June 7, 2011
Study Finds Heat or “Structural Pasteurization” Most Effective Treatment to Kill Bed Bugs Plus Microbes That Cause Disease
Austin, TX, June 7, 2011 — A study released today found a scientific link demonstrating that bed bugs are capable of carrying and exposing disease to humans. A related study also found that heat or structural pasteurization is the most effective treatment to kill microbial pathogens carried by bed bugs. Dr. Sean Abbott, one of the nation’s leading microbiologists, reported the results of a study today confirming that bed bugs are carriers of dangerous pathogens. Many of the bacteria detected naturally occur in the intestines of humans and other animals suggesting that disease organisms like E.coli and other enteric bacteria can be transmitted by bedbugs.
- A video from Animal Planet showing the frustrations of a modern family and their fight with bed bugs, eventually using heat technology.
Can heat be used effectively to control bed bugs and their eggs? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, wanted to find out.
Gail Getty, Robin Taylor and Vernard Lewis, PhD. “Hot House”, PCT Magazine, February 2008, discuss research performed to evaluate the ThermaPureHeat® treatment to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
Initial Characterization of the Hemolysin Stachylysin from Stachybotrys chartarum
Stephen J. Vesper, Matthew L. Magnuson, Dorr G. Dearborn, Iwona Yike, and Richard A. Haugland