How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Sauna Solution for Bed Bugs - Since 1974
Bed bugs can be eradicated with a simple sauna treatment. This is the cheapest answer you will find.
I am the building manager in an apartment. We are investigating using a heater to kill bed bugs, we need to plug into a stove outlet 40amp 240v and heat individual rooms to 130 degrees. I was thinking of modified construction heaters but a fan driven sauna heater may be better for our application.
Murray Freeman, Building Manager.
Thanks for your email.
This is Bert, the Sauna-Guru. You have the right guy here today as I have been in the sauna business for 43 years. I have encountered this request before. Sauna heaters will work just fine for you.
I have sold many sauna heaters just for the purpose of getting rid of bed bugs. Sauna heaters are designed to take the sauna room temperature up to 200 degrees F (90 C) in 30 minutes. The temperature in any room that you are treating for bed bugs will never reach 200 F as your treatment room is not insulated. However, being able to reach a suitable hot temperature in a short period of time will make the sauna heater work very effectively for you.
I realize that bed bugs will die at a temperature of 130 F degrees. But being able to overshoot that temperature simplifies and speeds up the process.
Sauna heaters can be wired to plug into a 240 volt stove receptacle for easy use. You do not need to use a thermostat control for this application. Sauna heaters do not have built-in fans as they are not desirable in a sauna room. In your case, you can simply use a big box fan in the treatment room to facilitate the beg bug riddance process.
A 9 Kw sauna heater can be purchased without a control for under $700. A 6 Kw heater is $556. Either size of heater will do the job depending on the size of the treatment room!
By the way, the cost of the electricity for a 2 hour session-treatment is about $1.40 ... this works!!
Call me anytime. I can help you. I am in Waterloo, Ontario.
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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
There is a lot of information on the internet - using chemicals and expensive exterminators. It is amazing that they do not realize what a simple solution there is in using a sauna heater to create a very hostile environment for bed bugs. In a residential application, once the bed bugs are gone, you can enjoy the additional benefits of having your own sauna - for your continuing health.
Another Story I added September 2015:
Hi Ron and Suzann in BC,
Thanks for your email about getting rid of bedbugs in your housing complex.
Using high heat from sauna heaters to kill bed bugs has become a known solution for eradication.
The other "solutions" are much more expensive. Some of them have spotty success records.
To the best of my knowledge, everyone who has used sauna heaters to produce the quantity of heat needed has claimed success in their project.
In your case, I suggest the 7.5 kw heater as being the right size for a 10x12 infested room.
There is even a special control to allow the heater to run for multiple hours at a time.
Another good feature is that you can connect the sauna heater to the kitchen stove circuit in order to have a 40-amp 240-volt power supply. That makes our heater easy to hook up to a temporary power source.
This sauna heater is priced under $800.
Let me know if I can help further.
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Since 1974, over 65,000 saunas have been installed by our customers in Canada and the USA. We specialize in traditional saunas. We are the only sauna kit manufacturer in Canada that offers a choice of three prices for every sauna size -
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Another Story I added March 2016:
I read with interest your email regarding using the sauna heaters to get rid of bed bugs. As a result I called your company and talked briefly with the receptionist who answered the phone.
She told me I would have to hard wire a heater into my electrical panel rather than plugging it into a 240 volt receptacle such as for an oven or dryer. Is this the case? Hard wiring would seem to complicate the process quite a bit.
Sincerely, Name Withheld by Request
Thanks for emailing me your question.
You were speaking to Amy in our Customer Service Team.
What she quoted you was the code on the actual application of sauna wiring for a permanent sauna heater installation. Code specifies that the heater cannot be plugged into any 240 volt receptacle.
Amy is not an electrician. She would not have known that this code does not apply to a temporary installation that does not require inspection by the Electrical Authorities.
It would be quite fine to use a stove wiring assembly/plug for 40 amps and the corresponding receptacle for it. Obviously you would use the hook-up and unplug it when done.
This is all legal and what an electrician would advise.
I hope that helps. Call us anytime to order your sauna heater for bed-bug remediation.
Here is the info I provided to a prospective customer recently:
Sauna heaters do not have a cord - they are meant to be hard-wired to the requirements of each situation.
In order to access power from the stove receptacle, you will need to buy a stove cable harness available at Home Depot.
That wire harness is 4' long - cost is $20.
Depending on the size of the heater, you buy a length of #8 or #10 2-conductor cable so the heater can reach the desired room nearby. The white wire is not used - it is not required by the heater. DO NOT USE an ordinary extension cord - they are not rated for the load - it will be unsafe!
The heater must be in the treatment room - a big box fan in the treatment room will help to spread the heat evenly.
The size of the treatment room will determine the size of the heater. It may need a 6 kw, 7.5 kw or 9 kw heater
The normal sauna rocks are not used.
We need to know the size of the treatment room so we can recommend the correct heater size.