Little Pest Control Company Goes BIG With Idea to Kill Bed Bugs

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Insect Inferno is the HOT product for killing bed bugs and their eggs. The Insect Inferno is a mobile heat trailer invented by Corey and Sue Westrum of Leonard, Mn.

Insect Inferno is going to be attending the New England Bed Bug Boot Camp in Woburn, Mass. (suburb of Boston) on Feb 9th and 10th at The Holiday Inn. Insect Inferno will be bringing one of their 18' trailers to demonstrate how effective the trailer is in killing bed bugs and their eggs. In honor of Insect Inferno's 2 year anniversary they will running specials in Woburn. If you'd like to know more about the show or would like a private showing of the trailer please contact us at 1-877-536-2847 or email us at info(at)insectinferno(dot)com.

Insect Inferno just returned from Atlantic City, NJ where they attended the NPMA Eastern Conference at Bally's Resort and Casino. Thank you to everyone who attended and stopped by to see us.

Here is a brief history of how Insect Inferno came about. Corey and Sue Westrum own Insect Inferno, Inc and also own North Star Pest Control, Inc.

It started with North Star Pest Control in 1983; a family owned company operated by Corey and Sue Westrum of Leonard, MN dedicated to getting rid of unwanted pests. As the pest population increased, so did the Westrum’s business. Since 1999, their business has doubled.

In 2006, after attending an annual pest control certification conference, Corey and Sue had an idea. Bed bugs were just beginning to show up in Minnesota and they knew there was a window of opportunity. If North Star Pest Control was going to compete with other companies on doing bed bug jobs they needed something that was going to be beneficial and effective to their arsenal of equipment. Corey had the idea of using heat in an enclosed trailer to get rid of the bed bugs.

In 2007, the Westrum’s were able to begin bringing their idea to life with their first design. In 2008, the first prototype for the Insect Inferno’s mobile heat unit was developed. The Insect Inferno is a mobile heat trailer for bed bugs. Since the first prototype was built, the Westrum’s have made many changes. One significant change is an upgraded computer program to run the trailer and data log the live temperatures as the trailer is in use. The trailer itself is a custom built enclosed trailer with a steel drop down frame for easy loading and unloading and also has an enclosed control room. The Insect Inferno can achieve and maintain a temperature hot enough in the core of mattresses and upholstered furniture to kill all life stages of bed bug and their eggs. With the Insect Inferno there is no need to throw away household items.

In 2010, Corey and Sue won the IDEA Competition, a coveted award given by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and sponsored by the Small Business Development Association for breakthrough ideas. A rigorous process involving several rounds with judges is a part of the process. Business, finance and marketing consultants from the Small Business Development Center are provided to finalists to assist them in bringing forth the best possible IDEA entry and to successfully implement their breakthrough idea.

Since winning the IDEA competition, Corey and Sue have already sold 8 of the Insect Inferno trailers nationwide. This past fall, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar stopped to see Insect Inferno on her Made in America Economic Tour. Corey has appeared on the NBC and CBS national news programs as well as in the Wall Street Journal. Not only is everyone talking about bed bug infestations but also the unique use of a mobile inferno that uses heat to get rid of the bugs.

The inquiries continue to come in daily for solutions to getting rid of bed bugs. The beauty of the Insect Inferno is that it is mobile and other pest control businesses can purchase for their own use. Corey and Sue just want people to have the ability to get a good night’s rest.

Additional information can be found at or Corey and Sue Westrum can be reached at 218-968-2336 or 1-877-536-2847.


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