Using a combination of heat/steam and vacuum are essential to an effective and safe IPM process of bed bug removal. Detecting bed bugs early using encasements and monitors allows you to treat bed bugs before they disperse and increases the likelihood that non-chemical removal with steam and vacuum will be successful allowing a quick return to the bedroom by the quest or homeowner.
Steam cleaners are highly recommended tools for safe bed bug eradication and prevention. These chemical-free appliances use only water and heat produce a dry vapor steam at temperatures in excess of 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat treatment is then applied to areas afflicted with bed bugs, which cannot survive when exposed to temperatures measuring 120 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.