Steri-Fab® Disinfectant, Insecticide, Deodorizer, Mildewcide

Steri-Fab® Deodorizer, Disinfectant, Mildewcide, Insecticide from Bane-Clene®

Item # 10337



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  • 11-Way Protection includes; Virucide, Bactericide, Sanitizer, Fungicide, Insecticide, Deodorant, Germicide, Disinfectant, Mildewcide, Bacteriostatic and Fungistatic.
  • Steri-Fab is ideal for treating mattresses for odors, bacteria and insects.
  • Steri-Fab is listed as an approved treatment for second-hand furniture in many states
  • Steri-Fab contains a unique crystal tracer that can be observed with a highly magnified UV light
  • EPA-Registered
  • Can be sprayed directly on most furniture, lockers, cabinets, drawers, carpets, car interiors, animal bedding/cages, beds, bus seats/interiors, hospital waiting room areas, doctors offices, police cars, garbage bins, etc.
  • Can be used to sanitize mattresses and kill bed bugs.


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  • Steri-Fab® Disinfectant, Insecticide, Deodorizer

    from Bane-Clene® Corp.

    Sanitizing Mattress with Steri-Fab

    Steri-Fab is the ONLY EPA registered disinfectant and insecticide in one product. Steri-Fab is THE disinfectant/insecticide that kills lice, dust mites, bed bugs, roaches, fleas and a host of other insects. Steri-Fab offers 11-way protection against insects, germs, and odors: Virucide, bactericide, sanitizer, fungicide, insecticide, deodorant, germicide, disinfectant, mildewcide.

    Features and Benefits of Steri-Fab:

    • 11-Way Protection includes; Virucide, Bactericide, Sanitizer, Fungicide, Insecticide, Deodorant, Germicide, Disinfectant, Mildewcide, Bacteriostatic and Fungistatic.
    • Steri-Fab can be applied on virtually any surface
    • Steri-Fab is ideal for treating mattresses for odors, bacteria and insects.
    • Steri-Fab is listed as an approved treatment for second-hand furniture in many states
    • Steri-Fab contains a unique crystal tracer that can be observed with a highly magnified UV light
    • EPA-Registered
    • Non-staining (may not be compatible with some finishes)
    • Biodegradable
    • Can be sprayed on everything except people, animals, food and cooking utensils
    • No dyes or perfumes
    • Non-residual
    • Steri-Fab has hundreds of uses
    • Can be sold to or used by the consumer
    • Can be sprayed directly on most furniture, lockers, cabinets, drawers, carpets, car interiors, animal bedding/cages, beds, bus seats/interiors, hospital waiting room areas, doctors offices, police cars, garbage bins, etc.
    • Schools, day care centers, hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, homeless shelters, office complexes, veterinarians, animal kennels, hotels, motels, churches, retirement homes, day camps, sleep away camps, dormitories, homeowners, trailer parks, bus lines, police departments, jails, prisons and more.
    • In tests conducted by the MGK Company, Steri-Fab provided 100% knockdown at +1 hour and 100% mortality at +24 hours on bedbugs.
    • The synthetic insecticide in Steri-Fab has a margin of safety 6.5 times lower than pyrethrum (which is extracted from chrysanthemum flowers)
    • Bacteriostatic
    • Contains no perfume, dyes, or harsh solvents.
    • Leave mites in the dust with Steri-Fab: Steri-Fab offers the unique ability to kill dust mites and bed bugs on inanimate surfaces such as mattresses, upholstered chairs, couches and carpets.
    • Can be used to sanitize mattresses and kill bed bugs.
    • Steri-Fab is an insecticide killing:
      • Ants
      • Black carpet beetles
      • Brown dog ticks
      • Dust mites
      • Fleas
      • Lice
      • Moths damaging area rugs
      • Roaches
      • Silverfish
      • Ticks
      • And many other insects and pests
    • Steri-Fab is a deodorizer: It kills odor causing organisms on carpets.
    • Kills disease and allergy-causing bacteria, fungi, germs, mold and mildew:
      • Salmonella choleraesuis
      • Proteus Mirabili
      • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
      • Penicillium
      • Variabile Staphylococcus aureus
      • Trichophyton mentagrophytes (interdigitale) (Athlete’s foot)
      • Herpes Simplex II
      • Vaccinia virus
      • Aspergillus niger.

