How to Use a Steamer to Treat for Bed Bugs

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Submitted by BedBug Central on Thu, 2012-08-30 00:00

In this episode Jeff will demonstrate the proper way to use a steam machine to treat for bed bugs. It has been well documented that the heat created by most steamers is enough to kill both bed bugs and their eggs on contact. This is a great treatment method for different types of upholstered furniture as well as other areas of the home where bed bugs have been noted but pesticides are difficult to use due to excessive contact with the item. Please be advised to check each surface you are steaming prior to using the steam machine to make sure the heat will not damage the surface. Also, it is recommended that you use large steamer attachment to reduce the rate at which the steam leaves the steamer. Protocol states that on most surfaces one-inch per second is the recommended rate to move the steam attachment but each type of surface can change the rate at which you move. You also want to make sure to keep the leading edge of the attachment about a half inch from the surface to allow for bugs and eggs to get underneath the attachment. 




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