Initial Steps for Treatment
There are a number of options to effectively get rid of bed bugs, but sometimes it can get confusing when trying to decide which option would be best for your situation. Here is some basic information regarding the two most advanced methods using to kill bed bugs without harmful chemical.
Heat treatments raise the temperature of the infested area to a level lethal to bed bugs. There are multiple methods of applying heat that may include steam treatments of individual items, contained heating units for furniture and belongings, and whole-room or whole-house heating. Heat treatments can greatly reduce or even eliminate the need for chemical pesticide applications, but must be done right to be effective.
A bed bug infestation is notoriously difficult to eradicate, even if you've followed all of the above prevention methods.
Adept at hiding in beds, furniture, and the various cracks and crevices that appear in any home, these pests reproduce at lightning speed and lay eggs that resist most types of treatment. This usually means several rounds of treatment to get rid of the current population as well as concerted efforts to update your environment and make it far less bed bug-friendly. The fastest way to end your bed bug problem is to take these initial steps:
Steam and Heat
Most bed bugs are found within eight feet of a place where a human is resting. But as their population grows, so does their footprint in your home. That's why it's important to check the following areas:
- Inspect Hiding Places
- Clear Clutter
- Bed Bug Coaster Traps
Bed bugs cannot withstand high temperatures. High heat eliminates kills off the insects and neutralizing their eggs, and is as effective, if not more effective, than many insecticides.
So you or an exterminator can eliminate the bugs by using a high-powered steamer or other heating solutions to treat your furniture or other infested areas.
How you pursue a heat treatment should depend on your situation and what areas of your home have become infested. A steam cleaner will kill the insects at every stage of life in hard-to-reach areas like carpets, floor cracks, or crevices between your baseboards and the floor. Ideally, you want to use a commercial grade steam cleaner or dry steamer for your heat treatment.
To Perform a Heat Treatment:
- Remove blankets, sheets and other bedding.
- Place every fabric item from the infested area in a washing machine and set the water temperature to high.
- Use hot water for every fabric item that's been near the infested bed, couch or other furniture.
- Apply heat to unwashable items where bed bugs might have hidden or laid eggs, such as pillows or cushions. You can use a steam cleaner for this process.
- After you've stripped off your bedding and made your mattress, box spring, and bed frames easily accessible, use the dry steamer or steam cleaner on every inch of surface (including the seams).
- Hold the nozzle close to the surface and ensure that the temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher to kill off the insects and prevent eggs from hatching.
We do not recommend any type of chemical treatment for indoor use.
Pesticides must be used with care for safety and with attention to proper application to work well. The fact is that not only can chemical pesticides harm your beloved kids and pets, both during and after application, but they're also not the best answer to bed bug infestation.
Kill the Bed Bugs, make sure the methods you select are safe, effective and legal.
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