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Alright, bed bugs – pack your bags and book your tickets, because we have the 10 hottest destinations for you and your whole family. These are the cities with the most bed bug infestations in 2014, according to data gathered from Orkin, Terminix, and our own customer analytics here at Bed Bug Supply. 10. Dallas, Texas The […]

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The List is In: the Top Bed Bug Cities in 2014

Bed bugs attack Chicago for second year in a row

Alright, bed bugs – pack your bags and book your tickets, because we have the 10 hottest destinations for you and your whole family. These are the cities with the most bed bug infestations in 2014, according to data gathered from Orkin, Terminix, and our own customer analytics here at Bed Bug Supply.

10. Dallas, Texas

The thriving commercial district in Dallas attracts professionals from around the world year-round, making the coming and going of hitchhiking bed bugs all the easier. Dallas has slipped from the 9th position in our list last year, but that’s not much comfort to the many Texans dealing with the threat.

9. Atlanta, Georgia

More than 200,000 passengers come in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson every day, and some are bound to leave behind bed bugs from wherever they flew in from. 90-degree summer days and a strong urban density makes it easy for traveling bugs to find a new home… and a new meal. Atlanta was #10 in last year’s list, but has switched places with Dallas due to a climbing rate of infestation on the East Coast.

8. Cincinnati, Ohio

Ohio cities are frequent guests to our top bed bug cities lists, and this year is no different. Starting off the series is Cincinnati at number 8, which is a fair drop down from its 5th position last year. Cincinnati is home to one of the most chemically resistant strains of bed bugs, the infamous Cincinnati strain, which is now found all over the country.

7. Los Angeles, California

The West Coast’s largest city is no stranger to our top 10 list, but it’s slipped quite a bit from its previous rank at #3. Hot and dry desert climates combined with a dense and sprawling urban population makes it easy for bed bugs to drink their fill.

6. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit topped our list in 2012 and has been slipping since, possibly due to other cities seeing the same increase of infestations in more recent years. Detroit’s neighbors, Columbus and Chicago, mean that the bed bug concentration in the Great Lakes region is especially high.

5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia has been a roller coaster entry in our lists – The City of Brotherly Love was #5 in 2012 but fell off the list completely a year later, only to reappear again in this 5th seat.

4. Dayton, Ohio

The second Ohio city on this year’s list is the only one to have never made it on our list before. Its close proximity to the Cincinnati metro area means that Dayton shares many commuters and travellers, who may bring bed bugs home from their work or public transit method.

3. New York, New York

“Bed bugs” is now considered a taboo word in the Big Apple, rarely uttered in public. After years of dealing with infestations at home and in public places, New Yorkers are smart to take preventative steps so that they don’t help the city retake its previous rank at #2.

2. Columbus, Ohio

The capital and largest city in Ohio is also home to the highest rate of the state’s bed bug infestations, with some professionals reporting daily cases. Reports have more than doubled in the last two years, which is why Columbus graduated to the #2 position from its previous home at #4 in 2012.

1. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is king again, but this is a crown its 3 million residents could do without. The top bed bug city for the second year in a row, and a top-5 city for even longer than that, Chicago is home to more bed bug infestations than anywhere else in the Midwest due to its extremely busy airport and vibrant commercial environment.

It’s important to note that bed bug infestations can happen anywhere, even in suburbs or rural areas. They happen to be more prevalent in cities due to the higher amounts of apartment complexes and public transit use. Whether your town is on this list or not, you should be prepared and take preventative measures all the same.

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An undisputed truth of bed bug treatments is that steam is one of the most effective ways to kill the little critters on contact. The nearly universal adoption of high-pressure steamers by pest control professionals has led to an explosion in the number of professional-grade steamers available to the public. Dry vapor steamers range from […]

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Polti Cimex Eradicator Review: Bed Bug Killer of the Future

An undisputed truth of bed bug treatments is that steam is one of the most effective ways to kill the little critters on contact. The nearly universal adoption of high-pressure steamers by pest control professionals has led to an explosion in the number of professional-grade steamers available to the public. Dry vapor steamers range from $300 to over $4,000 and can have any of a wide variety of features. However, they all share a limiting factor in that the heat they rely on to kill bed bugs only comes from one source: the boiler. Italian manufacturer Polti aims to change that with their all-new Cimex Eradicator.

