There is new research that has been published regarding the temperatures required to kill bed bugs. This new research has revealed a different range of kill temperatures for adult bed bugs and their eggs than previously thought. Heat is still the kryptonite for bed bugs, but those performing bed bug heat treatments need to be a bit more diligent on making sure the heat is “just right”.
The new research concludes that eggs are more heat resistant than adults and the following should be observed:
- Lethal Temps for 100% population kill was 119 degrees F for adults and 131 degrees F for eggs with immediate exposure
- If these temps are not achieved, exposure time is critical for killing eggs: 118 degrees F for at least 71.5 minutes
May the Heat Be With You!
Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist