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Heat treatments have proven to be very effective at killing bed bugs quickly and thoroughly. Exposure to heat above 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill bed bugs of all life stages within just an hour. This saves time spent checking each and every item, and saves money that may otherwise be spent replacing infested items that […]

Tri-Flo Bed Bug Heat Treatment Kit Review

Tri-Flo 500 Combo

Heat treatments have proven to be very effective at killing bed bugs quickly and thoroughly. Exposure to heat above 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill bed bugs of all life stages within just an hour. This saves time spent checking each and every item, and saves money that may otherwise be spent replacing infested items that are thrown out.

However, bed bug heat treatments are difficult to set up and execute. They’re normally done with forced-air kerosene or propane heaters and insulation throughout the room. This allows for rapid heat-up, but if done incorrectly could have disastrous results. Multiple homes have caught fire in recent years due to improper heat treatment attempts. It’s important that you use the right equipment and follow the right process.

Fortunately, the new Tri-Flo bed bug heat treatment kits are here to help. These are ETL-certified, UL-recognized heater designs that can safely heat up a room with minimal setup and no additional electric equipment than what is already available on site. But can these simplified packages really get the job done? Let’s find out.

Benefits of an Electric Heat Treatment

Regardless of the type of equipment used, a heat treatment can be an effective option for professionals working with many small units. Hotel owners, property managers, and pest control professionals all benefit from rotating through units with heat treatment kits. Hotels can treat rooms faster and get them back in service sooner so they can start collecting revenue again. Less follow-up effort is required per room, and the overall cost can be lower once the same equipment has been used in several treatments.

Heat treatments with electric heaters are significantly safer than other heat treatment methods, such as kerosene or propane. The latter may use more powerful heaters, but at a real risk to excessive carbon monoxide exposure, in addition to the previously discussed risk of accidental fires. The right electric-only gear, such as the Tri-Flo kit, would be ETL-certified to ensure safe operation.

Choosing a Tri-Flo Package

Tri-Flo Package Comparison

Before you purchase a Tri-Flo treatment kit, you’ll need to determine which package is right for your needs. There are two Starter packages available for rooms approximately 325 square feet or smaller. The 110 Starter includes three 1,800-watt heaters that use regular 110-volt plugs. These heaters are simple to hook up – just find three 110/120-volt outlets that are each on their own breaker to plug each heater into.

The 220 Starter has one, much more powerful 5,000-watt heater. With the 220 kit, you only have one heater that needs a plug, but it needs a 220/240-volt plug. This is a different outlet than a typical North American electrical socket, and is commonly used for large room heaters. If you don’t have access to that type of socket, the 110 Starter would be a suitable alternative; the three 110-watt heaters can match the 220-watt heater in heating power without the need for the 220-volt plug.

The Tri-Flo 500 Combo combines a 5,000-watt heater with two of the 1,800-watt heaters. This is a much more potent solution intended for larger spaces, and is ideal for rooms up to 500 square feet in size. However, the combo will require access to both 110-volt and 220-volt power sources, with each socket on independent circuits.

Unboxing and First Impressions

Like other professional-oriented gear we’ve reviewed, the Tri-Flo treatment kits ship out in discrete, flair-free packaging. No bright colors or gaudy marketing material here – Tri-Flo ships only what you need and nothing else. The kit will come in multiple boxes, some for the large heater units and others for the circulation fans included to improve heating efficiency.

While the unpacked arrangement may seem complicated to heat treatment newcomers, Tri-Flo’s packages are much simpler from the start than the heating gear that pest pros are used to. Electric heat setups usually require at least a 3-phase, 20kW diesel generator. Those weigh almost 800 pounds and need to be towed to the job site. In addition to the fuel, hookups, and the (traditionally larger and more complex) heaters and fans themselves, complete setups used to start at over $40,000. Compared to that headache, the 3- to 6-piece Tri-Flo rigs are a huge relief when it comes to cost and setup.

Tri-Flo bed bug heater

The heaters themselves appear very well made, especially considering their low price. The stamped metal design provides a durable design that should last through many treatments over the years with minimal upkeep. The lack of a gas-powered motor helps cut down on noise, maintenance, and weight, leaving only a simple and compact heater design.

The included Stanley circulation fans are simple and ergonomic in design, and provide side-mounted 110V outlets so that they can be daisy-chained to each other. This cuts down on the total number of 110V outlets your kit needs: rather than needing three separate sockets for your fans, you could cut it down to just one if you can position the fans accordingly. Note: do not attempt to plug 110V heaters into the fans’ side-mounted outlets. Due to their power requirements, the heaters need their own wall outlets on their own circuits.

