All About Pest Control Daily Today

What Is Thermal Pest Control, and Is It Right for You?

Jun 17

When dealing with a pest infestation, particularly bed bugs, you have several alternatives for addressing and eliminating the problem. Thermal pest control is one of these options. Thermal pest management is an environmentally benign pest extermination method that uses high temperatures.


This method may be preferred by people with young children, pets, or health concerns that make them more sensitive to chemicals because it employs heat instead of insecticides.


What Is Thermal Pest Control and How Does It Work?


Chemicals and pesticides are only used as a last resort in a successful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which aims for long-term pest solutions.


Heat treatment (sometimes known as "thermal pest control") is one of the techniques used to combat bed bugs. Depending on the extent and scope of the infestation, there are many types of heat treatment. Washing machines and dryers in the home, as well as portable heating devices, steamers, and heat chambers, are examples.


Pest control technicians utilize whole-room heat treatment to treat severe pest infestations. The method entails gradually heating a structure or room to temperatures high enough to kill all bed bugs or other insects that have infested it.


Heat will reach every crack and crevice of your home during heat treatment, killing pests at any stage of life. So many problems can hide from sprays and powders but can't hide from the heat.


Heat treatment will not be effective if you merely turn up the thermostat in your home or apartment. Instead, you'll need to contact a pest control specialist with the equipment to heat a specific area to a certain temperature for this procedure.


During thermal heat treatment, the temperature inside your area will rise to between 135 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This moderate temperature rise must avoid damaging the building's structural components. It will take 6 to 12 hours to heat an area, depending on the size of the infestation.


The most frequent treatment for bed bugs is heat. When heated to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, bed bugs die. Their eggs are a bit hardy, requiring up to 90 minutes at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.


Fleas (95 °F), mites (130 °F), carpet beetles (120 °F), and moths can all be treated with ambient heat depending on their temperature requirements (varies by species).


Thermal Pest Control Equipment


Heaters: We commonly employ industrial-grade electric heaters or a unique heat rig with a built-in generator, depending on the size and configuration of the place.


Fans: Fans are used to disperse heat evenly, ensuring that the entire area is covered and that the heat reaches all probable insect hiding places.


Thermometers: Our pest control experts use remote and heat gun thermometers to ensure that all areas, including familiar hiding places, attain the proper temperatures.


With this equipment, we can safely and uniformly elevate the temperature of every section of your home or apartment to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Pests will be exterminated at this temperature without causing damage to structures or furniture.


What Is the Difference Between Thermal Treatment and Traditional Pest Control?




Thermal treatment has one significant advantage over other procedures like cryotherapy and pesticides: it usually only requires one visit. For example, a second-bed bug pesticide treatment is customarily required fourteen days later to kill any bugs that have hatched after the initial treatment.


Thermal therapy, on the other hand, kills bugs at all phases of their lives, including eggs, so there is no need for a second treatment.




Thermal pest treatment requires substantially less preparation work than traditional pest elimination. You should unplug electronics, wipe up clutter, and remove heat-sensitive things after checking them before applying heat treatment. Keep mattresses and other furnishings in their proper places.

Because heat may flow around massive furniture objects, you won't have to relocate them away from walls and corners like you would while applying pesticides. Instead, professionals will require easy access to areas where furniture may be impeding pesticide application throughout your contaminated space.


Safety and environmental friendliness


Heat treatment is a non-chemical pest management approach. Thermal pest treatment may be a better option for folks concerned about the materials brought into their homes or who have health issues about pesticides. The only sign of heat treatment is the presence of dead bugs; no residue is left behind.


At Pete's Pest Control, we pride ourselves on being experts in thermal pest management. Our team of professional exterminators has the experience and equipment to rid your home or business of pests using this cutting-edge technology. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!