What Temperature Kills Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are resilient pests that are difficult to eliminate but there are a few methods that can be used to kill them. One of the most effective methods is to use extreme temperatures. Research has shown that bed bugs will die when exposed to temperatures between 113°F (45°C) and 118°F (48°C) for 90 minutes or more. Temperatures of 120°F (49°C) or higher will kill bed bugs in as little as 20 minutes.

What Temperature Kills Bed Bugs?
What Temperature Kills Bed Bugs?

Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

To achieve these temperatures, you can use a professional heat treatment, which can reach temperatures up to 140°F (60°C). It involves using specialized equipment to heat up the entire infested area until it reaches the desired temperature. This method is often the most effective way to eliminate bed bugs because it is difficult for them to hide from the heat.


Another method is to use a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners use hot water to generate steam and are a great way to kill bed bugs. When using a steam cleaner, you must make sure that the steam reaches a temperature of at least 140°F (60°C) and is applied to all surfaces of the infested area.

Finally, you can also use a regular household iron to kill bed bugs. Make sure the iron reaches a temperature of at least 140°F (60°C) and move it slowly over all surfaces of the infested area. Be sure to keep the iron moving to avoid damaging fabrics or furniture.
No matter which method you choose, it is important to make sure the temperature is maintained for at least 90 minutes to ensure that the bed bugs are killed.

Best temperature kills bed bugs

When most people think of pest control, they immediately think of pesticides and other chemical treatments. While these potent poisons are undoubtedly effective for killing pests and clearing out infestations, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of spreading chemical treatments throughout their homes. Unfortunately, it’s often much more difficult to reliably clear up a pest infestation without these chemical-based treatments. However, when it comes to bed bugs, heat treatments provide a completely chemical-free alternative to conventional treatments.

Insects rely on proteins and enzymes

Insects are made of proteins, just like people and other animals. To sustain their lives, insects rely on proteins and enzymes to be able to perform essential biological functions properly. But when proteins are heated up to a specific temperature, they become denatured. Denaturing means that proteins lose their shape and start to break down. They are no longer able to interact with one another properly, and the cells that comprise the insect cease to function as they should.

Laboratory studies provide us with a range of temperatures at which a certain percentage of bed bugs caught by a heat treatment will die. To ensure complete control of a site, the bed bugs need to be heated to 50°C for two hours or 52°C for one hour. Note that this is the temperature the bedbugs themselves need to reach, not the environment around them.

Chemical-free treatments

Heat treatments are effective and reliable chemical-free treatments. Heating an entire room to the appropriate temperature takes time and energy; it doesn’t come cheap. If the temperature is too low or the heat isn’t applied evenly throughout the area, the treatment won’t take, and bedbugs will survive, lay their eggs, and keep the cycle going. However, if the temperature is allowed to rise too high, it can cause damage to furniture and fixtures. Careful pest control expert is required.

So what temperature kills bed bugs?

To achieve a lethal temperature, you have to provide to kill bed bugs is 60-70 C. In other words, if the only way you can get a bed bug above 45°C is by enclosing it in a small box placed inside an oven set at 250°F, thenyou’d have to hold it there for at least 20 minutes, depending on how much yuou want the bed bug killed.

6 Facts about bed bugs in the UK

Bed bugs are the ‘poster children’ of pest control. They have been in the UK for over 300 years and you can find them all across the UK. Unlike other insects bed bugs are happy to stay close to where people sleep, which is generally your bed! The are not dangerous but can leave itchy bites.

1. Bed bug infestations are on the rise in the UK, with a resurgence in recent years.

2. You can get Bed bugs all across the UK, in both urban and rural areas.

3. Bed bugs are not dangerous, but they can leave itchy bites on your skin.

4. Bed bug infestations is not easy to get rid of, and often require professional help.

5. Bed bug bites can cause a skin reaction called dermatitis, which can be itchy and uncomfortable.

6. There is no cure for bed bugs, but with the help of a pest control professional you can get rid of them.

Pest controllers are warning that bed bug infestations are on the rise in the UK.

How To Get Rid of bed bugs

Read more about pest control services for bed bugs in London.

Get in touch with Bon Accord your local pest control expert.

Pest advice for controlling bed bugs from BPCA

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