Don’t lose business during high occupancy
Stop hiring pest control companies to kill your bed bugs!
One of your guests brought bed bugs with them. Your next guest gets bitten and complains. Now what? Your general pest control contract does not cover bed bugs. Your pest control company wants to treat it chemically and shut the room down for 3 to 4 weeks. The cost for the treatment is $600 or more. Occupancy is high, so you may lose guest revenues. Renting a room with bed bugs will ruin your reputation.
When guests inform you about bed bugs, it is wise to take proactive steps to eliminate an infestation as promptly as possible — more than your reputation may be on the line. Juries have awarded large sums lately when there is the appearance that management does not care about their guests’ well-being.
In-house self treatment with GreenTech Heat
There is another way. You can self treat with heat using your own maintenance staff. This is an effective and more economical way to deal with this unpredictably-intermittent, recurring problem. Heat has been proven to be effective in eradicating bed bugs in a single treatment. Guests can reoccupy that evening or the next day. Every living organism has a thermal death point. When treating for bed bugs, you may also kill bacteria, mildew, and viruses. You will disinfect your room and deodorize at the same time.
You will have recovered the cost of the equipment after a few treatments and be able to avoid having rooms being shut down for traditional pesticide treatments. You will be able to control your expenses and add profits to your bottom line. Unexpected infestations will be eradicated by your own staff. Don’t encase your mattresses: you can protect your mattress and box springs by disinfecting with heat.
Guests can keep 100% of their belongings and rooms are down for only one day
Reduce or eliminate your FF&E after a bed bug infestation. Our equipment and training is proven in the hospitality industry.
Bed bug lawsuits targeted towards the hospitality industry are nothing new. The unsettling trend is the dramatic increase in jury awards. Juries often award bitten hotel guests large sums of money because of a preponderance of evidence the hotel did not do enough to remediate an infestation before renting the room. Producing 19,659 BTU, the GreenTech Heat ePro 400 electric bed bug heater is the tool to proactively respond to bed bug infestations.
We combined our previous standalone electric heater with our high-performance air moving fans and created the ePro eradication electric heat treatment unit. Each ePro electric heater recycles room air through the intake port, moving 3500cfm over the heating coils and back into the treatment area. The GreenTech Heat ePro 400 electric heater with integrated PTAC cord treats up to 400 sqft in 8 hours, making it perfect for apartments, hotels, and dorm room treatments... any room with a PTAC outlet!
These easily-transported heaters heat the air to temperatures lethal to bed bugs and their eggs. The ePro 400 heater with PTAC cord simplifies electrical needs to significantly reduce set up times, with no need for a generator. The ePro 400 bed bug eradication heater is the ideal choice for heat treatments of bed bugs for closed system projects.
Unlike chemicals, heat kills eggs and all stages of insect development, with no potential side effects to your customers. Guest can keep 100% of their belongings and rooms are down for only one day.
Getting started with heat is easy!
Killing bed bugs with GreenTech Heat electric heaters is easy!
The ePro 400 is operated inside the treatment area and recycle the room air through the intake port, over the heating coils, and out into the treatment area. Each time air passes through the heater it imparts more energy into the air producing higher temperatures. The GreenTech Heat ePro 400 electric heaters have thermal regulator switches and can be set up in a treatment area and left to operate without constant supervision. We have designed these heaters to operate without requiring a generator. Each heater comes standard with the appropriate number of power cords. The included PTAC power converter lets you easily tap into other power sources like a PTAC air conditioner outlet.
The ePro 400 Special Package includes everything needed to begin treating rooms with a PTAC outlet for bed bugs:
- 1- ePro 400 heater with integrated PTAC cord
- 1- Air Mover 4000 cfm fan
- 3- Magnetic fire sprinkler covers
- 1- Hand-held laser temp sensor
- 1- Heat Treatment Field Guide
- 1- Flash drive video training
- 1- Master Heat Technician Certification: $899 value!
All GreenTech Heat heaters come with a 2-year repair or replace warranty.
Because of the convected energies created by the GreenTech Heat ePro heaters, we do not recommend guests or residents re-enter the property until temperatures have cooled to 85°F.
For a full discussion of bed bugs, their life cycle, bed bug detection and control, visit our bed bug page.
Basic Guidelines for Bed Bug Heat Treatments
Every Living Organism has a Thermal Death Point
The full details of heat treatments are provided in our Heat Treatment Field Guide. This is a basic approach to performing a heat treatment. The same process for treating bed bugs will also kill, and in some cases, completely eradicate other organisms. Regardless of the heat source, lethal temperatures and treatment exposure times must be achieved throughout the structure as measured at the hardest-to-heat location to achieve a 100% kill of your target organism.
