Bedbugs and Their Eggs Eliminated in One Application by New Non-Chemical, Non-Toxic Infrared Heat Treatment

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As pests proliferate and develop chemical resistance, exterminators learn of a university study that shows a new heat treatment can eliminate both the pests and their eggs in one step with no chemicals, odor, residue or costly furnishing replacement

Bloodsucking bedbugs are back with a vengeance and they're giving hotel guests and property owner-managers sleepless nights as they struggle to deal with a global epidemic that's triggering costly remediation, litigation and damaged reputations even in upscale establishments.

Amid evidence the vampire-like insects are becoming immune to the insecticides that are used to kill them, a new heat treatment known as ThermaPureÒ is proving effective at discreetly eliminating both the bugs and their eggs in one application with no chemicals or odor.

Though once controlled with broad-spectrum pesticides like the now banned DDT, the insects are difficult to eliminate with today's targeted pesticides, and often require several follow up visits by exterminators with no guarantee of success.

Traditional treatments can also be costly, intrusive, time consuming, and embarrassing.
Tenting a structure to fumigate would draw more unwanted attention and may be impractical if the whole structure must be vacated for several days.

Fortunately, a revolutionary pest eradication treatment called ThermaPureÒ is proving to be a fast, discreet, non-chemical, non-toxic cure to bedbug infestations without residue, odor, or the need for replacing costly furnishings. The process uses specifically designed infrared heaters to heat surfaces to eliminate insect infestations as well as disinfect, decontaminate, and dry out buildings in much the same way heat is used to pasteurize milk and kill bacteria in wine.

A recent U.C. Berkeley study, headed by Vernard Lewis, Ph.D., a research entomologist, tested the efficacy of ThermaPureÒ heat on adult bedbugs and their eggs by heating a single ranch style house in California. Infrared heaters and heat exchangers were tested in different sections of the house and sensors monitored temperature continuously.
Bedbugs were put inside wall cavities, cabinets, and between mattresses and box springs.

The study noted that the use of infrared heaters to treat bedbugs shows "greatest promise when used for structures where they can be set up overnight and dismantled and removed the morning after treatment. Hotels, schools, day care centers, office buildings, vacation homes, and homeowners that are not opposed to moving out for the night, would all be potential beneficiaries of this technology."

Unlike fumigation, which is applied only to entire structures, the heat treatment process is highly effective for localized, area or whole structure treatments, including infestations confined to a single hotel room, condo or apartment. Unlike fumigation, no chemicals are involved, with no odor, and no move out is required if completed in a single day.

The heat effectively destroys the insects and their eggs, which won't develop a resistance to it as they do to chemicals. Since heat can achieve lethal levels inside mattresses, pillows, wall voids, books and all contents of a given room or structure, the homeowner, hotel or property owner doesn't need to completely remove and replace all the furnishings, drapes, carpets or mattresses, resulting in less cost, personal or business disruption.

For hotels or property owners sensitive to the social stigma of bedbugs, what's especially attractive about the heat treatment process is its speed and unobtrusiveness. The infrared heaters unfold and plug into electric outlets, and are built for stability with an automatic safety shut off if tipped. Previously, such heat treatment was unavailable in high-rise structures because propane or hydrocarbon fuels were not allowed in them.

For more information about the ThermaPureÒ process, contact ThermaPureHeat®
180 Canada Larga Rd. Ventura, CA 93001, call Dave Hedman at 866-665-3432, or visit the website at http://www.thermapure.com.

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