How Effective is Heat Treatment for Bedbugs?

My hubby came home from work the other day with some news.

“You’ll never believe this,” he said, speaking of his almost-4,000-person office building. 

“What?” I asked, almost absent-mindedly.

“Bedbugs!” he exclaimed.


I was no longer absent-minded. “BEDBUGS?! Where?!”

“At work!” he laughed.

“At WORK?! How in the world?!”

Apparently a co-worker on a different floor had brought in a blanket from home because she was cold. And apparently her home was infested with bed bugs. And now…they were spreading throughout the office building.

My skin was immediately crawling. “Do you feel itchy?!” I demanded. “Let me look at your head! Don’t you bring those nasty things home!!!”

I think the crisis has passed at his office building, but it certainly made me do a bit of research, especially due to the fact of all the “super strains” that are out there these days.

I mean, just when we thought we’d gotten rid of extensive bedbug problems, they come back with a resistance to common insecticides and chemicals used to treat them. Bedbugs are parasitic, meaning that they feed on human blood, and they can be extremely hard to get rid of once your home is infested. Mattresses, box springs, carpets, furniture and baseboards are all prime hotspots for bedbug infestation, and these little pests can hide in areas as small as nail cracks in the wall. Most bedbug infestations will be within a couple of meters of their human meal host, which is why they’re most commonly found in beds and bedrooms.

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