Heat Remediation vs. Traditional Extermination Methods

Bed bug When it comes to treating your home or office for bed bugs, there are several options available. Heat remediation has become increasing popular compared to previous methods for several reasons. Keep reading to learn more from Gateway Thermal Solutions, the best bed bug exterminators in St. Louis, MO.


Traditional Methods

Pesticides have been the traditional means of eliminating bed bugs from home, hotels, and businesses. Pesticides in either liquid or aerosol form are applied to the affected areas during the treatment process. Your exterminator will focus pesticide applications along the baseboards, in the corners, and where your furniture pieces meet the carpet. Mattresses and fabric furniture pieces are harder to clean with traditional pesticides. Many exterminators will recommend disposing of fabric pieces to prevent the return of bed bugs after a treatment. Pesticides usually require more than one treatment to be effective; this is partly due to bed bugs building up a tolerance to common industry pesticides. As a result, exterminators are forced to make several visits or use stronger pesticides. Poor application of a pesticide can also contribute to the ineffectiveness of a treatment session. If you decide to use a traditional method of extermination, it’s important to make sure your exterminator is trained to handle industrial-strength pesticides.


Heat Treatment

Compared to the traditional applications of liquid or aerosol pesticides, heat treatments are by far the most effective methods of bed bug extermination. Heat treatments take several forms depending on the area being treated and the size of the infestation. Methods include the use of steam, dryers, hot boxes, and whole building heat treatments. The science behind the heat treatment relies on the fact that bed bugs can’t tolerant excessive heat. Bed bugs cannot survive in climates above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam treatments are the most common form of heat treatment, but they're time-consuming. Steam can be used to treat fabric furniture pieces like mattresses, sofas, and carpets with better results. Steam is very effective at flushing bed bugs out of their favorite hiding places like the seams of mattresses and couch cushions. Dryers with heat settings above 140 degrees Fahrenheit are also effective at eliminating bed bugs from linens and clothing. Hot boxes are devices that maintain a constant temperature, and they're also good at treating smaller fabric furniture pieces and clothing. When it comes to treating an entire building or floor, building heat treatments raise the inside temperature to at least 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Building heat treatments are very effective and usually eliminate the problem within one visit.


Heat treatment The Dangers of DIY Techniques

To save money, some home and business owners will take to the internet in search of DIY bed bug extermination methods. However, there are several dangers associated with these techniques. For examples, some people claim that tea tree oil is effective against bed bugs. Although powerful, tea tree oil is also poisonous to humans and animals. Exposing your family to these oils as well as store-brand pesticides can be dangerous and ineffective. This is why when it comes to eliminating pests from your home or office, you should always use a professionally licensed bed bug exterminator in St. Louis, MO. For more information or a consultation, contact the experts at Gateway Thermal Solutions.