Low Cost Heat Treatment For Bedbugs

The University of Florida has done it again and it’s not even football season. Researchers and Wayne Walker, pest manager for UF’s campus housing have teamed up to create a low cost heat treatment system for annihilating bedbugs.

Anyone unfortunate enough to experience this pest and the great effort not to mention expense would appreciate this common sense low budget way to achieve a bedbug free environment.

“You’re very limited in what you can do to fight bedbugs,” said Koehler, an author of the study. “This is a good way to relieve infestations in bedding and other items people have close contact with, and it controls all life stages of bedbugs.”

Now I don’t recommend that you try to replicate this treatment as it involves potentially risky dealings with heat but you can read the article and view the video to gain some understanding of how it works. It won’t be long and some entrepreneur somewhere will develop this in a safe and useable manner for do it yourself bug service. Besides, heat treatment for bedbugs is already on the market and pest control companies everywhere have invested in the proper tools and training to help you in this dilemma.

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  • DEBBIE DILORENZO

    WILL STEAM KILL BED BUGS

  • DEBBIE DILORENZO

    WILL STEAM KILL BED BUGS

  • admin

    Yes it will Debbie,
    I’m not sure of all the particulars but any temp over 120 will do it. They have machines that produce dry steam that work quite well. Also you could try to freeze them. Just put the thermostat to 48 or below—–it will only take about 50 days to get them that way. :o

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

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  • Bedbugs killer master

    keep spraying 91% Rubbing Alcohol about a month it will kill all the bedbugs…i did it and it worked perfectly…….Now i have no bedbugs in my apartment…………………This is best solution to get rid of bedbugs….

  • Bedbugs killer master

    keep spraying 91% Rubbing Alcohol about a month it will kill all the bedbugs…i did it and it worked perfectly…….Now i have no bedbugs in my apartment…………………This is best solution to get rid of bedbugs….

  • The Bug Doctor

    I’m a little surprised of this advice given your moniker but I appreciate you sharing.

    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    I’m a little surprised of this advice given your moniker but I appreciate you sharing.

    The Bug Doctor

  • Mel_p6

    Yes it (heat) will they don’t like heat, but it has to be a high heat , I read it online from a site that was by a pest control. Also from one other guy, he said go in your house with a gas can, walk out the front door and throw a match in! They do not like light , so when you turn off the lights you may see them come out! I have had these welts on my arms & legs for about 6 wks now, everyone was telling me it was to do with medication and the sun. It wasn’t until 2 nights ago I noticed this reddish-brown, round-oblong critter crawling on one of my couch cusions. so they were actually not in my bed but on my couch? Now, I am the only one out of 5 of us that has ever been bitten???? So after seeing the little ****** I killed him immediatly. Then I went out and bought 2 bottles of Rubbing Alcohol and doused my couch in it. also with my couch being beige in color, I seen the trademark of the bed bug, they leave black (dried blood) streaks near where they are living! So once I found the areas that had the most black streaks (near creases in the couch) I peeled the creases back and found hibernating bed bugs! These were the biggest areas I poured the alcohol. Then I covered it with a white sheet. AS we did not have a new couch I poured the 2 btls of alcohol over the couch until the wknd when we bought a new set.
    SOooooo, if you see welts on your extremities (arms, legs etc) look for black streaks, and try not to leave it too long, as I did and they got worse!!!!!
    I also put any fabrics that were near the couch in a black garbage bag and put them out in direct sunlight then washed them in hot water, then put them in the dryer! THEY DO NOT LIKE HEAT!!!

  • Nattaj

    No. Most steam cleaners to not get hot enough. HOWEVER, if you steam clean, like a rug doctor or something, it will vacuum them up and you will be able to flush them down the toilet. I DROVE 1 HOUR TO BUY A PRODUCT CALLED FOOD GRADE DIATOMECUOS EARTH and it worked wonders! It was messy, but it worked.

  • JulieMickalowski

    are you telling someone to get a gas can and walk out the front dodoor and throw a match in it? That doesn’t even make sense. Bad advice to share.

    If you douse a couch in alcohol, it kills the bugs and eggs. you wouldn’t have to throw out the couch then. That’s contradictory. You do one or the other.

  • Toymites

    Own a pest control company. No they don’t like heat. They start dying at around 120 degrees and it all over (eggs included) at 130. We gave up on insecticides last year. To many retreats to make a profit. We bought the heat remediation equipment this year year and everybody has been very happy. The treatments are expensive but its a lot of work (6 to 8 hrs average). Very light infestations, the chemicals may work. Horror stories, no. There’re a lot of videos on YouTube about bed bugs. This appears to be a problem that is going to get very bad in the future. Chemical companies are not developing any new products for bed buds because of the government and the expenses.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Heat is gaining traction- but I do know of several newer products either out or coming out (chemical wise) but we’ll just have to see how they do. How much was your heat machine?

  • Toymites

    We bought the Temp-Air unit with four heaters and a 12 ft air wall to separate large areas. Cost was $60,000.00. This is an electrical system with its own generator. The heat is very even unlike the propane units. As far as chemicals go, the only new products we have seen are just relabeled products we have had around for years. DDT was the best product ever, but I’ve heard the bugs are not affect by that anymore. The next several years are going to be very interesting. 

  • Toymites

    We bought the Temp-Air unit with four heaters and a 12 ft air wall to separate large areas. Cost was $60,000.00. This is an electrical system with its own generator. The heat is very even unlike the propane units. As far as chemicals go, the only new products we have seen are just relabeled products we have had around for years. DDT was the best product ever, but I’ve heard the bugs are not affect by that anymore. The next several years are going to be very interesting. 

