Heat treatment has several benefits over treating bed bugs with chemicals like pesticides. Most pesticides require repeated treatments and residual sprays that stay in your house for weeks. With heat treatment there’s no danger of chemical misapplication (and possibly resulting injuries), or even just the inconvenience of repeated servicing and furniture that reeks of pesticides. Unfortunately, there’s also the fact that bed bugs are very adept at quickly evolving resistance to pesticides. In the last couple decades the pesticides that were the most effective at killing them, DDT and pyrethroids, have become near useless against bed bug populations. While new pesticides are constantly being developed their use will always be an uphill battle; an arms race against a pest that has nature on its side. Using heat treatment for bed bugs has no risk of developed resistance, and can also be used alongside conventional pesticide treatments; for example, many pest control professionals treat items like mattresses, bedding, clothes, children’s toys etc., with heat while spraying residuals over the dwelling itself.
ZappBug Heat Treatment vs. Professorial Heat Treatment
Heat treatment is more effective, easy to use, and doesn’t come with the danger of chemical residues remaining in your belongings. There are several varieties of heat treatment for bed bugs available. Many companies offer full-residence treatment, in which the entire house or apartment is heated to temperatures above 120⁰F. While this is great because it is a safe and effective way to get rid of the bugs living in hard to reach areas like walls and floorboards this can often be quite expensive, usually running at least $2000 if not more.
You can also purchase smaller ZappBug heating units. The smaller units are great for treating your house hold belongings and even luggage for traveling. We offer three different products that provide easy, cost affordable, portable heat treatment for bed bugs.