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More than just bedbugs: Heat successfully kills lots of pests

by Dr. Michael R. Linford
July 24, 2018

While our primary extermination target is bed bugs, heat can be 100% efficacious when heat treating to exterminate most organisms.

GreenTech Heat provides an engineered insect eradication solution backed by scientific research and 25 years of field testing, research and development. While not designed nor specifically marketed for killing microorganisms, the GreenTech Heat treatment may kill most organisms living in the space we inhabit. Adult male German cockroaches die in 7 minutes at 130°F (Forbes and Ebeling, 1987). Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as toxic mold, is killed in 30 minutes of 140°F (Domsch, 1993, pg. 745). E. coli rarely survive beyond 10 minutes of 150°F (Padhye and Doyle, 1992). Hantavirus is rendered inactive with exposures of 30 minutes of 140°F (Manual of Hemorrhagic Fever and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. WHO. p. 196). House dust mites are killed after 60 minutes of 140°F (House Dust Mites, University of Nebraska, Bug Facts 013-97). The lethal times quoted by these published reports are for laboratory conditions. Achieving a kill in the real world is dependent upon many factors and our training helps you address the contingencies you will find so you can achieve a 100% kill 100% of the time.




Termites

I originally commercialized thermal pest eradication in the 1980s for the structural pest control market to kill termites and other wood-destroying insects. The Titan 800 produces enough energy to increase the interior temperature of large, wooden structural beams to 140°F, a level lethal to termites, and maintain that temperature for the required heat treatment duration.

Signs to look for:

Heat treatment equipment for termites and other strucutral insect pests

Termite droppings

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat hotels and motels for termites and other insect pests

Shed wings

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Wood damage



Heat treatment specifications

Target temperature
54°C/130°F

Duration adults
90 min

Duration eggs
90 min

How heat is different

Unlike fumigants that take multiple days to penetrate wooden structural members and are toxic to people and pets, heat penetrates every part of a structure and can often kill all termites in a structure within one day. The non-chemical, active application of convected heat via an open system produced by the Titan 800 portable propane heater will also denature and flush dust, allergens, and odors from a structure.

Best heater for killing termites: Titan 800

Because of the thermal energies required to raise the core temperature of wooden structural members, the 990,000+ BTU Titan 800 portable propane heater is the best heater for the job.




Fleas

Heat treatments kill fleas and other insect pests.Eradicating an infestation by finding and eliminating fleas on your pet sounds easy enough. Finding all the fleas can sometimes be difficult because of their small size and large numbers. While the best place to look is in your pets’ fur, you can also find fleas and their eggs throughout your home and yard. Your pets are the fleas’ food supply are the main target for the fleas: These insects need blood to live and reproduce.

If you have a flea infestation, you will probably have fleas in all stages if you find adult fleas in your home. That includes eggs, larva, pupae, and fully-grown adult fleas. Fleas are ⅛ inch long and typically dark colored. They don’t have wings, but can jump almost ten inches.

Signs to look for:

Heat treatment equipment for fleas, cockroaches and other insect pests

Flea dirt/feces

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat hotels and motels for fleas and other insect pests

Flea infestations

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat restaurants for cockroaches and other insect pests

Fleas



Heat treatment specifications

Target temperature
68°C/155°F

Duration adults
21 min

Duration eggs
65 min

How heat is different

As your pet moves around the house, eggs can fall off get dispersed throughout your home and its furniture. Chemically treating all areas for flea eggs is ineffective. A whole-house heat treatment will kill all stages of fleas, including their eggs, wherever they may be.

Best heater for killing fleas: Titan 450

Individual rooms can be treated over several days with our ePro 400 or ePro 600 electric heaters. Whole structures can be treated in as little as one day with the 513,000+ BTU Titan 450 portable propane heater.




Rodents

Heat treatments denature rodent-borne vectors and insect pests.Rodent pests includes mice, rats, and squirrels which can contaminate food, damage property, and spread disease. Rats and mice are the most common rodents in the United States. Unlike the depiction in cartoons, rodents such as rats and mice do not instinctively seek out cheese, but will eat grains, and gnaw and chew on insulation and piping.

Rodents can spread disease to humans. According to the CDC, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome can be spread by breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings, as well as direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings. Rodents don’t have dedicated potty spots. As rodents roam around their environment, they urinate and deficate wherever they go. Rodents can also introduce disease-carrying insects directly into your home. Unlike baits and traps that will eliminate the animal pest, heat treatment for rodents will denature the viruses and bacteria found in rodent droppings and urine tracks, throughout your entire home.

Signs to look for:

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat homes and apartments for bed bugs and other insect pests

Rodent droppings

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat hotels and motels for rodents and other insect pests

Rodents damage

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat restaurants for bed bugs and other insect pests

Chewed pipes or insulation



Heat treatment specifications

Target temperature
80°C/176°F

Duration adults
60 min

Denature droppings
30 min

How heat is different

Unlike traps and poisons which will eliminate the rodent, heat treating the entire structure—including attics and sub-areas—will kill the bacteria and viruses found in the rodents’ urine and feces. Heat directed in and through the animal’s environs and nesting sites will definitely drive the pests to seek cooler areas outside of the structure and will kill any that are unable to escape. When combined with traps and structural repair and reinforcements, heat sanitizes and disinfects the treatment area better than simply killing the animals.

Best heater for treating rodents: Titan 800

Because treating rodent infestations typically includes denaturing the hazardous effects of their droppings and urine in attics, wall voids, crawl spaces, and sub-areas, the 990,000+ BTU Titan 800 portable propane heater is the best heater for the job.




Cockroaches

Cockroach infestations can grow and spread quickly because these insects are aggressive breeders and are very mobile. It is essential to identify the infestation as soon as possible. Knowing the signs of a cockroach infestation can help you stop the spread of cockroaches.

Signs to look for:

Heat treatment equipment for cockroaches and other insect pests

Fecal spots

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat hotels and motels for cockraoches and other insect pests

Eggs/ooetheca

GreenTech Heat sells heat equipment to treat restaurants for cockroaches and other insect pests

Cockroaches



Heat treatment specifications

Target temperature
66°C/150°F

Duration adults
32 min

Duration eggs
x68 min

How heat is different

Unlike chemical pesticides and baits that cockroaches must seek out or come in physical contact with, heat penetrates every place cockroaches live, hide, and infest. When properly applied, cockroaches cannot escape from a heat treatment. When combined with desiccant dusts and perimeter barriers, heat can always be 100% lethal to cockroaches and their eggs.

Best heater for killing cockroaches: ePro 600

Because cockroaches like to hide behind appliances, in walls, and in places that can be hard to heat, the ePro 600 portable electric heater is the best insect heater for residential jobs. Large infestations or commercial locations will benefit from treatments with the 513,000+ BTU Titan 450 portable propane heater.



GreenTech Heat develops and designs our heating equipment to eradicate bed bugs and other insects. We don’t repurpose equipment originally designed to dry water spills.

When you consider how many of today’s goods and services come with harmful side effects to the consumer or the environment, the GreenTech Heat Titan portable propane heaters, ePro portable electric heaters, and training provide you the technological advantage to make a difference for your customers and differentiate your business or residences for a strategic advantage in the marketplace.


Dr. Mike



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