If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of sharing your home with bed bugs, then you know all too well just how difficult it can be to get rid of them. In fact, once they decide that your home is the perfect place to build a nest and spend some quality time ‘getting to know the family’ as it were, then the only viable solution for extermination is to seek professional help.
I know, extermination seems a harsh word at first glance, but when it comes to bed bugs we have to act with quick, decisive motivation, and eradicate with extreme prejudice. After all, we are their food source, and how comfortable do you think you would sleep, knowing that there may be blood-sucking parasites munching on the blood beneath your skin…?!
Now that you are probably developing a severe itch just thinking about the possibilities, it’s time to talk about ways for getting rid of bed bugs forever. Of course, seeking professional assistance is the way to go, even though this can be quite pricey. If you are lucky enough to live in an apartment complex, then be sure to have them send out their exterminators. After all, bed bug removal should fall under the realm of pest removal, and should also be part of the rental agreement.
Let’s face it, exterminators are gonna choose the path of least resistance, which is to spray toxic chemicals throughout the home to get rid of the pests. It’s the cheapest, most affordable way for all parties involved, but there is a natural, non-toxic approach to killing bed bugs, which is gaining in popularity. But, it isn’t cheap…
Heat treatment for bed bugs is slowly garnering national attention, mainly because it is the quickest, least invasive way to eliminate those blood-sucking parasites from any home environment. Sure, extreme cold would do the trick as well, but how simple and practical do you think it would be to lower the temperature of your home to -50 degrees in order to get the job done?
Heat treatment starts with the occupants of the home washing and drying all their washables. Prolonged exposure to heat will kill any and all bed bugs, so drying your clothes, rugs, linens, etc. on high for 20-30 minutes should do the trick. Then, store them in sealed bags until the infestation is under control. For more severe outbreaks, one should consider the possibility of heating the entire home.
Seems a bit sci-fi at first glance, heating the entire home to kill all the parasites, but this is indeed the best and most thorough way to handle a bed bug infestation. This insidious creature has become immune to many pesticides and can survive and thrive in a plethora of settings. One thing they cannot stand though is extreme heat. And, what is considered ‘extreme heat’ to a bed bug is nothing more than a typical July-August day in the LasVegas desert heat… I jest of course, but the temperature is much lower than you might think.
Here it is… having professionals heat your abode to a minimum temperature of 140 degrees for just a few hours will eradicate ALL bed bugs in your home. It’s that simple! How much more non-toxic can a solution be? The catch here is that this is an expensive endeavor. Trained professionals must monitor every aspect of the treatment, taking care to ensure that every square inch of your home is heated to the desired temperature and for the desired amount of time, which means there will be expensive computer monitoring equipment being use. These bugs can hide in the tiniest of crevices, and it only takes a couple active adults to repopulate a nest.
But, after the treatment is finished, your home will be bed bug free. There you have it, using heat to treat this pest is by far the most natural and effective solution. The author of this guest post is dedicating his later years to helping others understand more about bed bugs and how to treat them, as well as other creepy crawly pests.