    Properties & Specifications:

    • Restrictions on Use: Keep out of reach of children. Use only in well ventilated areas.
    • Form: Milky liquid.
    • Odor: Alcohol-like.
    • Use Concentration: Apply undiluted.
    • EPA registration Number: 397-13.
    • Storage: Protect product from freezing. Keep container closed when not in use. Keep away from open flame.
    • Coverage: 1,500 square feet per gallon.
    • Drying Time: 15-20 minutes.
    • Container Size: Single gallons.
    • Manufacturer: Noble Pine Products, Inc. - Castoleum Corporation.
    • Country of Manufacture: United States of America.
    • Flammability: Flash point: 82°F.
    • Catalog Number: 10337.

    Some common questions and answers about Steri-Fab:

    • Why should a potential customer who only wants a disinfectant be interested in a product like Steri-Fab, which also kills insects, etc.?
      • It is the rare circumstance indeed when the need for a disinfectant does not also warrant the need for an insecticide. Conditions that require disinfectants are normally breeding grounds for many different types of insects.
    • Why should a potential customer who only wants an insecticide be interested in a product like Steri-Fab, which also kills bacteria, fungus, virus, etc.?
      • It is just as rare for an environment to only need an insecticide as it is for it to only need a disinfectant. Conditions that require insecticides are often breeding grounds for many types of bacteria, fungus, germs, odors and mildew.
    • Steri-Fab makes so many claims, how can this amazing product not be residual?
      • Steri-Fab is a combination of a synthetic pyrethroid, a dual quat, isopropyl alcohol and water. When the product dries (15 - 20 minutes at room temperature) it is no longer active.
    • Why doesn't Steri-Fab contain a fragrance and/or dyes?
      • Steri-Fab is fragrance and dye free so after the product dries only the person who applied it will be aware it has been sprayed.
    • Does Steri-Fab require dilution?
      • No. Steri-Fab is used as is.
    • How is Steri-Fab applied?
      • Steri-Fab should only be applied by spraying onto the surface. Steri-Fab can be applied using a sprayer that will work with a water thin liquid (when using an electric sprayer, check with the manufacturer for compatibility with a flammable liquid).
    • How much should a customer pay to have Steri-Fab applied?
      • Since Steri-Fab is the only product of its type, pricing is not based on a competitive basis with other products, but rather on a square foot cost. (1 gallon treats approximately 1500 square feet).
    • Since Steri-Fab is not a residual product, how long can the claims be made on a treated surface?
      • Steri-Fab is essentially inactive after it dries. This has become one of the major selling points of the product because it reinforces the non residual qualities of the product.

    Directions for Using Steri-Fab:

