Bed Bug Heat Eradication Chart
|Type of Bed Bug||Lethal Temperature||Time|
|Adults and Nymphs||113° F / 45° C||90 Minutes|
|Eggs||118° F / 45° C||90 Minutes|
|All stages||118° F / 46° C||90 Minutes|
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Bed Bugs have been and continue to be a growing concern throughout Ohio, the Midwest, and the entire United States. Due to their small size, bedbugs are extremely difficult to spot, and can be picked up just about anywhere. They often are brought home from movie theaters, libraries, hotels and motels, retail stores, church, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, school or work, planes (on our person and luggage), buses, trains, taxi cabs, friends homes and cars, and most everywhere else that you can think of. While bed bug infestations are not isolated to Ohio and the Midwest, Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati seem to make most lists describing the top cities for the most bedbug infestations. In fact, if the population were greater in many Ohio cities within our service area like Logan, Lancaster, McArthur, Wellston, Athens, Chillicothe, and Clrcleville, they would likely make the bedbug infestation list too.
Bed bugs are very small parasites that feed on blood of humans and other warm blooded animals. Bed Bugs are reddish-brown in color and grow to about 3/16 of an inch in length of their flat oval bodies. Nymphs (baby bed bugs) are typically lighter in color and smaller than adults, making them very difficult to see with the naked eye. Bed Bugs also hide in nearly any crack, crevice, seam, screw hole, or other secluded location. For these reasons, the best method to determine if a bedbug infestation exists is through the use of specially trained bed bug scent detection dogs. A bed bug scent dog can locate a bed bug infestation in a home or business very quickly and with a high level of accuracy, and since the canine is using scent rather than sight the bedbug scent dog is able to locate bedbugs in their hiding places.
Bed Bugs feed on blood and can survive without a meal for up to an entire year. Bedbug infestations grow rapidly as they produce multiple generations per year. Due to the rapid maturity and reproduction of each generation, the result of a single pregnant bedbug can lead to a bed bug infestation of greater than 5,000 bedbugs over a 6 month period. As you can imagine, the exponential effect of this can result in an overwhelming amount of bedbugs.
Bed Bugs usually hide during the day and come out to feed at night, however they can also feed during the day. The victim of the bedbug bite usually doesn't even know that they are being bitten as the bed bug bite is painless. Rather than staying on the person after a meal, a bed bug will then crawl elsewhere to digest its meal.
Since bed bug can survive so long between feeding, leaving an infested location empty for an extended period of time does not work as an effective method of bed bug extermination. Since chemical bed bug treatments rely on contact to kill bed bugs, the bed bug must first come out of hiding in order to come in contact with the spray. What if the bed bug stays in the bed, thus never coming into contact with the chemical. Heat, on the other hand will saturate furniture, inside walls, under carpet, and of course the bed and bedding in order to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs, where they hide, all without the risk of human or pet exposure to dangerous toxins associated with chemicals.
Chemicals can kill bed bugs, however the toxicity of chemical utilization can lead to concerns of a health risk. Additionally, insecticide bed bug treatments are not able to get into all of the cracks and crevices, which are commonly where bedbugs live. Therefore, many of this type of bed bug treatments will rely on leaving a chemical which is toxic to bed bugs that cross its path. This presents an additional concern, as family members, pets, and you yourself can also be exposed to these toxic chemicals.
Heat treatment offers certain advantages when it comes to bed bug management. Heat is non-toxic, and can kill all bed bug life stages including bed bug eggs. Bed bugs cannot survive extended periods of high temperatures. While an adult bedbug takes 90 minutes to die at 113 degrees, and only 20 minutes at 118 degrees, a bed bug egg can survive 90 minutes at 118 degrees.
Convection and Thermal heat treatments are the most efficient, safe, and effective methods of bed bug extermination. By heating the selected areas or entire premises for several hours in a single visit, we are able to eradicate bed bugs at all stages of life, including eggs, thus preventing future bed bug infestations from the same nesting. The temperatures in cracks, crevices, and hard-to-reach places are monitored remotely from numerous sensors placed throughout the room, therefore you can be assured that the bed bug infestation has been eradicated when we are finished. In fact, we guarantee that heat treatment from Sleep Tight Bed Bug Control will get rid of your bed bugs.
Sleep Tight Bed Bug Control is based in Creola, Ohio and services Columbus, Logan, Lancaster, McArthur, Wellston, Athens, Chillicothe, and Clrcleville, and throughout Central and Southern Ohio exterminating bed bugs.