What To Expect From A Heat Treatment
Heat treatments are now seen as the preferred way to eliminate insect pests. This is because they provide a number of advantages and benefits. That being said, many people are hesitant when it comes to heat treatment. This is usually because they have no idea what it is or what to expect. If you’re one of these people, then this article should clear up any misconceptions.
What does a heat treatment involve?
First of all, it is helpful to understand how a heat treatment works. Scientists are always looking for new ways to defeat pests. It was discovered that pests are extremely susceptible to high temperatures. In fact, what was found that when exposed to certain temperatures (for a certain amount of time) pests simply die.
This includes the pests, as well as their larvae, nymphs, and eggs. For example, bed bugs die when exposed to temperatures of 45°C (113°F) for at least 90 minutes. This science was applied to create a new pest control technology known as the heat treatment machine.
This machine resembles a generator. What it does is heat up the area in which the machine is placed. It’s almost like being inside a sauna, just without the moisture. What usually happens is that the machine is placed in the affected room and left to do it’s magic. In other cases, the heat is piped into the room or a sealed off area. As the heat rises the pests become disturbed and move about. Soon after that, they begin to die.
Why is heat treatment for insects so popular?
There are many reasons why this method is now preferred over things like fumigation and there’s a lot of do’s and dont’s that come along with it. For starters, it does not use chemicals. There are no pesticides or insecticides used during the treatment. What this also means is that you do not have to live with these chemicals in your home. In addition to this, because there are no chemicals, this is also an environmentally friendly method of pest control. Heat treatments are therefore far safer for your family and pets.
This green pest control treatment is also more efficient than other methods. It kills 100% of all pests, as well as their eggs. Unlike with other techniques, there is no chance of survivors. Probably the biggest advantage is that there is minimal preparation. Yes, you will have to pack away fragile objects and things like food and clothing. But compared to something like fumigation, there is far less work to do. Clean up is also easier. For example, you won’t have to clean poison off everything.
Finally, this method is probably the fastest method of pest control. If you’re treating something like bed bugs, it generally takes about 90 minutes. After that you can go back home immediately. On the other hand, with fumigation you may have to wait several hours – or even days – before returning.