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Complete guide to bed bug eradication

Bed bugs, those little nocturnal parasites, can quickly become a nightmare in our homes. Their highly allergenic and therefore extremely itchy bites, and their ability to hide in the tiniest corners of your living space, make them a serious problem. Fortunately, there are proven, effective methods for eliminating these pests and regaining control of your environment. 

In this article, we'll guide you through the essential steps to eradicating bed bugs.

Step 1: Identify the bedbug infestation

The first step to solving the bedbug problem is to make sure that there is indeed a bedbug infestation. Look for the following signs:

  • Stings on the skin, usually in rows or groups (more itchy than a mosquito bite).
  • Small, brownish insects (1 to 5 mm) on mattresses, sheets, furniture seams and wall cracks.
  • Stains of bedbug blood or excrement on sheets and surfaces.

Step 2: Preparation

You must absolutely identify the bedbug infestation. We advise you to seal off the room and prepare it by following these steps:

Buy disposable overalls (for painters, for example), shoe covers (to protect the soles of shoes) and thick garbage bags (to carry clothes to the washing machine).

Before entering the room to air it out and start tidying up and treating it, we recommend that you put on overalls and overshoes. On leaving the room, the overalls and overshoes should be placed in a garbage bag, which will remain in the room.

  • Wash all sheets, blankets and clothing at high temperature (at least 60°C) to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
  • Get rid of anything you don't need, including old mattresses, damaged furniture and objects that could be hiding places for bed bugs.
  • Thoroughly vacuum all infested areas, paying particular attention to mattresses, cracks, baseboards and carpets. Immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outside your home.
  • Remove sockets and wall lights to check for nests.
  • If you need to work with steam in sockets, please turn off the electricity to the sockets.
  • Steam slowly over all surfaces, paying particular attention to cracks, holes and crevices...

Stage 3: Treatments

There are several methods for eradicating bed bugs, including :

Textile heat treatment :

Wash and dry all clothes, sofa covers, sheets, mattress covers, pillowcases, bed sheets, curtains, etc. etc. in the infested room (often a bedroom). Wash all items at over 60°C in the washing machine. Then tumble dry at high temperature. 

Chemical insecticide treatment :

Use a can of special bedbug insecticide and drop it into the room the day before you want to take action... 

Leave the product to act for 8 hours (overnight). Place a damp cloth at the bottom of the door to prevent the product from spreading under the door and disturbing other occupants.

High-temperature steam treatment:

Use a Steam Cleaner Professional for treating infested areas. Professional's high-temperature steam kills bedbugs, larvae and their eggs virtually instantly.

Call in the professionals:

If the infestation is too extensive or too difficult for you to manage, consider hiring a professional exterminator - the government website can help you find a professional near you.

Step 4: Prevention

Once you've eradicated bed bugs, take steps to prevent them from returning:

  • Use mattress and box spring covers specially designed to combat bed bugs.
  • Avoid bringing in second-hand furniture or objects without carefully inspecting them.
  • Keep your space clean and tidy.
  • Watch for signs of infestation on a regular basis.

Eliminating bed bugs can be a laborious process, but by following these steps, you can eradicate these pests and protect your home. Be persistent, and if necessary, don't hesitate to seek advice from IBL SPECIFIK to help you solve the problem effectively.

Why is steam equipment from ibl specifik ideal for killing bedbugs?

Steam equipment fromIBL Specifik has been designed to be extremely effective in killing bed bugs due to several important factors:

Very high temperature: over 100°C

Bed bugs are very sensitive to heat, dying above 78°C, and the use of high-temperature steam kills them effectively. Steam equipment fromIBL Specifik is designed to produce steam at high temperatures in excess of 100°C at the steam nozzle outlet, which is more than sufficient to eliminate bedbugs at all stages of their development, including eggs.

Deep penetration

The steam power of IBL SPECIFIK penetrates deep into fabrics, cracks and crevices where bed bugs like to hide. This means that even bed bugs hiding in hard-to-reach places can be affected by the steam, making them vulnerable to elimination. 

No harmful chemicals

Unlike some chemicals used to eliminate bedbugs, steam generally leaves no chemical residue. This can be an advantage for people concerned about the use of potentially harmful chemicals in their environment.

Egg disposal

One of the major challenges when it comes to bedbug treatment is to ensure that the eggs are also destroyed. High-temperature steam is capable of killing the eggs, helping to break the bedbugs' reproductive cycle.

Safety in use

Using steam from IBL SPECIFIK to eliminate bedbugs is generally considered safe for people and pets when used according to instructions. This can be an advantage over some chemicals, which require extra precautions.

However, it's important to note that while steam can be an effective tool in the fight against bed bugs, it's often advisable to combine its use with other methods, such as cleaning, disinfection and prevention, to achieve the best results. What's more, severe bedbug infestations may require the intervention of a disinfection professional for complete elimination. It is always essential to follow the specific instructions ofIBL Specifik steam equipment and to take appropriate safety precautions when using it.