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How to kill bed bugs in your home: A list of popular bed bug insecticides

24 Jan

While many people opt to hire a professional exterminator when bed bugs are discovered in their home, there are many effective insecticides that can help you battle bed bugs on your own.  Here’s a preliminary list of bed bug insecticides to consider to help you treat bed bugs.

  • Steri-Fab Bed Bug Spray: Steri-Fab is great for use on its own, or post steam treatment.  Since it dries quickly and is non-staining, Steri-Fab Bed Bug Spray can be used on mattresses, box springs, sofas, carpeting, floorboards, dresser drawers, and more.
    • Kills bed bugs on contact
    • No dilution needed
    • Fast-drying
    • Non-staining
    • No dyes or perfumes
    • Kills bed bugs, lice, dust mites, roaches, fleas and a host of other insects
    • In addition to being an insecticide, Steri-Fab also kills mold, fungus, bacteria and mildew
    • For use on mattresses, box springs, wood, ceramic, carpeting
  • JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Contact Killer (Oil-Based): J.T. Eaton KILLS BED BUGS (red label) is an oil-based, ready-to-use bed bug killer with natural pyrethrum as the active ingredient. It quickly knocks down infestations. Professionals use this because bed bugs have no resistance to this product and there are no residuals. This means that when the oil evaporates, the active ingredients also evaporate. This formula also contains a “flushing agent” that causes bed bugs to leave their hiding places and scatter, which increases the likelihood that they will come in contact with the insecticide. This product can be applied directly to a mattress.
  • JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Residual Killer (Water-Based): JT Eaton KILLS BED BUGS II (blue label) is a water-based, ready-to-use bed bug killer with residual ingredients that last up to 16 weeks, making it a perfect complement to JT Eaton KILLS BED BUGS (red label) Contact Killer. With this spray, bed bugs will die within a day since the water base of the insecticide cannot penetrate the waxy surface of the insect’s surface as quickly as the oil in the KILLS BED BUGS (red label). When the water evaporates, there will be a microscopic film of deltamethrin (active ingredient), which will continue to kill bed bugs for up to 16 weeks. This product can be applied directly to a mattress.
  • J.T Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder (Diatomaceous Earth): J.T Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder is an all natural Diatomaceous Earth powder that is harmless to humans and animals, but effectively kills Bed Bugs. Diatomaceous Earth is composed of small, razor-blade sharp crushed sedimentary rock.  When applied, this powder cuts and is absorbed into the outer layer of Bed Bugs causing them to dehydrate and eventually die. J.T Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Powder can be applied around electrical outlets, in between baseboards or any indoor cracks or crevices, around the perimeter of your bed and even inside walls. This powder should be kept dry and away from moisture in order to maintain its effectiveness.

Are bed bugs keeping you from shopping at the stores you love?

4 Jan

Bed bugs are continuing to invade our theaters, hotels, the places we live, and our favorite stores. So it seems that movies are out, travel is out, shopping is out – so what is there left to do these days?

In recent news, there have been reported bed bug sightings in top tier department stores such as Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s and many, many more.  We don’t like to act like alarmists, but shoppers need to seriously exercise caution when bringing new items of clothing back home with them. Bed bugs are sneaky creatures and can hide in just about anything. Simply doing a visual inspection is not enough. Bed bugs can also lay eggs in clothing preventing consumers from finding them until its hanging in their closet and it’s too late.

Thanks to the PackTite Portable Bed Bug Heating Unit, it is now possible to shop without the fear. The PackTite™ Portable Heating Unit uses patent pending technology that gently and thoroughly heats your personal items to a temperature that is proven to kill all stages of bed bugs, ranging from eggs to adults.  By heating contents up to over 120ºF for a sustained period, PackTite™ is a safe, non-chemical way to treat your new and existing personal items for bed bugs.

It’s smart to be cautious. Bed bugs are avoidable if we take preventative measures. When you shop, simply drop your new items into a PackTite and enjoy them bed bug free.

Prevent Bed Bugs When Traveling With PackTite Heating Unit

Product Review: Vapamore MR-100 Steamer

9 Dec

So you are looking to protect your home or business from bed bugs, or are trying to control an existing bed bug problem.  Many times, a professional exterminator will assist in controlling your infestation, but (as some of you know) it’s not uncommon for the bed bug bites to make another appearance somewhere down the road.  For those who want to eliminate bed bugs from their home or business, and do not have the money or patience to hire another professional, a bed bug steamer is the way to go.

