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Can You Kill Bed Bugs With Steam?

how to kill bed bugs with steam

Fortunately, the answer to this is yes! Steam is a common and effective method for treating bed bugs. Bed bugs are extremely resilient and a tough pest to get rid of, however they have a natural susceptibility to extremely high temperatures (such as that of steam) and extremely cold temperatures. Reaching temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, steam is much too hot for bed bugs to withstand.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, you can kill bed bugs at temperatures in excess of 113°F/45°C, or below -20°F/-30°C . At Magical Pest Control we offer targeted heat treatments and freezing treatments that take advantage of this weakness to kill bed bugs for good.

Though steam can be a very good way to kill bed bugs it requires a lot of time and diligence on your part. You cannot simply pass over your home quickly with a steam cleaner and expect the bed bugs to be gone. Bed bugs hide deep within your home, in everything from your mattress to your carpet to electronics to crevices furniture. For this reason, many homeowners find it impossible to treat bed bugs on their own without a professional bed bug exterminator. Because steam is unable to penetrate some areas of your house – such as walls or electronics – where bed bugs may be hiding, it can be an uphill battle.

Treating bed bugs with steam will probably require more than one treatment, and will require you to be meticulous about covering areas of your home where bed bugs may be hiding.

Tips on How To Kill Bed Bugs With Steam:

  • Vacuum all areas of your home that you intend to treat before using your steamer. (Be sure to dispose of the bag immediately.)
  • Ensure your steamer has had time to heat up before you begin your treatment. Maintaining a high temperature is key to killing bed bugs.
  • Don’t skimp on your coverage. The heat needs to penetrate to be effective. Cover about an inch per second, and keep the nozzle close enough to penetrate.
  • Do multiple passes if need be, and be meticulous about covering anywhere bed bugs may hide! This is not a simple process that’ll be over in ten minutes!
  • You can steam walls, moulding, carpets, headboards and plenty of other spaces, but DON’T ever get close to outlets or electronics.
  • Work from the top of your home down. (i.e. crown moulding to floorboards)

Where to Use Steam to Kill Bed Bugs

If you attempt to kill bed bugs with steam, be sure to pass your steamer over these key areas:

  • Your mattress
  • Pillows and bedding
  • Curtains and drapery
  • Upholstered Furniture
  • Carpet and area rugs

It is also recommended that you combine this method of treating bed bugs with doing laundry on the hot cycle, to kill bed bugs in washable fabrics.

If you’ve tried to kill bed bugs with steam and found it hasn’t worked for you, Magical Pest Control recommends a bed bug heat treatment. Unlike the wet heat of a steamer, a bed bug heat treatment uses powerful equipment which penetrates all areas of your home – even walls and furniture – to ensure that bed bugs have absolutely nowhere to hide.

Call Magical Pest Control’s bed bug exterminator division to discuss our treatments and how we can help you get rid of bed bugs for good. Reach us at (905) 738-6676.

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