Bed Bug Temperature Guide
At 113F, 99% of the adult bed bugs were killed at 95 minutes while at the same temperature the eggs took seven hours. So, the times and such mentioned above should be followed for all heat treatments devices to destroy all stages of life.
While they grow and reproduce best at temperatures around 80°F, bed bugs can thrive across a range of climates for relatively long lifespans compared to other similar bugs. Once temperatures begin to climb above 100°F, bed bugs start to lose their ability to function.
Some bed bug heaters can also be huge energy drains or struggle to reach the proper temperature. Remember, the heater needs to reach and sustain a temperature of at least 113-117 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of hours to eliminate bed bug adults, nymphs, and eggs.
Most steamers that claim to be fit for killing bed bugs advertise a tip temperature of at least 200˚F. Checking the actual temperature that it produces is important. If you'll be picking up a steam cleaner that was not specifically designed for bed bugs, we recommend picking up an infrared thermometer to check.
Keep in mind that the length of time is not to be ignored - bed bugs are known to survive temperatures of even -25°C (-13.0°F) for quite some time so you will need to make sure that you're keeping them in the freezer for long enough to kill them.
Bed Bug Action Plan for Shelters: This bed bug guide for homeless shelter managers and employees comes from the agriculture and consumer sciences branch of Virginia Tech University. For more specific information on bed bug regulations and stipulations for healthcare workers, educators and other public sector professionals, please visit the