Can paintings, other art work or photos be damaged by bed bug heat?

We provide remediation & for Northeastern Oklahoma. This educational piece was written by LLC Specialists to teach the public awareness about things that can or cannot go thru a treatment for . Not all companies that provide for bed bugs are equal. You may want to check with your pest management professional if you are not currently using our bed bug services. Their protocol may be different from ours but not likely if they are at all smart. It takes lots of dedication on both a home owners part and a professionals to avoid damaging items during a bed bug heat treatment service.

Can treatments damage oil paintings, art work and pictures?

Oil paintings are heat sensitive. Dbw
Oil paintings are heat sensitive.


Most definitely yes. Painting's are a delicate subject. They can be damaged by prolonged temperatures of just over 80 degrees let alone temperatures between 125-150 degrees. It's not damage that can be normally be seen right away most times. It's damage that will show up down the line. The most noticeable damage would appear on oil paintings as cracks in the paint that was used. It's best for these items to be removed and placed inside of a large trash bag with a "Hot Shot No Pest Strip", then sealed off air tight. Any items that you are afraid may be damaged by the heat treatment can be done this way. Other art works containing paints can be assumed to have the same tendencies to be damaged by heat. Art works containing glues will melt. Anything containing glue without tac nails or staples will melt and possibly fall apart. This is particularly the case for cheap picture frames. They tend to make an even bigger mess if they contain glass and if they are left hanging on the wall to fall after the glue melts. Photos that are developed cannot be left to go through a heat treatment unless there is something holding it completely flat. This refers to the picture being behind glass, plastic or in a book, not just something sitting on top of the photo. If it's not completely behind something the uncovered parts will shrivel up and curl. When our clients have their pictures of their kids or grand kids hanging on the wall and they are behind glass or plastic, we've never had damage occur to the photos.

Photos like these need removed for a heat bed bug treatment or they will curl up.
Photos like these need removed for a heat or they will curl up

Other heat sensitive items in your home…

  • One‐of‐a‐kind items such as heirlooms and other higher value items which are not replaceable should be removed from the rooms being heat treated.
  • Potted Plants
  • Plastic Window Blinds
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Chocolates
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Wines / Liquors
  • Candles / Crayons
  • Cosmetics
  • Medicines / Vitamins
  • Vinyl Records / CD's / DVD / Tapes
  • Oxygen Tank
  • Aerosol Tanks
  • Aerosol Cans (cooking, cleaning or repair & beauty)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Lighters and other combustible items
  • Musical Instruments
  • Oil Paintings & Other Artwork
  • Ammunition & Guns
  • Bows & Arrows
  • Paint Cans
  • Flat Screen TV's or Monitors
  • Shoes (glue)
  • Items being held together by glue only
Outside view of our bed bug heat in progress.
Outside view of our bed bug heat in progress.

Contact Info…

Call or text message us at (918)710-7529 with any questions or to book an appointment with our heat specialists for bed bugs. We specialize in bed bug heat treatments. We service the Northeast Oklahoma area around Tulsa, OK & all the surrounding Tulsa Metro towns. Including: Broken Arrow OK, Skiatook OK, Sand Springs OK, Owasso OK, Bixby OK, Jenks OK, Glenpool OK and more…

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