Finding out you have a few unwanted 6-legged guests sleeping in your bed is bad enough, the last thing you need is to be concerned about the damage being done to your possessions during bed bug treatment.
How does heat treatment work
To understand the safety of your belongings, it is key to understand just how heat treatment works. Uniformly, like humans, house pests like bed bugs have a temperature limit, that once breached, kills them instantly.
Bed bugs, while seeming resilient, are disturbed at 50 degrees celsius, also known as the instant death zone.
Fifty degrees is a good temperature, and it’s about the same as the temperature at which your dryer operates.
Why your belongings are safe
We at Calibugs Termite & Pest Control know how precious the belongings in your home are, and how many are completely irreplaceable.
We are here to address and resolve your concerns when it comes to heat treatment. The process of heat treatment is safe for both the structure of your home and appliances. Before you start to heat treat your possessions Here are some tips to keep in mind.
The precautions you can take
Naturally, due to the nature of the treatment, there are precautions and preparatory steps that need to be taken before extermination. Anything that would suffer due to high levels of heat should be taken out of the house. Furniture should be moved away from walls and other cloth.
Anything that can expand and contract, like musical instruments, will need to be removed as well. Magnets, like the ones on your fridge, may lose some of their strength during treatment too.
For a detailed list of items that need to be moved, check here. Unlike chemical extermination, heat treatment does not involve any intense pre-treatment preparation, aftercare, or toxic side effects.
Other home precautions
The methods used during heat treatment are most effective when there is the least amount of clutter, so try and reduce any clutter in your home. Due to the flow of air, anything that can blow away should also be secured (i.e. papers).
Finally, to make things easier on you, ensure you take any belongings you will need during the treatment process (medications, electronics, etc.) as you won’t be able to enter the premises during treatment, which typically takes between four and seven hours.
If you observe all safety precautions and have clarification on specific items your personal belongings as well furnishings and appliances are secure. Furthermore, after treatment, the bed bugs have been eliminated completely, and your home will restore its glory.