If you are looking for one of the most effective, innovative ways to stop bed bugs in their tracks before they become a problem, look no further than the steam treatment. This new treatment option has the ability to kill bugs in their track before they do too much more damage to your mental well-being.
While there is no denying, this treatment is one of the most effective options available today, it does come with some potential downsides. And, one of those downsides is that it is a kill-on-contact treatment. What does this mean and how does it impact the efficiency of the treatment? That’s exactly what you are going to learn because knowing all of this is pertinent. Pertinent to determining whether or not the treatment is sufficient for you and your property.
How Does Steam Treatment Kill Bed Bugs?
The first and perhaps the most important thing you are going to need to know is how the treatment works. Understanding this will give you an overall better understanding of the treatment as a whole. So, let’s get started! As you can imagine, steam treatment works by utilizing steam to kill bed bugs. Unfortunately, as simple as that might sound, things are much more complicated than that.
The treatment involves placing a high-pressure/high-heat steam in potentially infected locations of the home. The machine used to administer the treatment does look like a clothes steamer and is similar, in theory. On the surface though, they are much different. This is because a bed bug steamer utilizes heat and steam that is much hotter and emitted at much higher pressures. Other than this, the two are similar.
Steamers are excellent tools or specific applications where other treatments aren’t viable. For instance, when working around edibles, you can utilize chemicals or pesticides. Well, you can safely use steam. Also, around electrical outlets, you cannot use liquids. Well, you can use steam because it is a gas. Steam also penetrates and goes beyond surfaces where chemicals and pesticides normally wouldn’t, making it an all-around more effective option for treating bed bugs in specific situations.
A More Eco-Friendly Solution For All
When it comes right down to it, one of the biggest advantages of steam treatment is, it is eco-friendly. There is no question about it, this treatment is safe for pretty much everyone involved, including our administering techs. And, because it doesn’t have residual effects, homeowners or property owners can come right back onto the property without fear of contamination.
This treatment doesn’t use any chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. It is basically nothing more than water and heat. The water is turned into high-pressure/high-heat steam.
Know The Downsides
You can clearly see there are a lot of upsides to the steam treatment. You don’t have to be a pest management professional to see why this is becoming a more and more preferred treatment. However, it’s isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. There are some downsides to this treatment. The first being one of the benefits. Because this treatment doesn’t have a residual effect, what bugs it misses will go on to live. For instance, when you use pesticides, you can miss bugs on the initial treatment, but because the substance lingers, bugs that later come in contact are still exposed.
This is, unfortunately, not the case with steam. If the steam misses the bugs on the first shot, they go on to live. In addition to this, this treatment can be hazardous to some items and materials. You might have to take extreme care with some of your clothing or furniture items. Our techs can point out these items or remove them from the property for you, so this is potentially something you’ll have to worry about.
With all this in mind, it is possible to rent a commercial bed bug steamer and administer the treatment yourself, but it’s not recommended. This is because the potential to spread the infestation is too great. All in all, you’ll want to opt for the pros to administer these treatments.
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- Our pest control company is locally owned and operated
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