How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Naturally in Fast Easy Steps - Natural Bed Bug Killer & Bed Bug Treatment
How to Kill Bed Bugs With Steam
Bed bugs may be resilient, but one thing they cannot withstand is the high heat of a steamer. Steamers are an excellent, chemical-free way to treat for bed bugs and other pests such as dust mites. Reaching upwards of 250ºF or 121ºC, steamers will kill any bed bug or bed bug eggs on contact, and thoroughly clean the infested area. When treating an area for bed bugs, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure that all bed bugs are eradicated in a safe manner.
Use caution when steaming an area that has recently been treated with chemicals (including diatomaceous earth powder).Heat may break down the chemicals already applied, undermining their residual effect. As a general rule, apply chemicalsaftersteaming.
Before steaming, vacuum the areas to be treated.This will increase the effectiveness of the steamer. If possible, use a vacuum cleaner with a bag, as this allows for easy disposal of any bed bugs that may have been captured in the vacuum. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, dispose of all contents in a bagoutsideof your house, place the bag straight into the outdoor garbage, then wash the vacuum container and filter in as hot water as the vacuum components can stand. Allow to air dry before refitting to the vacuum cleaner.
- Another option is to use a steamer/vacuum combination.
Carefully read the instructions provided with your steamer to prepare the steamer for operation.Remember that steamers produce extremely hot steam, so use caution to avoid burning yourself.
Purge the steamer into a cloth towel to clear the nozzle of excess water that has been collected.Do this both when the steamer heats up initially and when moving between locations. Once the water is purged, you can attach the appropriate accessory and begin steaming.
- Keep a dry towel or moisture-absorbent cloth on hand to help absorb excess water that may accumulate while steaming.
When steaming, start from the top of the room (drapes, etc.) and work your way down to the floorboards. The steamer can be used on moldings, mattresses, box springs, headboards, sofas, carpeting, floorboards and more. However, never steam into an electrical outlet or appliances!
When possible, use a larger head attachment for the nozzle, as smaller heads may create too much centralized pressure, thus scattering the bed bugs rather than killing them.Some steamers have a pressure control valve, allowing you to control the pressure of the steam.
Take your time with the steamer.Keep the tip of the nozzle about one to two inches (2.5cm-5cm) from the surface you are treating, and move at a rate of about one inch (2.5cm) per second.
After steaming your mattress, allow adequate time for the steam to completely dry before applying a mattress, box spring or pillow encasement.Applying encasements before the steam has dried may result in the growth of mold.
After steaming, keep an eye out for any signs of bed bugs in the next few days.If signs of bed bugs appear, re-treat the area with steam. It is always recommended to follow up a steam treatment with an EPA-approved bed bug spray.
QuestionCan steaming a room be enough to kill bedbugs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOnce may not be enough. Going through with the treatment a few more times would be ideal.Thanks!
QuestionI just found a few bedbugs up my son's bedroom wall. Will the rubbing alcohol suffice and keep them gone for good?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnfortunately, no. If you see them, there are more that are unseen. Consult pest control to get a game plan. Use a steamer in any cracks or crevices of the bed and baseboards. Apply diatomaceous earth after steaming, and start investigating where there might be more. Don't give those critters time to completely infest your home!Thanks!
QuestionCan I use steam to kill bed bugs if I have a dog?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Steam is just really hot water, so it's safe for your dog, as long as you don't try to steam your dog.Thanks!
QuestionHow frequently should I steam for bedbugs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOnce may not be enough. If you find more after 2 steaming sessions throughout your entire house, consider purchasing pesticides or getting the help of a professional. If you live in a complex, your source of infection may very well be your neighbors.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a fabric steam cleaner to kill bed bugs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI used my iron on the steam setting until we had the money to purchase new bedding. The steam worked on the surface. The problem is they move deeper inside the material of the mattress and escape the treatments, so this may not be entirely effective.Thanks!
QuestionWhat type of mattress cover should I buy to help prevent bedbugs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA plastic bed cover works best. It prevents the bedbugs from crawling into the fabric mattress.Thanks!
QuestionWhat kind of steamer should I use?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAny steamer that produces steam of 140 or more degrees will do. Also think of investing in a steamer that will maintain the steam at a high enough temperature for long enough.Thanks!
QuestionIs there a chemical that can be added to the steamer to help kill the bugs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's not a good idea to add any kind of chemical to a steamer. You never know how that chemical will react at temperatures that high, plus it can damage your steamer. It's best to apply just steam, then spray with an EPA approved bed bug spray. The most important part is isolating your bed/couches with bed bug interceptors to prevent any new bugs from being able to reach your bedding. Finally, apply DE powder along all baseboards and around the legs of any tables/chairs on the carpet.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to remove the encasement to do the mattress or will the steam get through?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAfter steaming any bedding, allow it to dry thoroughly and then put the mattress protectors on. If you do not allow it to dry you may encourage mold to grow.Thanks!
QuestionWhat steamers are recommended for killing bed bugs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAny handheld steamer will do. You can purchase any brand, as the brand will not matter.Thanks!
I do not have a steamer, can I use steam iron?
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