Killing bed bugs by freezing them using liquid nitrogen is a relatively new treatment methodology. Freeze treatments are best used in conjunction will other treatment methods. It provides a fast knock down of bed bug populations and the cold temperatures have been proven to kill bed bug eggs with 100% efficacy.
Have you ever been to a night club or a concert and it starts to get really, really hot? It is about that time when the venue will pull out their Co2 Cannons and instantly cool the place down. Liquid Nitrogen in a can is similar. Safe, effective, clean.
The Icy Hand of Death ... Literally.
The University of Minnesota has created some great information on the effectiveness of killing bed bugs with freezing temperatures. Essentially, the reason why freezing bed bugs works is because the freezing temperatures cause ice crystals to form inside the bed bug severely damaging the cellular structure of the bugs usually resulting in death. But, it needs to get cold!
What temperatures are required?
The temperature of your freezer is very important. The lower the temperature, the less time needed to kill bed bugs.
Freezers set to 0°F are effective in killing bed bugs, but the things you are freezing must be left in the freezer for at least 4 days.
If you are worried about ensuring that temperatures are low enough, use a remote thermometer and monitor the temperature inside the items you are freezing.
0°F must be reached in the center of the materials being frozen to kill bed bugs. Bulky items require more time. Start counting the 4 day exposure time when the center of the object has reached 0°F.
Do not use temperatures above 0°F (-15°C) as eggs and small bed bugs may survive.
Our freeze treatments are great for small items picture frames, the bindings of books, small ceramic figurines. We can instantly drop the temperatures of treated areas to (-65 °F)! That is cold-- deathly cold.
HeatRx brings freezing temperatures to California!
Liquid Nitrogen is a fantastic tool but it works best in conjunction with other treatment methods. We will often use Liquid Nitrogen to treat sensitive materials like picture frames or religious artifacts that require a gentler touch.
How can we help you?
HeatRx is a specialty pest control company. We specialize in the treatment and extermination of bed bugs. We provide bed bug heat treatments. We also provide traditional bed bug extermination services. Exterminating bed bugs is our specialty.
We service the entire Bay Area of California. Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose are the anchor cities we service. Our office is in Hayward, CA. We service all communities within about 60 miles including Fremont, Palo Alto, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Atherton, Menlo Park, Livermore, Tracy, Dublin, Danville, San Ramon and others.
Chat with us online. Or, give us a call (510) 681-0627. One of our bed bug specialists would love to talk to you!