There are all kinds of creatures in this world that may be hard to notice, but their effects are hard to avoid. And when it comes to bed bugs, those effects are never good. When you have an infestation of these parasitic organisms, that means you have to worry about them burrowing in and gorging themselves on your blood like the near microscopic vampires they are. This leads to redness, itching, and in severe cases, infection. And if you don’t know where to look, they can be very hard to get rid of. Even if you do manage to kill the adults, allowing their larvae to hatch only perpetuates the problem. One of the best solutions for getting rid of adults, larvae, and eggs right away is to employ the use of steam cleaners. But before you go to war with these annoying creatures, keep a few things in mind.
For starters, steam at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or greater can kill bed bugs and their eggs with instant contact. To do so, it is recommended that you use the largest head possible which comes with your steam cleaner. A nice thick blast of dry vapor steam gives these critters nowhere to run. A smaller head can actually cause the bed bugs to disperse to safer regions of the home and spread infestation past the localized area. So in other words, size matters.
Secondly, safety must remain of the utmost importance in the use of steam. Bed bugs are annoying, as any of the recent case studies throughout the United States can tell you. In fact, a major broadcast network recently had to evacuate their main headquarters on account of the infestation. However, as bad as bed bugs can be, they’re probably not going to cause long term health problems. When you refuse to respect a steam cleaner, that’s exactly what can happen. See, dry vapor steam like the kind you should be using for the eradication of bed bugs also strips chemicals from the surface and into the air. That means if your home has been recently sprayed or painted, and you’re not wearing a respirator (bad idea), you could get sick or even die from a reaction.
Thirdly, not just any kind of steam will do. As previously mentioned, you should be using a dry vapor steam because of a greatly damaging thing called mold. When using other kinds of steam, your room could develop mold as a result of moisture, and that can spread throughout the house producing hazardous results for property value. With dry steam, moisture is cut way down, along with your chances of any future mold growth.
Steam cleaners have many positive effects. Aside from their ability to kill bed bugs, they can also fight against dust mites making extra sure that your sleep experience is one of safety and comfort. But before you put this equipment to use, respect it by educating yourself on its safe operation.