Electric vs Propane
Heat systems affecting heat treatment run times and methodology.
- Electric bed bug heaters utilize a closed system. It operates from within the structure being treated with heat. Electric heat is slower in the beginning of the heating process than propane. With ePro electric heat systems, starting room temperatures raise by approximately 10°F in the inital hour. However, the ambient room air temperature will increase at an increasing rate as the room temperature rises and recycles itself through the electric heater. It is the multiplying effect of air recirculation within a closed system. Electric heat requires power sources. Adding more electric heaters will be more productive to your heat treatments. However, the power source may become a growing challenge. Each ePro electric heater is 120v and requires between 50 and 66 amps to run at 100% power. GreenTech portable Power Stations are used to plug into 240v power sources like an electric range or A/C outlet and can provide more 120v power to the ePro heaters. Check your available amperes.
- Propane bed bug heaters operate in an open system. The portable heating unit stays outside the structure and the heat is ducted into the building. It produces positive air pressure. The units require a source of propane to operate. Unlike electrical heaters, Titan propane heaters create an intense and immediate heating of the treatment area. Higher air output, higher volume of heated air, high productivity capabilities as compared to electric systems. Propane can be divided with splitting the heat ducting to cover more area, rooms, or even another unit. Propane treatments result in more thorough penetration and distribution of the heated air. Propane heaters tend to have faster treatment times or larger treatment areas.
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At first glance, it can appear there is a lot to understand about heat treatments! We’ve been developing and refining thermal pest control technology since the late 1980s and offer training and support unparalleled in the industry. Your success is our success. Please call our sales line at 855-GTH-BUGS (855-484-2847) for answers to any of your questions. We offer best-in-industry, 24/7 tech support to our clients and free shipping on all electric heat packages. All our fans and heaters come with a 2-year warranty.
Variables do Apply
There are a few parameters to consider when estimating a treatment time. These potentialities are all addressed in our Master Heat Technician Certification training.
Treatment area affects treatment times. The larger the area the longer heating time for all areas to reach lethal temperatures. The more nooks and crannies, the greater the compartmentalization and longer the treatment times.
Building materials such as cement, brick, wood, steel, dry wall, etc., will affect the heating times. Cement floors and walls will take as much as three times longer because cement acts as a heat sink and will maintain cool temperatures longer, thus requiring more heating time.
Furnishings affect airflow and heating times. Lots of furniture will require more run time due to the volume of material needing to get to temperature. Furniture is also an obstacle for the heated air to travel through and around.
Clutter can be a detriment to a successful treatment. Piles of clothing and blankets are very important to move around and mix during the treatment. The room air temperatures can be 130°F, while the floor under the pile of clothing could be a cozy and not lethal 80°F. Bed bugs prefer dirty laundry. Clean up the clutter prior to the treatment.
Weather can both positively and negatively affect treatment times. Treating for insects in a desert will require a shorter treatment time than when treating at a high altitude with snow and wind. Humidity and cold will take adjustments and more heat time.
Degree of infestation dictates the degree of both the post-treatment cleanup and the attention needed during treatment setup. Identifying and treating infestations early is key to control and is much easier to get a 100% kill. If the infestation is large and mature — basically way over due for treatment — you will need to take time to move objects, furniture, open all draws and closets, and spend extra time prepping and allowing more time for longer heat penetration of the structure and furnishings.
Ambient temperature defines your treatment’s starting point. This can have a similar affect as weather, but applies to interior room temperature. Is the treatment temperature beginning at, for example, 90°F or 40°F? Whenever practical, preheating the treatment area with the building’s HVAC can reduce treatment times. Preheating is not required to achieve lethal temperatures, but may decrease the treatment times for electrical treatments. All efforts should be taken to begin heating the structure during set-up of heat treatment equipment. Starting with a pre-heated room achieves faster arrival times for lethal temperature resulting in less treatment time, and higher productivity. A 10°F increase in room temperature prior to treating can eliminate an hour of treatment time.
Every organism has a thermal death point and heat kills lots of pests. The death point data listed is from laboratory tests, not field applications.
A Typical Treatment Plan
A Bedroom with Two Beds or A Basic Hotel Room Set-Up
Using an ePro electric bed bug heater to treat a bedroom with two beds and other furniture — be it a residential bedroom, a dorm, or a hotel or motel room — will benefit from a strong setup and airflow. Get the heater turned on in the room and heating prior to moving furniture and formally beginning the treatment.