Thermal Remediation by TEMP-AIR Kill Bed Bugs And Stored Product Pests With Heat Treatment Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:33:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bed Bug Infested Apartment Cleaned Up Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:02:59 +0000 By Kimberly Rankin – Fox40 News Sacramento – September 4, 2012

One week after a Sacramento mother’s desperate plea to FOX40 to help her protecting her baby from bed bugs, something has finally been done.

We spent two days at the Arcadia Apartment Complex on Whitney Avenue, finding bed bugs on the floor, on the counter and in the baby’s crib. Still, managers refused to see the problem.

A week later, managers called Clark Pest Control to take care of the problem.


“One bed bug is enough for us to want to take action on that apartment,” said Darren Van Steenwyk.

Van Steenwyk, with Clark Pest Control, believes the best way to kill bed bugs is to cook the apartment. They bring the temperature of the apartment up to 130 degrees using industrial heaters.

“The adults are sensitive to 118 degrees and the eggs are sensitive to 122 degrees. We make sure that the air running over the top of those eggs are above 122 degrees because we know that is enough to dry those eggs out,” said Van Steenwyk.

This process isn’t quick it takes a minimum of six hour, first they much get the apartment’s temperature to 130 degrees. They they must go in every 30 minutes for two hours and move, turn and test every surface of the apartment.

“We are looking to see where the bed bugs are, another thing we are doing is also working to expose the places we believe bed bugs to be to the heat. If it doesn’t get hot the heat won’t kill the bed bugs,” said Van Steenwyk.

The moving and turning of the items in the apartment is the most important part of this process, and can take a long time if done properly.

Clark Pest Control says this unit is now rid of bed bugs, but if the owner of the complex doesn’t get rid of all the bed bugs in the building, they could move back in. The owners have yet to decide to pay for the whole building to be exterminated, even though attorneys tell FOX40 by law they are required to do so.

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Thermal Remediation Equipment Added to Propane Exceptional Product Program Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:02:30 +0000 By Thermal Remediation from TEMP-AIR – March 27, 2012

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By Thermal Remediation from TEMP-AIR – March 27, 2012

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Burnsville, MN – March 27, 2012 – Temp-Air’s Thermal Remediation® EBB-40KW LP Trailer bed bug heat treatment equipment package has been chosen to be a part of the Propane Education and Research Council’s (PERC) Exceptional Product Program – a program designed to encourage businesses to adopt new propane-fueled technologies for residential and commercial use.

As part of this program, PERC will provide a $2000 financial incentive to qualifying companies who purchase the EBB-40KW LP Trailer Package and agree to share their experiences with PERC and their peers.  Additional information and an application for the program can be found at

PERC has been instrumental in funding recent insect heat-treatment research including: the efficacy of heat to control stored product pests in bins and silos (Purdue University, 2007-2009), bed bug behavior at lethal and sub-lethal temperatures (University of Minnesota, 2008-2009), and heat treatment as a viable methyl bromide alternative for disinfesting grain-processing facilities (Kansas State University, 2010-2011).

Temp-Air has successfully marketed mobile, electric bed bug heat treatment systems that contain the components of an effective thermal treatment of bringing heat, applying air, and monitoring and recording temperatures.  The EBB-40KW LP Trailer Package, developed in cooperation with PERC, uses propane generator power to offer a more environmentally friendly and economical system by reducing nitrogen oxide emissions, maintenance costs of the generator, and the overall heat treatment cost.  The EBB-40KW LP Trailer package includes a double axel trailer, a 40kW propane generator, (4) EBB-460V electric bed bug heaters, high temperature fans, a wireless temperature monitoring system, and various heat treatment accessories.

About Temp-Air:

Since 1965, Temp-Air has been a leading provider of temporary, portable heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and air filtration rental services to the U.S. construction industry.  Building on that expertise, Thermal Remediation® from Temp-Air was developed over 10 years ago using heat as a safe, effective, and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pest control applications.  Today Thermal Remediation® equipment is used by pest control professionals, property managers, hotels, universities, and food storage and processing plants throughout North America for the treatment of bed bugs and stored product pests.

Temp-Air is a privately held company based in Burnsville, MN with 11 regional offices nationwide.  For more information visit


Media Contact:
Jessica Anderson
Temp-Air, Inc.

