Heat Treatment Process

 

WHY HEAT OVER CHEMICALS?

  • Heat reaches where chemicals don't
  • Chemicals require multiple treatments. Heat kills ALL bed bugs in a single treatment, including the EGGS
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Safe for your family and pets
  • No need to dispose of furniture
  • Heat also kills dust mites, fleas, lice, allergens, viruses and bacteria

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the article "Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs:"

The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is a wingless, reddish-brown insect that requires blood meals from humans… Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or use of insecticides contrary to label directions can raise the potential for human toxicity.

What We Do

Prior to treatment day you will receive a list of common household items that must be removed from the home such as pets, plants, and anything that melts. A good rule of thumb is if it can't be in a hot car in the summertime it can't stay inside the structure during the treatment. We can assist you in how to treat these items on a case by case basis.

The morning of the scheduled treatment put clothes for the day in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes. Use a hair dryer or steam cleaner to heat shoes and place them outside of the structure. Take a shower, get dressed and exit the structure immediately. Staying inside the structure increases the risk of bed bug hitching a ride and re-infesting your home.

We will discreetly arrive at your residence or business at your appointment time. BBMD trucks and trailers are unmarked.

The heat technicians at BBMD will safely pipe hot air into your home or business much like a furnace heats your home in the winter. We will use state of the art monitoring equipment to ensure the surface temperatures in your home are high enough to eradicate the infestation but not too high to damage your possessions.

At the end of the day all BBMD equipment is removed and you are able to return to the structure confident that there are no live bed bugs, no viable eggs, and no dangerous chemical residue.

I never thought it would happen to me. I was working in healthcare so I was exposed to bed bugs frequently. I knew what they looked like and that they were difficult to get rid of. I thought I was always very careful but I found a bed bug in my house. We started thinking about how this thing got in. It could have hitched a ride on me from work. It could have come home from a movie theater. It could have come home on clothing from school. The possibilities are endless.

The first thing I did was go to the store and buy a whole case of bug bombs that claimed to kill bed bugs. After using these chemicals my house smelled and the cleanup went on for days. Everything had to be washed. Think about washing everything in your house, dishes, clothing, bedding, counter tops etc. How do you wash a couch? It’s not an easy task. There was a residue on everything, even though the package clearly stated “no residue and no offensive odors”. But I thought if the bed bugs are gone it’s worth it.

A couple days later I realized I had wasted my time and money. I started noticing itchy bumps. Then My wife started getting the same bumps. You guessed it, the bumps were bed bug bites. Then my children began to get bit. They were not gone. I think the bug bombs made them hungry. Later I learned that chemical application drives the bed bugs out of their natural hiding places and onto you. One treatment typically does not kill all of them. They will claim to kill the eggs but this was not the case for me.

We decided to call some professionals. We had our home heat treated and they were gone after one day. There was no residue, no odors and no dangerous chemicals on our mattresses and clothing. The bedbugs were all dead after one treatment.

Mike, Lorain County