Using the Tri-Flo Kit

Before hooking up the heaters and beginning your treatment, there are a couple of steps you’ll need to do to prepare the room. Begin by inspecting the room, if you haven’t already, to gauge the severity of the infestation. Remove the sheets on the side of each bed in the room and inspect along the seams of the mattress for black dots (fecal matter), brownish transparent bed bug shells or actual bed bugs. Inspect the box springs as well, including the corner guards, which are a popular hiding spot for bed bugs. Check the sheets for small blood stains, which could be indicative of bed bugs.

Reduce clutter in the room to reduce hiding places and speed up the heating process. Things like clothes, books, drawer contents, and small electronics should be sealed in garbage bags and stored away from the room. Remove any couch seat cushions and lean the mattress and box spring upright against the wall. Open any dresser drawers and closet doors to ensure adequate heatup inside and out.

Tri-Flo treatment layout

Once you’re ready to start your treatment, pre-heat the room by setting the thermostat to the highest setting available, ideally 90 degrees or more. Place the heater units around the bed and other key treatment areas so that they heat up first. Turn the heaters on the high setting and monitor location temperatures until the room reaches a temperature of at least 106 degrees. The included laser thermometer can help with this, but wireless temperature monitors would be more convenient. If multiple probes are available, place one close to the heaters and another very far away from the heaters so that you can compare the room’s minimum and maximum temperatures.

Once the room temperature has reached a minimum of 106 degrees, place the included fans in the room to provide heat circulation. Point the fans at the most heavily infested areas and turn them on the high setting. This will accelerate the convection effect, allowing the overall temperature to rise over the lethal 121 degrees we’re shooting for.

Monitor location temperatures until the room has maintained a temperature of at least 130 degrees for 2 to 4 hours, depending on the level of infestation. This temperature will be uncomfortable to stay present in, so check in every 30 minutes or so with the included laser thermometer.

After the heat treatment is finished, you’ll want to follow up with a residual spray application. Look for sprays labeled for the surfaces in the room, such as CrossFire or Temprid. Then apply bed bug proof mattress and box spring covers and ClimbUp Insect Interceptors if the bed didn’t have those already.

Wrapping Up

Bed bug heat treatments have been as effective for many users as they are risk- and cost-prohibitive for others. With the prospect of hauling around hundreds of pounds of gear and dealing with diesel or kerosene, in addition to the added noise and chemical exposure, most professionals have resigned to using slower alternative treatment methods that require multiple follow-ups.

The Tri-Flo heat treatment kits are here to change that. These are simple, effective, and safe alternatives to the gas motor-powered heaters in the field today. One plug per heater, and you’re in business; no generators, no fuel, and no extra power equipment. For the first time, hotel managers, property managers, and pest control operators have access to a truly safe and cost-effective heat treatment package.

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CrossFire bed bug concentrate is the latest and greatest formula used by pest management professionals. Unlike other products on the market, CrossFire is designed and labeled exclusively for use against bed bugs. Insecticide concentrates present a great value for high-volume users, but homeowners and property managers don’t always want to measure and mix insecticides with […]

CrossFire Aerosol Bed Bug Spray Review

CrossFire bed bug concentrate is the latest and greatest formula used by pest management professionals. Unlike other products on the market, CrossFire is designed and labeled exclusively for use against bed bugs. Insecticide concentrates present a great value for high-volume users, but homeowners and property managers don’t always want to measure and mix insecticides with water in a tank; they’d much prefer to use an aerosol product that’s ready to work right away. That’s why MGK came out with CrossFire Aerosol: this is the same leading formula in a convenient aerosol package. No measuring or mixing needed. Just grab a can, shake it up, and start treating.

Dual action formula

CrossFire AerosolCrossFire is the latest bed bug formula from MGK, and has been in development for years. It combines two active ingredients with an insecticide synergist for a potent dual-action effect. The contact killer, metofluthrin, is synergized with PBO to prevent recovery by bed bugs that are resistant to pyrethroids. Clothianidin is the residual, and was to break down very slowly, allowing it to stay effective for months.

Both chemicals penetrate the bed bugs’ exoskeleton and attack their central nervous system. This causes their nervous system to overreact, causing paralysis then death. CrossFire is non-repellant, and kills within 5 minutes of exposure. It’s also been proven effective against resistant strains of bed bugs and their eggs.

