Bed Bug Supply Review - see what our experts have to say about this product
When we were presented with the original ZappBug Oven, we were floored. The Oven was an affordable bed bug heater with a ton of space - it could treat more and larger items than its more expensive competitors, and it could do so more efficiently. We happily recommend the ZappBug Oven to anyone looking to treat large suitcases, small upholstered items, or a lot of personal belongings at once. However, some may be looking for a smaller, lower-priced heater for smaller heating tasks.
Clearly, ZappBug had their ear to the door, because they quickly released their answer. The ZappBug Heater is more portable than the ZappBug Oven (or any PackTite), has more internal space than the ThermalStrike or the original PackTite, and is the lowest-priced heater in its class. This adds up to an incredible offering by ZappBug, and a huge win for consumers treating their belongings on a budget.
Setting up the ZappBug Heater is as easy as it was for its larger sibling, the Oven. All you need to do is unfold the tent-like oven, attach the heater to the ventilation tube, and plug the heater into the included Belkin timer. You can then fill the oven with whatever you need to treat; then, just set the timer and let the ZappBug do the rest.
The included wireless thermometer allows the user to safely monitor the heater to ensure that everything is reaching the ideal temperature. Once the contents have all hit at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, any bed bugs and eggs inside will be dead within a minute. However, it will take a few hours for everything to reach that lethal temperature.
For many people, the ZappBug Heater is the best bed bug heater in the market. If you're not treating a lot of items, or anything over 2 feet wide and 3 feet long, the Heater is all you need. It's easy to setup, easy to use, and works beautifully, all for a much lower price than the competition.
ZappBug kills 100% of all bed bugs and their eggs. Scientific evidence shows that bed bugs die in one minute at temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside the Zappbug bed bug heater ranges from 120 to 145 degrees.
The new ZappBug Heater is the little brother of the ZappBug Oven, and is designed to fit carry on or checked luggage. This product is extremely portable, and can be transported as a 13" cube.
Why Use Heat?
Heat treatments are a safe and effective alternative to spraying your belongings with chemicals. A bed bug heater can treat large items, or many small items, quickly and thoroughly by safely heating them to a lethal temperature. This saves time spent checking each and every item, and saves money that may otherwise be spent replacing infested items that are thrown out.
Bed Bug Usage Tips:
Bed bugs can hide almost anywhere a credit card can fit. That means they could be camping out in your clothes, shoes, books, and just about any other personal belongings you have in your home.
You can start treating these items by drying your clothes on the highest heat settings possible. Items that can't be thrown in the laundry can be treated with the ZappBug heater.
ZappBug is extremely easy to use. Simply set it up, load it with items and press the "on" switch on the included Belkin timer (making sure that six hours is selected on the timer). The included timer automatically shuts off the heater when the treatment cycle is done.
To Use Our Non-Chemical Treatment Protocol Against Bed Bugs We Recommend:
DVDs and CDs can be heated in a ZappBug with no worry, but probably not vinyl records. Depending on the thickness of the vinyl, it could be warped by the heat in the ZappBug. Remove the records from their sleeves, give them a good thorough inspection, and treat the sleeves themselves in the heater (as bed bugs are more likely hiding in the sleeve than the record itself).
Q:can we put glassware in it?
Glassware should be safe in a ZappBug, especially those that are labeled as safe for cooking. Fine glassware that is not used for cooking is a bit more questionable. If you're not sure, simply inspect the items carefully to see if there are any signs of bed bugs in or on them. If you don't see anything, you can set them aside and treat the rest of your belongings.
Q:Can you get replacement parts? We had a faulty outlet fry the timer that plugs into the outlet. Unit still functions, just no timer.
Asked by: mark
You can actually get a new plug timer at any Walmart, Target or Home Depot. It's a universal product. It shouldn't cost more than a few bucks.
Q:Can these heaters be used to decontaminate electronics: computer, phone, tablet?
Asked by: Sheila McGann-Tiedt
Most electronics can be treated with heat as long as they are fully turned off before treatment. This being said we don't suggest it as we wouldn't want to be responsible for damaged electronics. Do so at your own risk.
