Heat treatments are the most effective way of killing bed bugs at All Lifecycle Stages. Pesticides are losing their effectivness due to high resistance. Pesticides would not be advisable as a stand alone treatment strategy. Residual insecticides accompanied by heat, is the most practical means of eradication. Heat treatments can easily be one of the few stand alone meathods for combating these unwanted guests. Propane or electric heaters are used to bring the rooms tempurature 120 to 140 degrees. This tempurature will typically not damage any electronics. High velocity fans assist in blowing the air throughout the room, heating all cracks and crevices and adjacent harborage areas. When you consider the prep work prior to a stand alone chemical treatment, heat is much more practical.
Heat treatments will kill bed bugs in a matter of minutes due to the depletion of moisture. Currently there are several hundred products registered with the EPA for use in the ever increasing battle against bed bugs. Heat treatments accompanied by a proven residual insecticide is the clear answer to eradication. You may still be asking, "which treatment is best for me"? The first step to any pest issue is proper identification.
If your waking up with bite marks, it's imperitive we confirm wheather or not it's bed bugs. There have been many occasions where bed bugs were not the cause of the issue. Proper identifacation, localizing the infestation (if any) and education are fundemental first steps to any serioius pest issue.
Where do I look for Bed Bugs in my house?
When bed bugs are at the infancy stages of an infestation they can be found in bed seams, bed tufts along with bed covers. Bed bugs have three distinct life cycle stages, egg, nymph and adult. Females can lay between 400-500 eggs, this can be in the area of five to twelve per day. The eggs will be deposeited in cracks and crevices in and around the floor or in the bed. They have a sticky coating that enables the eggs to be attached when deposited, usually to a hard surface. Shortly after hatching, bed bugs will begin to feed immediately. Hatchlings and adults are mobile and can retreat to hiding in a moments notice.