    • Steri-Fab must be shaken well before and during application to ensure that the identification crystals are dispersed throughout, so they are applied evenly.
    • NOTE: In Texas, you must have a germicidal treatment license to be a mattress renovator.
    • Since Steri-Fab is non-residual, additional heat treatment may be needed.
    • Steri-Fab should be used as a supplemental product to a bed bug elimination program. Steri-Fab alone will not eliminate a bed bug infestation as it leaves NO residual.
    • Surfaces and objects must be cleaned of gross filth before treatment.
    • Spray surfaces and articles until thoroughly dampened and allow to remain wet for at least 10 minutes. Be sure that the nozzle is set at fine spray.
    • If using a hand or power sprayer, keep approximately one foot from surface to be sprayed, and apply Steri-Fab over all surfaces until thoroughly dampened coverage is obtained.
    • Allow upholstered or fabric surfaces to dry before use.
    • Hard surfaces may be wiped dry after at least 10 minutes.
    • Because Steri-Fab was formulated not to be a residual product, you must make direct contact with insects and their eggs to be effective. Retreat every 7-10 days or as needed.
    • For bacteriostatic, fungistatic and deodorization of mattresses:
      • Apply 4-5 ounces on single beds and folding cot mattresses and 6-8 ounces on double bed mattresses.
      • Remember that the box spring will also require treatment with an equal amount of Steri-Fab.
      • A dew like mist is normally sufficient to assure complete coverage and compliance.
      • Steri-Fab is a popular product used by the mattress industry to disinfect pre-owned mattresses. Many state laws and regulations require that STERI-FAB be used allowing inspectors to see with a black light if the mattress has been treated.
      • Also, treat mattress before applying bedding encasements. Simply spray the mattress and box spring lightly and wait about 15 minutes or until completely dry. Once dry, apply the bed bug encasements.
      • 1 case of Steri-Fab will treat about 32 sets of mattresses and springs.
    • For sofas and upholstered chairs:
      • Apply 4-5 ounces to small sizes such as love-seats and 6-8 ounces to regular size sofas.
      • Use 8 ounces on convertible sofas.

    NOTE:

    • Many states require that a contractor applying a pest control product be licensed. Please contact your state EPA office for further information.
    • Steri-Fab may not be compatible with wax finishes.
    • Use of Steri-Fab on stain-resist nylon carpet will void the warranty.
    • Steri-Fab is not compatible with some wax finishes.
    • Steri-Fab may not be shipped via air!

    Additional Anti-Microbial and Pest Control Information:

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  • Silverfish
  • Ticks
  • And many other insects and pests
  • Steri-Fab is a deodorizer: It kills odor causing organisms on carpets.
  • Kills disease and allergy-causing bacteria, fungi, germs, mold and mildew:
    • Salmonella choleraesuis
    • Proteus Mirabili
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Penicillium
    • Variabile Staphylococcus aureus
    • Trichophyton mentagrophytes (interdigitale) (Athlete’s foot)
    • Herpes Simplex II
    • Vaccinia virus
    • Aspergillus niger.

    Properties & Specifications:

    • Restrictions on Use: Keep out of reach of children. Use only in well ventilated areas.
    • Form: Milky liquid.
    • Odor: Alcohol-like.
    • Use Concentration: Apply undiluted.
    • EPA registration Number: 397-13.
    • Storage: Protect product from freezing. Keep container closed when not in use. Keep away from open flame.
    • Coverage: 1,500 square feet per gallon.
    • Drying Time: 15-20 minutes.
    • Container Size: Single gallons.
    • Manufacturer: Noble Pine Products, Inc. - Castoleum Corporation.
    • Country of Manufacture: United States of America.
    • Flammability: Flash point: 82°F.
    • Catalog Number: 10337.

    Some common questions and answers about Steri-Fab:

    • Why should a potential customer who only wants a disinfectant be interested in a product like Steri-Fab, which also kills insects, etc.?
      • It is the rare circumstance indeed when the need for a disinfectant does not also warrant the need for an insecticide. Conditions that require disinfectants are normally breeding grounds for many different types of insects.
    • Why should a potential customer who only wants an insecticide be interested in a product like Steri-Fab, which also kills bacteria, fungus, virus, etc.?
      • It is just as rare for an environment to only need an insecticide as it is for it to only need a disinfectant. Conditions that require insecticides are often breeding grounds for many types of bacteria, fungus, germs, odors and mildew.
    • Steri-Fab makes so many claims, how can this amazing product not be residual?
      • Steri-Fab is a combination of a synthetic pyrethroid, a dual quat, isopropyl alcohol and water. When the product dries (15 - 20 minutes at room temperature) it is no longer active.
    • Why doesn't Steri-Fab contain a fragrance and/or dyes?
      • Steri-Fab is fragrance and dye free so after the product dries only the person who applied it will be aware it has been sprayed.
    • Does Steri-Fab require dilution?
      • No. Steri-Fab is used as is.
    • How is Steri-Fab applied?
      • Steri-Fab should only be applied by spraying onto the surface. Steri-Fab can be applied using a sprayer that will work with a water thin liquid (when using an electric sprayer, check with the manufacturer for compatibility with a flammable liquid).
    • How much should a customer pay to have Steri-Fab applied?
      • Since Steri-Fab is the only product of its type, pricing is not based on a competitive basis with other products, but rather on a square foot cost. (1 gallon treats approximately 1500 square feet).
    • Since Steri-Fab is not a residual product, how long can the claims be made on a treated surface?
      • Steri-Fab is essentially inactive after it dries. This has become one of the major selling points of the product because it reinforces the non residual qualities of the product.

