Bed bugs are a disaster for any homeowner. These small insects can find their way into your house on used mattresses, clothing, and other soft, porous items. Bed bugs can bite humans and animals, causing small, itchy rashes. Once you get bed bugs, it's difficult to get them out of your house on your own. Fortunately, pest control services can offer effective heat treatments to eradicate bed bugs from your home. Here are three things you should know about heat treatment for bed bugs.
1. Heat treatment will eliminate bed bugs and their eggs.
Heat treatment gets rid of bed bugs by elevating the temperature in your home to a level that is too hot for bed bugs to survive. This treatment is effective because it eradicates bed bugs, larvae, and unhatched eggs, so you will not have to deal with the possibility of reinfestation once the eggs hatch. Unlike bed bug treatments that utilize pesticides, heat treatment will leave no toxic residue in your home, making it a safe option for people with kids and pets.
2. You will need to prepare your bedroom for heat treatment.
The temperatures reached during heat treatment are not hot enough to melt or damage most household goods. However, you'll still need to prepare your home in advance to minimize the possibility of damage and ensure the efficacy of your bed bug treatment. Beds and other furniture must be moved away from walls to allow heat to circulate properly. Electrical devices, especially those attached to high-tech beds, should be unplugged before heat treatment begins. Small electronics that are sensitive to heat should also be removed during this time.
3. Cluttered areas should be cleaned prior to heat treatment.
All the bed bug-infested areas in your home must be treated to ensure the success of your pest removal service. Clothing, suitcases, and other items that are infested with bed bugs should be left in your home for heat treatment. However, you should make an effort to tidy especially cluttered areas before your pest control technician arrives. This is because large areas of clutter can form pockets of cool air that can allow bed bugs to survive the treatment. You can prevent this by throwing away trash and putting items in their proper places. When removing trash from your home, use tightly sealed trash bags to ensure that you do not accidentally contaminate new areas with bed bugs.
For more information, contact a company like No Bull Bed Bug Control.