If you’re a property manager or an owner of a multi-family dwelling, there’s a good chance you already know that dealing with the presence of bed bugs can become a major headache. What begins as a problem in a single unit can quickly develop into a much bigger infestation. In order to succeed, conventional insecticide treatments require near-perfect preparation on the part of your tenants. Haphazard preparation and the spray and pray approach will often drive bed bugs into adjoining rooms or neighboring units, potentially creating a building-wide epidemic. Heat treatment can avoid these pitfalls and provide additional benefits as well.

  1. The need for tenant preparation is greatly reduced when using heat treatment. Since tenants are not experienced bed bug exterminators, the less they have to do, the better.
  2. The job can be accomplished in just one visit. The rooms are prepped, the heaters are placed, the temperature rises, and goodbye bed bugs.
  3. By massively reducing the usage of insecticides (which often function as a repellent), the chance of bed bug migration is greatly reduced.
  4. Bed bugs are becoming increasingly resistant to insecticides. This often results in the need for multiple applications to solve the problem. There is no resistance to heat, so a single heat treatment is much more likely to solve the problem.
  5. The use of additional heaters allows multiple units to be treated at once.
  6. K9 inspections can be performed the day after a heat treatment. With most insecticides, there is a waiting period before the dogs can be called in.
  7. If necessary, residual insecticides can be used to reduce the chances of a tenant causing a new infestation.