One of the more creative attempts by Google to offer up the most relevant information to people asking questions of it is the ‘People Also Ask’ section also known as PAA in Googlespeak.
If you search Google for “bed bug heaters for sale” one day you will find questions with clickable answers.
The Google algorithm that manages this section of search results will then use artificial intelligence (AI) to attempt to read your mind based on which questions you are clicking on to anticipate your next question.
The more questions you click on = the more additional questions that will appear.
The mechanics of how search engines work has mostly baffled me until I decided to try and understand them better. I wanted to believe that how a search engine behaved did not matter and that if my customers were trying to find us they would easily be able to. I found out the hard way that it does matter and as most of you know by now Google Search is the primary method people use to answer any and all questions including those having to do with bed bug infestations and how best to kill bed bugs.
It really is quite incredible but since Google is trying to read our customer’s minds I will attempt to answer as many of these questions as possible in the hope that some of the answers will be helpful to anyone trying to eradicate bed bugs either from their own homes or killing bed bugs for a living for their customers. So here it goes...
Here are my answers to the first four questions that appeared in today's search:
- Where can I buy a heater to kill bed bugs? You can buy do it yourself bed bug heat treatment equipment from www.pestprothermal.com Call us at 970-221-1036 for meaningful answers to your intelligent questions. If you buy just a bed bug heater with a built-in fan the heat will not be dissipated quickly or effectively enough, and the bed bugs will figure out where the heat is coming from and run the other direction. This will make the problem worse. You need an external bed bug heater fan that will withstand the high temperatures created by the electric bed bug heaters.
- What kind of heater kills bed bugs? Commercial bed bug heat machines are engineered to quickly get a room up to lethal temperatures of at least 125° F. PestPro bed bug heaters are set to achieve 135° F but can be reset for a variety of conditions. All bed bug heater components are manufactured to withstand temperatures up to around 170-180° F. PestPro bed bug heaters are all manufactured to these standards which is why the Government of the Territory of the Northwest Territories in Canada purchased large volumes of PestPro Thermal Systems bed bug heat treatment equipment to remediate bed bugs territory wide. Normal heaters typically used to heat up living spaces to keep people warm typically max out at 90° F which is well below the temperature required to kill bed bugs. If you try and disable the temperature thermostat on these types of ‘people heaters’ not only will you void the warranty, but the internal electrical components will fail quickly at higher temperatures and you will be left without any heater at all, much less a bed bug heater. Not to mention you might start a fire if the insulation melts and causes a short circuit. Don’t do it!
- Do bed bug heaters really work? YES bed bug heaters really work. Commercial bed bug heat equipment from PestPro contains only the highest quality, most durable components available and will last for up to 10 years with daily usage. All bed bugs die, regardless of where they are from or what strain they are at around 120° F within 15 minutes. Anyone with a powerful enough heater and a high volume heat resistant fan can kill bed bugs and not have to throw out their furniture. A successful heat treatment takes place in one day. Chemical insecticide treatments are spread out over weeks and expose you, your children and pets to residual chemicals in the place you spend 1/3 of your life breathing deeply. As long as you get the entire room up to a lethal temperature quickly and have sealed it off using plastic sheeting and painters tape so bed bugs and heat cannot escape through cracks, vents and electrical conduits 99% of you will have absolute success.
- Can a regular heater kill bed bugs? NO a regular heater, depending on how you define regular, will not work to kill bed bugs nor bed bug eggs nor bed bug nymphs. As explained in Answer #2 above heaters designed for keeping humans warm are inadequate at killing bed bugs for the reasons outlined.
Now onto the remainder of some other questions as found in the ‘People Also Ask’ section:
How long do you need to heat a room to kill bed bugs?
In order to answer this question meaningfully we need to tackle it in parts. First, you need to know the dimensions of the room, what is inside that room, how well insulated is that room, are there heat sinks (items that absorb heat like a sponge) in that room like mirrors, exposed masonry/concrete walls or floors or ceilings. You get the point. Details matter.
If the following conditions are met:
- Standard North American 8-foot-tall ceilings
- Wood frame construction (wallboard on wooden studs)
- Carpeted floors with insulation underneath
- An average amount of furniture and personal items (not hoarder stacks of stuff up to the ceiling)
- You have sealed all the cracks, vents and covered the windows in the room from the inside with thin plastic and blue painter tape (or similar) so no air OR bed bugs can get in or out
- Removed all light switch plates (usually 1 screw) and electrical outlet plates so heat can get in there. Bed bugs like warm places and anywhere electricity is flowing will be warmer than anywhere else
- The room has been pre-heated for at least 2 hours using the furnace, boiler, radiator or space heater up to it's maximum setting. You are starting your bed bug heat treatment at 85° F or higher
Once all of these conditions are met you can expect that 1000 Watts of heat output will allow you to treat 30-40 square feet. So if you had ten 1000 Watt hair dryers going at the same time you would be creating 10,000 watts of heat.
