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The Cimex Eradicator from Polti is one of the most unique steamers we have ever seen. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Power Supply: 120 V
Heating Elements: 1500 W - 12.5 A
Steam Pressure: 58 PSI
Boiler Temperature: 293° F
High Tip Temperature: 356° F
Tank Capacity: 2 Liters
Steam Time: 1-2 Hours
Heating Time: 12 Minutes
Power Cord Length: 10 Feet
Steam Hose Length: 6.5 Feet
Weight: 12 Pounds
- Straight steam concentration tube
- Angled steam concentration tube
- Protective gloves
- Brass cleaning brush
- 2x bottles of HPMed solution
- Measuring cup
Steamers are a great chemical free and very effective way to treat for pests such as bedbugs and dust mites. The pests and their eggs are killed instantly when subjected to the high heat produced by the steamer. When treating for bedbugs or dust mites on furniture such as sofas, chairs, and beds there are a few simple steps to follow to help be successful in eradicating the pests. Before you start always make sure to follow these few rules.
Never steam into electrical outlets or connections and when steaming along base boards, wood furniture and trim always follow with a dry towel to remove the condensation or water build up. When steaming a mattresses or bedding make sure to allow the mattress or bedding to completely air dry prior to installing any plastic covers or plastic encasements commonly used for bedbug prevention.
Attachments: Using the clothes steamer attachment with the small cotton cover is great for beds, pillows, sofas, chairs etc. Pass over the area slowly with light contact in order to heat the area being treated and killing the pest and their eggs. The jet tip is great for getting into corners of bed frames, moldings, trim, furniture or any details areas that may be infected.
To Use Our Non-Chemical Treatment Protocol Against Bed Bugs We Recommend:
SafeRest Box Spring and Mattress Encasements with Pillow Protectors
J.T Eaton bed Bug Powder (natural diatomaceous earth)
ZappBug Oven 2 Heater
Dissolvable Laundry Bags
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