction– Destroys volatile odors

Ovicidal – Kills all stages including eggs

Convenient– Works in hours eliminating the need for closing down hotel rooms, day care, hospital waiting rooms, etc.

Safe– Safe for both the environment and humans!

A Prescription for Time

One thing about bed bugs is, that if you allow them to remain in your environment, they will continue to reproduce.

Furthermore, they can be transferred by carrying articles into other parts of the home spreading them.

Upon early detection, bringing in heat machines can eliminate the problem bore they have a chance to spread into other parts of the home or business.

Cost Effective

Some people think heat is too expensive.

It doesn’t need to be.

After all is said and done, chemicals, prep work involved, repeat treatments, all add up and often cost more than if you rent a heat package for a day.

Killing bedbugs is not always easy. But, with our state-of-the-art bed bug heat systems and affordable rental prices, getting rid of bed bugs is as easy as pushing in the plugs.

We provide the same heat units that the pros use at a fraction of the cost of a professional treatment.

So, whether you want to do it yourself or have us come in, we are here to help you in any way we can.

[1] https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/when-treatments-dont-work

[2] https://www.epa.gov/pesticides

[3] https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/all-diseases.html

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