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Temp-Air Prevails in Infringement Suit with Thermapure Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:01:59 +0000 By Thermal Remediation from TEMP-AIR – November 30, 2011

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Burnsville, MN – November 30, 2011 – After over a year of litigation, Temp-Air has won judgment in its favor in Thermapure’s infringement suit over U.S. Patent Nos. 6,327,812 (the “‘812 patent”) and 7,690,148 (the ‘”148 patent”).  Thermapure had accused Temp-Air of infringing both the ‘812 and ‘148 patents, through at least the sale and offer for sale of Temp-Air’s Thermal Remediation® products and services, including Temp-Air’s bed bug heat treatment products and stored product pest heat treatment service.

Under a settlement between Temp-Air and Thermapure, on November 23, 2011 the federal district court in Minnesota entered a consent judgment agreed to by Thermapure that Thermapure’s two patents were not infringed by Temp-Air.  According to the judgment entered by the federal district court: “Temp-Air has not directly infringed the ‘812 and ‘148 patents through making, using, selling or offering to sell any Temp-Air product of service.”  The district court also entered judgment that “Temp-Air has not induced or contributed to and is not inducing to or contributing to the infringement of the ‘812 and ‘148 patents by another through any act of Temp-Air or sale or offer for sale of any Temp-Air product or service.”  To view a copy of the consent judgment, click here.

“This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that, after several years of contrary allegations, Thermapure has now conceded that Temp-Air does not infringe these two patents,” said James Korn, CEO of Temp-Air, Inc.  “While Temp-Air respects the valid intellectual property rights of others, we have been telling our customers for some time now that Temp-Air does not infringe Thermapure’s patents.  Eventually, even Thermapure came to understand that Temp-Air did not infringe.”

The settlement does not require Temp-Air to pay anything to Thermapure or to take a license from Thermapure.  The settlement also required Thermapure to dismiss with prejudice its suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Temp-Air for trademark infringement and unfair competition.  That case was dismissed with prejudice on November 23, 2011.

About Temp-Air:

Since 1965, Temp-Air has been a leading provider of temporary, portable heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and air filtration rental services to the U.S. construction industry.  Building on that expertise, Thermal Remediation® from Temp-Air was developed over 10 years ago using heat as a safe, effective, and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pest control applications.  Today Thermal Remediation® equipment is used by pest control professionals, property managers, hotels, universities, and food storage and processing plants throughout North America for the treatment of bed bugs and stored product pests.

Temp-Air is a privately held company based in Burnsville, MN with 11 regional offices nationwide.  For more information, visit


Greg Grabow, National Sales Manager
Temp-Air, Inc.
Ph: 800-836-7432

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Bed Bugs in Twin Cities High Rise Apartments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:01:29 +0000 By Jeff Baillon – Fox 9 Minneapolis – August 4, 2011


MINNEAPOLIS – It’s been tough sleeping this summer with all the heat and humidity. Couple that with an invasion of bed bugs and you can understand the misery some metro residents are dealing with.As FOX 9 investigator Jeff Baillon shows us, dozens of high rise apartment buildings are under attack.

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Bed Bug Battle Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:01:03 +0000 By Carrie Marchese – WHNT News Huntsville, AL – February 22, 2011

Home sweet home! There’s nothing like it, however these days a big problem is crawling into Tennessee Valley apartment complexes.  We’re talking about bed bugs, which explains why experts say bed bug calls, are up over 500% this year.

Recently West Gate Apartments in Huntsville reached out to WHNT News 19 after seeing our extensive coverage on the blood suckers.  Manager Norma Hunt said one of their units was battling a case of bed bugs, but she was having difficulty getting the tenant to cooperate.  “You know everyone thinks landlords have all the control and we don’t, we are under all sorts of federal guidelines,” said Hunt.

These days it seems landlords and tenants are butting heads when it comes to bed bugs. A theme Attorney at Law Sarah Taggart knows all too well. The Huntsville attorney represents landlords, property managers, and owner’s agents in litigation to enforce the lessor’s rights under commercial and residential leases and rental agreements.

Business is booming!  “I know that it’s not present it any kind of volume in Birmingham, I know it’s not present in any kind of volume in Mobile … and that’s part of the problem of how cosmopolitan Huntsville is,” said Taggart.

Taggart says landlords and tenants can’t come to an agreement when it comes to who has to pay and who has to clean up the infestation.  After all, not every tenant is receptive to the idea of throwing away perfectly good furniture.  That’s why WHNT News 19 decided to get involved and help out.

We called up a Nashville based bed bug company called ThermalRid.  They use big industrious heaters to bake the bugs. And you don’t have to throw away furniture and ransack your apartment or home.  This was the major issue at West Gate Apartments.  Here’s how it works.  Gentle heat is generated to draw bed bugs out of hiding. As the room is slowly heated to 135 degrees all pests including adults, nymphs, and eggs are destroyed wherever they are.