Cimex Eradicator Bed Bug Steamer

Unlike conventional steamers, the Eradicator features a second heating element inside of the gun itself. This chamber rapidly expands and heats the steam that was fed from the boiler before pushing it out of the barrel, resulting in an exceptionally hot and dry steam. With a maximum tip temperature of 356 degrees Fahrenheit, this is easily the hottest steamer we have ever tested. There is also significantly less water vapor emitted by the Eradicator than by any other steamer we’ve seen, which means more heat penetration ability and less cleanup after the job is done.

The features sound good in theory, but is the new Eradicator state of the art or just a flash in the pan? Read on as we find out.

Unboxing and First Impressions

Cimex Eradicator Box

When you’ve unboxed as many steamers as we have, you get used to a certain convention of what will be included. A steamer is usually accompanied with extension tubes, an array of brushes and heads, a couple of microfiber towelettes, and a thin user manual.

Cimex Eradicator Unboxing

You can imagine our surprise then when the Eradicator arrived with none of that. In place of the usual assortment of accessories, we instead pulled out a specialized treatment guide, large multilingual user manual, demonstration DVD, high-quality protective gloves, two steam concentration tubes, a brass cleaning brush, and two bottles of HPMed, Polti’s proprietary cleaning solution. Polti has made every effort to make the Eradicator a unique, specialized, and forward-thinking tool, and the unboxing experience reflects that.

Cimex Eradicator Body

The steamer itself is definitely something special. The rounded edges, solid white body, and tactile buttons and dials make the Eradicator feel more like modern hospital equipment than a sanitation tool. Despite the use of plastic instead of metal, the body and parts all feel very solid and substantial.

Using the Eradicator

Cimex Eradicator Controls

The Eradicator certainly looks high-tech, but how does it handle? To begin our testing, we popped open the patented safety cap and filled the 2-liter tank to capacity. After plugging in the 10-foot cord and pushing on the generous boiler power switch, we waited about 12 minutes for the boiler to do its thing and bring the pressure up. This is about a standard heat-up time, but it felt long because we have been spoiled by the Il Capo’s wicked fast boiler. Fortunately, the generous 2-liter capacity can keep you steaming for up to 2 hours without needing to refill.

Steaming with the Cimex Eradicator

Once the tank was at a boil and the pressure gauge was redlined, it was time to get steaming. Just seconds after we switched on the steam gun (with a separate power button, which is unusual) and pulled the trigger, a torrent of incredibly hot and incredibly dry steam came billowing out of the oversized barrel. From this moment, we knew that the Eradicator was definitely something different – instead of a slow build-up and a narrow jet of wet steam, this gun was blasting out a wide spray of dry vapor from the start. Due to the wide dispersal of the vapor, the risk of blowing bed bugs around instead of killing them in their place is virtually eliminated.

Steaming with the Cimex Eradicator

Our temperature testing wasn’t exactly scientific: we each volunteered to put our hand in front of the jet to see how hot it felt. We definitely don’t recommend trying that at home, because the Eradicator’s steam is extremely hot. The secondary heating element in the gun is no joke, and we believe the manufacturer’s claim of 356-degree max tip temperature. This extreme temperature is the Eradicator’s claim to fame: while it only takes 180 degrees to kill bed bugs on contact, this extra temperature ensures that even bed bugs hiding deep in cracks, crevices, and soft materials like mattresses and upholstered furniture can’t escape the Eradicator’s steam output.

Cimex Eradicator HPMed Bottles

Ridiculous steam output isn’t the only trick up the Eradicator’s sleeve. Polti included two bottles of HPMed, a unique cleaning solution that fits on the bottom of the steam gun and mixes its fluid into the steam. This solution will help remove bed bug fecal stains, blood spots, and that characteristic odor left behind by an infestation. Naturally, this solution isn’t required, and the gun ships with an empty bottle attached for those that don’t want to bother with it.

