How to Kill Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs Suck … Literally

That’s right, bed bugs suck your blood for a living. Having a bed bug infestation is not pretty, but even worse are the usual treatments – Highly toxic CHEMICAL PESTICIDES!

When most people find bed bugs, they reach for the chemicals. Spraying those chemicals in and around your bed means that you are going to inhale the toxic vapors.  Your poor pets will also get a strong dose of the chemicals on their fur.  What do all pets do?  Lick their fur and that is how and the chemicals get into their defenseless bodies.  Talk about animal cruelty.  Pesticides are just not good for pets.

Chemicals which kill bugs are harmful to your living cells as well. Don’t listen to the pesticide hype.  If pesticides are toxic to bugs, they are toxic to you as well.  Why take a chance when the Ladybug is the perfect solution?

An alternative is to have a company heat your infested room or house. Unfortunately, that is not a good solution either because, while the heat may kill the bed bugs, it does not get hot enough to kill the bed bug eggs.

So what is the solution? The patented Ladybug® Steam Vapor System with TANCS®. It is the only way to kill bed bugs and their eggs positively and without toxic chemicals. With steam vapor, you are using only water

The excerpt below is from page 21 of Cornell University’s 2008 study entitled, “Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities”. To see the entire report, click HERE.

Use of Steam Cleaning, Heat, and Cold Treatments

Steam treatments, when properly applied, will kill all life stages of bed bugs, including the eggs, which are protected from the effects of most pesticides. It is recommended that a facility at risk of getting bed bugs invest in a steam cleaner for fighting bed bugs. Combined with pesticides and other methods, steam is very effective and can be used to reduce cockroach allergens, dust mites, and for many other health-related cleaning purposes. Steam can be used on mattresses and plush furniture, such as couches and chairs. However steam will only kill bed bugs in places where the steam can reach. Move the steam cleaner nozzle slowly to maximize depth.

The best choice in a steam machine is a professional type with large water-holding capacity, many types of attachments, and variable output rates. Dry-steam or low vapor steamers are better because they use and leave behind less moisture. When steam is used, steam cleaning should be done before vacuuming for several reasons. Steam will flush bed bugs out of their hiding spots to be killed or vacuumed. Steam kills bed bugs that will then need to be cleaned up anyway. And reducing the number of live bed bugs vacuumed up reduces the chance that the vacuum will become infested and spread bed bugs to new areas. Details of the use of steam for controlling bed bugs can be found in the book “Bed Bug Handbook” (Pinto, Cooper and Kraft, 2008). See the section titled References for more information.

Heat treatments come in many forms. However, other than compartment heat treatments or whole-building heat treatments, there are no set standards, except for using a hot air dryer for clothes and linens. Because New York City limits the use of propane generated heat sources, large scale and compartment heat treatments are not widely available in New York.

The use of cold temperatures or freezing to kill bed bugs is often recommended, however this method can vary in effectiveness. Placing household items, such as books, into the freezer may kill some bed bugs, however it has been shown that some bed bugs can recover from being frozen. Items treated in this way must be stored in a freezer for a long period of time (possibly a month) or must be very quickly frozen to an extremely cold temperature to kill all the bed bugs. A new rapid freeze technology called Cryonite has been developed. This method uses carbon dioxide snow to rapidly freeze and kill bed bugs. This leaves no pesticide residue. This system is available in New York.