More Than Bed Bugs: Heat Kills Pathogens

More Than Bed Bugs: Heat Kills Pathogens

by Tommy Underhill, GreenTech Heat
February 26, 2020

News sources around the world have acutely focused on the spread of Covid-19— the coronavirus. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department, told CNN that the virus has created more questions than experts have answers. What the experts agree upon is that the virus will continue to spread.   

GreenTech Heat does not have the solution to eradicate the virus worldwide. However, there is a proven methodology that quickly and efficiently kills pathogens and other organisms: heat.

Heat will kill organisms floating in the air, residing deep in furniture, and sterilize surfaces in one concise treatment. No wiping down surfaces. No spraying chemicals or disinfectants.

And, heat will also kill bed bugs and all other insects and their eggs.

As they developed the technology and sought clinical proof of its efficacy, GreenTech Heat compiled a listing of studies from academic laboratory sources and trusted epidemiological institutions— including the World Health Organization and Health Canada— for many microbials including protoza, bacteria, fungi, and viri. Their findings prove that heat kills organism floating in the air, residing deep in furniture, and sterilize surfaces in one concise treatment.

A single treatment with temperatures only slightly higher and durations slightly longer than an aggressive bed bug treatment will eliminate organisms throughout the treatment area. The following table lists some of the laboratory findings:

PathogenThermal Death PointDurationSource
Coronavirus (not specifically Covid-19)55°C/131°F2 minutesGerba, 1997; Laude, 1981
Ebola60°C/140°F60 minutesHealth Canada, 2007
Rotavirus50°C/122°F30 minutesGerba, 1997; Estes, 1979
Staphylococcus aureus63°C/145°F20 minutesDumalisile,, 2005
Streptococci60°C/140°F30 minutesHampil, 1932, Ayers & Johnson, 1918
Escherichia coli63°C/145°F25 minutesDumalisile,, 2005
Norwalk viruses>60°C/140°F>30 minutesTIP, 2000; Foster & Thompson, 1957
Most viruses70°C/158°F20-25 minutesJones & Martin, 2003 Day & Shaw, 2000; Stern, 1974

Heat is a proven disinfectant. Medical professionals trust autoclaves and heat to sterilize surgical instruments. When conducting a microbial treatment with GreenTech Heat equipment, heat and hold the treatment zone between 66°C/150°F and 71°C/160°F and maintain temperatures until the hardest-to-heat locations maintains that temperature for 2 hours as indicated with a temperature probe.

Who can benefit from an antimicrobial heat treatment?

  • Retail establishments
  • Government facilities
  • Hospitals and emergency rooms
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Medical offices
  • Ambulances
  • Aircraft
  • Busses
  • Rental car fleets

The image at the top of this post is from the Public Health Image Library from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This illustration is based on electron microscopic (EM) imagery and provides a three-dimensional (3D), graphical representation of a number of norovirus virions, set against a black background. Illustrator: Alissa Eckert, MS

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