Also in the box are two steam concentration tubes that are used to narrow the dispersal of steam to a more concentrated central point. However, we felt that the steamer performed better without those attached, so we recommend that you only use those when you absolutely need to focus steam on a tight space.

Wrapping Up

Polti Cimex Eradicator

The Polti Cimex Eradicator is the first steamer on the market made for just one purpose: killing bed bugs. While other steamers have earned their place in many a pest control truck, the Eradicator’s specialization might take over as the tool of choice for fast contact killing. It’s insanely hot, insanely powerful, and still insanely easy to use. There are a lot of bed bugs out there, so the Eradicator has a lot of work to do, and it’s now available in the US for the first time.

Polti Cimex Eradicator Commercial Bed Bug Steamer

Cimex Eradicator is the technological and ecological solution for the elimination of bed bugs. The laboratory and field tests show that the flow of overheated steam, generated by Cimex Eradicator, is able to eliminate 100% of the eggs and more than 90% of the mobile insects in a single treatment.
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You already know that bed bugs are everywhere these days. They’re popping up in hotels, trains, planes, cruise ships, and even courtrooms. But how do you know if they’ve made their way into your home? If you were unlucky enough to bring home even a single pregnant bed bug, you could be dealing with an infestation […]

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How to Check for Bed Bugs in Your Home

You already know that bed bugs are everywhere these days. They’re popping up in hotels, trains, planes, cruise ships, and even courtrooms. But how do you know if they’ve made their way into your home? If you were unlucky enough to bring home even a single pregnant bed bug, you could be dealing with an infestation in a matter of days or weeks. The sooner you can confirm a bed bug problem, the sooner you can start treating it. Join me as I walk you through how to check for bed bugs in the right places.

Where to Look for Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Hiding Places

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Before you start flipping over every piece of furniture in your home, you’ll need to know where these critters are going to be hiding. Bed bugs feed exclusively on human blood – they’re not interested in being anywhere that doesn’t give them easy access to a sleeping body to chomp on. This means that you’re most likely to find bed bugs near any beds or couches that your family regularly sleeps on, and you’ll almost never find a bed bug in your kitchen or bathroom.

Most infestations are contained to a single bedroom, with bed bugs only venturing to other rooms if their host leaves or their population grows too large for one spot. If someone in your home is experiencing what they think might be bed bug bites, start your search in their bedroom. If someone has recently returned from a trip, start with their luggage and then move on to wherever they usually sleep.

Bed bugs don’t like to hang out in open spaces. They’re not equipped to defend against predators, and are too slow to avoid being stepped on or sat on. To stay safe between meals, bed bugs like to squeeze into tight cracks and crevices, where they are free to rest, reproduce, or digest their meal.

Common hiding places include the seams and folds of the mattress and box spring, the joints and corners of the bed frame, headboard, and footboard, and the cracks and spaces along baseboards, floorboards, and the edge of the carpet. It’s also common to find bed bugs tucked away in nearby furniture like nightstands and dressers.

Common Signs of Bed Bugs

Even though you now know where bed bugs might be hiding, you’re still not likely to find many of them running around. Bed bugs can fit in any space a credit card can fit, making it very easy for them to get out of sight and out of reach. On the other hand, you are likely to find some signs that bed bugs have been actively feeding and reproducing in the area:

Signs of bed bugs

Fecal droppings are thin and dark streaks that bed bugs leave behind after digesting their blood meal. These droppings consist of heavily digested blood, and should smear red when dabbed with a wet cloth.

Blood spots are dark and red and can be found where bed bugs have been crushed by a moving person or other activity that would open their stomach, releasing the freshly-consumed blood meal.

Shed skins are left behind when a bed bug molts, a sure sign that they are progressing through the five instar phases to maturity. Like other insects, bed bugs have an exoskeleton that needs to be replaced by a larger shell as they grow. If you find these golden shells, you’ll know that bed bugs have been reproducing nearby.

