Bed bugs – they’re creepy, crawly, and have taken over homes across America over the last few years. Dealing with a bed bug infestation is a downright nuisance that can literally drive you crazy, so it’s no surprise that people are willing to do whatever it takes to rid their homes of these bloodsucking pests right away. With such hysteria over the current bed bug epidemic, many Americans are taking drastic measures to eliminate the problem, including fumigating their homes to extreme degrees.
However, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that frequent and excessive applications of chemical products to kill bed bugs can be more hazardous to your health than the effects of a bed bug infestation. A healthier alternative for effective bed bug remediation, steam cleaners are a chemical-free way to get rid of bed bugs naturally.
In the report – Acute Illnesses Associated with Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs – the CDC linked one death and 111 illnesses in the U.S. from 2003-2010 with the use of insecticides to treat bed bugs. As a result of excessive use of insecticides, like foggers, and misuse of the products — using outdoor pesticides in the home — many suffered headaches, dizziness, respiratory complications, vomiting, and nausea.
There is a safer way to eliminate bed bugs. Instead of drenching your mattress and furniture with toxic spray, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests taking an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, including using a steam cleaner, for safe and successful bed bug elimination.
In addition to washing bed linens at high temperatures, the EPA recommends using hot vapor steam as an effective chemical-free bed bug treatment. Heating infested areas with at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit of steam action can not only kill beg bugs, but also prevent future infestations.
We carry a wide selection of steam cleaners, including heavy-duty models that emit steam at over 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Using only water and a heating element, steam cleaners release dry vapor steam hot enough to kill bed bugs on contact.
At the onset of an infestation, the typical response is to seek out the most powerful bed bug spray. But as bed bugs continue to populate in the U.S. and abroad, they are becoming increasingly resistant to insecticides, according to the CDC study.
Additionally, since bed bugs lurk in crevices – like those in your mattress, carpet, or baseboards – and usually come out at night to feed on your blood while you sleep, they are hard to detect and even more difficult to control. Applying extreme heat from a dry vapor steam cleaner eliminates bed bugs in all stages of their development, making it a great solution for bed bug prevention.
For more information on eliminating bed bugs with a steam cleaner, visit our Bed Bugs and Steam Cleaners page. View the full CDC report for more details on insecticide-related illnesses associated with bed bug eradication.