In our guide for shelters and nonprofits, we talk about reducing bed bug infestations by 50 to 80%. However, we also guarantee that our heat chambers are effective against 100% of bed bugs in all life stages, including eggs. Understandably, this is confusing to some customers.
“What if we run the heaters longer than an hour, or what if we heat the chamber to 135℉ instead of 120℉?”
You can certainly do that. However, it will not change the fact that some insects will manage to find their way into even the best-controlled environments. Many of the pests that plague humans were either already well-suited to our environments, or have had ample time to adapt to them. These insects also tend to reproduce quickly, so only a small percentage need to make their way through to establish a self-sustaining population. In fact, because ZappBug heat chambers are a pesticide-free way to control pests, many of our customers operate buildings and institutions that are the last place you would expect to harbor bed bugs or other insects.
The unfortunate reality is that even if your clients and staff are 100% compliant with our recommendations, some pests will eventually find their way into your facility without encountering one of our heat chambers. Sometimes it’s possible to trace the source of a pest introduction. However, many times it remains a mystery, even in tightly controlled environments such as hospitals or laboratories pests still find their way in on occasion.
Some of the best examples of the inevitability of pest introduction involve scientific experiments, both because of the extent to which scientists may go to prevent contamination, and the sometimes dramatic consequences when they fail to do so. Of these, the Biosphere 2 case from the early 1990’s is especially interesting.