Will a Hand Held Steamer Kill Bed Bugs?

Handheld steam cleaners are portable machines that use steam to have effective cleaning without chemicals. These little gadgets produce high-temperature steam of up to 200 degrees which is best to remove germ-causing bacteria. For this reason, you are guaranteed to have 99.9% cleanliness upon every use, you can find the best models here. Many people ask whether the handheld steamer can be used to drive out bed bugs completely. Bed bugs cause the greatest nuisance in ones sleep. They are the reason people cut short their sleep to deal with them in the night. The good news is, if you have a hand held steamer, you can get rid of the bed bugs in the steps discussed below.

First step: Clear the area to be steamed

The first thing when you want to steam out bed bugs is to clear and clean the area to be steamed. This will increase the effectiveness of the steamer. You can start by taking out all the laundry and cleaning them on high heat settings and using a lot of soap. Then dry them in the dryer for longer to kill any living bugs. For eggs in the laundry, using more soap will destroy them. Vacuum the rooms to be steamed and empty the contents in the garbage outside.

Second step: Read the instructions on the steam cleaner

This is important because, there are some surfaces that don’t require any kind of steaming like the foam mattresses, pillows, or unsealed floorboards and electrical outlets, electronics and speakers. There are surfaces that can be steamed and that will be shown on the directions for use on the cleaner. Wrap the surfaces that don’t require steaming to avoid damaging them while you steam the area. Also, knowing the steam cleaner produces very high temperature vapor, you should be very careful when handling it. The instructions will guide you in safe using the cleaner.

Third step: Remove extra water when the steam cleaner is ready for use

Using a piece of cloth or towel, remove the accumulated water on the steamer machine nozzle. This ensures that the vapor used is of high temperature and that no excess water is left on the area where you’re steaming.

Fourth step: Commence the steaming process

You can begin from the top downwards to work easily. Once you’ve noted the areas to use steam, you are free to use the steam on them but do not get the nozzle too close to the surface (the tip of the nozzle should be about 1-2’’ from the surface). Also, you should not stay on one spot too long to avoid wastage (steam 1 inch per second). In this process, you are required to be very keen and thorough so as not to miss any spot. Stem everywhere including the walls, ceilings and the floor. On the furniture in the room, clean the nooks and crannies. The bed is where all the concentration should be because that is where the bed bugs thrive most.

Fifth step: Allow the surfaces to dry

Once you are done, let everything dry out. Open the windows and fan the rooms to dry even faster. Bringing back things in to the room before fully drying may result to the growth of mould and hence unpleasant smell.

Using a handheld steam cleaner is the most effective way of driving out the bed bugs. Using a larger head nozzle is important to wipe out all the bed bugs at once. However, after steaming, there are stubborn bed bugs that may have been skipped so it is recommended to follow up a bug spray that is EPA-approved. Just follow the steps above to get effective results.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.