One out of five Americans has either dealt with bed bugs at home or in a hotel, or knows someone else who has. The incidence of bed bugs is approximately three times higher in crowded urban areas than it is in rural areas, but getting rid of them is difficult no matter where they're living. Bed bugs are particularly difficult pests to expel from living quarters because of their resilience to extremely harsh conditions. They have been known to withstand temperatures close to freezing, as well as up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Bed bugs can go months without eating a normal meal, and the average bug can lay over 500 eggs in one lifetime. Certain insecticides may be used to control them, but unfortunately modern strains of bed bugs are often able to resist these chemicals.
The most effective way to control bed bugs today is through the use of heating methods, which involve heating a house or room to temperatures between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a few hours in order to kill both existing bugs and their eggs.
Thermination's new heater, model 2034, was designed with apartment buildings and dormitories in mind. This model is powered by a single cord and can be plugged into a standard 50 ampere circuit. Richard Halbach, president of Thermination Technology, states that this model is perfect for apartment buildings and dormitories because it can "easily treat a 250 square foot room, and all of its contents, in just four to five hours."