Do you wake up to nasty bite marks every morning? Have you tried eliminating bed bugs but they reappear sooner or later to haunt you and your family?
Well then, you need a solution to your problem and yes, steam cleaners are a viable option here. Though commercial steam cleaners work better as an exterminator, clothes steamers may also be used if the infestation is mild. For an inexpensive UK option, check out our Vax S7 Total Home Master review.
Steam cleaners eliminate bed bugs by applying extremely hot steam in the range of 90-110° C (200 – 230° F) so that the bugs are killed instantly on coming into contact with the extreme heat. The temperatures are lethal to bugs that are in the open as well as those that are hiding in the nooks and corners.
It has been seen that steam cleaners work best when the bugs are found on any hard surface. The steam can also clean bed bugs that are hiding in the fabric to up to 3/4” deep. Not only that, if the bugs are hiding in cracks or crevices up to 1/4” – 3/8” deep, they can be successfully exterminated using a steam cleaner. However, while the treatment is ongoing, you need to make sure that the temperature is high enough to kill the buggers. For this, you may use an infrared thermometer.
Killing bed bugs with a steam cleaner may require you to repeat the process quite a few times because it is a process of killing on contact. Any bug that hides safely and deep enough at the time of steaming will live and will need further treatment to be eliminated. Also, since commercial steam cleaners are quite a bit expensive, you may not buy one all alone, but share the cost with other homeowners in your locality who may be facing the same problem. Also, make sure that the pressure is relieved after use and children are nowhere close during the treatment process.
This American chap has some good tips, and though he’s promoting a product it seems like a good one. If anyone recommends a UK-based video or product, please let me know!