Heat Assault 500X
The Heat Assault 500X is a Canadian-made system capable of reaching controlled temperatures of up to 145°F or more.
Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs is the only thing we do, Peterborough Bed Bug Inc. uses the best equipment available – period.
Total Elimination of ALL Bed Bugs at Every Stage of Life
The Heat Assault 500X reaches temperatures of up to 145°F or more resulting in the death of ALL bed bugs at every stage of life, including their eggs, within hours. The multiplied benefits of this system over chemical treatments is discussed here. With Heat Assault’s forced convection technology, it is possible to create and maintain uniform heat across entire floors or multiple apartment units at the same time.
These incredible temperatures are created by two powerful and continuous loop systems that operate on either diesel or bio-diesel fuel.
The first loop is housed within the unit itself, which remains in your parking lot, driveway, or behind your house. Environmentally-friendly Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF) is circulated through dual coil heaters and heated to a temperature of 205°F (96°C), resulting in the generation of 500,000 BTU/Hr of heat, making Heat Assault by far the most powerful bed bug heat treatment equipment available. By comparison, the electric bed bug heat treatment equipment manufactured by John Deere produces 150,000 BTU/Hr of heat, hardly worthy of comparison.
The super-heated HTF is then circulated through industrial hosing from the reservoir in the main unit to the heat exchangers (radiator-fan pairs) that we place in your residence, applying the heat in a controlled, uniform manner. The HTF then circulates back to the reservoir in the main unit for re-heating, and the cycle continues.
Temperatures are closely monitored through a remote temperature tracking and data recording system, and the direction of the fans within the dwelling are periodically adjusted to ensure that no crack, no corner, no wall vent, no closet goes unheated. Heat Assault’s remote thermal tracking system ensures complete saturation, and complete decimation of the infestation.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus) are blood-feeding parasites approximately the size and shape of an apple seed, that feed exclusively on the blood of mammals, with a strong preference for humans and birds,[i], [ii] and to a lesser degree bats, chickens, vermin, and even household pets.[iii], [iv]
The bed bug life cycle includes the egg, nymph, and adult stages, with a total average lifespan of 6-12 months. Because they generally feed at night when their host is inactive, bed bugs are generally found in highest concentrations in dark, dry places near sleeping areas (beds, bed frames, under baseboards, etc), but have been observed to travel up to 20 feet for a meal,[v] sensing and seeking their hosts through the perception of body temperature and the detection of exhaled carbon dioxide.[vi]
[i] Bonnefory X, Kampen H, Sweeney K. 2008. Public Health Significance of Urban Pests. Copenhagen, Denmark:World Health Organization.
[ii] Heukelbach J, Hengge UR. 2009. Bed bugs, leeches and hookworm larvae in the skin. Clinics in Dermatology 27: 285-290.
[iii] World Health Organization. 2010. Bedbugs, fleas, lice, ticks and mites. Available: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/resources/vector237to261.pdf [accessed 27 September 2010].
[iv] Usinger RL. 1966. Monograph of Cimicidae (Hemiptera - Heteroptera). Entomological Society of America, College Park, Maryland.
[v] Kolb A, Needham GR, Neyman KM, High WA. 2009. Bedbugs. Dermatologic Therapy 22: 347-352.
[vi] Ter Poorten MC, Prose NS. 2005. The return of the common bedbug. Pediatr Dermatol 22: 183187.