ZappBug is a relatively new company in the bed bug heater game, but their mark is quickly being made. Their three models have been selling like hotcakes, thanks to their generous size, premium quality, and bargain prices. The original ZappBug Oven is the most well-rounded heater on the market, and the smaller ZappBug Heater has proven to be the heater of choice for those looking to treat small items on a budget. Now, ZappBug has created an entirely new genre of heating solutions with its enormous new ZappBug Room.
There can be no understatements when describing the scale of the Room. It has over 280 cubic feet of internal space – enough to fit 50 PackTite Portables. It’s also spacious enough to treat your sofa, mattress, bed frame, and just about anything else in your home that isn’t nailed down.
Unboxing the Room
The ZappBug Room comes in two bags. One long bag houses the giant tent and frame that make up the heater housing, and the other is a multi-layered packaging of everything you’ll need to set up and use the Room: the heater units, recirculation fan, timers, foam blocks, wireless thermometer, and even extension cords and a power adapter.
Everything is packaged quite nicely. Everything feels like it belongs, and no corners were cut in the product choice or storage. The timers and probes even come in their own separate boxes. The manual sufficiently covers the necessary safety warnings and best usage tips, but were a little light on assembly details for our taste. The manual PDF on ZappBug’s website was more comprehensive; our demo unit may have an older version or something.
A couple of items really surprised me with their design quality. The first is the tent itself – it’s double-layered and insulated to be tough and insulated. As someone who is used to PackTite’s comparably thin walls, this was a huge plus in my book. I also really admired the time and effort put into the heater units’ construction – they are handsome, solid, and clearly designed from the ground up for this product.
Setting Up the Room
Before you attempt to set up the Room, make sure that you have a lot of open space available. The Room is enormous – it’s going to take up a 6’ x 12’ space once it’s fully set up. You’re also going to need someone’s help; putting together the Room is not a one-person job, due to its size.
Once you’ve cleared some room in your room for your Room, start by unrolling and unfolding the tent. Unzip all five zipper pulls, then unfold all five sides to expose the base. Then, extend the legs of the frame, and pull it out to expand until all four locks click into place. Once the frame is fully erect, place it in the base of the Room. The fit will be a bit snug, but that just means you’ve done everything right so far.
Now it’s time to pull the walls up and over the frame. Those with vertical challenges may need to enlist the help of a footstool or a taller neighbor, as the Room stands at about 6 ½ feet. I wouldn’t tip the Room over for convenience’s sake at this or any other point in the assembly. Something this big should stay standing once the frame is in place.
Once the walls are up and zipped in place, it’s time to mount the four heater units. There are four ventilation tubes near each corner that will house the units. Stretch the tubes over the end of the heater, taking care not to cover the marked lines. The fit will be tight here as well; that was deliberate, to minimize leaking heat.
Each heater should be plugged into their own timer, which is then plugged into an outlet. Due to the amount of power each heater draws, they’ll need to each be plugged into their own circuits. Most residences and commercial buildings have one circuit per room, so use the included extension cords to reach three other rooms – the kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms are all suitable options.
The entire assembly took me and Efrain about 10 minutes, which is frankly a lot faster than we expected. With everything in place and plugged in, the rest is just a matter of placing infested items inside, zipping it shut, and setting the timers.
Treating for Bed Bugs
While some may be intimidated by the Room’s size or price, it’s probably the most practical bed bug treatment we can offer. The Room can fit a bed up to king size, frame and all, or every book or piece of clothing you own. You can use racks or shelves to make the most of the space and heat just about everything in your home in a matter of hours.
The included thermometer and timers make treatment very straightforward. Place each of the probes in the most insulated parts of the items that you’re treating, such as inside your luggage or between the cushions of furniture. Then, set the timers to eight hours – this ensures that the Room has enough time to thoroughly heat everything inside.
The wireless home unit will allow you to monitor the probes – just keep an eye on it, and wait for all three to hit at least 120 degrees. That’s the sweet spot we’re looking for, as bed bugs and their eggs will die in just a few minutes then. To be on the safe side, let the Room run for about another hour after the probes all read 120.
While the Room is running, you can treat the rest of your home with a steamer and a combination of contact and residual sprays and powders. Fighting bed bugs has never been this easy. Once pest control professionals catch onto the advantages of the Room, there will be a ZappBug in every truck.
We are a little too excited about the ZappBug Room here at Bed Bug Supply. It’s the coolest new product we’ve seen in the bed bug world in quite some time. Not only is it innovative, but it’s polished too. Everything about the Room is solidly built and tight-fitting, built to deliver and to last.
This heater is a game-changer for professionals and homeowners alike. Instead of having to decide what to bag, what to steam, what to heat, and what to throw away, the process of killing bed bugs in your belongings can now be done in just one step: neatly stack everything in the Room (as long as it’s safe for that temperature) and turn it on.