Barry Voorhies with ThermalRid says it’s important to note, bed bugs don’t pick social classes.  “It’s a Russian roulette and doesn’t matter if a house is clean or dirty, if you are rich or poor, they don’t care … they only care if you have blood!”  ThermalRid spent 8 hours at West Gate Apartments and guarantee, the unit is now bed bug free.

A bed bug bill is now in the works here in Alabama.  Nine states introduced the bed bug legislation and currently two states passed it.  Sarah Taggart is hopeful state lawmakers will give it top consideration.
“It’s a bill aimed at finding compromise between landlords and tenants,” said Taggart.  Until then pest control companies continue their plight in fighting off the vampires and landlords and tenants try
to hash out where the responsibility lies.

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Bed Bugs Take Over Home in Minneapolis Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:00:27 +0000 By Boyd Huppert – KARE 11 News Mpls-St. Paul – February 4, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — It is in many ways an all-American home. Well kept and tidy, with the Stars and Stripes fluttering near the sidewalk. It could belong to your grandmother. But inside the Minneapolis bungalow, trouble scampers beneath the sheets.

“We’re seeing all types of adults, nymphs, basically all stages of bedbug activity here,” says Chris Garcia of Adam’s Pest Control as he lifts a mattress to expose dozens of crawling creatures, some as large as pencil erasers.

The elderly owner of the home sleeps in one of the bedrooms, her head just inches from an electrical outlet swarming with bedbugs. At night they feed on her. Blood stains have soaked into her pillow.

“This is definitely the worst I’ve seen,” says Garcia, who works with the efficiency of an exterminator who has seen a lot. “This is fecal matter,” Garcia points out as he lifts a stained mattress in another bedroom used for sleeping by an elderly man. Bedbugs scamper.

The woman and her housemate have tried for more than two years to gain control of the infestation, ripping up carpets and spraying over-the-counter pesticides — but it is obvious their efforts failed.  In a bedroom closet, hundreds of bedbugs crawl over each other inside a running shoe.

The infestation is extreme, but it is hardly isolated.

Once nearly wiped out by strong – but now banned – pesticides like DDT, bedbugs have waged an aggressive comeback.

“Bedbugs are hitchhikers so they spread by getting on your luggage and on your clothes,” explains Todd Leyse, the president of Adam’s Pest Control. “Every year we’re seeing 30 to 100 percent more bedbug jobs than the previous year, for about the last 11 years.”

Leyse and his crew are using portable furnaces to heat the Minneapolis house to 135 degrees – a temperature lethal for bedbugs.

It’s a costly procedure. The owner of the home was given an estimate of more than $6000 to rid her house of the pests. It was more than she could afford. She would have been lost without a new program called “Project Good Night,” launched by Adam’s Pest Control and the non-profit group Bridging Inc.

Bridging hopes to raise $150,000 in private donations to help others who don’t have the means to eradicate bedbugs from their homes. Adam’s has pledged another $150,000 in matching funds.

“I thought that we would meet the needs of everyone in a very short period of time, but the need continues and it’s getting worse,” said Jim Elfering, operations manager for Bridging.

Garcia says the Minneapolis home will likely need follow-up visits to kill every last bedbug, but even in the midst of the worst infestation he’s ever seen, he is optimistic.

“We’re going to save this house.”

(Copyright 2010 KARE)

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South Florida Company Battling Bed Bugs Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:59:54 +0000 By Jorge Estevez – CBS 4 Miami – November 11, 2010

DAVIE (CBS) — As the battle against bed bugs plays out nationwide, a South Florida company is doing something to help out homeowners struggling with the pesky critters.

South Florida resident Jessica Hahn was fed up with bed bugs. She began noticing red bumps all over skin. Hahn thought she had allergies, but what she has was a case of traveling bed bugs.

“We moved to another place and they followed us there. So then we moved to another place,” said Hahn. “They followed us there and so we moved here and we still have them.”

When she noticed that hundreds of them had taken over her home, she called in the professionals.

Guarantee Solutions pest control used to get a couple calls a month about people dealing with bed bugs. Now they get 6 to 8 calls a day.

“The bed bugs are opportunists and hitch hikers and when they see an opportunity they jump on it,” said David Cogan of Guarantee Solutions.

The company uses an eco-friendly approach to ridding homes of bed bugs—they use heat.

Workers roll in powerful heaters and seal off rooms. They crank the heaters to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit and just sit back as the bugs slowly die.

Ten days later, all of the bugs in Hahn’s home are dead.

This technique is so effective, the company shared it with the Miami-Dade County Health Department at a recently held symposium aimed at combating bed bugs.

