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Heat Treatment

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite – Kill Bed Bugs For Good with Heat

Magical’s bed bug heat treatment is a superior solution to get rid of bed bug infestations. This non-chemical, non-toxic approach penetrates wall cavities, mattresses and other hard to reach locations to kill bed bugs. By applying heat evenly throughout a structure we are able to kill bed bugs wherever they are hiding.

Heat treatments kill all of the growth stages of growth, including the eggs. This is important, given that not all pesticide control methods kill bed bug eggs. This means that oftentimes a heat treatment can eradicate the entire bedbug population in a single application.

There is considerable documentation citing the temperature and time correlations necessary to kill bedbugs and their eggs. Several sources (Usinger 1966, Gulmahamad 2002, Quarles 2007) report that adults and nymphs die within 15 minutes at temperatures greater than 113ºF and 60 minutes to kill eggs. Raising room temperatures above the thermal death point and maintaining that temperature for several hours should eliminate a bedbug infestation.

Thermal Death – Bed Bugs
Pest Temperature Duration Reference
Bed Bug Adults 
& Nymphs
45ºC (113ºF) 15 Minutes Mallis, 2004
Bed Bug Eggs 45ºC (113ºF) 60 Minutes Gulmahamad, 2002
Bed Bug All Stages 46ºC (114.8ºF) 7 Minutes Quarles, 2007

The temperature required to kill bedbugs and their eggs fall well within the temperature ranges achieved by a heat treatment. The low thermal death point of bedbugs allows Magical technicians to better adapt the process to the building and its contents while still achieving efficacy. Unlike many pesticides, bed bug heat treatments penetrate into all of the harborages and kill bed bugs where they reside. Our process forces heat into beds, bedding, mattresses, furniture, electronics, wall cavities and so on, leaving no place for bed bugs to hide.

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