When conducted properly, heat treatments for bed bugs are extremely effective. However, the success rate does depend on certain factors such as the experience of the team, the duration of the treatment, how well the heat is dispersed and the preparation done by the home owner. For example, if the area underneath a mattress or other furniture doesn’t get heated for an adequate amount of time. Also if the heat is not high enough or dispersed correctly to reach all infested areas, the heat treatment will not work.
There are other things that can prevent heat treatments from working. Proper preparation by the homeowner or tenant is a huge key to the success of the treatment. For example, if furniture or clothing has been removed from the treatment area and then those items are moved back without treatment, bed bugs may still remain in these items. When that’s the case, the bugs will move right back inside. When heat treatments are done properly, prepared well, and bed bugs are not brought back into a home or room, the treatment is very effective. Heat treatments kill all life stages of Bed Bugs, including eggs, so there’s no need to wait weeks for this bed bug treatment to work.
No one wants to go through heat treating their home only to have the procedure not work in the end. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask a pest control service about their success rate, or look at reviews online to determine if a particular type of treatment will work for your situation.