Bed bug eggs are milky white and about the size of a grain of rice. These are usually deposited two to five at a time, and will be dropped every day while a female is pregnant.

Bed bugs themselves are dark reddish brown, and will grow to about the size of an apple seed (roughly five millimeters). They have six legs, short antennae, and no functioning wings. Their big, segmented abdomen have tiny hairs that give the illusion of dark bands.

How to Inspect a Room for Bed Bugs

Inspecting for Bed Bugs

To begin your search, gather up a few tools to make the job a little easier. You’ll want a flashlight, a magnifying glass, and a stiff card like a bank card to help scrape material out of tight cracks and crevices. If you need help moving your mattress or other furniture, enlist the help of a sturdy friend or neighbor.

Start by checking every seam and fold on the bed or couch, along with the joints and cracks along its frame and underside. Move slowly and carefully; if you rush this job, you might miss important signs. Once you’re done with the main sleeping area, expand from there to nearby furniture and flooring. Keep moving further and further away until you’ve covered the whole room.

What to Do Next

ClimbUp Insect InterceptorsIf you find any signs that confirm bed bug activity, you’ll want to start treating right away. As described in our proven 4-step solution, you can start by treating and isolating the bed, then move on to nearby furniture and other cracks and crevices, hitting every potential hiding place with steam and contact and residual chemicals. As long as you follow the right steps with the right tools, you can be bed bug free in a matter of weeks!

If you are still not sure if you have bed bugs, use some bed bug monitors, like ClimbUp Interceptors or SenSci Volcanos to trap any bed bugs that might try to climb up the legs of a bed or couch. With these traps in place, a sleeping person can act as the “bait”, luring bed bugs out of their hiding places and into these pitfall traps. In the mornings, you can confirm bed bug activity by finding the critters in the traps.

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You read about bed bugs every week in your local newspaper, or see public bed bug cases mentioned on evening news. Every report sounds similar: bed bugs were found here, bed bugs look like this, and here are some tips on how to avoid getting bed bugs. However, they also mention that bed bugs can’t […]

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DIY Bed Bug Treatments: What to do and what to expect

You read about bed bugs every week in your local newspaper, or see public bed bug cases mentioned on evening news. Every report sounds similar: bed bugs were found here, bed bugs look like this, and here are some tips on how to avoid getting bed bugs. However, they also mention that bed bugs can’t be eliminated with DIY methods, and that you have to call an exterminator. Of course, this is nonsense – you absolutely can kill bed bugs yourself, as long as you know what to expect in a bed bug treatment:

What to do in a DIY bed bug treatment

First, you need to know what steps to take in a bed bug treatment. The most common reason that DIY treatment efforts fail is because steps were skipped, or were not done thoroughly enough. Cutting corners to save time or money only increases the risk that the treatment will fail, which will cost you more time and more money to redo. Do it right the first time and rest easy with these simple steps:

1. Treat and encase your bed

Bed Bug Encasements InstalledThe first step to take is to stop bed bugs from biting you in your bed. To do this, we’ll start by killing bed bugs that are hiding on the mattress, box spring, and bed frame, then apply bed bug proof mattress covers. Strip your bedding from your mattress and seal them in garbage bags to prevent bed bugs from escaping and infesting other parts of your home. Take the bedding directly to your washing machine and wash using the hot water setting. When that’s done, dry the bedding on the high heat setting, if possible. The heat from these laundry cycles will kill bed bugs and eggs hiding in your bedding.

While your bedding is in the laundry, remove your mattress and box spring from your bed frame, and go over them with a vacuum cleaner to collect any bed bugs, shells, fecal droppings, or eggs that might be present along seams and folds. Don’t forget to vacuum the cracks and crevices in your frame, headboard, and footboard. While most regular vacuums would work, you may want to use a HEPA PCO vacuum, since their sealed HEPA filters prevent collected bed bugs from escaping.

After vacuuming your bed, follow up with a steamer. A high-pressure steamer can effectively penetrate deep inside mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, and footboards to kill bed bugs and their eggs on contact. When steaming, move the nozzle very slowly (about one inch per second) to ensure that the hot steam is applied evenly.