What’s interesting is that CrossFire is currently the only aerosol product we offer that doesn’t have a signal word on its label. This means that CrossFire’s ingredients are considered to have minimal toxicity to humans. Even so, we still recommend that you follow the basic safety guidelines suggested by the EPA and the manufacturer. This includes taking care to keep the chemicals off your skin and out of your eyes and mouth.

Using CrossFire Aerosol

Using CrossFire Aerosol

CrossFire Aerosol comes with a high-volume jet nozzle and a low-volume tube attachment. For spot treatments, hold the nozzle about a foot away from the treatment surface and spray for about 2 seconds per foot. For cracks and crevices, use the low-volume tube attachment and insert the injector tip into the space, then spray to fill the void.

Apply CrossFire to cracks and crevices, like on or around baseboards, floorboards, bed frames, headboards, furniture, door and window frames, closets, beneath floor coverings, and the edges of the carpet. CrossFire can also be applied directly to the seams and folds of your mattress and box spring. Spray until the fabric is damp but not wet, and wait for the bed to dry before you put your linens back on. Make sure that you read and follow the product label and MSDS for safe and effective usage.

For best results, combine CrossFire Aerosol with other pest management tactics, such as thorough inspection and non-chemical treatment methods like vacuuming, steaming, and heating. You’ll also want to protect your bed with certified bed bug proof mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements, and isolate your bed frame with ClimbUp Interceptors. For a complete guide to a professional-grade bed bug treatment, check out our proven 4-step solution.

CrossFire Aerosol

CrossFire Aerosol will be the new standard for home bed bug treatment tools. Alongside other methods, using CrossFire will greatly increase your chances of success, thanks to its synergized, resistance-fighting formula and its super-long residual effect. There’s no such thing as a silver bullet for bed bug treatments, but the latest development trend is producing results that come pretty close. CrossFire is the latest fruit of that trend, and we highly recommend it.

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The bed bug epidemic is a strange and mysterious occurrence. Bed bugs have seen a huge resurgence worldwide, and researchers have yet to determine why. We thought we had it bad enough with the bed bugs we knew. Now, there is a whole other beast to worry about: tropical bed bugs are back. There are […]

Tropical Bed Bugs Invade Florida

Tropical bed bug

Tropical bed bug sample. Photo credit: Ken Walker, Museum Victoria

The bed bug epidemic is a strange and mysterious occurrence. Bed bugs have seen a huge resurgence worldwide, and researchers have yet to determine why. We thought we had it bad enough with the bed bugs we knew. Now, there is a whole other beast to worry about: tropical bed bugs are back.

There are two species of bed bugs that feed on humans. The first is called the common bed bug, or Cimex lectularius. It gets that name because it’s everywhere: common bed bugs can be found in all 50 states, and are widespread throughout the rest of the world. The tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus, is much less common. Tropical bed bugs have only been found in subtropic or tropic regions such as Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.

Until recently, the common bed bug was thought to be the only species of bed bug found in the US. It is also subsequently the only species that has been widely studied. Now all of that may change with the discovery of the tropical bed bug, a pest thought long gone from the states.

The new case of tropical bed bugs was discovered in a home on Merritt Island, Florida. Florida is one of a few southern states that is believed to have the ideal conditions for tropical bed bugs to flourish. However, an infestation hasn’t been reported in over 60 years until now.

On the surface, tropical bed bugs are almost identical to the common bed bugs that we know and hate. Like common bed bugs, tropical bed bugs are flat, oval-shaped critters with six legs, short antennae, and small, vestigal wing pads. Where they differ in appearance is their neck segment, called a “pronotum”. While the common bed bug has a U-shaped pronotum that flares out on either side, the tropical bed bug’s pronotum is narrower and lacks those wing-like extensions.

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are asking the public to send samples of suspected tropical bed bugs. For more on this story, and on submitting samples, check out the UF/IFAS’s press release.

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Dry vapor steamers are invaluable tools in a proper bed bug treatment. By delivering dry vapor steam of over 180 degrees, these machines are capable of killing bed bugs of all ages on contact. They can even penetrate into soft materials, like mattresses, furniture and baseboards, to reach bed bugs hiding out of sight. But […]

Reliable Brio 500cc Review: the Prosumer’s Bed Bug Steamer

Dry vapor steamers are invaluable tools in a proper bed bug treatment. By delivering dry vapor steam of over 180 degrees, these machines are capable of killing bed bugs of all ages on contact. They can even penetrate into soft materials, like mattresses, furniture and baseboards, to reach bed bugs hiding out of sight. But it’s tough to choose between a budget-priced but limited steamer and a more powerful (but more expensive) machine. There’s a gap in the middle of the market that the Reliable Brio 500cc hopes to fill.

