If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation in the Las Vegas area, you’ve no doubt looked into treatment options by now. You’ve probably done so online or maybe you’ve been speaking with a pest management professional. Either way, there’s a very good chance that steam treatment has come up. While this treatment is still fairly new to many firms, it has produced quite positive results, killing bed bugs in their track before they cause more damage to your home and mental well-being.
With this in mind, there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to steam treatment. It might be effective, but it is a contact kill treatment, meaning that it kills bugs on contact. This is both a good and bad thing, which will be discussed in more detail later. All in all, one needs to understand the treatment and everything that it has to offer in order to determine whether or not it is right for them and their property. Here’s what you need to know:
How Does Steam Kill
You’ve no doubt seen or at least heard of a clothes steamer. It’s an alternative to ironing, as it utilizes high pressure, high heat steam to remove wrinkles. Well, this treatment for bed bugs does the same thing. The only difference is that it produces a much hotter and higher pressure, which is then applied to suspected infectious areas.
This type of treatment is great for certain spots, as it can penetrate behind walls and baseboards. It is also applicable in other areas where liquid or pesticides oftentimes aren’t applicable.
An Eco-Friendly Option
One of the biggest upsides to the steam treatment is that it is eco-friendly. It only utilizes steam and water. That water is turned into high-pressure, high-heat steam that kills on contact. There is no utilization of chemicals or pesticides, making this treatment safe for everyone involved. It can be applied around food, near electrical outlets, and into moving motors without the worry of potential damage.
With all this in mind, there are some drawbacks to the treatment. The biggest being that it is a kill-on-contact treatment. This means what bugs are missed are missed. If you miss a bug, they will go on to live another day. Another downside to this treatment is that there is always the potential for damage to heat-sensitive items. Some pieces of furniture or clothes might be damaged if the treatment isn’t applied right. There is also always the potential to spread the infestation.
All in all, this is still a treatment option better left to the pros. Don’t go out and rent a steamer and try to attack the problem yourself because there is much more to stream treatment than just spraying high-pressure, high-heat steam into a potentially infected area. Not attacking the situation in the most effective manner possible will only just potentially further spread the infestation.