How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs with Heat

We will provide you with a step by step approach to methods that can help you to get rid of bed bugs once and for all.  If one method does not work, move on to the next one.  The goal here is to determine what the best method for your infestation is.

Using Heat

One treatment of bed bugs that you may have heard about is using extreme levels of heat and cold to kill them.  Bed bugs do prefer a specific heat range.  They like the temperature to be above 65 degrees but below 86 degrees as well.

Yet, there is scientific proof that disproves the theory that bed bugs will in fact be killed by high temperature. Bed bugs start dying off at around 114 degrees F.

You can kill bed bugs with a bed bug heater

You can kill bed bugs with a bed bug heater

 

 

Do it Yourself Bed Bug Treatments

You do have some options here.  One method that can be effective is to use a mixture of pyrethrums and fresh water diatomaceous earth.  These products will work to provide you with a natural solution to getting rid of bed bugs.

  • It will cause damage to the nervous system of the bed bugs in the form of a mechanical action.  Then, the bed bug will die.
  • It is essential for you to not use these types of products that are salt water diatomaceous earth as this can be quite dangerous.  In fact, any animal that inhales it, pets and humans alike, can have lung damage.
  • In addition to this, this product has been found to cause cancer in mammals of all types.
  • If you plan to use this type of product, there are some manufacturers that do provide an insecticide mixture like this for you to use.  If you purchase it, you will want to insure it is used with the utmost respect for the directions provided with it.
  • Another option for the self treatment of bed bugs is to use fruit and vegetable insecticides.  These will do the same as above but will also provide the necessary safety to other animals including humans.
  • These products are made of canola oil and pyrethins.

Conclusion

Know that before you begin, it can take weeks and months of constant cleaning, washing, monitoring, vacuuming over and over again to successfully kill the bed bugs throughout there whole life cycle. Start with a heater and if that does not work move on to other strategies.

The more you combine the above recommendations the better luck you will have before the need for an exterminator.

Also – although it might be too late for you – consider implementing preventive measurements in the future, such as an anti bed bug suitcase below.

There are also suitcases that a have a built-in heater to kill any bed bugs traveling along with you. Even expensive hotels have problems with bed bugs, so it is really easy to bring them home after a holiday or business trip.

There are also suitcases that a have a built-in heater to kill any bed bugs traveling along with you. Even expensive hotels have problems with bed bugs, so it is really easy to bring them home after a holiday or business trip.

 


Interesting Bed Bug Facts

  • Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans put out when they breathe. They are also attracted to the warmth that a person provides.
  • If you are bitten by a bed bug, you are likely not to feel anything for at least several hours. It will take this long for your skin to react to the products that the bed bug will inject into you.
  • Some scientists believe that bed bugs can go as long as 18 months without eating any blood at all. Although this is not common, it is thought to be possible.
  • In her lifetime, the female bed bug is likely to lay about 500 eggs. This is only if she bears just five eggs per day.
  • When reproducing, the battle is on. The male bed bugs will actually impale the competing males. In doing so, he will inseminate the other male. Then, when the other male tries to inseminate the female, he will actually inseminate the female with the other male’s secretions instead.
  • Although bed bugs do not like to be outdoors, they can be. They can even climb up under wood and other materials to invade another home. This is common in condos and in apartment complexes.
  • You may see a bed bug trapped inside the weaves on a woven shirt or pair of pants. They will appear as a dark speck there and are often missed by viewers.
  • Prior to WWII beg bugs were all but eliminated. Around that time the government outlawed DDTs. Since then their numbers have been rising and forced tamer chemicals and traps. There are numerous chemicals on the market but nearly all of them are not intended to touch the skin. These are only meant for non-traffic areas, box springs, drapes, etc.