russell's tech inspecting knoxville home for bed bugs

Russell’s Turns The Heat Up On Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs are a serious pest problem and one that is more common than you might realize.  At Russell’s Pest Control, we’ve been eliminating bed bugs in Tennessee homes and business for many years and have the knowledge and heat to get rid of bed bugs!

 

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Step 1: Bed Bug Inspection

First, we must confirm that you do have a bed bug problem and that it’s not another pest.  When inspecting for bed bugs, our inspector will look for:

  • Live bed bugs

  • Bed bug eggs

  • Shed skins

  • Fecal or blood staining on sheets, mattresses, and other sites where bed bugs hide

  • Other evidence of bed bugs

In addition to inspecting beds thoroughly, we also look for bed bugs in nearby furniture and other areas where people sit or sleep.

bed bug tech operating heat chamber remotely

Step 2: Review Findings & Discuss Treatment 

If bed bugs (or signs of them) are confirmed, our bed bug inspector will review the findings, provide a quote for a heat treatment, and let you know what you can expect. 

We are often asked if mattresses, couches or other infested items have to be thrown out and the answer is no.  Tossing an infested item will not resolve the problem and may result in a financial burden.  We’ll walk you through the process of preparing for a bed bug heat treatment, and what to expect during and after service.  And of course, we’re always available if you have questions after we leave. 

bed bug tech starting up heat chamber to get rid of bed bugs

Step 3: Bed Bug Elimination

On the day of your service, Russell’s will arrive with professional heat remediation equipment. Our goal will be to raise the temperature in the infested room to 120°F for over 3-5 hours.  Though a warm summer day will inspire bed bugs to breed faster, there is a point where heat becomes too much for these biting bugs.  Constant exposure to 113°F or more is enough to kill adult bed bugs.  118°F will do the job, but to kill bed bug eggs, 118°F for 3-5 hours at minimum is needed.  That is why professionals use a more consistent temperature above 120°F for at least 3-5 hours.  This ensures 100% mortality of all bugs, even those that try to escape into your walls.

Why Russell's Uses Heat To Kill Bed Bugs In Homes & Businesses

Heat is a non-toxic and highly effective method for killing bed bugs in all stages of development.  Faster than other bed bug treatment options, heat treatments:

  • Eliminate bed bugs in all stages of development
  • Can be completed in a single treatment and a single day
  • Reach and exterminate bed bugs in areas that are not visible or accessible
  • Leaves no residue behind

Bed bugs cannot withstand temperatures that surpass 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Even if they’re hiding the cracks between floorboards, these biting pests will not live!  And no bed bug will remain – we’re talking eggs, nymphs, and adult bed bugs.   Where heat can eradicate activity in just one day and with only one treatment, chemical bed bug control methods can take weeks before the bugs are gone. Talk about effective. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bug Heat Treatments

Can 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.

Can I do a heat treatment myself?

Many have tried and many have failed.  The web is full of stories of people setting fire to their homes and apartments while trying to do their own treatments. 

Often DIY bed bug treatments fail because these bugs are clever and resourceful.  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 space.

Bed bugs move quickly and will try to 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 bed bugs from escaping, and how to get the area up to the appropriate temperatures.

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 or business carry bed bugs or their eggs out the door on clothing or in a bag.  Professionals know what precautions are necessary to ensure no living bugs or their eggs hitchhike out.

Will a heat treatment hurt my electronics?

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 away as 800 feet, your electronics will be safe.

Shouldn’t I just remove my electronics?

No, electronics are actually popular hiding places for bed bugs. These items should remain in the infested area so that no bugs are missed.

What sensitive items must I remove prior to my heat treatment?

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

Is any other preparation needed?

Large fans are used to push air through the residence or infested area 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 in boxes.
  • Pictures, paintings, and other wall-mounted items should be taken down.
 

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