    Directions for Using Steri-Fab:

    • Steri-Fab must be shaken well before and during application to ensure that the identification crystals are dispersed throughout, so they are applied evenly.
    • NOTE: In Texas, you must have a germicidal treatment license to be a mattress renovator.
    • Since Steri-Fab is non-residual, additional heat treatment may be needed.
    • Steri-Fab should be used as a supplemental product to a bed bug elimination program. Steri-Fab alone will not eliminate a bed bug infestation as it leaves NO residual.
    • Surfaces and objects must be cleaned of gross filth before treatment.
    • Spray surfaces and articles until thoroughly dampened and allow to remain wet for at least 10 minutes. Be sure that the nozzle is set at fine spray.
    • If using a hand or power sprayer, keep approximately one foot from surface to be sprayed, and apply Steri-Fab over all surfaces until thoroughly dampened coverage is obtained.
    • Allow upholstered or fabric surfaces to dry before use.
    • Hard surfaces may be wiped dry after at least 10 minutes.
    • Because Steri-Fab was formulated not to be a residual product, you must make direct contact with insects and their eggs to be effective. Retreat every 7-10 days or as needed.
    • For bacteriostatic, fungistatic and deodorization of mattresses:
      • Apply 4-5 ounces on single beds and folding cot mattresses and 6-8 ounces on double bed mattresses.
      • Remember that the box spring will also require treatment with an equal amount of Steri-Fab.
      • A dew like mist is normally sufficient to assure complete coverage and compliance.
      • Steri-Fab is a popular product used by the mattress industry to disinfect pre-owned mattresses. Many state laws and regulations require that STERI-FAB be used allowing inspectors to see with a black light if the mattress has been treated.
      • Also, treat mattress before applying bedding encasements. Simply spray the mattress and box spring lightly and wait about 15 minutes or until completely dry. Once dry, apply the bed bug encasements.
      • 1 case of Steri-Fab will treat about 32 sets of mattresses and springs.
    • For sofas and upholstered chairs:
      • Apply 4-5 ounces to small sizes such as love-seats and 6-8 ounces to regular size sofas.
      • Use 8 ounces on convertible sofas.

    NOTE:

    • Many states require that a contractor applying a pest control product be licensed. Please contact your state EPA office for further information.
    • Steri-Fab may not be compatible with wax finishes.
    • Use of Steri-Fab on stain-resist nylon carpet will void the warranty
    • Steri-Fab is not compatible with some wax finishes.

    Additional Anti-Microbial and Pest Control Information:


    Click the “Usage & Tips” tab above for Detailed Information on Bed Bugs.


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    You can also order the packet at the Catalog Request Form.


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    How to Kill, Control and Eliminate Blood-Sucking Bed Bugs!

    Image of bed bugs

    Bed bugs have made a comeback in the US!

    Bed bugs are small, brownish, flattened insects that feed solely on the blood of animals. The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the species most adapted to living with humans. It has done so since ancient times.

    Bed bugs are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories, shelters and modes of transport. International travel has undoubtedly contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in this country. Changes in modern pest control practice - and less effective bed bug pesticides - are other factors suspected for the recurrence.

    Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long and reddish brown, with oval, flattened bodies. The immatures bed bugs (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and somewhat lighter in color. Bed bugs do not fly, but can move quickly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces. Female bed bugs lay their eggs in secluded areas, depositing up to five a day and 500 during a lifetime. The eggs are tiny, whitish and hard to see without magnification (individual eggs are about the size of a dust spec). When first laid, the eggs are sticky, causing them to adhere to substrates. Newly hatched nymphs are no bigger than a pinhead. As they grow, they molt (shed their skin) five times before reaching maturity. A blood meal is needed between each successive molt. Under favorable conditions (70 - 90° F.), the bugs can complete development in as little as a month, producing three or more generations per year. Cool temperatures or limited access to a blood meal extends the development time. Bed bugs are very resilient. Nymphs can survive months without feeding and the adults for more than a year. Infestations therefore are unlikely to diminish by leaving premises unoccupied. Although bed bugs prefer feeding on humans, they will also bite other warm-blooded animals, including pets.

    Bed bugs are active mainly at night. During the daytime, they prefer to hide close to where people sleep. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices - especially those associated with mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but do tend to congregate in habitual hiding places.

    Characteristically, these areas are marked by dark spotting and staining, which is the dried excrement of the bugs. Also present will be eggs and eggshells, molted skins of maturing nymphs and the bugs themselves.

    Another likely sign of bed bugs is rusty or reddish spots of blood on bed sheets or mattresses. Heavy infestations are sometimes accompanied by a “buggy” or sweetish odor, although such smells are not always apparent.Image of bed bugs in mattresses

    Bed bugs prefer to hide close to where they feed. However if necessary, they will crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal. Initial infestations tend to be around beds, but the bugs eventually may become scattered throughout a room, occupying any crevice or protected location. They also can spread to adjacent rooms or apartments.

    Bed bugs usually bite people at night while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin with an elongated beak through which they withdraw blood. Feeding takes about three to 10 minutes, yet the person seldom knows they are being bitten. Some people develop an itchy welt or localized swelling, while others have little or no reaction. Unlike fleabites that occur mainly around the ankles, bed bugs feed on any bare skin exposed while sleeping (face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, etc.). The welts and itching are often attributed to other causes such as mosquitoes. For these reasons, infestations may go a long time unnoticed and can become quite large before being detected.

    Bed bugs are often carried in on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, etc. Outbreaks can often be traced to international travel from countries where the bugs are common, such as Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean or Central/South America. This is a particular problem for hotels, motels and apartments, where turnover of occupants is constant. Bed bugs are small, cryptic and agile, escaping detection after crawling into suitcases, boxes and belongings. The eggs are almost impossible to see when laid on most surfaces. Purchase or rental of secondhand mattresses, box springs, and furniture is another way that the bugs are transported into previously non-infested dwellings.

    Once bed bugs are introduced, they often spread room to room throughout a building. Unlike cockroaches that feed on filth, the level of cleanliness has little to do with most bed bug infestations. Pristine homes, hotels and apartments have plenty of hiding places and an abundance of warm-blooded hosts. Thus, they are almost as vulnerable to infestation as are places of squalor.

    Bed bugs are challenging pests to control. They hide in many tiny places, so inspections and treatments must be thorough. In most cases, it will be prudent to enlist the services of a professional pest control firm. Experienced companies know where to look for bed bugs and have an assortment of management tools at their disposal. Owners and occupants will need to assist the professional in important ways. Affording access for inspection and treatment is essential and excess clutter should be removed. In some cases, infested mattresses and box springs will need to be discarded. Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it also may be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and apartments.

    Bed bugs can live in almost any crevice or protected location. The most common place to find them is the bed. Bed bugs often hide within seams, tufts and crevices of the mattress, box spring, bed frame and headboard.