Once the bed has been fully vacuumed and steamed, spray the joints of the bed frame, headboard, and footboard with a contact spray and residual spray that are labelled for use on furniture. This will cut down on any bed bugs that you may have missed before, and will set up a protective residue to kill any bed bugs or eggs over the next couple of weeks. Remember to follow the sprays’ product labels and MSDS for safe and effective usage, including wearing any protective clothing that is recommended.

Now that the mattress and box spring are vacuumed, steamed, and completely dry, you can install the sealed bed bug proof mattress encasements and box spring encasements. Encasements are important because they prevent any surviving bed bugs from entering or escaping the mattress and box spring, limiting hiding places and stopping any bed bugs on the mattress from biting you through the cover.

2. Isolate and intercept your bed

ClimbUp InterceptorsNow that you have killed (or trapped) any bed bugs that were hiding in your bed, it’s time to isolate your bed and protect it from any bed bugs hiding elsewhere in your room. Bed bugs could be in your furniture, along baseboards, and inside walls, cracks and crevices – anywhere close enough for them to detect the body heat and carbon dioxide that you emit while sleeping. By blocking these bugs from climbing back onto the bed, we prevent them from being able to bite you, feed on you, and reproduce.

Begin by ensuring that the bed is properly isolated. Make sure that your bed is elevated by a frame with legs or castors; if you don’t use a frame, or your frame sits flat on the ground, you should purchase a temporary bed frame in the meantime.  Only the legs or castors of your bed should be in contact with the floor, so tuck in or remove any hanging covers or bed skirts, and remove any storage below the mattress.

Next, place ClimbUp Interceptors under your bed legs to prevent bed bugs from being able to climb up the legs. To install the interceptors, simply lift each bed leg and place the trap underneath so that the leg rests in the center of the bowl. As bed bugs try to get to you, they will climb up the edge of the interceptor and fall into the perimeter pitfall, where they won’t be able to escape.

3. Vacuum and steam the room

Bed Bug SteamerWe’ve now treated and isolated the bed, and it’s time to start treating the common hiding places in the rest of the room. Bed bugs are likely hiding along the edges of carpet, inside wood cracks, behind picture frames, and inside books, magazines, furniture, and other similar hiding places.

Let’s start by picking up any loose items in the room, like clothes, books, and other personal belongings. Decluttering the area reduces the places that bed bugs can hide, and makes treatment easier. Seal these items in garbage bags and store them outside of the infested room, if possible. Remove clothing in dresser drawers and treat them in a dryer for at least 45 minutes, only filling the dryer halfway to ensure an even heating. Once treated, clothing that you don’t normally wear should be bagged and stored along with your other collected items.

Go over deep cracks and crevices along windowsills, baseboards, floorboards, door frames, and the edges of the carpet with a vacuum, then again with a high pressure steamer. When applying steam, remember to move no faster than about one inch per second to ensure that all bed bugs and eggs are killed on contact. You should also replace the bag or canister in the vacuum cleaner once you’re done using it, to limit exposure of bed bugs to other parts of your home.

4. Spray and powder cracks and crevices

Spraying for Bed BugsBy now, you’ve covered most of the room with various treatment methods. All that is left is to hit the bed bugs that have survived, and set up a long-lasting defense to ensure that the infestation is finished off. For the final step, you are going to use a combination of contact and residual sprays, as well as a residual powder.

First up are the contact sprays, which kill bed bugs quickly and evaporate shortly after. With that in mind, you want to make sure that you hit bed bugs where they’re hiding, so spray along baseboards, below drawers, behind night stands, and on the cushions of upholstered furniture like sofas and chairs. Resist the temptation to spray all over the place, as this likely won’t do you any good since bed bugs don’t tend to hang around in open areas. Instead, focus your spray on tight spaces throughout your room that bed bugs are likely to be hiding in.

Follow up your contact treatment with residual sprays. Residuals won’t kill as quickly as the contact sprays did, but they will be effective for much longer. Spray into cracks and crevices throughout the room, like in the corners of upholstered furniture, along baseboards, and along the edges of the carpet.

