What is Heat Thermal Pest Control?

March 20, 2017By

Thermal Pest Control is a groundbreaking pest control technique that is ecologically-friendly. As a technology, it uses temperature as a way to eliminate pests, while not using any kind of harmful chemicals in the process. This means you can protect the safety of your home, family members, and pets, without worrying about their health or any harmful effects! Other than homes, thermal pest control is especially popular in environments like medical labs, nursing facilities, hospitals, and offices. In this article, we will talk about Heat Thermal Pest Control, and how it works.

How does Heat Thermal Pest Control work?

Temperatures in a confined space or an entire structure are heated to temperatures of 120 to 140 degrees. This temperature is maintained throughout the structure for at least four to six hours, which proves to be deadly to any pests that are lurking in the targeted area.

Every creature has what is called a ‘thermal death point’. This means that when exposed to a certain temperature for a prolonged period of time, the living organism will perish. For example, the thermal death point of a bed bug is 113 degrees Fahrenheit and it will die if exposed to that temperature for 90 minutes or longer.

Before the heat treatment process, any equipment or objects like pianos and vinyl windows that can be damaged by prolonged heat exposure are shielded with specially designed thermal blankets. Tarpaulins are laid down on the targeted areas.

Then, the heat treatment begins. There are different methods of heating a structure, including using electric or propane heat. Electric heaters that look like big suitcases introduce hot air into a space, which is then recycled and reheated until the room reaches the desired temperature. Power sources are required for this to work. Propane heaters introduce heat into a building through a duct. The heating unit stays outside the building while air is pumped in. Thermal probes are used to measure the temperature of the air until the desired temperature is achieved.

What Kinds of Pests Can Be Eliminated?

Bedbugs – Both bedbugs and their eggs will be targeted. This is an effective way of eliminating bed bugs without using harsh chemicals on mattresses and sheets.

Dust mites – Similarly, dust mites are usually found in sheets, carpets, pillows and mattresses, making them hard to get rid of. Not only that, they may cause skin rashes or breathing problems. Heat thermal pest control is an effective way of reaching them.

Wood-destroying insects – Dry wood termites and wood boring beetles pose a large danger to wooden structures and furniture. When left unchecked, they could cause great structural damage. These pests can be eliminated as well.

Cockroaches – Cockroaches are drawn to food sources and are especially hardy. They can survive on practically anything but will succumb to the heat. As a carrier of bacteria, it’s especially important to nip any sign of a cockroach infestation in the bud.

Scorpion – As nocturnal creatures, they scuttle around at night, causing nuisance and even danger to you and your family. These can also be treated with heat.

What are some disadvantages?

Effectiveness varies – it is often difficult to maintain a high enough temperature for an adequate period of time to eliminate the pests. Thermal pest control is most effective in small spaces.

Some homes that are older can also be damaged, along with wood trims or paneling. Houses are generally not designed to endure such high temperatures, which is why localized treatment is preferred.

If you’re wondering whether Thermal Pest Control is right for you, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you find the best treatment for your home!

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