Water-Only ‘Green’ Cleaning Steam Systems Are Safe and Economical
Online PR News – 30-September-2010 – – Bed bugs are making a comeback and people are taking desperate measures to eradicate the blood-sucking pests. Nearly wiped out years ago, the tiny critters today are infesting homes and public places on a scale unseen in five decades. And its not a problem related to sanitation levels. The reddish-brown insects are showing up everywhere—even in the most sterile environments like hospitals.
“Everyone is in a panic mode,” V.K. Dunlop of Chicago-based 1-800-GO-VAPOR.com explained today. "Two months ago we were getting a couple of bed bug calls a week, now it's a couple of calls an hour.”
Because the cost of professional help is expensive, some people are turning to dangerous, do-it-yourself eradication methods. But chemicals that can eliminate bed bug infestations are rare and mostly ineffective, as bed bugs have developed resistance to the chemicals that replaced DDT in the 1970s when it was banned. Another problem is that chemicals can’t reach bed bugs in every nook and cranny where they hide.
“The little vampires are tiny and very thin, and can hide in very narrow cracks,” says Dunlop.
A highly toxic chemical called propoxur does work better than most, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned propoxur for home use in 2007 because the pesticide can damage the central nervous system of children. Other chemicals can irritate the skin and eyes—or even cause cancer.
“Fortunately there’s a safe, fast, economical remedy that does not involve cancer-causing chemicals,” say Dunlop. “It’s called a vapor steam cleaner.”
While vapor steam cleaners are traditionally used to clean and sanitize surfaces without chemicals, professionals and consumers alike are discovering that these marvels of technology also instantly eliminate bed bugs from clothing, bedding, furniture and structural areas like baseboards.
“Heat around 113°F kills bed bugs and the eggs they leave behind,” says Dunlop. “The steamers we market convert ordinary tap water to dry vapor steam ranging between 245°F and 257°F, depending on the model. It’s a double plus because vapor particles are so small, they can reach cracks and crevices chemicals cannot.”
With a vapor steam cleaner like the best-selling Ladybug 2150 steam cleaner or the steam-vacuum-combo EnviroMate TANDEM EV1 from Reliable Corporation bed bugs have nowhere to hide. And because these water-only steamers kill bed bugs right away, they can be more economical than chemical alternatives that often take more than one treatment.
But don't be fooled by imitation steamers that rely on chemical injectors, warns Dunlop. “If you use toxic chemicals to remove bed bugs from your home, what removes the toxic chemicals? These chemicals are linked to asthma, allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities.”
In addition to killing bed bugs, steam cleaners equipped with Ladybug’s proprietary patented TANCS® technology, such as the Ladybug Tekno 2350 steam cleaner or the MondoVap 2400 vapor steam sanitization system, qualify as a disinfection device with the EPA and are scientifically proven to wipe out multidrug-resistant superbugs in just seconds.
“The TANCS® System has shown extraordinary results in laboratory tests,” said Benjamin Tanner, president of Antimicrobial Test Laboratories.” A 99.9999% reduction of MRSA and VRE on surfaces within 5 seconds is a level of performance that chemical disinfectants may never achieve.”
Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, 1-800-GO-VAPOR.com is moving fast to educate consumers and businesses that finally, there's a feasible, environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals. The company markets Reliable, Vapamore and Ladybug steam cleaners worldwide. For more information, call 1-800-468-2767. 1-800-GO-VAPOR.com is a proud member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, a nationwide effort to protect families from toxic chemicals. To stay safe and avoid toxic chemicals, keep abreast of the latest news with 1-800-GO-VAPOR.com’s Twitter account, @1800GOVAPOR.