The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. With several universities canceling in-person classes until the end of March and the entire country of Italy being quarantined for several weeks, concern is rising quickly around the world, bordering on panic. People are buying Clorox towelettes and toilet paper in large amounts in preparation for a potential quarantine, leaving stores wiped out. With all of this going on and the common knowledge that heat kills germs, you might wonder if one bed bug heat treatment could kill coronavirus living on surfaces in your home or business facility.
Can Heat Treatment Kill Germs and Illnesses?
Most people know that boiling water is a great way to sanitize items and kill germs. When using a heat treatment will your home get hot enough to kill off the coronavirus, as well as other potential illnesses such as the common cold and flu? The answer is yes! Our practice of applying heat at a precise temperature for a specific time with specialized equipment has proven success. This method and application of the heat as well as the duration the heat is applied are vital components to our successful heat sanitation/bed bug eradication treatment.
Heating a home to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and leaving it at that temperature for several hours will, in fact, kill the Coronavirus (and some other) germs and potential illnesses. For example, the Coronavirus will be eradicated at 131 degrees for a specified period of time. Therefore, a bed bug heat treatment at our temperatures will kill and eliminate Coronavirus and other germs and illnesses living on surfaces in your home.
Is Coronavirus Heat-Resistant?
US President Donald Trump alleged in February that the coronavirus outbreak would die down once spring came around because of the warmer weather. “There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm- historically, that’s been able to kill the virus,” he said on February 14. Though this very general statement has been disputed by experts, there may be some truth to the idea that heat will impact the spread and the viability of the virus. A recent study performed in China showed that coronavirus’s spread slows significantly at approximately 47.7 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned people against believing that the novel coronavirus will just disappear once the warm weather comes around.
Can Bed Bugs Carry Coronavirus?
Besides heat treatment options, you may be wondering if there’s any danger being posed by bed bugs themselves. After all, they do bite humans- so if mosquitoes can carry infections like the West Nile virus, can bed bugs carry the coronavirus and transfer it to us through bites? While bed bugs can carry bacteria and can sometimes cause anemia, there is no evidence that they have spread any other infections or diseases to humans, meaning a bed bug is likely not going to give you COVID-19. It’s also important to note that “vector pests,” such as mosquitoes and ticks, will not give you coronavirus either.
Protecting Your Home
How can you protect your home from bed bugs and coronavirus? First, in order to protect your home from bed bugs, examine your furniture (especially beds and upholstered furniture) for signs of bed bugs. These signs include dark or rust-colored spots, live bugs, bed bug eggs, and waking up with lines of small, itchy bites. If you find any evidence of bed bugs, call Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC immediately to have the bed bugs removed. In order to protect your home and family from the coronavirus, make sure that you and your family wash your hands often, disinfect surfaces, and comply with the government’s measures to reduce community spread. Try to avoid large gatherings of people when possible, and stay home if you’re sick. If you notice any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, the CDC recommends that you call your doctor before going to a hospital, urgent care, or doctors’ office. This way, your healthcare provider can alert the local health department and steps can be taken to prevent you from getting others sick.
Interested In Heat Treatment?
If you think you have bed bugs or are interested in a home heat sanitation treatment, contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC in Lakewood, Ohio! We use heat treatment to eradicate bed bugs and we offer entire home sanitation heat treatments. This safe, effective treatment is completed in less than 12 hours, and Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC offers a 60-day warranty for you to verify for yourself that your bed bugs are fully eradicated. Contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC today for a FREE quote and inspection at (216) 221-1227 or through our website, and check out our other bed bug informational resources on identification, prevention, and eradication.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health’s coronavirus hotline at 833-427-5634.