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What Treatment Option is Right for me?

Heat Assault is the only equipment you can trust to get rid of bed bugs the first time; every time.

Treatment Option

Bed Bugs - Signs & Symptoms

Learn how different treatment options work depending on the size of your home or rental unit.

Signs & Symptoms

What to do Until a Pest Control Company Arrives

Take a look at the steps involved in preparing your house for a Heat Assault treatment.

What To Do

Heat Assault is the only equipment you can trust to get rid of bed bugs the first time; every time

Bed bugs die when exposed to 122°F. Heat Assault units will raise the temperature in your home in a controlled manner to peak temperatures of 145°F, guaranteeing the death of bed bugs and their eggs.
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Do I have bed bugs?

How to Identify a Bed Bug

How to Identify a Bed Bug

Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies and are roughly the size of an apple seed. They are reddish-brown and can be squished fairly easily. Bed Bug Nymphs (babies that have not fed yet) are a lighter, more translucent yellow in color and are slightly smaller. If you find a bug, compare it to our pictures and when in doubt, find a pest control company using our postal/zip code lookup tool and they should be able to help you identify it.

What Does a Bed Bug Bite Look Like?

What Does a Bed Bug Bite Look Like?

Short answer: it varies a lot by person and some people have a very minimal visible reaction. Your body might take 2-3 days to react fully to a bed bug bite.

Some things to look for:

  • Usually groups of small red bite marks

  • Itchiness/irritation on exposed areas of skin (e.g. hands, neck, legs, arms)

  • Zig-zag patterns

What Signs of Bed Bugs Should I Look For?

What Signs of Bed Bugs Should I Look For?

Bed bugs typically stay out of the light which means they can be difficult to find. Lift up the seams of your mattress, between the mattress and box spring, and behind the headboard. Look closely in any crevasses this is where you most likely find them if you have them. Look for reddish-brown stains on your mattress around where you sleep as well as old exoskeleton shells.

Since bed bugs are fairly soft, you might squish some rolling around at night. Bed bugs often will leave tiny brown or black spots (excrement) in the areas where they feed. This could be on your mattress or around the seams.

How Do I Kill Them?

How Do I Kill Them?

There are a number of different treatment options available, however the only sure-fire way is to find a pest control company that uses the Heat Assault system.

What treatment option is right for you?

Can I Kill Bed Bugs on my Own?

While there are a lot of websites out there saying you can take care of a bed bug infestation on your own, it is very unlikely that you will succeed. Even many pest control companies have difficulty eliminating bed bugs after several visits to your home. The most effective proven way to kill bed bugs is with heat.

Primary Treatment Options

There are three main options for bed bug treatment: electric or propane powered heating units, chemicals and Heat Assault.

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1. Chemicals are toxic substances and traps that are sprayed or set in your home, which kill bed bugs that are exposed. Chemicals do not kill dormant eggs and only kill bed bugs that are exposed to the toxins. Since eggs are not killed by chemicals, pest management professionals must return to the property many times to repeat the insecticide treatment. Recent academic studies have proven that bed bugs are becoming resistant to pesticides, meaning that more chemicals are required to be sprayed in a treatment to have the same effectiveness as they used to. There are also safety concerns regarding the use of these chemicals in a home setting.

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2. Electric and propane heating equipment runs inside the residence off of their designated heat source. Electric heaters are somewhat under powered and usually cap out at around 130°F. This temperature may not be hot enough to permeate through walls and kill the bed bugs that are hiding in hard to reach places. Electric heat often takes too long to reach the "kill zone" temperatures which gives bed bugs time to escape. A great deal of caution should be used if using direct fired propane heat due to the high degree of fire hazard involved.

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3. Heat Assault is a machine that uses a completely safe food-grade thermal fluid, which is heated in a machine outside of the dwelling. The heated fluid then runs through industrial hoses to unit heaters, which transform the heated fluid into hot air. Strong heat is an extremely efficient way of killing bed bugs. Bed bugs and bed bug eggs are killed immediately when exposed to the kill zone temperature of 122°F. Heat Assault is 100% people and pet friendly and is capable of reaching fully controllable temperatures of 145°F if required, making it the most powerful and effective bed bug heating equipment on the market. This type of power ensures that there is only one treatment required.

What type of dwelling do you live in?


It is important to fix the problem right away. Depending on the tenancy regulations in your area, you could be responsible if you are the source of a bed bug outbreak in your building.

Talk to your building manager immediately. Heat Assault is the only heat treatment that can handle an entire floor in one day, which means there is no chance any will escape.

Houses <1,500sqft

Since you have a smaller house, electric and alternative heating may work. You need to get the temperature of the air around the bed bugs to 122°F for 90 minutes to ensure they die. Heat Assault penetrates drywall, clothes, and bedding ensuring bed bugs have nowhere to hide when we turn up the heat.

Houses >1,500sqft

Electric simply will not work effectively in your home. Heat Assault is the only option to effectively heat your home to 122°F and eliminate all bed bugs.


Heat Assault works faster than any other heat treatment on the market and is more reliable than chemicals. Managing your expenses on a rental property is important and with Heat Assault you can rest assured that after one treatment, the problem will be taken care of.

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Is Heat Assault Safe for my Home?


Most household items, clothing and bedding can stay put. There are certain items you will want to remove, which can be found below!

The equipment usually takes about an hour to set up and will raise the internal temperature of your home above 122°F (122°F is required to kill bed bugs immediately). The heat stays on for several hours to ensure it permeates through the drywall and into any cracks and crevasses where bed bugs might be hiding.

The best part is, once we unplug the equipment, your house returns to normal — without the bed bugs. There are no residual toxic chemicals to worry about.


Preparing your home for a Heat Assault treatment is simple. You may have read that you should dry your clothes on high heat and pack them into bags? This is not necessary with Heat Assault:

  • Remove all animals and plants
  • Remove materials that are flammable or pressurized
  • Remove make-up, prescriptions and fine art (smaller items can be placed in ovens or in the fridge)
  • Unplug all electronics
  • Eliminate clutter to make room for hoses/manifolds
  • Vacuum the dwelling fully to remove any bed bugs/eggs living in the carpeting 

What about my clothes and bedding?

Heat Assault has the least pre-treatment preparation required of any bed bug extermination method due to the power of the system. Follow these simple steps to ensure that the heat penetrates your clothing!  

  1. Clothing/Bedding should remain loose to allow for heat to penetrate easily.
  2. For any items of clothing in closets, make sure to loosely hang items and ensure that there is adequate space in between garments.
  3. For clothing in dressers, open the drawers so that they are exposed to heat. If possible, unpack clothing slightly to expose all items to the most direct heat. 
  4. Bedding can remain on the bed.