Heat Treatments for Bed Bugs
Apr 17 in Pests
At PEST UK we now offer a ‘Heat Treatment’ for Bed Bugs. Heat treatment works by applying steam under pressure to the areas where bed bugs are infesting, this will include mattresses, skirting boards, furniture in fact any objects in the room, especially near to beds.
This type of treatment is some times regarded as an alternative to insecticide treatment. Rarely will a single heat treatment eradicate a bed bug infestation but it will speed up the eradication process. An insecticide treatment means that the occupier has to sleep in the treated room until the infestation has died off, this may take several weeks. With a heat treatment a very high percentage of the bed bugs are killed immediately while with an insecticide treatment the bed bugs have to come out of their harbourage, then crawl over the treated surface, absorb the insecticide and then die. If this method is to be used then we recommend that it be used in conjunction with an insecticide treatment. We cannot guarantee heat treatments but can in conjunction with an insecticide treatment (only after two visits).
As with traditional insecticide treatment unless the preparation is done properly it just won’t work. There are no short cuts when it comes to Bed bug treatments in respect of preparation whichever method is used. Curtains need to be taken down, wardrobes and drawers emptied of clothes and these removed from the room before treatment. These items can go back into the treated room after about 3 hrs after treatment but only once they have been washed or briefly tumble dried. Items in the rooms such as books toys, cd’s dvd’s shoes etc that can’t be tumble dried, heat treated or washed/tumble dried should be placed in a freezer overnight.
The cost for a heat treatment for up to 3 bedrooms is £350.00 + VAT. If carried out with an insecticide treatment (recommended) then the price will be £400.00
We cannot guarantee Heat Treatments can only be guaranteed when done in conjunction with insecticide treatments. The reason for this is that the heat cannot penetrate deep enough into furniture and mattresses and although in light infestations it may kill 100% of the infestation there is a possibility there may be a few survivors. The main advantages of a heat treatment is that
1. Less or none insecticide is used.
2. Less or no Bed Bugs are present in the 2-3 week ‘dieing out’ phase of the treatment.
The guarantee is valid after 2 paid treatments provided they carried out within one month of each other and that we are allowed to use some insecticides.
For advice or a pest control treatment please phone PEST UK on 0330 100 2811. Alec Minter
BPCA Bed Bus