    Bed bugs infest only a small proportion of residences, but they should be suspected if residents complain of bites that occurred while sleeping. The bedroom and other sleeping areas should be carefully examined for bed bugs and signs of bed bug activity. Folds and creases in the bed linens and seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs, in particular, may harbor bed bugs or their eggs. They may also be found within pleats of curtains, beneath loose areas of wallpaper near the bed, in corners of desks and dressers, within spaces of wicker furniture, behind cove molding and in laundry or other items on the floor or around the room. Sometimes, characteristic dark brown or reddish fecal spots of bed bugs are apparent on the bed linens, mattress or walls near the bed. A peculiar coriander-like odor may be detected in some heavily infested residences. Adhesive-based traps used for sampling insects or rodents are not particularly effective for trapping bed bugs.

    A thorough inspection requires dismantling the bed and standing the components on edge. Things to look for are the bugs themselves, and the light-brown, molted skins of the nymphs. Dark spots of dried bed bug excrement are often present along mattress seams or wherever the bugs have resided. Oftentimes, the gauze fabric underlying the box spring must be removed to gain access for inspection and possible treatment. Successful treatment of mattresses and box springs is difficult, however, and infested components may need to be discarded. Cracks and crevices of bed frames should be examined, especially if the frame is wood. (Bed bugs have an affinity for wood and fabric more so than metal or plastic). Headboards secured to walls should also be removed and inspected. In hotels and motels, the area behind the headboard is often the first place that the bugs become established. Bed bugs also hide among items stored under beds.

    Many areas besides beds, however, can harbor bed bugs. Nightstands and dressers should be emptied and examined inside and out, then tipped over to inspect the woodwork underneath. Oftentimes the bugs will be hiding in cracks, corners, and recesses. Upholstered chairs and sofas should be checked, especially seams, tufts, skirts and crevices beneath cushions. Sofas can be major bed bug hotspots when used for sleeping.

    Other common places to find bed bugs include: along and under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting (especially behind beds and furniture); cracks in wood molding; ceiling-wall junctures; behind wall-mounts, picture frames, switch plates and outlets; under loose wallpaper; amongst clothing stored in closets; and inside clocks, phones, televisions and smoke detectors

    The challenge is to find and treat ALL the places where bugs and eggs may be present. Bed bugs tend to congregate in certain areas, but it is common to find an individual or some eggs scattered here and there. Persistence and a bright flashlight are requisites for success. Inspectors sometimes also inject a pyrethrum-based, “flushing agent” into crevices to help reveal where bugs may be hiding. A thorough treatment of a home, hotel or apartment may take up to several hours.

    Bed bugs were treated years ago by wholesale spraying of beds, floors, walls, furniture, etc. with DDT. This practice is no longer permitted. Thoroughness is still important, but treatments today are generally more targeted and judicious.

    Infested bedding and garments will need to be bagged and laundered (120°F minimum) or discarded since these items cannot be treated with insecticides. Smaller items that cannot be laundered can sometimes be de-infested by heating. Individual items, for example, can be wrapped in plastic and placed in a hot, sunny location for at least a few days (the 120°F minimum target temperature should be monitored in the centermost location with a thermometer). Bedbugs also succumb to cold temperatures below 32° F, but the chilling period must be maintained for at least two weeks. Attempts to rid an entire home or apartment of bed bugs by raising or lowering the thermostat will be entirely unsuccessful. Vacuuming can be very useful for removing bugs and eggs from mattresses, carpet, walls and other surfaces. Pay particular attention to seams, tufts and edges of mattresses and box springs and the perimeter edge of wall-to-wall carpets. Afterward, dispose of the vacuum contents in a sealed trash bag. Steam cleaning of carpets is also helpful for killing bugs and eggs that vacuuming may have missed.

    While the former measures are helpful, insecticides are important for bed bug elimination. Pest control professionals treat using a variety of low-odor sprays, dusts and aerosols. (Baits designed to control ants and cockroaches are ineffective). Application entails treating all cracks and crevices where the bugs are discovered or tend to hide.