Q:Can the heater be turned on and leave for work? is it safe to have on when no one is home?
Asked by: Curious
While Zappbugs do feature safety mechanisms to reduce the risk of fire and electrical shorts, we do not recommend leaving any heater unattended. We strongly recommend staying with the heater, at least so that you can monitor the internal temperature and ensure it stays within a safe range.
Q:Should you empty your contents out of the luggage before heating? Or can you heat luggage with clothes/contents inside?
Asked by: Alexa
The heat would better circulate in the luggage if it is emptied out first. However, as long as everything is unzipped to allow airflow, you should be fine either way.
Q:do u just put it in the room and turn it on?
Asked by: janice
It sounds like you're under the impression that the ZappBug can heat up a room. That is not how this heater is intended to be used, and we don't offer room heaters because we don't recommend that as a safe DIY treatment method.
Q: Will 15amp fuses be able to handle the 1500watt draw of the heater? We do have one 20amp circuit to the kitchen. (It's an old house.)
Asked by: S & S
A 1500 watt heater will only draw about 12 or 13 amps of power, so you should be fine with your 15 amp fuses.
Q:My boyfriend and I are leaving a furnished apartment that has a bed bug problem. We're not taking any furniture with us, and I would like to know would this be an effective way to prevent the bed bugs from coming with us to a new apartment?
Asked by: Desiree
Yes, heaters are an excellent prevention tool. Treat everything you're bringing with you before you pack it away, or before you bring it into your new home.
Q:Why couldn't you just use your oven to 120 degrees?
Asked by: Donna
Most ovens have a base temperature setting around 300 or 350 degrees. That's hot enough to melt most plastics and damage many household items.
We were told this was a new unit and had some good feedback so we tried it out based on a sales person recommendation. It came in just 2 days and was easy to setup. We had some bed bug infested items we could not throw away and so used this to treat them. The price was right and so was the unit. It's a nice size and has an insulated interior like those sandwich bags people bring to work to keep the heat in. We are pleased and have already ordered another one for our daughter in college so she can treat her stuff before coming home.
Reviewed by: Stevens from DC.
Is it possible for bedbugs to live in 130% for over 10 hours. Personally I haven't seen them but my roommate insist that they are still here and he just killed two of them. I'm having a hard time believing after everything I've read that they could live with the heat I put throughout my home. The door knobs were so hot they would almost burn your hand opening the door!!! From everything I've read I don't see how they could have survived that heat they were subjected to.
Reviewed by: Bryan from Maryland .
Simple setup easy to use good size.
Reviewed by: Will from 27889.
The product was excellent. Very well designed and easy to use and it looks like it did the job! My only issue was with shipping: I wish you had faster and better options than ground delivery as I needed the product fast! Thanks for your good work!
Reviewed by: John from NYC.
II like it , but wish it came with 4 SUPPORT BLOCKS it would hold the support net better. Thank you
Reviewed by: Bernardine Mason from Baltimore Maryland.
easy to set up use. easy to pack away. worked well and did its job. what more can you ask for.
Reviewed by: John Miller from work.
I am in the process of using this 'oven' and it's certainly more economical than hiring an expensive professional. I also feel good that I have it for the future. Not that I think I won't succeed at ridding my home of these yukky bugs, but because they've don such a number on my psyche that I feel a small bit of control knowing I have it here to use if I needed it. The most important thing is that the directions are read thoroughly, AND that you have a TOTAL eradication plan that the 'oven' is just a part of. It's nice and roomy, easy to use, suck alot of electricity tho, so I had to turn everythin else on that circuit off...but no biggie.
Reviewed by: Heidi T from Illinois.
This heater is so easy to use and spacious! I love it!
Reviewed by: Kyle Marimon from Miami.
Bought the portable heater during my extensive search for a somewhat affordable, yet effective, means to jeopardize the bed bugs in my apartment. I've been using the heater on-and-off for two weeks and have been quite satisfied. It is large enough to accommodate a good array of items. Following the instructions is easy. Considering how stressful an infestation of bed bugs can be, this product helps to right the ship and provide some stability in your fight to eliminate them. Thus far, no real complaints and would recommend to others.