USBedBugs.com
Bed Bug Protection and Prevention Products
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Blog | My Account | View Cart |
Shopping Cart 0 item(s) | TOTAL: $0.00

Blog
Getting-Steamed-Over-Bed-Bugs-The-Vapamore-MR-100-Steam-Cleaning-System
Posted by USBedBugs.com on 12/17/2010 to Products

The use of steam cleaners such as the Vapamore MR-100 serves multiple purposes in the fight against bed bugs and is especially useful for battling pesticide resistant bed bug populations. Entomologist Louis Sorkin has said, “Temperature is the Achilles Heal of bed bugs,” illustrating their inability to tolerate extreme temperatures.  It is only necessary to reach 118 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Sorkin to kill all stages of bed bug life on contact.  Using extreme cold is usually not as easy for the average person as temperatures below 0 degrees are required and even then for extended time periods to ensure the elimination of bed bugs. 

 

Steam has the advantage of being useful both for eliminating bed bugs and their eggs with heat, and also for cleaning up the mess they often leave in their wake.  A good steamer for bed bug treatment and clean up will be dry vapor so as not to foster the development of mold and mildew, although ventilation is necessary after use of any steamer to dry out the elements that have been treated.  The steamer should be too hot to touch, and should not be so forceful as to ‘blow bed bugs and their eggs around’.  Sometimes a cloth is placed over the head of a steamer to reduce the blowing action for this purpose. Even if insecticides are used, a study by (Meek 2003) has demonstrated that using steam prior to insecticides provides much better long-term outcomes than using insecticides alone.

 

The steam treatment should start with the mattress and be applied to the seams, under labels and handles, and both inside and out of an ensemble base. Cushions of chairs and sofas should be treated next, paying particular attention to seams and buttons.  Carpet edges can also be treated with steam. After the completion of the steam treatment, any dead bugs should be removed via vacuuming.  The main drawbacks to using steam are that it requires a user to be extremely thorough and is time consuming.  Also, being that steam is water, it is important to take precautions when using directly on an electrical outlet.  You would certainly need to turn the power off to the target outlet before directing a steamer at it if you suspect bed bugs to be present.  This means go to the fuse box, not the light switch!  Let it dry before turning the power back on.

 

Like any tool, steamers are only as effective as the operator. To achieve control, a sound knowledge of the bed bug and its ecology are essential, inspections should be diligent and the treatment process must be meticulous.

 

The Vapamore MR-100 is an excellent steamer for bed bug applications. It comes with a manufacturers life-time limited warranty, costs less than most and yet is highly flexible, dependable, and high quality.  

Header
Bob in Tuscon Date 12/20/2010 1:44:44 PM
For starters, steam at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or greater can kill bed bugs and their eggs with instant contact. To do so, it is recommended that you use the largest head possible which comes with your steam cleaner so that the bed bugs get a blast they cannot run from.
Add Comment
Name
Email
Body
Welcome!

Recent Posts
Now Available! Protect-A-Bed Furniture Disposal or Storage Bag
Bed Bug 911 Natural Bed Bug Laundry Treatment
Bed Bugs Using Library Books to Hitch a Ride
In Stock Now! Protect-A-Bed SofaBed Bed Bug Proof Encasements
Using Bed Bug Blue Detector in a Hotel Room
Study Shows Foggers Don't Work on Bedbugs
Fire Destroys when Woman takes Eradicating Bed Bugs into her Own Hands
Animal Planet Presents: Monsters Inside Me Bedbug Videos
Prepping For Bed Bug Treatments
Bedbug Beacon CO2 Active Monitor
Categories
How to prevent bed bugs.
How to determine if you have bed bugs
How to get rid of bed bugs.
Pictures of bed bugs
What are bed bugs?
Travel and bed bugs
News
Products
Video
Questions
Additional Resources

Archives
January 2013
December 2012
October 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010

Subscribe
Facebook Twitter
Blog RSS Google Plus

Company Info Customer Service My Account
Payment Options - Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX
PayPal Bill Me Later Amazon Payments
USBedBugs.com by Northshore Care Supply, Buffalo Grove, IL
Phone: 1.888.5-USBEDBUGS | Email: info@usbedbugs.com