Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

This environmentally-friendly treatment eliminates the need for chemicals, disposal of furniture and additional treatments.

How Does Heat Treatment Work?

  1. We heat your entire home/apartment including the inside of the furniture, walls, even under the baseboards and the carpets.
  2. We then bring the temperature up to the thermal death point of the bed bugs killing off any bugs and eggs. We do this slowly so that your furniture and its structure will not be harmed in the process.
  3. The treatment takes all day (6-8 hours or longer) and industrial heaters and fans are used to distribute the air and force the heat into all areas that bugs may be hiding, including cracks and crevices.

The Benefits of Heat Treatment

Elimination of chemicals, less preparation, no need to dispose of furniture and no additional treatments are necessary.

Prep Sheets

Before Local Pest Control comes to your place, we will send you a preparation sheet that outlines what you need to do before we come and do a treatment. As mentioned bed bugs are one of the most difficult to eradicate, hence it takes effort from all sides to get rid of them.

Common Questions About Heat Treatment

What should I take with me on the day of the heat treatment?

Take as little as possible. The more you take with you, the greater chance of bringing a bed bug with you.

What about my TV and other electronics?

Electronics, including TVs and computers, are fine to go through the heat process. We ask that you turn them off prior to the treatment.

What items do I have to take out?

  • Things that will melt – candles, crayons, lipstick, crafts held together with glue
  • Live plants and any pets – including fish
  • Vinyl items – vinyl blinds, records
  • Medications (these can be placed in the fridge as well)
  • See our heat treatment preparation sheet for full instructions

What should I expect after a heat treatment?

The first thing you will probably notice is that your home and many of your belongings are still warm. This is normal and is due to the fact that they were kept at a high temperature for a couple of hours and it takes time to cool down. You will also find dead bed bugs – these can just be vacuumed up (no special precautions required).

There should be no more live bed bugs in your home by the time you arrive home. Occasionally, people will notice bite marks after the treatment – this does not mean there are still bed bugs present as reactions to bed bug bites can be delayed (typically 1 to 3 days but as long as 14 days).

You may also notice that some of your items are not in exactly the same place – we actively manage the heat during the treatment and we will have to move your belongings to ensure the heat penetrates all areas. We do our best to put everything back in its place.

How long will it take for my house to cool down?

Upon completion of the treatment, we will open all of the windows and doors to cool down your home. Most treatments begin at about 8am and are completed by 5pm. In most cases, you can be back in your home by 6pm. It will still be warm but no hotter than on a summer day here in Vancouver.

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