Steamers can produce heat upwards of 250ºF, way more than the 115ºF required to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs.  They use only water and heat, making them a perfect solution for those looking to treat bed bugs without chemicals.  Plus, steamers are safe for use on mattresses, box springs, carpeting, sofas, baseboards, and more (just keep the steam away from electrical outlets and appliances).  Steamers can range anywhere from $39.99 for a hand-held model, all the way up to $1,599 for a top-of-the-line professional steamer-vacuum combo for the most discerning businesses or property owners.  The Vapamore MR-100 Steamer falls right in the middle at $299.99, and is perfect for most homes or businesses looking to treat an infestation.

This quality steamer includes numerous attachment allowing you to treat for bed bugs no matter where they are hiding.  The MR-100 produces steam at 58 PSI, and includes a water tank with a 1.6 liter capacity, enough for 50 minutes of operation/tank.  And with a nozzle tip temperature of 210º-220ºF, no bed bugs or bed bug eggs will survive the steam produced by this machine.  The 6-foot long hose along with the 18-foot power cord will make it simple to treat practically any location in your home or property.

To top it off, Vapamore is currently offering all customers – wait for it – a Lifetime Warranty on the MR-100, covering most issues or defects that may arise in the lifetime of the product.  Who said chivalry was dead?

For those looking to treat bed bugs with a quality steamer without the hefty price tag, the Vapamore MR-100 bed bug steamer should be highly considered.

Don’t forget to review our Bed Bug Steaming Tips before treating a bed bug problem with a steamer.

Kill Bed Bugs with Steam using the Vapamore MR-100Treating a Mattress with Vapamore MR-100

9 Important Bed Bug Steaming Tips

1 Nov

Bed bugs may be resilient, but one thing they cannot withstand is the high heat of a steamer.  Steamers are an excellent, chemical-free way to treat for bed bugs and other pests such as dust mites.  Reaching upwards of 250º F, steamers will kill any bed bug or bed bug eggs instantly on contact, while also thoroughly cleaning the treated area.  When treating an area for bed bugs, there are a few guidelines one should follow to ensure any and all bed bugs are completely eradicated in a safe manner.  Want to know how to kill bed bugs with a steamer?  Here are 9 important bed bug steaming tips to help…

  • Use caution when steaming an area that has recently been treated with chemicals (such as diatomaceous earth powder).  Heat may break down the chemicals already applied, undermining their residual effect.  As a general rule, apply chemicals after you steam.
  • Prior to steaming, it is recommended that you vacuum the areas to be treated to increase effectiveness.  It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner with a bag, allowing for easy disposal of any bed bugs that may have been captured in the vacuum.  Another option is to use a steamer/vacuum combo (such as the EnviroMate Tandem EV1) for ultimate effectiveness.
  • Carefully read the instructions provided with your steamer to prepare the steamer for operation.  Remember that steamers produce extremely hot steam, so please use caution to avoid burning yourself.
  • Before steaming, you should purge the steamer into a cloth towel to clear the nozzle of excess water that has been collected as the steamer heats up initially and when moving between locations.  Once the water is purged, you can attach the appropriate accessory and begin steaming.  In general, you should always have a dry towel on hand to help absorb excess water that may accumulate while steaming.
  • When steaming, start from the top of the room (drapes, etc.) and work your way down to the floor boards.  The steamer can be used on moldings, mattresses, box springs, headboards, sofas, carpeting, floorboards and more.  However, you should never steam into an electrical outlet or appliances!
  • When possible, use a larger head attachment for the nozzle, as smaller heads may create too much centralized pressure, thus scattering the bed bugs rather than killing them.  Some steamers have a pressure control valve, allowing you to control the pressure of the steam.
  • Take your time with the steamer – keep the tip of the nozzle about one to two inches from the surface you are treating, and move at a rate of about one inch per second.
  • After steaming your mattress, allow proper time for the steam to completely dry before applying a mattress, box spring or pillow encasement.  Applying encasements before the steam has dried may result in mold.
  • After steaming, keep an eye out for any signs of bed bugs in the next few days.  If signs of bed bugs appear, re-treat the area with steam.  It is always recommended to follow up a steam treatment with EPA-approved bed bug spray such as Steri-Fab.


Vapamore MR-100 Bed Bug Steamer

Vapamore MR-100 Bed Bug Steamer