Bed Bug (Heat vs Chem)

Bed bug infestations are spreading between all classes, races and creeds of people more rapidly than ever. If a bed bug infestation is not treated quickly or treated with repellent chemicals, bed bugs will spread. That being said the process to kill every last bed bug quickly and effectively with heat is not something that happens overnight. It takes lots of coordination between client and Dead Bug Walkin for success.

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Bed Bug Treatment Methods

Every company has a different method to eradicate these bugs. Most treatments fall into one of two categories: Chemical Treatment or Heat Treatment. The majority of companies offer no guarantee with their bed bug services (we offer a long term bed bug warranties with our whole home heat and chemical treatments). Treatments for bed bugs can be quite costly and can take several weeks to accomplish, depending on the method used and the company providing the service. Some companies claim that only one treatment is needed as we do.

Chemical Treatment:

Dead Bug Walkin LLC Chemical Bed Bug Treatments Tulsa Metro Areas
Dead Bug Walkin LLC Chemical Bed Bug Treatments Tulsa Metro Areas


The lowest cost way, but it takes 2-4 treatments or appointments to completly kill all bed bug life cycles. Unlike a Bed Bug Heat Treatment that normally only takes 1 treatment or appointment.

The chemical treatment consists of using pesticides to kill the bed bugs, applying the pesticide where the bugs hide and travel. There are thousands of pesticides, only some of which can be used in the home to kill bed bugs. Every pesticide has a label which explains where and how to apply the pesticide. Using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the label is a violation of the law.

Chemicals Used

Not all chemicals even if stating they are specifically for bed bugs work to kill bed bugs. Most chemicals stating they are for bed bugs are REPELLENTS and CAUSE SPREADING to other areas. We use only non repellents so there are no spreading issues that could occur, plus they have no idea the chemical is there and die from it.

The areas that exterminators will spray for bed bugs include:


Chemical Treatments must always be repeated two or three times sometimes more because these bugs are resilient against pyrithroid pesticides. Pyrithroid pesticides are what stores normally only carry in stock. These are stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. Bed bugs are known become resistant to pesticides very quickly, becoming even harder to eradicate. Making these types of chemicals so readily to everyone to spray away is the reason bed bugs are so resistant to most chemicals today.

A chemical treatment can eventually be effective and is the lower cost option if money for payment is lacking. Do not attempt to eradicate bed bugs with chemical by yourself. Spraying chemicals for bed bugs yourself can make matters much worse for your home as chemicals can cause spreading to areas of your home that make it very hard to find every bed bugs and their eggs. You are better off using half alcohol and water in a spray bottle. It will not cause spreading and it actually works extremely well to kill bed bugs in contact. Do not use full strength alcohol it is a fire hazard and over kill. The best and safest thing you can do is just call us and let us take care of your bed bug issues.

Always follow all label instructions when using a chemical. Make sure your pest professional is using their chemicals according to the label.

Improper use of pesticides can lead to illness and death.

Heat Treatment:

Dead Bug Walkin LLC Success Rate
Dead Bug Walkin LLC Success Rate

This is the Fastest Way but more expensive.
A Heat Treatment consists of using high temperatures with fans that circulate the heat to kill bed bugs. Heat is proven to be effective at killing bed bugs at all stages of life including eggs. The heat can be applied on a small scale such as a steam or clothes dryer, or on a large scale such as heating the entire structure/unit. Heating an entire structure at once is called Heat Remediation. Heat remediation can be used for much more than bed bugs though. Many Flood damage restoration services use Heat Remediation to kill mold and dry the interior and exterior walls, ceiling and floors all at once. If you have mold in your home our Heat Bed Bug Treatment will kill any mold that would be in areas being treated with Heat Remediation by us.

Not all heat treatments are equal. The best way to heat treat is by getting the heat to ALL the bugs and eggs at once, getting them hot enough for long enough. Most heat treatments are done with electric, gas or diesel heaters. Electric takes longer to get to a kill temp than gas or diesel heaters do. Getting to a kill temp quickly is necessary if you do not want the possibility of bed bugs getting away from the heat. We use indirect fired diesel heaters that quickly get to the kill temp and push only clean hot air into the home with 0% fumes going into the home.

The Benefits of An Effective Heat Treatment:

-Keep your mattress and furniture
-Only one treatment is needed

Dead Bug Walkin LLC Heat Bed Bug Treatment Tulsa Metro Areas
Dead Bug Walkin LLC Heat Bed Bug Treatment Tulsa Metro Areas


Using heat to kill bed bugs can be dangerous if you are not a trained professional. Improper heating methods can lead to fire and death. Please do not attempt this