Hot Luggage Could be a Good Thing for Combatting Bed Bugs


Prevent Bedbugs from Taking Root in Your Home After Traveling
Prevent Bedbugs from Taking Root in Your Home After Traveling.

Bed bugs are fairly resistant to most at-home extermination techniques, but research has shown there’s one technique does them in fairly quickly: heat.

Warming Up Your Luggage

Applying heat to your luggage is an effective way to kill bed bugs, but you need to be able to warm the case and contents to at least 160 degrees. Air coming out of a high-powered hair dryer may work, but it can take quite a while to penetrate the interior. The study found that heat worked best at killing bed bugs that are hitchhiking on the outside surface, where just a few minutes of application at these temperatures exterminated 249 out of 250 of the biting insects.

Bigger Problems Require NYC Pest Control Professionals

Finding a small number of bed bugs, or waking up with bed bug bites, means you need to call an exterminator. Smaller infestations don’t always mean you need to throw away your bedding, including your mattress set, but a significant infestation can end up costing you far more money than receiving treatment from a NYC pest control professional.

Bed bug problems need to be taken care of by professionals. Our team at Stern Environmental can handle any type of bed bug infestation in residential or commercial buildings. Give us a call at 1-888-88STERN to find out more about our services.