Bedbug heat treatment startup strategies
by Tommy Underhill
July 14, 2018
This blog continues our series of technical highlights that are covered in greater depth and detail in our Master Heat Technician Certification training program. We believe training is the differentiating factor between success and failure. That is why we include the Master Heat Technician Certification training program as standard equipment in all bed bug heat treatment packages $1,999 and up, and every package we sell includes our flash video training.
Pre-treatment preparation for a successful treatment
In addition to creating the most-powerful portable propane insect heater available, our comprehensive training is what sets GreenTech Heat apart from the rest of the industry.
The following quick order of operation can help get your bed bug heat treatments up and running with a minimum of frustration.
- Walk the job site (both treatment and non-treatment areas) with two pads of sticky notes and a sharpie.
- Red-tag any heat sensitive items in the treatment area.
- Have the client remove any items that cannot withstand heat, such as chocolate, candles, and wines.
- Blue-tag any areas that will need focused heat: obvious infestations, client-identified problem areas, and any items with a high specific heat. You will want to probe these areas during the treatment to ensure lethal temperatures are reached.
- Draw an arrow on a sticky note and place it on the floor showing the initial placement and direction for an electric heater.
- Discuss electrical needs and strategy with the client. As you walk and talk, draw a big “X” on a red sticky note and place it over any socket the team cannot use for power.
- Stage heaters and fans in the treatment area.
- Fire up the heaters as quickly as possible, avoiding any heat sensitive items, and start heating the treatment area.
- Position fans to direct airflow.
- Adjust as needed.
Regardless of the job scope, you will find hot spots and stagnant areas. Don’t become complacent because you’re only treating with electric heaters. Use our experience to keep your job site safe.
Create “thermal padding” with reflective insulation or a thickly-padded moving blanket to protect heat sensitive items. Keep in mind that any item that gets placed in a truck or a shipping container anywhere between the factory and the customer has potentially been exposed to temperatures in excess of 180°F. Thermal padding allows heat sensitive items to gradually increase in temperature and avoid thermal shock or direct exposures to high-energy airflows.