Bed bug steamers have quickly become the go to product for bed bug treatments conducted by both professionals and individuals. What we like about bed bug steamers is the fact that it’s completely green, works with normal tap water and is very effective against bed bugs. As mentioned in the news and on many blogs, heat it one of the few sure ways to kill bed bugs effectively, which is why steam works so well. The following article will offer helpful tips on what you need to look for when purchasing a steamer for bed bugs.
Dry vs. West Steam– There are different steamers on the market advertising the fact that their unit produces dry steam. The “dry steam” classification means that it creates a tip temperature in excess of 240 degree fahrenheit. Rule of thumb is the higher the tip temperature, the dryer steam coming out the tip will be. Given steamers work using water, they will never operate completely dry and will leave a water trace behind. The better steamers for bed bugs will be classified as “dry steamers” offering a higher tip temperature for dryer more lethal steam. “Wet steamers” (<240 degrees fahrenheit) do still work against bed bugs, but they may not be quite as effective.
PSI– PSI stands for pound per square inch and is often used to compare different steamers. The higher the PSI, the higher the pressure in the boiler will be, which results in a higher tip temperature in most cases. Mid-high end steamers use better boiler tanks (where the water is held) that are sealed better allowing the tank to operate under higher pressures. This means that the higher the PSI, the higher the boiler temperature resulting in a higher bed bug killing tip temperature.
Capacity– How much water the steamer can hold is often a major consideration when purchasing a steamer. Inexpensive steamers hold very little water and can only operate for several minutes before the user needs to allow the steamer to cool before refilling. Higher end steamers hold 5-8 cups worth of water allowing the user to steam over an hour without having to stop. This can result is higher productivity and shorter wait times between refills.
Continuous Steamers– Continuous steamers, as the name implies, can steam continuously without ever needing to let the steamer cool down. This is because the steamer has 2 tanks. Once unpressurized tank feeds into the pressurized tank supplying an even flow of water to be heated. Although this type of steamer is continuous, the user still needs to add water to the unpressurized tank to keep the steamer running. This type of steamer is for those that want to steam for many hours without needing to stop.