Lastly, you want to use a residual powder for places that you couldn’t use sprays. With a professional powder applicator, you can apply powder deep into cracks and crevices, like under appliances, in door frames, and along cracks where the wall meets the floor. You can also puff some powder behind the faceplates of electrical outlets and light switches.

To prevent any surviving bed bugs or eggs from repopulation the area, you’ll want to reapply your contact and residual sprays twice – two weeks after the initial treatment, then two weeks after that, for a total of three applications.

 

If you followed all four steps completely, including the follow-up treatments at the end, you’ll be bed bug free! While you’re going through these steps, there are a couple of things to keep in mind regarding what to expect during the treatment:

Don’t cut corners. By skipping steps or taking shortcuts, you run the risk of the treatment failing to eliminate the infestation. This could end up costing you more time and money to redo the treatment. Be thorough and complete the first time you do the steps, and you’re much less likely to have to redo them later.

Don’t throw away your furniture. Everything that has bed bugs can be treated. Beds and upholstered furniture can be steamed and sprayed, wooden furniture can be treated with the right sprays, and more sensitive items can still be treated in a portable bed bug heater. There is always a way, and it will cost less to treat your furniture than to replace it.

Don’t sleep in another room. With encasements and interceptors in place, your bed should be bed bug free, and bed bugs will not be able to re-enter your bed to feed on you. With this in mind, there is no reason to sleep somewhere else, and that increases the risk of spreading bed bugs to other parts of your home (since they will still be looking for the food source that left the room).

Use active monitors for unoccupied rooms. If you are treating a room that no one is sleeping in (like a recently vacated hotel room or apartment unit), then you need a way to draw bed bugs out of their hiding places so that they come in contact with the sprays and powders that you have applied. You can lure bed bugs out with an active monitor, like a NightWatch or Verifi. These emit small amounts of carbon dioxide along with other luring methods to imitate a sleeping person and draw out hungry bed bugs.

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Bed bugs got their name by hiding close to where their food source (i.e. you or another unlucky fellow) is sleeping or resting. This means that you’re most likely to find bed bugs on or near your bed or other furniture that you frequently come in contact with, such as a couch or recliner. If […]

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How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs on Couches and Furniture

Bed bugs got their name by hiding close to where their food source (i.e. you or another unlucky fellow) is sleeping or resting. This means that you’re most likely to find bed bugs on or near your bed or other furniture that you frequently come in contact with, such as a couch or recliner. If you think unwanted guests might be crashing on your sofa, you should begin inspecting and treating the furniture item immediately. Treating furniture for bed bugs involves a combination of chemical and non-chemical solutions, as well as passive traps to help prevent bed bugs from being able to hide in the item again. These are proven, professional-strength treatment methods, and are all part of our 4-step do-it-yourself solution.

Inspecting for Bed Bugs

You can inspect for bed bugs in your couch using a flashlight, a pair of nitrile gloves, a magnifying glass, and a credit card for hard to reach areas.

Signs of Bed Bugs in Couch

Signs of bed bug activity can include:

  • Black Spots are signs of bed bug waste. These look like thin black streaks, and can be seen on sheets and upholstered furniture.
  • Molted skins are signs of bed bugs progressing through the five growth stages between hatching and reaching sexual maturity. Finding these will let you know that bed bugs have been successfully feeding and maturing over time.
  • Dried up blood stains can be possible signs of recent feedings and are commonly found on the fabrics of your bed or sofa
  • Bed Bug eggs are milky white and about half the size of a grain of rice. These can usually be found in hidden cracks and crevices where they won’t be disturbed.
  • Bed Bugs themselves are oval and flat, unless they’ve recently fed. When they first hatch, they’re very small and hard to see; as they mature, they grow dark and red, and will get to be about the size of an apple seed.

