How to kill bed bugs using steam (FAQs) Got bed bugs …

Updated 4/17/2014

Want to kill bed bugs on your own, or supplement your pest control firms work?

Steam works well.

This FAQ explains how a steamer can be a useful and cost-effective tool in helping you get rid of bed bugs in your home.

Steam can be used to kill bed bugs on contact. Many professionals use it, often before applying residual pesticides and dusts, and sometimes in lieu of pesticides (where necessary). You can also use a steamer yourself, but we recommend doing your research. This FAQ provides information, links to further information, and examples of steamers and other tools.


Essential information on technique for killing bed bugs with steam can be found in the following articles:

Overview of advice culled from professional articles and forum discussions on killing bed bugs with a steamer:

As with all equipment, the steamer must be properly maintained and the operating temperatures should be regularly checked with the aid of an infrared thermometer. Immediately after steam treatment the surface should be recording at least a temperature of 70 to 80 degrees C (=158 to 176 degrees F)

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