How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs With Heat

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Using heat to get rid of bed bugs is very effective, however you need to use the right forms of heat to avoid burning your mattress. Use heat to exterminate bed bugs with tips from a professional pest control technician in this free video on home pest control.

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Hello, I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control in St. Petersburg, Florida. The other day, I was asked how to get rid of rid of bed bugs with heat. Well actually, heat is a pretty good tool to use against bed bugs. It's nice and safe, and natural. Now, when I say safe, I'm not talking about using one of these things, okay? This is not a safe tool to use for bed bugs. If you try to use a hairdryer, you can't really control the amount of heat, right? You end up burning your mattress, or melting a cover. That's not what we're talking about, okay? The heat that we want to use is going to be a combination of different things. Steam is actually a very good tool. You can buy a steam cleaner, a little hand held one, or a little floor model at someplace like in a Walmart, right? And, you want to go along, and you want to steam clean the entire mattress and all the seams, very very thoroughly. The first thing you want to do is vacuum it, though, and then go through with your steam cleaner. So, that works quite well. Some of the fabric products like your sheets and whatnot, you want to wash in hot water, and then dry, you know, as hot as the label will allow. Some products that you can't wash , but you can still run through the dryer, you want to use the dryer just to create the heat. You want a hot cycle, you want to run it for at least 20, 30 minutes, okay? That's going to kill off the bed bug. If you get a bed bug up to about 140 degrees for 10 minutes, it's toast, okay? Another way of utilizing heat here in sunny St. Petersburg, is to take a black garbage bag, a big fellows like the kind they use on a construction site, are perfect. And, you can take cushions from your couch, pillows, blankets, and things like that, and put them inside, seal it up fairly tight, and put it out in the driveway in the hot sun. Just leave it there all day long. And, what you don't want to do, is you don't want to stuff those bags full, to the hilt, because they are going to act like an insulator. It will get really hot on the outside, but the inside is not going to get that hot. So, you want to just spread them out, fairly flat, and let them just get toasty hot, that will really help. So, I hope this helps you. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control, coming to you from sunny St. Petersburg.

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