There are a number of chemical-based sprays, powders, bombs, etc, on the market that claim to eliminate bed bugs.
However, these may not be the safest choices for getting rid of these pests, especially in homes where there are small children and/or pets.
Using a steamer and plain water is a much safer – and more effective – way to rid your home of bed bugs.
Heat above 120° kills both bed bugs and their eggs on contact.
An added bonus of using a steamer is that the steam is able to penetrate hard-to-reach areas and recesses such as the coverings of box springs and mattresses, the inner areas of furniture, and cracks and crevices throughout the house where bed bugs are known to hide.
Steamers for bed bugs are no different than regular steam cleaners, but there are specific features that make them effective at killing bed bugs as well as their eggs.
It is also important to follow all directions implicitly when using the steamer for safety reasons as well as to ensure that bed bugs will be successfully eliminated from your home.
When shopping for the right steamer for the job, you will want to make sure that the model you choose reaches temperatures above 120°.
The most effective steamers will not be cheap, but they will be much less expensive than hiring a professional exterminator, which can cost a minimum of hundreds of dollars.
Experts have named the following as the best steamers on the market for eliminating bed bugs:
The Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaning System
This steamer has been rated the #1 Bed Bug Steamer by Consumer Reports and Consumer Digest Magazine.
It retails for approximately $400.
It comes with a lifetime warranty and is ETL-certified for safety.
The Vapamore MR-100 steamer reaches temperatures of 210°-220°, making it extremely effective at killing bed bugs and their eggs.
The steamer comes with a variety of attachments which make it possible to reach and treat even the hardest-to-reach spots.
Among the best steamers for bed bugs, this model is top of the line.
McCulloch MC-1275 heavy Duty Steam Cleaner
Voted best Mid-Range Option on the list of most effective bed bug steamers, the McCulloch MC-1275 model retails for approximately $150.
It has a large-capacity water tank (48 oz.) which fully heats in less than 8 minutes.
This provides approximately 45 minutes of continuous use before requiring refilling.
Heated water provides steam at 212°, making it highly effective against bed bugs and their eggs.
It comes with 18 attachments and an extra-long power cord for convenience and versatility.
Wagner 915 1500-Watt On-Demand Power Steamer and Cleaner
This model is listed as the Best Low Cost Option, but it is noted to be less effective than the top two models.
It’s list price is $150.
It features on-demand fingertip-control for either intermittent or continuous steam delivery.
It has a 4 gallon-capacity water tank and heats steam to approximately 200°.
The Wagner 915 features an 8-foot steam hose and two tube attachments for extended reach.