Does Heat Treatment Kill Bedbugs in a Couch?


Quick Answer

Heat treatment will kill the bedbugs as long as the temperature is high enough and the entire couch is subjected to the treatment. All items in the bedbug-infested room should be treated for pest control, not just the couch.

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Bedbugs cannot survive for more than 60 seconds in temperatures of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, it is possible to kill bedbugs in a couch by heating the couch to at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be achieved by either manually heating the entire couch surface with a hair dryer or using a consumer product, such as a portable thermal chamber, to completely encase the couch (and subsequently heat the couch).

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