Compared to other forms of pest control, heat treatment methods offer greater advantages to both pest control operators as well as occupants in facilities that are being treated.
Unlike chemical treatments, heat treatments do not produce any negative long-term health side effects for exposed individuals. Chemical treatments can become toxic to occupants if improper ventilation does not take place before re-occupancy, or in the event that proper procedures are not followed. From an ecological standpoint, fumigation that utilizes methyl bromide or other pesticide can cause the depletion of the ozone layer.
Whereas using chemicals to treat infestations typically require several treatments over an extended period of time, for mid low to mid-level infestations, to effectively kill an insect in any life stage, heat treatments are performed only a single time.
Using heaters allows professionals to penetrate areas that difficult to reach with pesticides or chemicals. This aspect is very important as many of the insects that are targeted are known to hide in small cracks or cervices. Failure to reach these challenging areas could result in re-infestation.
Areas that are not subject to treatment in a structure may remain open and operational as heat treatment is non-toxic. This means that the entire site does not need to be evacuated in order for the treatment to take place.
Treating the interior space with the properly and evenly will not result in the damage to its contents. Occupants may safely leave potentially infested electronics and other objects in the space being heated, so long as they are unplugged.