Killing them softly: Pests bugging you? Try dry heat

UK company turns up the heat on pesky roaches and bed bugs, claims their innovative, chemical-free treatment does the trick in just two hours

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Heat and run: The new technology uses heaters to raise temperatures in the house close to 60 degrees celsius to reach the deepest crevices and kill the most stubborn of pests
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Dubai: If you’re wary of using chemicals and pesticides to deal with pests in your home, there’s a radically different form of treatment available.

The alternate method entails the application of dry heat to eliminate pests, no matter how heavy their infestation, claimed James Nicholson, General Manager of Rentokil, the UK-based pest control company promoting the innovative treatment. It can be used to eliminate any crawling insect, from bed bugs and cockroaches to mould and pathogens.

Nicholson said: “We use a technology called entotherm. It works by heating up an area to 50 degrees Celsius for two hours. All life stages of insects, from eggs to larvae to adults die at this temperature. The heat kills the insects by dehydrating them.”

He said the process begins by demobilising a room after a survey of the infested areas. “We then isolate the sprinklers and carry out the treatment. We use three-faced heaters which raise the temperature of the room and large fans to circulate the heat. We raise the temperature to over 50 degrees Celsius but keep it below 60 degrees Celsius by monitoring the temperature through a probe.”

The “kill temperature” is held for two hours by which time even the most deeply entrenched insect dies, said Nicholson. “The bigger the insect, the longer you need to hold the kill temperature. The whole process from surveying the room and demobilising it to applying the technology and reassembling the place takes five to six hours.”

Nicholson said entotherm is especially popular for treating bed bugs. “Since it is pesticide-free and efficient and can reach the deepest crevices, we have seen an uptake in its use in homes. Our technology helps save time because we can treat multiple infested areas at the same time,” he said.

With no residual side-effects, rooms treated with the dry heat can also be readily used once the dead insects are cleared and the furniture put back in place.

The cost of a the dry heat treatment for a two-bedroom home is Dh1,800.

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  • hasan

    Jan 10, 2013 11:33

    Dh1800/- for two rooms...PLUS the electricity bill!

  • Louie Tedesco

    Jan 10, 2013 10:58

    FINALLY! Thank you! It is long overdue that such technology finnallyarrives here. Killing house pests with heat has long been used in othercountries and is scientifically proven. I don't need your services (yet)but will call on you when I do!

  • J

    Jan 10, 2013 10:40

    Dh1,800! Just open the windows in July for an identical effect.

  • Joe Ferns

    Jan 10, 2013 10:32

    This is nonsense. I have used hot steam with temprature way above60C, but the eggs dont die; the pests die yes, but the eggs hatch againand the cycle repeats itself.

  • Salim

    Jan 10, 2013 10:02

    The cost is too high in comparison with normal pesticide sprays which costsaround Dh250 to Dh350 for a two-bed appartment.

  • murtuza ravat

    Jan 10, 2013 9:50

    I can't find any contact number in this article so kindly please give thecontact number. Thanks, regards, Murtaza Ravat

  • sathik dxb

    Jan 10, 2013 9:31

    Dh1800: The rates are very high!

  • vivek

    Jan 10, 2013 9:08

    It's very costly compared to other pest control options.

  • karim

    Jan 9, 2013 11:05

    The price is too high, They use our electricity at home. We have topay Dewa the price for their use. How do you explain that?The other way to get rid of creepy crawlers is to freeze them.Check youtube..

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