Heat kills all stages of bed bugs; this is egg, nymph and adult.
Bed bugs start to expire at 113 degrees.
Typically a thermal treatment will take 6-8 hours. Expect to be out of your home for at least 10-12 hours for most treatments. Larger residences or those that have a lot of clutter increase cook time.
Electronics, furniture, fabrics, upholstered and other tough to treat items are easily and safely treated with heat. Leather couches will need to be conditioned after treatment.
All items subject to heat damage through melting, expansion or explosion must be removed from the site.
Reduction of clutter is helpful in reducing time on site and provides better results.
Clothing must be placed on hangers prior to the treatment. We can heat all clothing left in drawers or boxes but this will add time and/or expense to the procedure.
Pest Patrol Vermont is performing a green pesticide-free treatment. We will use diatomaceous earth to treat inside outlet covers and around baseboard cracks.
No personal affects should be brought with you on the day of treatment. This includes clothing. A fresh outfit should be prepared (including shoes) by running items through a dryer for 30 minutes and place in sealed plastic bag.
Personal vehicles should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find bed bugs in vehicles.
Consider infestation possibilities outside of your home. These would include friends, parents, work etc. These should be systematically eliminated to prevent re-infestation at a later date.
Prepare to vacate the treated area until cool enough to return. This may take several hours depending on the substrate.
Thermal treatment will eliminate bed bugs in one treatment whereas chemical treatments usually require three.