For most bed bug steamers out there, the steam treatment workflow feels roughly the same. The operator fills the tank, turns the machine on, waits for the water to boil, and then starts steaming until the tank empties. Once they run out of water, they must turn off the machine and wait for the pressure to drop before they can refill and reheat the tank.

Filling the Brio 500cc tank

Recently, commercial steamers have begun offering continuous fill designs. These combine a pressurized boiler with an unpressurized water reservoir. The technology allows the user to add more water to the reservoir without stopping and waiting to reheat the tank.

While continuous fill is a much desired feature among professionals, steamers with the feature can be quite expensive. The Brio 500cc by Reliable is the first continuous fill steamer available for under $1,000. Does the Brio have what it takes to be the new mid-range choice? Let’s find out.

Unboxing and first impressions

Brio 500cc accessories

With most commercial-grade bed bug steamers, you get a box with very little branding or accessories. Steamers like the Armato 9000 tend to come in a simple package with simple purpose. In this case, the Brio 500cc’s box and contents are targeted more as a consumer cleaning solution. That means you get plenty of attachments for cleaning and sanitizing every inch of your home.

Brio 500cc body

The steamer itself is a unique and attractive design. The body is surprisingly compact given its dual-tank capacity. You wouldn’t expect two tanks filled with 11 cups of water to fit into this unit, but that’s what it’s capable of. Other dual-tank steamers may carry more water, but they are much larger and heavier. That makes them harder to carry around during a treatment, and harder to store afterwards.

Brio 500cc display

Another clever design touch is the Brio’s digital control panel. This LED display has a single soft-touch toggle for steam power and an easy-to-read pressure gauge. Unlike other steamers at this price range and beyond, you won’t have to fiddle with analog flip switches and PSI readings. Instead, simple colored indicators alert you of the Brio’s status at a glance.

Under the hood

Reliable Corporation is well-known for their efficient and powerful heating units. The 500cc comes equipped with a stainless-steel boiler, the same one used in their higher-end commercial models. This means the Brio can put out higher boiler and tip temperatures than competing brands. The boiler’s insulated construction ensures that that extra heat stays in place, too.

Along with the rugged tank are a couple of high-tech inclusions as well. The Brio features a micro computer, responsible for things like steam output and control. The Italian-made solenoid controller regulates steam flow into the hose. This reduces moisture and condensation buildup to ensure a hot, dry steam all the time.

There is a slight drawback for some users when it comes to the Brio versus other commercial steamers. Professional-grade models often have reinforced metal bodies made of sheet aluminum or steel. This is a design detail that’s sought after by pest control operators who keep their gear in the back of a work truck. Even a little bit of light jostling of tools in a truck can add up to a fair bit of body damage over years of service.

The Brio series is intended for home use, and wasn’t designed for professionals. That means that the 500cc comes with a plastic body and mostly plastic moving parts, in contrast to the Armato or Pro6 Duo’s metal frames. The upside of this construction difference is that it helps the Brio meet that $500 price point. You won’t find any of those metal-bodied dual-tank steamers anywhere near this price.

Using the Brio 500cc

Steaming with the Brio 500cc

The Brio has the features we want at the right price and then some. But how does it perform on the line of duty? Fortunately, a discounted price doesn’t show in the 500cc’s performance. With 72 PSI of max pressure from a boiler capable of a 320-degree boil, the steam from the Brio is always hot and dry.

Reliable didn’t stop at just tank power and performance when designing the Brio. There are many ergonomic advantages that come into play when steaming with the 500cc. The first that you’ll notice is the electronic control panel on the steamer body. This allows you to turn the steamer on and off with just one touch, and shows the pressure status with simple indicator lights.

Brio 500cc steam adjustment

Rather than manage steam adjustment on the steamer’s body, the Brio allows you to adjust steam pressure from the gun handle. Reliable placed the wheel right under your thumb, allowing you to make adjustments on the fly. Just turn the wheel left or right to decrease or increase the pressure.

Wrapping up

Reliable Brio 500cc

There’s no question that the Reliable Brio 500cc is one of the best values on the steamer market. But it’s more than just a bargain – the Brio has the guts and features to stand on its own, regardless of price. Few steamers boast continuous fill design, steam adjustment, and solenoid control all in one package. The Brio 500cc packs all of that into a simple, attractive, and compact package.