Experts say homeowners can do their part at home to reduce the chance of a bed bug infestation. First, make sure to inspect items carefully after traveling, since many hotels are reporting problems with bed bugs. Second, look for reddish brown stains on clothing and mattresses. Lastly, reduce clutter to eliminate hiding places.

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Bed Bugs Making a Comeback in Spokane Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:59:27 +0000 By Jane McCarthy – KREM 2 News Spokane, WA – October 28, 2010

SPOKANE — To most people they’re just part of an old nursery rhyme, but bed bugs are making a comeback.

No doubt you’ve seen them in the news, luxury hotels, even Nike’s New
York City flagship store had to shut down to battle the bed bugs.

Experts say an increase in travel could be one

reason we’re seeing more of them across the United States.

The Washington Department of Health says it’s important for you to know what they look like to avoid bringing them home.

“Bed bugs, believe it or not, are here in Spokane,” says exterminator Raymond Vanderlouw.

Raymond runs EnviroPro Pest Solution Professionals. His specialty is eradicating bed bugs — and business in Spokane is booming.

“In the last two weeks I’ve been not able to keep up with the business I have,” he says.

Raymond took KREM 2 News along to one Spokane apartment building where several units have bed bugs. The owners didn’t want us to identify the complex, but they did allow us to film the extermination.

“This infestation is just about as bad as I’ve seen,” Raymond says.

Raymond’s weapon in the bed bug battle are massive heaters. Once he gets them inside the apartment, he cranks the temperature up to 120-degrees — the bed bugs’ thermal death point that kills not only them, but their eggs too.

“That’s the goal inside every apartment to get every piece of furniture, mattress, sofas, recliners, all furniture up to 120-degrees in order to kill all the bed bugs,” he explains.

Raymond keeps the heaters going for about three hours, slowly raising the temperature of the apartment, and when it gets to be about 125-degrees, the bed bugs start to die off.

Raymond keeps the heat going for a few hours, because just a couple of bugs left standing is enough to re-infest.

Clean house or dirty house, old or new, bed bugs don’t discriminate.

“I’ve seen them in $2 million homes, the best of the best hotels and the lowest of the low — it doesn’t matter,” says Raymond.

But it sure matters to the people who have spent sleepless nights enduring their itchy bites. While bed bugs feed on our blood, they don’t spread disease. But the people who have had to battle an infestation will tell you the tiny bug is no small enemy.

“I’m throwing my sofas away,” says one tenant. “You might as well have had a hurricane come through.”

It’s crucial to get the job done once and for all, so people can get their lives back.

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Losing the Battle Against Bedbugs Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:58:59 +0000 By Dave Summers – WKYC TV Cleveland – October 27, 2010

CLEVELAND — If you haven’t encountered bedbugs in your home or travels yet chances are you will and in the near future.

In the 80’s and 90’s, legislation watered down pesticides to
the point where exterminators say there is nothing chemically on the
market that does a complete job of killing bedbugs.

The result? We are experiencing a massive resurgence nationwide and right here in Ohio.

In fact, exterminators say that within the next 12 months, one in six Ohio residents will have some kind of bedbug encounter.

They’re not just in hotel beds. The critters are hitchhikers on everything from backpacks to coats and clothes. College campuses, movie theaters, even hospitals are reporting bedbug problems.

One solution that has proven effective in killing these pests are home heat treatments. Exterminators literally seal the space, then fill it with hot air. The temperatures get as high as 140 degrees.

The heat dries out bedbugs and any other bug that may be present. It also kills bacteria and germs.

But the process isn’t cheap, as the usual application is around $3,000.

© 2010 WKYC-TV

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Bed Bugs Expected in More Schools Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:58:29 +0000 By Brian Yocono – WCSH6 Portland, ME – October 7, 2010

SABATTUS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — For a second day the Sabattus Elementary School was closed as a pest management company worked to kill bed bugs found in two classrooms.

The problem was discovered when students developed bite marks.

Atlantic Pest Solutions searched the building using dogs and found two classrooms were infested.


Wednesday the company used extreme heat to kill the bugs. They also searched the buses and found that two had an infestation as well.

The Superintendent says there is no guarantee the bugs won’t come back because they likely came from a home in the community.

The Department of Education expects bed bugs to be discovered in more schools around the state and is working with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture to create guidelines for schools facing the same issue.

Atlantic Pest Solutions says the bed bug problem nationwide is larger right now than they would have ever expected. They have 8 crews working every day and are booked two weeks in advance.

They also say you can look for signs of the bugs in your home by looking for blood spots, droppings or castoff skins from the bugs.

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