bed bug heat treatments in knoxville tn

Bed Bug heat treatments

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Turn up the heat on bed bugs

Heat is a non-toxic and highly effective method for killing bed bugs in all stages of development. It is safer and faster than other treatment options and leaves no residue or pollution behind. Here are the most frequently asked questions about heat treatments.

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How does heat kill bed bugs?

Though a warm summer day will inspire bed bugs to breed faster, there is a point where heat can become too much for these bugs. Constant exposure to 113°F for 90 minutes or more is enough to kill an adult bed bug. 118°F will do the job in 20 minutes. But, to kill bed bug eggs, 118°F for more than 90 minutes is needed. That is why professionals use a consistent temperature above 120°F for over 90 minutes. This ensures 100% mortality of all bugs, even those that try to escape into your walls.

Will a heat treatment burn my house down?

Heating a home to 120°F can cause a fire if the wrong equipment is used. Russell's Pest Control uses state-of-the-art heating units that are self-regulating. If the temperature rises above 135°F, these units will shut themselves off. We also use multiple real-time wireless sensors that remotely monitor the treatment space and generate a detailed report at the conclusion of the heat treatment. Your home is never in danger.


Bed bugs are a clever and resourceful bug. Even if you are willing to purchase the expensive thermal remediation heaters, fans and temperature sensors needed to eradicate these bugs safely, you still need the knowledge and experience to make sure they don't escape and come back to re-infest your home.

  • Bed bugs can move quickly and they will run from the heat. Improperly positioned heating units and fans can drive these bugs deep into your walls where safety zones may exist. Professionals know how to keep bugs from escaping, and how to get the entire residence up to the appropriate temperature.

  • Bed bugs are hitchhikers. There is nothing more frustrating than going through all the expense and trouble to do a heat treatment right, and having someone from the household carry bed bugs or their eggs out the door on their clothing or in a bag. Professionals know what precautions are necessary to ensure no living bugs or their eggs hitchhike out of the residence.


Electronics normally operate between 120°F and 180°F, and since our heating units are designed to shut off before they get to 135°F, and the entire residence is monitored with sensors that can detect as far as 800 feet, your electronics are safe.


No. Electronics are actually a popular hiding place for bed bugs. These items should remain in the residence so that no bugs are missed.

What sensitive items must I remove?

There are several items that must be removed before a heat treatment can begin. Here are some of them:

  • All pets, including fish in your aquarium.

  • Houseplants.

  • Fruits and Vegetables.

  • Foods that can melt, like chocolate and candy.

  • Cosmetics.

  • Prescription and over the counter drugs.

  • Pressurized items, like fire extinguishers, hairspray, oxygen bottles, etc.

  • Flammable objects, like alcohol, solvents, lighters, etc.

  • Wax items, like candles, wax fruit, lipstick, figurines, etc.

  • Stringed musical instruments.

  • Irreplaceable family heirlooms.

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Is any other preparation needed?

Large fans are used to push air through the residence during the heat treatment. It is important to make sure any items that can be knocked down or blown around are secured.

  • Loose paper should be gathered up and put in drawers.

  • Glass items and other breakables should be put into boxes.

  • Pictures, paintings and other wall-mounted items should be taken down.

When done properly, by a professional, a heat treatment is the quickest, safest and most effective way to rid a residence of bed bugs. If you're dealing with these blood-eating pests, call the bed bug experts at Russell's Pest Control and make sure you get them all the first time.

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