    Eliminating bed bugs from mattresses and box springs is challenging. If there are holes or tears in the fabric, the bugs and eggs may be inside, as well as outside. There also are restrictions on how beds can be treated with pesticides. For these reasons, pest control firms often recommend that infested beds be discarded. If disposal isn’t an option, encasing the mattress and box spring will be helpful if bugs are still present. (Allergy supply companies sell zippered bed encasements for dust mite prevention). Some pest control firms treat seams, tufts and crevices of bed components, but they will not spray the mattress surface, bed sheets, blankets or clothing. Vacuuming will further help to remove bugs and eggs from mattresses and box springs that cannot be discarded. Some pest control firms also treat beds with portable steam machines. The technique is useful, but does not kill bugs or eggs that are hidden inside the box spring or mattress. Fumigation is another way to de-infest beds and hard-to-treat items, but the procedure is not always available. In extreme cases, entire buildings have been fumigated for bed bugs. The procedure is costly though, and involves covering the building in a tarp and injecting a lethal gas.

    Mattresses may be treated with Steri-Fab®, which is one of the few products registered for treating mattresses. It has no residual properties so, when used, you must be sure you treat every seam and tuft thoroughly. Otherwise, any bed bugs you do not contact will survive the treatment. Generally, it is easier and better to get rid of the infested mattress, without spreading the bed bugs. However, since Steri-Fab is non-residual, it must be sprayed directly onto the bugs to be effective. Even then, bed bugs have increasingly become unaffected by such products. It is believed that no safe insecticide, however, will kill the eggs.

    The cryptic, mobile nature of bed bugs limits their prevention. Avoidance is especially challenging in hotels, motels and apartments because occupants and their belongings are constantly changing. This affords many opportunities for the bugs to be introduced. Householders should be wary of acquiring secondhand beds, bedding and furniture. At a minimum, such items should be examined closely before being brought into the home. When traveling in countries where bed bugs are prevalent, it might be prudent to examine the bed and headboard area for signs of the bugs and elevate luggage off the floor. Although incidence of bed bugs in the United States is increasing, they remain rare in comparison to most other pests. Familiarity may help to avoid infestation, or at least prompt earlier intervention by a professional.

    Some states have seen a 40% increase in bed bug infestation since 2010 because they are becoming resistant to common insecticides. Because of this resistance, interception devices are now often used - placing furniture and bed legs into these devices to trap the bed bugs trying to climb up the furniture legs. Pesticides have no effect on the bed bug eggs. Ultra high and ultra low temperatures are increasingly used by professional pest control operators. Steam at at least 180 degrees is also often used to kill both the bugs and the eggs.

    Most of this information was obtained from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.

    Steri-Fab kills bed bugs. However, some bed bugs have become resistant to all insecticides including Steri-Fab.

    Non-Chemical Methods (from the EPA):

    • Put bedding and clothing in the dryer at high temperatures for 30 minutes to kill bed bugs (just washing will generally not kill bed bugs).
    • Heat infested articles (e.g., furniture, luggage, other items that can't go in a clothes dryer) and/or areas (i.e., a room in a house or apartment, or a whole house) to at least 120 ºF (approximately 49 ºC) for 90 minutes to ensure that eggs are killed.
      • The higher the temperature, the shorter the time needed to kill bed bugs at all life stages.
      • This is often done using a heat-generating device or in a specially constructed heating unit, some of which are portable.
    • Cold treatments (below 0 ºF for at least 4 days) can eliminate some infestations.
      • The cooler the temperature, the less time needed to kill bed bugs.
      • Home freezers may not cold be enough to reliably kill bed bugs. Always use a thermometer to measure the temperature.
      • Read more at EPA’s Using Freezing Conditions to Kill Bed Bugs
    • Use mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements to trap bed bugs and help detect infestations.
    • Use monitoring devices to ensure that the bed bugs have been truly eradicated.
    • See EPA’s “do-it-yourself” steps for more details on methods to reduce and control bed bug populations.

    Do not spray insecticides around children.

    NOTE: Many states require that a contractor applying a pest control product be licensed. Please contact your state EPA office for further information.

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    Coverage1,500 Sq Feet/Gallon
    Use ConcentrationUndiluted
    Use pHNot Applicable