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Interesting indeed– I think your in a great position should the gov’t mandate services with your equipment and approach– even better if they STAY OUT. It’s obvious you have taken the bed bug problem very seriously by putting your $ where mouth is…. Round here, we have very little bed bug problems ‘for now’ so most of the talk is centered around chemical approaches.

    Thanks for your insight on the evenness of heat cause that’s something I don’t think I would have thought about. You’re right about DDT on both counts… I believe the ‘immunity’ came from the benevolence of Bill Gates. He sent a gazillion mosquito nets over to Africa etc. These nets were very lightly treated to aid in control and the ‘lightness’ allowed bed bugs to get a dose and not all die off thus building up the tolerance or whatever they want to call it. In time that strain has made it around the globe and here we are.

    If you’re ever in the mood, send some pics of your machine in action– I’d love to put up an article on the heat aspect and the benefits… (just use the Ask The Bug Doctor Tab)

    Thanks for contributing to my blog

  • Lisa T

    I have very few, was lucky to catch them when there were only 2 on my box spring one on the wall and found 2 in the bathroom, and a dead one by my bed on the floor…this was all last Tues which is when the 2 in the bathroom were seen and killed, then about 11:30 pm Thurs I saw to my horror the adult on the wall, which made me and a friend tear up the room and found the others, I went to work because I do not do bugs and this one is a nightmare, I have used Q.U.A.T.S also called Barbasol which is what beauticians and such use to sterilize combs ect, and its been very effective with Lice and other creepy crawlers so I went to work put it in the shampooer and sprayed everything in the house, but I still think I am getting bit or maybe I am just now getting bit either way its freaking me out to no end, I will continue to do the whole house daily with this mixture as I see it took someone here a month with alcohol to rid their home, and this is a much longer lasting solution so hopefully its going to work, before I am in a straight jacket,
    I would greatly appreciate someone telling me the tenants cost to have the thermal heat done, and being that I am not infested hopefully it wont take as long and that will keep the cost down…
    Anyways you dont have to have a license to buy QUATS and its even safe for your hair and your animal, and it hasnt hurt any furniture either now to see this week how its working, today is day/night 4 working pretty much nonstop by me or my great friend Lester to rid me of this nasty little tiny bug that has become the “monster house bug” from all that we humans have done with pesticides to this pest..
    Could someone please tell me what else I can do before they do happen to get out of control or am I on top of it and just have to keep using the Quats? but not to use the fogger they sell, I heard its a waste they are use to anything on the market and will only become aggressive and then I have a bedbug that bites me all day and night and goes with me whereever it can… HELP ME IF ANYONE HAS A SUGGESTION, Thanks and I hope the quats works for you as it may be helping me

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Hey Lisa,

    Not sure if you saw this article on my site. I go through in pretty good detail ‘How” you can treat yourself. http://pestcemetery.com/bedbugs/ I warn you, it’s pretty involved. I’m not sure what the cost would be for your heat treatment as different areas vary. You can always get free estimates and then that way you’ll know what to expect.

    Be careful with your Quats. I know it’s “harmless” but that’s only true for its intended use. I’m sure pest control is not on its label.

  • Wayne121752

    where do u buy it?

  • MIAMI305DIVAA

    HEY JULIE THIS IS NOT TRUE…. IT MAY KILL THE ADULTS BUT SURELY NOT THE EGGS . IF IT WERE THAT EASY I WOULDNT HAVE THE PROBLEM.. I ALSO THOUGHT THAT MY INFESTATION WASNT SO BAD UNTILL THEY MOVED TO THE LIVING ROOM AS WELL. I STAY UP ALL NIGHT WAITING FOR THEM SO I CAN FIGHT BACK.. AT THIS POINT IM MOVEING AND IM NOT BRING ANYTHING WITH ME.. IM STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN.. THE ONLY THING IM BRINGING IS MY UNBORN CHILDS STUFF THAT I RECIEVED AT MY BABY SHOWER.. IM CURREENTLY 8 MNTHS PREGNATE AND ITS BEEN HELL THESE LAST COUPLE OF MNTHS DUE TO THE BED BUGS.. NOW I DID FAIL TO MENTION THAT I HAVE HIRED TWO DIFFRENT

  • MIAMI305DIVAA

    PEST CONTROL COMPANYS AND WITH ALL THE RESEARCH IVE DONE I SEE THAT HEAT WILL BE MY LAST OPTION BEFORE I JUMP OFF A BRIDGE WITH THIS SITUATION….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEOOI3OLHHV4OJJSKZ5QCS7CIE RICHARDD

     i see your post was about a year ago, how have things been with the bedbugs?
    websterbackhoe@yahoo.com

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Just google alcohol and bed bugs and you’ll soon find a bunch of these type of results.  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/01/24/Man-starts-fire-trying-to-kill-bedbugs/UPI-78851295900278/

    It’s NOT as safe as you lead everyone on to believe.

  • anonymous

    Okay so I have a big problem these bugs are driving me crazy. I’ve had them for about 9 long months. I’m only 15 and i’m afraid to sleep in my bed so I sleep in the couch, the bathroom or the floor any where I can. My parents tried to buy plastic covers for the bed and yeah that worked for like two days but it went back too the way it was. I wake up with about 10-20 bites. Its sad that’s I can’t be comfortable in my own house. Can someone please leave me some advice on what to do !

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately you need to have your parents take the lead here though. I don’t think I’d stop yaking at em until they hired someone or take steps to get it solved.

  • richardd

    dont do the bridge idea, they are possible to get rid of but you need a pro to assist and you need to listen to the pro…..