Bed bugs hide in the least expected places. Leaving a single bed bug during the elimination period can result in re-infestation. You should leave the process to professionals to ensure they do it exhaustively. Of all methods of bed bug treatment, applying heat is the most effective.
Other non-chemical methods include steaming and freezing as discussed below.
This is, by far, the most effective method for the eradication of bedbugs. It is chemical free and eliminates bed bugs at the different stages of the life cycle. Since it penetrates all materials, you don’t have to discard any items. The method is capable of providing full control of the parasites within 24 hours.
You determine the thermal death point by the time of exposure and the temperature. Bed bugs die within 20 minutes of exposure to 118⁰F. Exposure for 90 minutes is likely to achieve instant success.
Steaming kills bed bugs in their different development stages. While you may be tempted to use your clothes’ steamer for this, it will not work on bedbugs. To be effective, the steamer has to be of high quality. It is, therefore, essential to use a high-volume commercial steamer.
These have volume control and will reach temperatures high enough to kill bed bugs. Although this method can reach bed bugs in crevices, it is most effective on bugs found on the surface.
This is effective where you suspect that you have carried bedbugs from elsewhere. Putting the infested items in the freezer will kill the pests. The freezer has to be set to below 0⁰F. You can freeze clothing items, shoes, books, toys, and any items that will not get damage from condensation.
Allow the items to freeze for four days for the bugs to die.
Bed bugs are resilient and require consistency to eliminate. Using the above methods correctly will help you remove them while keeping your home free of toxic substances.