A common and effective way to treat clothes and bedding for any possible hiding bed bugs or eggs. On high heat settings, a single laundry cycle can effectively kill bed bugs due to their susceptibility to heat. Unfortunately, not everything in life belongs in a washing machine – your shoes, books, DVDs, and dry-clean only clothing might not survive even the gentle cycle. To safely treat these items for bed bugs, you’ll need a portable bed bug heater. That’s where the new and improved ZappBug Oven 2 comes in.
This isn’t the first ZappBug we’ve reviewed here at Bed Bug Supply: we’ve looked over the gigantic ZappBug Room, as well as the compact and budget-friendly ZappBug Heater. The ZappBug Oven lies somewhere in the middle – it has about twice as much usable space as the ZappBug Heater without costing twice as much. Like all ZappBug heaters, the Oven features insulated walls, automatic shut-off timers, and a wireless thermometer.
As you might have guessed, the ZappBug Oven 2 is the replacement for the ZappBug Oven. The new and improved Oven 2 now features dual heating units, one on each side of the tent. Now with two heaters, this unique design more evenly heats the items inside while eliminating the risk of any cold spots.
Unboxing and First Look
Unboxing the unassuming brown box that the ZappBug comes reveals the necessities to a successful bed bug heat treatment: the two heater units, temperature gauge and wireless probes, auto shut-off timers, foam support blocks and support net, an extension cord, and an instruction manual. The upgrade from the smaller ZappBug Heater means that instead of a carrying bag, you’ll get twice as many foam support blocks as well as a heavy-duty extension cord.
The extension cord isn’t just for convenience: due to the amount of power that each heater unit draws, it’s important that you plug each heater into separate circuits. Most buildings have a different circuit in each room, so use the extension cord to reach another room, like a bathroom or kitchen.
As always, the construction and design of this ZappBug is superb. The double-layered, insulated walls are just as impressive as ever, and the fold-out design makes assembly ridiculously easy. The heater units have the same Scandinavian design qualities to them, and feel like they can hold up to years of use.
Using the Oven 2
Setting up the Oven 2 for treatment is easy, and should only take a couple of minutes. The tent unfolds in seconds in your hands, and doesn’t need a separate frame. Once unfolded, the tent reveals its two elastic ventilation tubes, which is where the heater units are to be installed.
If you plan to treat heavy, rigid items, like furniture or luggage, put the foam support blocks on the bottom of the tent before putting those items in. For loose items like books and clothes, use the support blocks followed by the support net, which hooks into place at six points.
Once assembled, the Oven 2 is ready to be filled with whatever you suspect may have bed bugs. The generous space of the Oven 2 is suitable for a full-sized suitcase (or two), a closet full of clothes, or even some furniture like chairs or night stands. Just make sure that you don’t pack anything in too close to the walls, as airflow is needed to ensure everything heats up thoroughly.
Once everything we want to treat is packed in, it’s time to zip the Oven shut and plug the heaters in. The included timers shut off automatically when the timed treatment is done; simply plug the heaters into their timers, and the timers into the wall. Since it’s difficult to say exactly how long it will take to heat everything inside the Oven to at least 120° F, we advise setting the timers to their maximum setting to be on the safe side.
Without the noisy ventilation fan that the larger Room uses, the Oven 2 operates quietly and politely. In our testing, everything hit 120 ° after a little over three hours, but that was on a fairly light load. In the case of a bed bug infestation, we would run the heaters for an additional hour just to be safe.
There’s really nothing to compare to the Oven 2. It’s larger than every other heater on the market except for the enormous ZappBug Room (which is really in its own class), yet its low price per cubic foot also makes it a great deal. This makes the Oven 2 a sure bet for any homeowners or pest control professionals looking to treat large items (or a bunch of little items) safely and easily. There’s a reason that the ZappBug Oven 2 is such a hot seller; it’s a no-brainer.