A guide to Heat Treatment Pest Control for Termites and Bed Bugs. Many chemicals used in fumigation are dangerous for both you and the environment. No chemicals and no move-out!
When do termites swarm in California and Arizona?
In California and Arizona, the drywood termite swarms from July to November. Are you ready for the swarm?
There is one primary alternative to fumigation the most successful methods outside of fumigation is whole structure heat treatment.
Heat treatments have proven to be effective against termite swarms and beg bugs. Heating requires raising the temperature throughout the property to 120-130 degrees.
Various insects have different thermal kill points. This is the minimum temperature that can kill an insect upon exposure within a specific amount of time. Precision Environmental Heat Technicians will introduce clean, dry heat into the structure, gradually increasing the temperature until the wood core reaches 130 degrees. Technicians then maintain the temperature at or above that level for 1.5 hours to ensure a complete kill. The entire procedure may be completed in as little as 8 hours.
- Cockroach – 130F thermal kill point
- Bed bugs – 130F thermal kill point
- Ants – 130F thermal kill point
- Termites - 130F thermal kill point
Heat Treatment is less expensive and more convenient than fumigation. Heat Treatment provides lasting effects for protection against future swarms!
Handling chemical pesticides is a challenge especially around children and pets. They can harm your loved ones when you fail to follow safety guidelines in handling them. Heat treatment is safer because they do not contain any chemicals or toxins that cause poisoning.
When compared to pesticides and chemical fumigants used in pest control, heat treatment has advantages due to its safety profile. It does not require the use of any chemicals or drugs that can endanger human health or pose risks when there is exposure via inhalation or ingestion.
Heat treatment does not use any chemicals that can harm your family and pets. This means you do not have to worry about them coming in contact with any poisonous gases or vapors when using heat treatment.
Many chemicals used in fumigation are dangerous for both you and the environment. They cause health issues and chronic health effects include cancer and other tumors, brain and nervous system damage, birth defects, infertility and other reproductive problems, and damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and other body organs. Chronic effects may not appear for weeks, months or even years after exposure, making it difficult to link health impacts to pesticides. Immediate health effects from pesticide exposure includes irritation of the nose, throat, and skin causing burning, stinging and itching as well as rashes and blisters. Nausea, dizziness and diarrhea are also common. People with asthma may have very severe reactions to some pesticides
Pesticides have been implicated in human studies of leukemia, lymphoma and cancers of the brain, breasts, prostate, testes and ovaries. Reproductive harm from pesticides includes birth defects, still birth, spontaneous abortion, sterility and infertility.
Heat treatment is more eco-friendly than chemical pesticides. It does not produce any toxic wastes that may contaminate soil, water, or air quality.
Eradicate all your insect invaders!
When applied correctly, Precision Environmental Heat Treatment eliminates bed bugs, but also other common household pests like cockroaches, termites, and fleas. You don’t have to rely on toxic chemicals to create a Pest-free home. We developed Heat technology to be effective against all forms of insect pests, but have found it to be equally effective against problem-causing allergens and bacteria as well. Pests such as dust mites, bed bugs, termites, and others are easily killed by heat treatment. Most allergens and protein-based toxins are also affected by the high temperatures of the structural pasteurization process.
- Heat Kills Mold
- Heat Kills Bacteria
- Heat Kills Viruses
- Heat Kills Insects
- Heat Reduces Odors
- Heat Reduces VOCs
Bed Bugs and Termites Can't Hide From The Heat
When Pest sense a threat, it doesn't take them long to crawl into a hiding place. That hiding place is usually deep inside wall voids or in a piece of furniture. It's important to understand that a heat treatment will penetrate these hiding places and eliminate the bed bugs and termites inside. Many pest control measures can leave you with a false sense of security when it comes to fighting both termites and bed bugs. Bed bugs can go into hiding for months without eating. So, when you suddenly start getting bit again, they could be from the same bed bugs that were attacking you before.
When precision environmental performs heat treatment, you don't have to wonder if the treatments worked, because heat treatments targets the entire property.
We provide solutions that will minimize or eliminate the use of chemicals in your home or business. So, whether you’re chemically sensitive, immune-compromised, have asthma, or are just concerned about the use of chemicals. Certified by the Structural Pest Control Board and IICRC!
Heat Treatment Facts
The biggest advantage is being able to heat part of the building and keep the rest of the building in operation. You can even go into the treatment area if needed.
- Thermal remediation is considered a green, eco-friendly process because it does not involve chemicals. In addition to the fact that people want products that don’t have chemical residue, the technique can help to prevent insect resistance which can develop through the reuse of certain of chemical applications.
- Many companies want to reduce their environmental impact. Although the treatment does require energy, it does not expose the environment, facility or product to pesticides, making it a viable alternative for pest control.
- While there are certain risks of over-exposure to heat, these are significantly less than those of exposure to fumigants. Thus heat treatments are considered to be a safer although thorough training is essential for any application.
- Less labor generally is required for heat treatments than for standard fumigation because only areas such as dock doors and other entryways need to be sealed. In fact, some ventilation is necessary for proper distribution. We want the building to breathe. Because the high temperatures dehydrate the insects, the technique kills all life stages from egg to adult. Above 120° F, the insect’s cell membranes melt, its enzymes are destroyed, its salt balance is changed and its proteins coagulate.
What Kinds of Pests Heat Treatment Eliminates?
Unlike fumigants that take multiple days to penetrate wooden structural members and are toxic to people and pets, heat penetrates every part of a structure and can often kill all termites in a structure within one day.
- Bed Bugs: 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.