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Does Bed Bug Heat Treatment Work?

March 06, 2023 Trio Pest Control Bed Bugs

Once you see signs of bed bugs in your home or business, there is nothing you won’t do to get rid of them! One method of eliminating bed bugs is heat treatment, which involves using high temperatures to kill the bugs and their eggs. But does bed bug heat treatment work?

About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a pesky problem that has been around for thousands of years. These critters, which spread rapidly, can be found in homes, hotels, office buildings, and wherever people gather. These parasitic pests feed on human blood and can cause itchy welts on the skin after they bite. Unfortunately, infestations of bed bugs are challenging to detect because they hide during the day and come out at night to feed.

About Heat Treatment

The short answer is yes, bed bug heat treatment can be highly effective in eliminating infestations. This approach is often used as an alternative to chemical treatments, which can be toxic and have long-term effects on the environment. Heat treatment utilizes temperatures of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period to penetrate deep into materials such as furniture, mattresses, and carpets where the insects are hiding. The heat kills adult bed bugs and their eggs in just one session and is considered one of the most effective methods available.

It's important to note that not all pest control companies offer heat treatment services. Therefore, before hiring a service provider, you should research how they will use this method to ensure that it works correctly with your property. Additionally, professionals specializing in this type of treatment will be equipped with specialized equipment, including gas or electric heating units, fans, temperature monitors, and protective gear for everyone involved in the process.


The first advantage of heat treatment is its rapid action. Because heat can penetrate every crack and crevice with equal intensity, it typically quickly kills all bed bug stages, including eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. As a result, infestations can be eradicated more rapidly than with other methods, which may require multiple applications over an extended period of time. Additionally, because no residual chemicals are left behind after the heat treatment is complete, there is no risk of continuing exposure to hazardous pesticides or insecticides.


However, heat treatment also has some limitations. 

  • High cost: Heat treatment can be expensive, especially if the infestation is widespread or the treatment needs to be repeated.
  • Property damage: High temperatures can damage or melt certain materials, such as plastic or synthetic fabrics, which could lead to additional expenses for repair or replacement.
  • Difficulty in reaching all bugs: Heat treatment may not reach all bed bugs, especially those in hard-to-get-to areas such as inside walls or electrical outlets.
  • Potential for fire hazards: Heat treatment can increase the risk of fire if proper safety precautions are not taken.
  • Requires specialized equipment: Heat treatment requires specialized equipment and trained professionals to perform the treatment.

In conclusion, bed bug heat treatment is typically an effective form of bed bug extermination. It is a non-toxic option that works in most cases and can be used in both residential and commercial settings. Trio Pest Control is a perfect pest control company to ask about heat treatment options. They have the expertise to ensure your home remains bed bug-free!