So who should buy the 500cc? If you’re a pest control operator or property manager, the Brio checks off most of the specs you’ll be looking for in a commercial steamer. However, you’ll still want to consider more expensive steamers, like the Armato 9000 or Cimex Eradicator. The Armato offers class-leading durability and water capacity, while the Cimex Eradicator was purpose-built for bed bug treatments. But if you’re a homeowner who won’t be steaming every day, and just want a steamer that’s a cut above the usual consumer-grade options, the Brio 500cc is an exceptional choice.

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Homeowners, property managers, and pest control professionals often prefer to use insecticide concentrates as they’re easier to apply in large areas and are generally a better value for the given volume. There are a lot of pump sprayers on the market for concentrate spraying. These allow the operator to apply large amounts of insecticide with […]

Green Gorilla ProLine Sprayer Review: The Ultimate Professional Sprayer

Homeowners, property managers, and pest control professionals often prefer to use insecticide concentrates as they’re easier to apply in large areas and are generally a better value for the given volume. There are a lot of pump sprayers on the market for concentrate spraying. These allow the operator to apply large amounts of insecticide with relative ease.

However, these sprayers all feature the same flaws in usage: you have to manually pump them to get enough pressure to spray, and you have to stop spraying and pump again after the pressure drops. That’s where the Green Gorilla ProLine sprayer comes in. This is a battery-powered sprayer with a smart pressure technology that ensures you’ll never have to use a hand pump again.

Design & Accessories

Green Gorilla design

The Green Gorilla ProLine has the look and feel of a premium sprayer without any unnecessary complexity. It features a 1.5 gallon tank with measuring lines on the sides, a pour valve with a manual pump handle up top, and the power pack on the front of the tank. The wand holder features a built-in drip cup, which is a nice touch.

While other, cheaper sprayers on the market feel disposable, the ProLine is built to endure years of daily use. The tank itself is made of high strength, chemical and impact resistant polymer with a burst pressure rating of over 60 PSI. The Green Gorilla team tested the design by dropping it from six feet onto concrete, with no visible or functional effects. The connections are made of acetal to ensure strength and chemical resistance, and the hose features stress relief springs to protect the double-walled design even further.

Green Gorilla PowerPack

The power pack is the most unique development in this new product. It’s innovate, sturdy, and easy to use. It just snaps into place and starts building pressure as soon as you turn it on. Unlike traditional powered sprayers, theGreen Gorilla ProLine pressurizes from the top to the bottom to focus on the empty space in the tank, where the pressure is actually applied.

When in use, the Green Gorilla is capable of maintaining a pressure of about 18 PSI. This is a big improvement over manual pump sprayers that vary in pressure; the Green Gorilla won’t lose pressure over time, instead providing a smooth consistent output. If you want to release that pressure — such as before opening the tank reservoir — remove the PowerPack and hold down the red pressure release valve beneath it.

Using the Green Gorilla

Using the Green Gorilla

Before using your Green Gorilla ProLine, make sure the power pack is fully charged. Unscrew the top handle to open the tank, then pour in your diluted mixture and close the tank up again by screwing the handle back in. Take the power pack off the charger and push it into the slot on the tank until you hear a click. Press the power button on top of the power pack and the tank will start to build pressure. Once it reaches the ideal pressure and quiets down, you’re ready to start spraying.

You can use the ProLine in crack and crevice treatments or broadcast spraying, indoors and outdoors, as long as you’re following the label instructions of whatever insecticides you mixed in the tank. Unlike traditional sprayers that vary in pressure, the ProLine offers a consistent spray output over hours of use. The included extension wand has an adjustable nozzle so you can switch from a light cone misting to a strong, course jet stream. You can also swap the extension wand out for another commercial wand of your choice.

Wrapping Up

Green Gorilla

The Green Gorilla ProLine is a no-brainer for professionals and homeowners that do frequent concentrate spraying. It’s well-built, easy to use, and features a stronger, more consistent spray pressure for less effort. It’s the best way to make insecticide application easier, both on your back and on your schedule.

Green Gorilla ProLine Vi Pro 1.5 Gallon Sprayer

The Green Gorilla ProLine uses Smart Pressure Technology to precisely control pressure automatically, eliminating manual pumping.
Our Price:

$377.01
Green Gorilla ProLine Vi Pro 1.5 Gallon Sprayer
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