One of the most popular methods for addressing bed bug infestations is through heat treatments. However, it’s important to note that if done incorrectly, heat treatments may not get rid of bed bugs.

How Heat Kills Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs are known for being difficult to get rid of, they aren’t invincible. Bed bugs can be killed if they are exposed to high heat for prolonged periods of time. Bed bugs need to be exposed to temperatures of 113 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for at least 90 minutes.
If bed bugs are exposed to higher temperatures, they can die more quickly – but this can be dangerous unless conducted by professionals.

Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Do DIY Bed Bug Heat Treatments Work?

It’s only natural to want to tackle a bed bug problem as soon as possible, and for many people, the first place to turn is do-it-yourself solutions. People will often use portable electric heaters, radiators, and even hair dryers to try to kill bed bugs. But will these DIY treatments actually work?
If you are considering attempting a DIY bed bug heat treatment, keep in mind:
1. Bed bugs are known to flee a variety of treatments, including heat treatments. Because bed bugs are so small, they can hide in even the smallest crevices. They can squeeze into cracks in baseboards, box springs, and even mattress seams.
If you do not thoroughly cover an area and perfectly seal every entry point, there’s a good chance they will escape only to emerge again.
2. It can be hugely challenging to know just how hot your heat source is. If you’re using a standard space heater, you won’t necessarily know if you’re reaching lethal temperatures. And on the flip side, if your device is running too hot, you could ruin heat-sensitive items or cause other forms of damage to your home.
3. Using a clothes dryer can work to eliminate bed bugs from infested items like sheets and linens.Any functioning dryer should reach high enough temperatures to effectively kill bed bugs. Unfortunately, a standard dryer can only hold so much.
That said, you can certainly reduce your risk of bringing bed bugs into your home by emptying any dryer-safe belongings directly into the dryer after you get back from a trip. This method won’t be effective if bed bugs are already invading your furniture, but it’s excellent for preventative measures.

When You Need Professional Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Exterminators that specialize in bed bug infestations have access to equipment specifically designed to eliminate these pests. Pest control companies will use commercial heaters that can cover a much larger area and are able to hold a high enough temperature for a long enough time to kill bed bugs.
Plus, when you opt for a professional heat treatment, your technician can help you ensure any items at risk of damage are protected during treatment or removed if necessary.