This is a critical starting point to understand how bed bug heat treatment equipment actually works. If you extrapolate out to what a 10,000 Watt electric bed bug heater can do for you just add a zero and you end up with 300-400 square feet of bed bug heat machine coverage.
PestPro Thermal bed bug heat equipment is engineered to put out 10,000 Watts (or 34,120 BTUs) of heat when plugged into a 50 amp electric stove outlet. For complete power flexibility the PestPro Universal Heat Package also allows you to plug into 40 amp stoves and 30 amp electric dryer outlets. With four included power adapter plugs you will be able to plug into any High Voltage 220/240 power outlet.
Example: If your bed bug infested room measures 18’ x 19’ (342 square feet) and you plug your PestPro bed bug heater into your 50 amp electric stove outlet this will be, on average, what you can expect.
- It will take 90-120 minutes for the air in that room to get up to the lethal, death temperature that kills all life stages of bed bugs of 120° F.
- It will take another 45-60 minutes for the room air temp to achieve the maximum, preset temperature of around 130-135°. This higher temperature is required for the heat to penetrate and cook all the bed bugs hiding in that room inside furniture, baseboards, etc. Cooking bed bugs in furniture and personal items is no different than cooking food in your oven. To get a safe internal temperature so you don't get sick from eating raw meat you need a higher external air temp that will penetrate into that meat to get it to a safe temperature. Bon Appetit!
- Total treatment time will be 5-6 hours (on average) from the time you turn on your heater. Again, all the pre-treatment steps listed above before starting the treatment must be taken. There are no shortcuts to an effective bed bug heat treatment. Bed bug killing machines are not a silver bullet. You must approach this in a methodical way to be sure you are positioning the hot air to penetrate your stuff and kill the bed bugs, the bed bug nymphs and the bed bug eggs which will hatch if you don't.
What temperature kills bed bugs instantly?
Your PestPro Thermal bed bug heating system is designed to work in concert with an external fan to quickly distribute hot air coming out of the electric bed bug heater. When used properly, and this means adequate preparation and preheating of the room before actually beginning the bed bug heat treatment, a lethal temperature of 120° F will be achieved. When exposed to this temperature adult bed bugs will dry out and die within 15 minutes. Bed bug eggs need to be exposed to this temperature for about 30 minutes in order to ensure they are killed.
Can you heat treat your own house for bed bugs?
Most definitely you can DIY heat treat your own house using a PestPro bed bug heat treatment machine. Heat has been proven many times over to be the most effective method for killing bed bugs without using chemical insecticides which have been proven many times over for actually making the problem worse due to bed bugs long ago having developed evolutionary resistance in the same manner humans continue to develop resistance to antibiotics. We are witnessing an identical situation with the current pandemic where the virus is creating variants which are at least partially resistant to the first generation vaccines created to prevent transmission.
What do bed bugs hate?
Bed bugs hate and avoid cold hard surfaces like countertops and bathroom tile floors. For this reason, it is recommended to place your luggage on the bathroom floor of your hotel room for maximum safety. Bed bugs hate PestPro Thermal electric bed bug heaters for sale because the temperatures achieved will quickly kill them. Bed bugs love warm temperatures like inside any electronic device plugged into the wall because the electrical current, even when the item is turned off, still is warmer than anything else in that room. That is why it is critical to remove the faceplates from both light switches and electrical outlets so the hot air can penetrate and kill the bed bugs. Equally important is leaving electronic devices like TVs, radios, stereos, alarm clocks and desktop computers in the bed bug heat treatment area because there it is very likely there are bed bugs inside and your PestPro bed bug heat treatment equipment will not get hot enough to damage these electronic items. Be sure to unplug electronics before undertaking a heat treatment.
Does washing clothes kill bed bugs?
If you wash clothes in water that is at least 120° F then the answer is YES. The hot water will kill bed bugs. Since most folks have no way to test the temperature of the water in their washing machine a much easier thing to do is to dry the clothes in the dryer on HIGH for at least 20 minutes. This will guarantee the bed bugs will be killed and then you can wash them in any temperature water at a later time knowing the bed bugs and bed bug eggs have perished.
How many heat treatments does it take to kill bed bugs?
If you are using well designed bed bug equipment that includes a separate heater and separate fan (for targeted flexible air distribution), have prepared the heat treatment area as described earlier in this post it will only take one treatment to kill bed bugs and eggs. Like anything else there is a learning curve, but the right temperature always kills all life stages of bed bugs the first time around. Science has proven this. Ask any entomologist. It is an absolute truth that cannot be disputed.
No one can anticipate everything the world will ask Google about bed bugs contrary to what Google’s artificial intelligence algorithms might have you believe. Rather than try to answer all the questions that popped up today in the ‘People Also Ask’ section I am going to list them below and if you would like to discuss any of them please feel free to give us a call at 970-221-1036. Thank you for your time today and we look forward to helping you with your bed bug challenges.