BBE uses elite eliminator heaters for heat treatment for bedbugs. Treatment time is usually five hours after heaters reach the killing temperature of 135°F. The entire process is usually around 7-8 hours.
The Treatment Process
Whole room heat treatments involve a Pest Management Professional (PMP) bringing in specially designed equipment to raise the temperature in your home to kill the bed bugs. Bed bugs and eggs die within 90 minutes at 118°F (48°C) or immediately at 122°F (50°C). During a heat treatment, the air temperature in the room is typically between 135°F (57.2°C) and 145°F (62.7 °C). The (PMP) will place remote thermometers throughout the home, to make sure the right temperatures are reached. The PMP watches the thermometers closely to ensure that it gets hot enough to kill bed bugs. A heat treatment typically takes between six and eight hours, depending on the condition of the area being treated.
During the heat treatment pets and any heat sensitive items that may melt or be damaged at temperatures up to 150°F degrees should be removed from the area being treated. Make sure you discuss this with your PMP as anything not treated with heat will need to be treated in another way.
Heat treatments do not offer any residual effects and your home could quickly become re-infested after a heat treatment if prevention steps are not taken.
Often, a residual insecticide will be applied to the border of the home/room being treated for bed bugs as a prevention step.