GreenTech Heat Solutions - Bed Bug Heat Treatment Equipment

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HUD Heat Treatment Equipment

  • Years of field experience in pest control
  • The best ROI in heat treatment equipment & training
  • Affordable & portable
  • Technology independently/university tested
  • EPA approved
  • Ongoing training/technical support
  • Score 100% on REAC scores for bed bug compliance


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Electric Bed Bug Heat Systems

  • Our ePro electric heaters combine a state-of-the-art heater with multiple heating elements with a 3500cfm fan. These heaters increase the treatment area temperature by recycling room air through the intake port, over the heating coils and out into the treatment area. Each pass through the heater imparts more energy into the air. These easily-transported heaters have up to eight individually-selectable 8-amp heat elements that can be used, depending on availability of electricity on the job site, with no need for a generator.


"I just wanted to call and let you to know we fired your machine up for the first time today and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the quality of the equipment you sent me. I really appreciate the fact that you are there. We will certainly be doing business with you. I will certainly be sending anybody I can to you. I am extremely impressed with the equipment. I just wanted to pass that along. You have cut our treatment time down. We are already up to heat and we have only been running about an hour. I just wanted to give you a heads up. This is a great product you are putting out there."
- Norfork Redevelopment & Housing Authority

Housing Authority / HUD / Multi-Family Heat Treatment Systems

Improve REAC Score & Turn Times!

Don't wait for bed bugs to ruin your tenant experience, turn times and excellent REAC scores! Traditional bed bug treatments can take weeks and will destroy your reputation in the interim. Join the hundreds of hospitality managers who have decided that self-treating with heat is the most effective and economical method of bed bug elimination. Kill bed bugs and their eggs with GreenTech Heat!


Why Self-Treat With GreenTech Heat?

  • HUD bed bug heat treatmentHeat treatments kill 100% of bed bugs and their eggs in just one treatment.
  • housing authority bed bug heat treatmentImmediate, in-house response to any infestation saves thousands on regular pest control company treatments.
  • multifamily bed bug heat treatmentSee a return on your investment within three treatments.
  • hud heat treatment for bed bugsTreated rooms are only down for a few hours during treatment.
  • housing authority heat treatmentNo chemicals used with heat!

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

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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.




Technology Overview

Electric vs Propane

Heat systems affecting heat treatment run times and methodology.

  • ePro electric bed bug heaters create convected heated air to kill bed bugs, cockroaches, spiders, termites, bacteriaElectric 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.
  • Titan propane bed bug heaters create convected heated air to kill bed bugs, cockroaches, spiders, termites, bacteriaPropane 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.

ePro 400

Titan 450
Power source Electricity Propane
Treatment area 400sqft 400sqft
Starting temperature 75°F 75°F
Infestation moderate moderate
Target temperature 130°F+ 150°F+
Estimated treatment time 8-12 hours 2-4 hours

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.

Dust ruffles and bed spreads obstruct airflow during bed bug heat treatmentsFurnishings 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.

bed bug hotel room setup

Bed Bugs

General Information

Bed bugs are widespread and have been found in houses, apartments, hotels, schools, hospitals, dormitories and movie theaters. They use their straw-like mouth parts to suck blood from warm-blooded animals such as humans, bats, and birds. Adults are oval-shaped, flattened front to back, and wingless. At maturity, they are 4-5 mm long and 1.5-3 mm wide. They are light brown when hungry but after a feeding on blood, their abdomen looks bright red, red-brown, or blackish. Bed bugs may be mistaken for small cockroaches but unlike cockroaches, which scavenge human food, bed bugs feed only on blood. They remain hidden during the day and actively feed at night. Their bites are painless but the bite wounds can be extremely itchy for days later. If disturbed, alarmed, or crushed, they leave dark stains (fecal spots), often on sheets and bedding.

bed bug adult identification info

Life Cycle

Bed bugs have three stages in their life cycle: egg, nymph, adult. Adult females lay eggs on rough dry surfaces near their hiding places, either singly or in small clusters. One to four weeks later, the nymphs hatch from the eggs and seek a host animal from which to feed. As nymphs eat and mature, they outgrow their skin, grow a new skin layer (exoskeleton) beneath it, and shed the old one, a process called molting. Following each molt, the nymph is a little larger. After the fifth growth-molt cycle, usually 4-6 weeks later, the bed bug reaches full size and is an adult. The process of changing body forms while maturing is called metamorphosis.

