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  1. trappa

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    Im looking to buy a steamer AND a hand held vacuum specifically for BBs. Is there any that are being championed on the forum or specific models that are being shunned? Im in the UK if that means anything.
    Thanks in advance

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    Many of the pros here use the Polti Cimex Eradicator which is supposed to be VERY good, but it's very pricy-- currently about $1300 US, I think. There are other recommendations in the steamer resource or FAQ page on this site.

    With vacuums, I think you have to be careful if they have a filter because bugs could be left there instead of in the bag when you dispose of it. A good recommendation when you use a vacuum for bed bugs is to use a crevice tool with part of a women's panty hose secured at the top of the tool going inside so when you vacuum up a bug it stays in the panty hose and you can put it in a ziplock bag to dispose of.

    Good luck.

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    Hi,

    Depends on your budget.

    It it stretches to it the Polti Cimex Eradicator is the only steamer based device I personally recommend but then again its the only one specifically designed for bed bugs. If your budget does not stretch to that its not worth going down the steamer route and it may be cheaper to get someone in to treat for you.

    With regards cleaners, suction power is the key feature which pretty much excludes all the handheld units in the UK as they are all too weak. This may mean that you need to think about some tweaks and modifications to the one that you get. This having been said there is always a trade of between modifying the suction and reducing the cooling potential of the air flowing around the motor which can lead to excessive wear.

    Hope that makes sense and gives you some pointers, there was another thread about steam yesterday which is worth reading.

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    Thank you very much

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    The FAQ on steamers may help also.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Thanks nobugsonme, i will have a look. Im basically wanting a steamer thats powerful enough to kill all stages of BB but the CE is a little on the expensive side.

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    trappa - 6 hours ago  » 
    Thanks nobugsonme, i will have a look. Im basically wanting a steamer thats powerful enough to kill all stages of BB but the CE is a little on the expensive side.

    You don't need one of the highest end steamers to kill bed bugs. There are low end models in our steamer FAQ. Dry vapor steamers start at about $299 US and you probably have equivalent models in the UK. (Polti is an Italian brand which makes the CE, but they also have lower end models of dry vapor steamer.)

    Dry vapor steamers cost more than the lowest end steamers, but put out a "drier" steam which lessens the likelihood of mold and water damage. The FAQ goes into more detail.

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    Appreciate the reply nobugsonme. Ill have a look now. Cheers!!


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