Begin your inspection by removing the layers of cushioning from your couch, inspecting every item you remove. Since bed bugs are good at squeezing into small spaces, it’s important that you leave no areas unchecked or untreated. Trace every seam, edge, and zipper from end to end using your credit card and flashlight. There are tons of cracks and crevices under the bottom of your couch; to reach those potential hiding places, you should remove the dust cover, which is mainly there for aesthetics anyway. Inspection-for-Bed-Bugs-on-Furniture

Vacuum and Steam

If you found any signs of bed bugs, you’ll want to start treating your couch right away. Begin treating your couch by using a vacuum to pickup as many bed bugs, bed bug feces, and eggs as possible along the cracks and crevices of your sofa. Vacumming-Bed-Bugs-on-Couch-or-Furniture Vacuuming for bed bugs is a great way to quickly reduce the bed bug population before steaming and applying your residual chemicals. While you could use your own vacuum, it’s recommended to use a HEPA filtered PCO vacuum that features plugs and a shake-free bag to prevent bed bugs from escaping the vacuums body. After you’ve finished vacuuming your sofa, you can move on to the next step in the treatment process which is steaming the cracks and crevices of your couch. Steaming is the most effective and environmentally friendly way of killing bed bugs and their eggs on contact. All steamers that we carry are capable of producing steam temperatures over 180° Fahrenheit, enough to kill bed bugs and their eggs on contact. Steaming-Couch-With-Bed-Bugs bedbug-tip (1)Bed Bug Tip: To take full advantage of pin-point nozzles, take a microfibre cloth and wrap it around the head of the accessory using rubber bands to secure it. Using the cloth breaks up the pressure coming out of the steamer and builds up the temperature at the tip of the accessory. Be sure to read the steamers user manual for safe usage and follow the recommended cool-off methods, to properly relieve the pressure from the container before opening. You can steam your sofa by following all cracks and crevices using your steamers pin-point nozzle attachment. You want to treat around the armrest, below the cushions, and along every seam, to ensure you treat as many potential hiding places as possible. If your steamer features a steam adjustment dial, turn the pressure down for flat surfaces and up to penetrate into cracks and folds. When finished, give your couch a few hours to fully dry before applying your residual chemicals. You can also use a fan in the treated area to circulate the air and speed up the drying process.

Residual Spray

After you steam clean your sofa, it’s important to treat your couch with an effective residual. JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus is a non-staining residual insecticide offering up to 12 weeks of protection against the toughest of bed bugs and their eggs. JT-Eaton-Bed-Bug-Plus-Spray-On-Couch Before using Jt Eaton Plus, we recommend wearing a long sleeve shirt and using a pair of chemical resistant gloves to prevent skin contact with the chemicals found inside. Remember that you should always refer to the product’s label and msds for safe and effective usage. Begin by attaching the included straw applicator and spraying every seam, flap, crack, or crevice found on your sofa. Be sure to apply JT Eaton Plus to the zippers and seams of the cushions as well to ensure no area is left untreated.

ClimbUp Interceptors

After you treat your sofa with a residual, you can prevent bed bugs from reaching you on your couch by using ClimbUp Insect Interceptors. The Interceptors work by using you as a lure to bring out bed bugs from their hiding spaces and towards the Interceptor. Bed bugs climb up the edge of the interceptor and fall into a pitfall trap, which features a thin coat of talcum powder to prevent bed bugs from climbing back out. To install ClimbUp Insect Interceptors on your couch, simply lift up the leg post and place an interceptor underneath. With the ClimbUps in place you can stop bed bugs from being able to reach you, while also monitoring their population over time. Installing-ClimbUps-on-Couch-with-Bed-Bugs To increase the chances of attracting bed bugs to your installed monitors, you can convert them to active monitors with the inclusion of SenSci Activ lures. SenSci Activ is a new, easy-to-use bed bug lure that slowly releases an odor that can attract bed bugs for around 2-3 months. Using-SenSci-Activ-on-furniture Once these steps have been taken, you can rest assured that your treated furniture is now bed bug free, and that defenses are in place to keep bed bugs out of those cushions for good. You can now use your vacuum, steamer, sprays and traps to begin treating other parts of your home that bed bugs are likely to be hiding in.

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