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Bed Bug Bites

At night, bed bugs travel from their hiding places to feed on sleeping host animals. They insert their long needle-like mouthparts into the skin, inject saliva which digests blood cells, and drink up the digested blood. As the abdomen fills with blood, it turns bright red, dark red-brown, or blackish. After feeding, they retreat to their hiding places. They typically feed every 5 – 10 days but can live up to 8 months without feeding.

Unlike many insects that feed on human blood, bed bugs are not known to transmit (vector) any disease-causing bacteria or viruses (pathogens). Reactions to bed bug bites very among individuals. Many victims show no signs of bites. Others don’t realize they’ve been bitten until rash, redness, or swelling appears around the bite, sometimes with intense itching.

Detection

Bed bugs are active at night and are adept at hiding in dark places during the day. They most often hide in crevices and in spaces between mattresses and box springs, on bed frames and headboards, and between couch and chair cushions. They are less commonly found in dressers and nightstands, in and on luggage, in electrical outlets, and among clutter. Once they infest a room, they often travel to adjacent rooms.

Prevention and Control

Proper sanitation practices and diligence can help prevent bed bug infestation.

  • Inspect for bed bugs wherever you sit or stay. Eggs are tiny white ovals, bed bugs are brownish, shed skins are yellowish, and fecal spots black.
  • If you may have been exposed to bedbugs, wash and dry your clothes on high heat, then run them through the dryer again for at least 20 minutes. Dry clean items that cannot be machine-dried. Place shoes and other non-washable items into sealable plastic bags and place them in the freezer overnight to kill bed bugs that might be on or in them.
  • Never bring used or discarded furniture or clothing into your home unless it has been carefully inspected for bed bugs. Wash and/or freeze clothing and other items as described above.
  • If you find bed bugs at home, heat is the most thorough, efficient chemical free method to use. Either conduct a heat treatment yourself or use a professional pest control service and request that they use heat. Chemicals require repeated visits to the site. It is not necessary to use chemicals where you live. Heat is clean and efficient.
  • Other heat treatment benefits include removal of odors from cooking, smoking, animals, urine, and bacteria.
bed bug hiding places

Additional Tools You May Need

Get Out Of The Heat - Wireless Temperature Monitoring

The GreenTech iTemp wireless temperature monitoring system is the most accurate and affordable wireless system available to pest control professionals. iTemp systems record treatment temperatures and provides a factual temperature read out as evidence of your professional delivery of GreenTech Heat. Our systems provide accurate temperature documentation which can be supplied to the client at the end of the project.

GreenTech iTemp systems monitor your temperatures from anywhere, anytime. The iTemp is a wireless system that remotely senses the temperature via a wireless temperature sensor device. The wireless sensor then transmits the temperature signal to a cellular transmitter which relays the signal to our GreenTech iTemp online portal. The iTemp portal data logging software charts heat treatment temperature readings anywhere you have access to a cell tower and/or Wi-Fi with a PC, Phone, iPad.

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Keep Fire Sprinklers Cool & Treatment Areas Dry

The patented fire sprinkler cooling system from GreenTech Heat offers a margin of safety for conducting a heat treatment when fire sprinklers are present. Fire sprinklers are typically found in apartments, hotels, offices and sometimes residential buildings as well. Fire sprinklers are engineered to burst the glass module that triggers the flow of water at specific temperatures. Residential burst temperatures range from 135F to 200F depending on the structure and location. Check with local building codes for specific data regarding your area. Trust GreenTech's fire sprinkler cooling system to keep fire sprinklers cool while during heat treatments.

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Prevent Barrier Guard & Sprayer

After heat treatment, create a preventative residual barrier against Bed Bugs for up to 6 months. Once you have eradicated Bed Bugs in a given location using GreenTech Heat, GreenTech Prevent can be sprayed on upholstered materials like couches, beds and bedding, carpets and other fabrics. This applied barrier can help prevent re-infestations which may be the result of a visitor who happens to bring bed bugs into the treated location, or if an untreated adjoining unit allows for a migration between unit that are being treated.

  • Natural Soy based
  • No chemicals
  • Non-toxic
  • Will not stain
  • No odor
  • Easy application
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"We use Dr Linford's products on our property. The equipment is of very high quality and very dependable. Also the technology is very effective. I would recommend this product to anyone."
- Glenn Hayes, East Georgia Housing Authority

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