Help! Do Hand Held Steam Cleaners Kill Bed Bugs On Carpet And Beds?

I am referring to those held held gadgets shown on TV. Has anyone tried them?

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4 Responses to “Help! Do Hand Held Steam Cleaners Kill Bed Bugs On Carpet And Beds?”

  • tracy:

    Unlike vacuuming, steam cleaning is generally very effective at killing any bed bugs or eggs that come into contact with it. Extreme heat will kill them quickly (anything over 120 degrees Fahrenheit or so), and most steamers will exceed this temperature. You will probably need to get a commercial steamer, because you will need to run it for awhile and cover most areas in your bedroom. You will want to make sure you cover all the areas they could be hiding, even inaccessible ones. If you hire a pest control company, sometimes they will use steam cleaners in addition to applying pesticides. You should also strongly consider going with what is called “dry steam” – low moisture steamers, which have a lot less risk of mold (a big potential problem given that you will be using it around your bed).
    There are some major downsides, though: First of all, it is of questionable value when applied to the mattress itself, which can absorb the moisture from the steam very quickly and keep it from actually coming into contact with the bugs. Second, the temperature is often not high enough to kill them outside of a small area right where the steam comes out. If you can’t wedge the head in close enough in small cracks or crevices, it may not kill them all. Third, some items may be damaged by applying steam to them (especially wooden furniture). Fourth, and most important, it is very hard for you to get ALL the bedbugs this way. If you even miss a few, or miss a couple of eggs, you still have an infestation. They’ll still be biting you, and get right back to breeding again when you’re done. As such, this could be a good supplement for professional pest control, and a very good way to make sure you can keep a lot of your property that can be steam cleaned instead of thrown out, but not a great way as the sole response to a bug problem.
    Here’s one big caveat though: I would absolutely not do this without talking to a pest control person first. With bed bugs, your pest control person will often want a multi-pronged pest management approach. Doing something without talking to them could interfere with whatever they ultimately plan to do.
    Here are instructions on how to do this properly:
    1. Pick up all trash and clutter from your bedroom. (This gives the bed bugs fewer places to hide.)
    2. Wash and dry all bed linens and clothing. Store them in plastic bags and containers to prevent re infestation.
    3. Vacuum the carpets, furniture, mattress, and box springs to get rid of dust and debris.
    4. Fill the receptacle on the steam cleaner with the directed amount of water and cleaning solution, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
    5. Slowly go over surfaces with the steam cleaner to sanitize the areas and kill bed bugs. Start from the top of the room and work downward. Begin by steam cleaning curtains and drapes. Work your way to the bed and other furniture.
    6. Allow the steam cleaned surfaces to dry thoroughly.
    7. Wrap the mattress, box springs, and any furniture in tear-resistant plastic coverings, if possible. Leave the plastic on for two weeks to ensure that any living organisms have had time to die.
    8. Examine the bedding, furniture, and other bedroom fixtures carefully for bed bug feces, skins, or living bugs. If any are found, repeat the steam cleaning process.

  • only as far as they can penetrate. so on a flat surface, like tiles, yes , you hold the steam there for 40 secs, and its killed all germs. then for say carpet, it may need longer to go deeper & heat up the material & kill the bugs. so it will do the same for a mattress, how ever it will only penetrate say an inch or 2 centermeters, so wont goo all the way thru. if u do it regularly it will help tho & will be betta than doing nothing at all.

  • Foster DAD:

    if it is actually a steamer and not just emmiting a spray mist it should

  • Karen M:

    yes the hotter the better do it 2 times

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