Will A Hot Hair Dryer Kill Bed Bugs?

Heat is the most common way to get rid of bed bugs. Suffering due to bed bugs gave rise to the hot hair dryer as a tool to kill bed bugs. The height of the problem gave rise to several new solutions. When victims lost their belief on sprays, aerosols or powders then they started trying out their own inventions. There was just an idea that heat was the most efficient way to kill bed bugs, and they tried everything that involved heat, including hair driers. Will a hot hair dryer kill bed bugs? People have been trying the heat method since centuries. Central heating in a house is the traditional way of maintaining constant heat to get rid of bed bugs. Traditions have always been the best guidepost for most things in life.

Advantages of heat treatment to get rid of bed bugs

will a hot hair dryer kill bed bugs
Hot hair dryers are being used for killing bed bugs due to the advantages of heat treatment.

  • It is a non-chemical method which clearly indicates it is free of side-effects.
  • It is one those few low-cost solutions to this problem.
  • It is do-it-yourself, so saves the exterminator’s fees.

In spite of the above logic, the question arises: will a hot hair dryer actually kill bed bugs? Yes, it is effective, if the hair dryer is exposed to bed bugs for about an hour at 113 degrees. The heat produced by a hot hair dryer is sufficient to kill bed bugs. It can generate up to 140 degrees of heat. This temperature is capable of burning human skin the moment it is exposed to it. Use a hair dryer for small areas to concentrate the effects on bed bugs. Once you have completely eradicated the infestation, there is a reduced chances of invasion of bed bugs.

Disadvantages of using the hair dryer

will a hot hair dryer kill bed bugs

  • One cannot completely eradicate the bed bug infestation with a hot hair dryer.
  • It can only prevent them for a short period of time and only after a long exposure.
  • It is not the most recommended way of killing bed bugs. If you have other options then go for them instead of a hair dryer.

It is a well-known  fact that it is very hard to kill bed bugs. Things like borax or a hair dryer cannot solve the problem. You must contact an exterminator for a real solution. Will a hot hair dryer kill bed bugs? Maybe it can provide you short term relief.  


64 Responses to “Will A Hot Hair Dryer Kill Bed Bugs?”

  1. mike says:

    At what temperature does a bed bug thrive? Will exposure to low temp. kill them?

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  2. santy acevedo says:

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    • lauren says:

      @santy acevedo: @santy: To kill full size it needs to reach 115 degrees for 7 minutes and 113 for an hour to kill the eggs. So turning your heat up will not help.

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  3. Lugi Jen says:

    I have bed bugs and will kill all of them soon!

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  4. JEN says:

    I have bed bugs and having trouble getting rid of them. Does anyone have any ways they would recommend that has worked for them?

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    • denice says:

      rubbing alcohol kills them on contact with them@JEN:

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  5. ruby says:

    I have used a hair blow dryer to kill bed bugs. I tested the temperature and time it took to heat up to certain temperatures with a meat thermometer. We did have a pro pest control person come out and spray. But there were so many bugs left alive that I started to experiment on them myself. We’ve been fighting the bugs for two weeks now. Hopefully it will all end soon!

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  6. mgirl says:

    What wattage of the blow dryer do I get. I can’t afford an exterminator as alot of people can’t

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  7. Chyna says:

    These bugs r so irritating! Im really breaking out because of them! Someone help me!!!

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    • Leslie says:

      @Chyna: I have them again, I wonder if the exterimator got rid of them. I am using tempo sc it is conscentrated so you have to mix it in a gallon sprayer. also after spraying give it a little bit to dry and then put some de down its a powder. Put it around the cracks and holes and stuff around the walls. I am still battleing them myself, but with Gods help and more chemicals maybe i can. oh yes, i am going to try demand cs, thats suppose to be the number one chemical on the market

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  8. Danny says:

    bed bugs will die off onley after being in a tempture of 115 or more for 2 hours or longer. I have used 100% rubbing alcohol

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