Roswell, GA October 6, 2010 -- The popular nighttime sentiment "Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite!" has taken on a new meaning in recent months as cities across the U.S. battle a resurgence of bed bugs. The tiny, blood-hungry parasites have infiltrated apartment buildings, houses, hotels, retail stores, movie theaters, universities, offices, hospitals, and even military posts, looking to take up permanent residence in numbers unseen since World War II. While chemical pesticides are one way to eliminate these annoying pests, health experts caution that using pesticides indoors can pose serious health risks. As an alternative, Sylvane - an online supplier of high-quality air treatment products - suggests using a safer solution to kill bed bugs and help prevent their return, the chemical-free steam cleaner.
"Dry vapor steam cleaners provide one thing that will eliminate bed bugs in all stages of their development, and that is extreme heat," said Steven Hong, president of Sylvane. "Temperatures of 120 degrees F and higher are lethal to most insects and will kill bed bugs on contact. The bulk of the high-quality steam cleaners you will find on the market today, such as the Ladybug steam cleaners, Vapamore steam cleaners and Reliable steam cleaners, are going to reach far beyond that temperature threshold."
Vapor steam cleaners, a product group that is becoming ever more popular as many households "go green," use only water and heat to create a dry vapor steam that sanitizes surfaces and removes dirt, grime and germs. This natural dry steam can reach temperatures in excess of 250 degrees F, which is hot enough to kill disease-causing bacteria and viruses and powerful enough to kill bed bugs instantly and without leaving a trail of toxic chemicals.
Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recognize heat treatment as an important component of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for eliminating bed bugs. Other components include using monitoring devices to detect bed bug activity, removing clutter in places where bed bugs can hide, laundering bedding and linens, vacuuming, sealing cracks and crevices that may become bed bug hiding spots, and using chemical pesticides approved for indoor use.
"People suffering from MCS, or multiple chemical sensitivities, however, often cannot physically use pesticides in their homes because the chemicals will trigger an allergic reaction or worse," Hong said. "In addition, some people simply refuse to use chemical treatments on and around the bed they sleep on. Applying a heat treatment through steam cleaning can be a safer alternative that, in some cases, is just as effective."
When using a steam cleaner for bed bug treatment, Hong offers these tips for the most effective results:
While thorough steam cleaning can, in many cases, eliminate entire bed bug infestations, Hong cautions that consumers should first consult a licensed pest control professional if they suspect a bed bug problem and before attempting any home remedies for bed bugs.
"A pest control professional will assess your pest problem and help you develop a tailored treatment plan, using the IPM approach, for your environment," he said. "This might include chemical pesticides if the size of the infestation warrants it. But steam cleaners and heat treatment will likely continue to be an important part of eradication and prevention."
For more information, visit Sylvane's information page on how to eliminate bed bugs with steam cleaners.
Sylvane (sylvane.com) is a leading online supplier of high-quality air treatment solutions to the residential and commercial markets. The company's broad selection of products includes air purifiers, portable heaters, portable air conditioners, window air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, swamp coolers, fans, vacuums, steam cleaners, and air quality testing products. Believing in the notion that better air begins with knowledge, Sylvane also provides its customers with detailed product information, air treatment learning articles, reliable product comparisons, and personalized consultation on indoor air treatment issues.
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