It’s stressful and annoying to find roaches or ants in your home. They’re invasive, unsanitary, and can pose threats to the health of you and your loved ones. As troublesome as this situation may seem, at least you have a plan of action right away: spray the bugs when you see them, find where they came from, and apply some sort of over-the-counter insecticide to keep them out.
Trying to get rid of bed bugs is a different story. Bed bugs are difficult to find, and are resistant to most conventional pest control products. When you find bed bugs in your home, your plan to kill them may be less concrete. However, getting rid of these pests is far from impossible; in fact, you can do it yourself with the right tools and the right methods.
How a Bed Bug Heater Works
Heat treatments have proven to be very effective at killing bed bugs quickly and thoroughly. Exposure to heat above 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill bed bugs of all life stages in just a few hours. While steamers are most commonly recommended for killing the bugs and their eggs on contact, you can’t steam-clean everything you own — your shoes, books, and other belongings might not come out of a steamer run or laundry cycle in the best condition. For anything you can’t steam or spray, you need a portable bed bug heater.
With the right product, there’s very little to the operation of a bed bug heater. A PackTite, for example, is very simple to use: just place your belongings on the rack inside the heater, close the zipper, plug it in, and turn on the timer. When the green timer light goes off, the treatment is complete. PackTite heaters use patent-pending technologies that safely heat books, shoes, luggage, and just about anything else you can fit in there. This saves you hundreds of dollars by treating items that you might have considered throwing away to avoid a bed bug infestation.
Which Bed Bug Heater to Use
There are a handful of effective bed bug heaters on the market today, but choosing which one is best for you can be difficult. They all basically advertise the same thing: our heater kills bed bugs without hurting your stuff. That’s basically what you would expect them to do, right? But which is the best heater for your needs and budget?
The ThermalStrike is the go-to heater for shoppers looking for a bang for their buck. With a price point around $200, this is the least expensive heater on our list of recommendations. It is easy to set up, collapses for easy storage, and can fit most conventional suitcases. However, this heater doesn’t have the maximum temperature capabilities as some more expensive alternatives, and its flimsy construction may turn off some looking for a rigid heater that will stand up to years of closet abuse.
This PackTite heater is the best all-around option for the commuter or family home. It fits your luggage and personal belongings comfortably, treats everything effectively with its 150-degree maximum temperature, and includes a thermometer and timer for precise treatments. Its solid construction will endure years of use, and its ~$300 price tag won’t break the bank, either.
When you need to treat large items, or don’t want to deal with multiple treatments, you need a PackTite Closet heater. “Portable” is a relative term with this particular unit – it has over five times the usable volume of its little brother, the PackTite portable. That’s enough space for three empty suitcases, or all of your closet’s hanging clothes (hence the name). It costs a fair amount more than smaller bed bug heaters, but you definitely get what you pay for.
Regardless of which bed bug heater you end up purchasing and using, it’s extremely important that you follow the included instructions to the dot. Read the pamphlets, watch the videos, do whatever you have to do; just make sure you know what you’re doing, and that you aren’t going to burn yourself or damage your belongings.