table temporary heating, dehumidifying
and air filtration to industries such as
construction. In 1999, the company’s
expertise led to a patented heat treatment process for the remediation of
pests in stored products at food processing facilities. Today, the company
said it is used by pallet manufacturers and food storage and processing
plants throughout North America.
“When bed bugs really got on the
radar around 2007, our engineers
began to work on adapting the heat-
to a diesel generator,” Strom said. “It
was the ends to a mean.”
The target temperature during the
heat treatment process is between
120° and 135°F in order to pen-
etrate bed bug harborages and kill
the colony. The dry-heat process kills
the entire life cycle of bed bugs while
reducing the application of insecti-
cides, the company said.
Using equipment engineered and
manufactured in Burnsville, the process relies on three main elements:
Apply heat — Electric bed bug
heaters are placed within the space
to create and recirculate the heated
air to a target temperature not greater
Monitoring — Temperatures are
monitored in real time from a remote
location using wireless sensors
to ensure lethal temperatures are
reached without damaging the content of the living space.
Moving air — High-temperature
A Ford F550 forms the
basis for the largest
model, an eight-heater
system. There’s a John
generator directly behind
treatment technology into something
we could use for pest control in apartments and hotels,” Strom said. “We
first started with gas-fired heat, but the
behavioral responses of the bugs and
dangers with propane heaters were
not ideal for those types of settings.”
Temp-Air finally looked at using
electricity to power the heat system,
but creating the high Btu necessary to
kill the bugs in their colonies required
more power than most apartments
could provide. “That’s what drove us
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