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ADVERTORIAL

BRINGING THE HEAT
Consistently 100% bedbug kill with 1 treatment
During the past four years, Tri-County Termite & Pest Control in Logan,
Ohio, has developed a reputation for fixing bed bug problems - whether
it's the first company to treat an infestation, or the second or third called to
do the job correctly.
"With many of the infestations we treat, people have had bed bugs for
six months to a year," says Owner Danny Horn. "During that time, people are
constantly moving. And, in some cases, other companies aren't taking care
of the problem properly and up front, so we come in and fix it."
When Horn first bought the Heat Assault 500X, Tri-County, which has
been in business since 1973, was a smaller company. He performed most
of the bed bug treatments chemically, making four trips to eradicate each
infestation.
"That was fine for a while, but the bed bug jobs increased from once
a month to once a day," he says. "In fact, our bed bug work has steadily
increased during the past four years to where it consists of about 50 percent
of our business. With that kind of volume, I couldn't do all the follow-up
treatments that were needed. It became too overwhelming."
Almost four years ago, wanting to buy "the best equipment available," he
says, Horn researched and read about Heat Assault equipment. He made
the decision to purchase the Heat Assault 500X. It worked so well that just a
few months ago, he purchased a second unit to accommodate his growing
bed bug business.

Quick and efficient
The Heat Assault 500X features two 250,00 BTU/hour coil burners, five
unit heater/fan sets and a 7.5kW generator. In a 1,500-sq.-ft. home, for
example, the kill zone temperature of 122° F can be reached in one hour.
It's common for customers to return to their homes six to eight hours after

the treatment started. For Horn, it takes four hours - including setup and
takedown - to heat a 700- to 1,000-sq.-ft. apartment.
"You really notice the 500,000 BTUs when heating a small apartment to
130°F in five to 10 minutes," Horn says. "You don't realize how hot that is. The
potential of the machine is pretty powerful."
How a house or unit is structured affects how quickly it heats up. For
example, larger spaces take less time to heat. If a house has multiple smaller
rooms, it takes longer. What a house is constructed of factors in, too. For
example, if a house has plaster walls, it takes longer to heat than a house
constructed with drywall.
"The long end of our timeframes is eight or nine hours if it's a big, older
house," Horn says.
When heating a house or apartment, Horn's technicians will go inside
every 15 to 20 minutes with a thermal imager to scan rooms to search
for cold spots. When they find them, they redirect the heat or use a fan to
move air to heat those spots. In addition to using heat, the crew will apply
an insecticide on baseboards and door thresholds, because bed bugs will
emerge from their hiding places and seek colder areas.
Horn treats many apartment complexes, and with the Heat Assault 500X,
he can treat more than one unit at a time. This saves him hourly wages,
diesel fuel (on which the Heat Assault runs), and time on the job.
As a result of using the Heat Assault 500X, Horn doesn't have to make
multiple treatments to eradicate bed bug infestations anymore. Tri-County
treats three to five properties for bed bugs a day.
"When I bought my first Heat Assault unit, I struggled to keep it busy,"
Horn says. "Then we developed a reputation of fixing bed bug problems. If
we were called, customers had to wait one week; then it became two weeks.
We bought the second unit because customers don't want to wait longer
than a week-and-a-half to have their bed bug problem solved."
Tri-County's bed bug work has leveled off, and it's maintaining a seven- to
10-day waiting period for customers.
"That's acceptable for most people," Horn says.
Horn says he also likes how the new Heat Assault models are lighter and
smaller, which means it only takes one technician to set it up and take it
down. Horn converted his older machine with lighter, smaller heaters.
The bottom line is that Heat Assault makes Horn happy.
"I feel like I'm helping people out," he says. "I feel good knowing people's
bed bug problems won't return."

1-877-474-2847
Heat-Assault.com


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PestWorld - September/October 2017

President’s Message
Employment Law 101
Safety First
Nine Legal Problems You Can Avoid
Making Safety Part of the Job
Pestworld Preview
Lyme Disease: A Clinical Look at a Multisystem Disorder
Marketing Corner: Five Steps to Nail a Media Interview
Standards: Qualitypro Charts the Future of Credentialing
Ask the Expert
The Cost of a Data Breach Could Put Your Pest Control Operation Out of Business
Membership Programs: The New Npma Health Insurance Exchange
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - intro
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - cover1
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - cover2
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 3
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 4
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 5
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 6
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 7
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - President’s Message
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 9
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Employment Law 101
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 11
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 12
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 13
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Safety First
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 15
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 16
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 17
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Nine Legal Problems You Can Avoid
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 19
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 20
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 21
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Making Safety Part of the Job
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 23
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 24
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 25
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Pestworld Preview
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 27
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 28
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 29
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 30
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Lyme Disease: A Clinical Look at a Multisystem Disorder
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 32
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 33
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Marketing Corner: Five Steps to Nail a Media Interview
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 35
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Standards: Qualitypro Charts the Future of Credentialing
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 37
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 38
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Ask the Expert
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - The Cost of a Data Breach Could Put Your Pest Control Operation Out of Business
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 41
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 42
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Membership Programs: The New Npma Health Insurance Exchange
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - 44
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Calendar of Events
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - Index of Advertisers
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - cover3
PestWorld - September/October 2017 - cover4
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PestWorld - September/October 2017 - outsert3
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