How do I prepare a room for bed bug eradication?

Our process uses warm air to kill all bed bugs and their eggs. The room and all its contents will be warmed to over 125°F (the kill zone) and may reach temperatures of 145°F (ensuring that all areas reach the kill zone). As a result anything that can be damaged by this heat should be removed. We have a check list which includes: candles, chocolates, pets, plants, medicines, and stringed musical instruments. Everything else should be situated so that the heat can penetrate as quickly as possible. Drawers should be opened, doors to closets opened, furniture moved away from walls, cushions lifted off of couches, mattresses angled up off of box springs, and clothes hung up or spread out so that they are no more than three inches deep. Full instructions are available here.

How long does it take to set up the area for treatment?
It usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour to set up, depending on the size of the residence. The process is very logical and straightforward and doesn’t require any special materials.
Will the bed bugs simply get away through the walls while the room is being treated?
It’s proven that if heat is directed towards the walls and the temperature is raised quickly enough bed bugs will not escape, but will remain (and actually be drawn to) the target area. This makes heat treatment significantly more effective than pesticides, which often repel insects (leaving them alive to reinfest once the toxins have dissipated).
Will the high temperatures set off fire alarms and sprinkler systems?
It is wise to turn off fire alarms and disable sprinklers as a precaution but the temperatures reached should not be high enough to set off an alarm or sprinkler. Sprinkler head covers are available to insulate them from the heat.
Does it kill other insects?
Though our technology has been specifically designed to kill bed bugs at all stages of their life, most insects to die at prolonged exposure to temperatures above 122°F
How does heat diffusion treatments compare to pesticide treatments?

Apart from the obvious fact that it is safe and non-toxic, heat treatment has many advantages over pesticide treatment. Perhaps the most significant is that bed bugs can simply escape the chemicals and return when it is safe for them again. For a full comparison, please refer to this chart.

Is there any smell?

No, in fact customers have noticed that the smell from smoke or cooking odors has been eliminated from belongings after a heat treatment.

I have allergies. Will this treatment affect them?
No, because the process uses no insecticides or chemicals. The treatment may reduce your allergic reactions because it will also kill mold spores.
Will the heat damage my belongings?
There are some belongings that should be removed to avoid being damaged from the treatment. They include prescription drugs, plants, pets, musical instruments, candles, and chocolates. Most of your belongings will be fine as the temperatures are no hotter than a summer day in Phoenix.
Is the heat transfer fluid dangerous or poisonous?
The HTF is a propylene glycol water mixture, this is also known as “plumber’s antifreeze” It is safe for food plants, potable water supplies in recreational vehicles and the environment. In the unlikely event that there was a spill it would cause no damage if a pet ingested it.
Is ThermaGone's heat treatment safe?
As safe as the furnace in your basement! The Heat Assault equipment uses environmentally benign propylene glycol that is heated remotely in HA500X. There are three levels of control to ensure that the system does not overheat. All of the hoses are self sealing to eliminate the chance of leakage. The air isn’t raised above 145°F in the target area, which is no different than a hot day in some tropical climates.
How do I know if the bed bugs are dead?
Temperature probes are distributed throughout the insect eradication area and monitored remotely. Once they indicate that the temperature has reached the kill zone for the required time (Usually 125°F for 30 mins) then you know that the insect eradication is complete.
Many insects are becoming resistant to pesticides. Can they become resistant to heat as well?

No, because the system uses heat which damages the insect’s exoskeleton and causes them to dehydrate. There is no way for them to become resistant to heat.

Bed Bug Treatment Toronto

We use nothing but heat to treat your home. No chemicals means there are no fumes, no residue and no corrosion. And, you can safely return home as soon as the treatment is complete. ThermaGone uses bio-diesel and/or diesel fuel and environmentally friendly heat-transfer fluid to generate and diffuse heat, creating the smallest possible environmental footprint.