Cimex Eradicator

In this section we have collected for you the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Cimex Eradicator

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How does the Cimex Eradicator work?

The Cimex Eradicator is a steam generator with a special steam nozzle - the Steam Disinfector (with a Polti patent) - that superheats steam up to 180°C, which is the right temperature for killing bed bugs due to thermal shock.

What kind of water should be used?

The Cimex Eradicator has been designed to work with normal tap water with an average hardness between 8° and 20° f. If the tap water contains a lot of limescale use a mixture of 50% tap water and 50% commercially available demineralised water. Do not use pure demineralised water. (For more information on water hardness please contact your local council).

How does the Cimex Eradicator kill bed bugs?

The bed bugs are killed by thermal shock. The Cimex Eradicator's steam has a temperature of up to 180°C which penetrates the bed bugs’ nesting places very effectively. Laboratory tests show that at the first pass, it eliminates more than 90% of the adult insects (Tests by Pest 2000 & Pest 3000, Italy – for more information).

Does the Cimex Eradicator also kill the eggs?

The Cimex Eradicator is also effective against the eggs. At the first pass it eliminates 100%.

Is the Cimex Eradicator a safe system?

The Cimex Eradicator is a safe system because it uses only steam together with HPMed; it doesn’t require any use of dangerous substances for health such as insecticides. Correct use of the Cimex Eradicator guarantees the eradication of bed bugs, making the environment healthier. For the correct use of the Cimex Eradicator please refer to the instruction manual.

Does the Cimex Eradicator require the use of insecticides?

The Cimex Eradicator is a natural system that does not require the use of any insecticides.

Can a room be used immediately after treatment with the Cimex Eradicator?

The room can be used immediately after completing the treatment with the Cimex Eradicator.

Is there a procedure to follow?

Yes, included with the product you will find a Quick Guide for disinfestation and a DVD that shows how to look for bed bugs and eliminate them. The video is also available there.

How much does the Cimex Eradicator consume?

The Cimex Eradicator has a maximum power of 2250 W. Its energy consumption is that of a standard household appliance, for the limited period of treatment.

Is the Cimex Eradicator also effective against other insects/mites; does it disinfect other bacteria?

The Cimex Eradicator sanitises the treated surfaces. It helps to eliminate mites, viruses, bacteria and fungi. It is not effective against very light insects or those with high mobility.

Besides eliminating bed bugs can the Cimex Eradicator be used for other purposes?

Cimex Eradicator can be used as an ordinary steam cleaner, by purchasing the steam accessory kit (code PAEU0269).

What signs indicate the presence of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye at all stages of their life cycle. It may be difficult, especially for an untrained eye, to identify newborn larvae and eggs. Bed bugs are small parasitic insects with an oval-shape, rusty red in colour and measuring about 5-6 mm in the adult stage. They feed exclusively on blood, they do not live on the human body but come into contact with it only to feed, preferring to spend the rest of their time in hidden corners close to the place where humans sleep or spend a lot of time. Looking at bed sheets it is possible to find traces of blood , as effect of the bites, or bed bugs’ excrements. Humans may notice their presence from bites on the naked parts of the body (arms, face etc.).

Where do bed bugs nest?

Bed begs spend most of their time hidden in narrow areas such as crevices/folds in fabrics, seams, cracks, mattresses, bed bases, electrical sockets, paintings, bedside tables, wall lamps, curtains, skirting boards, door and window frames, sofas and armchairs. By nature they nest close to their hosts and when a whole room has been infested they may be found anywhere moving outwards from the bed.

Can I use my Vaporetto steam cleaner to kill bed bugs?

No, the steam of a Vaporetto cleaner does not have the same characteristics. However , if the Vaporetto is compatible, you can connect the Steam Disinfector steam nozzle which superheats steam up to 180°C and which can kill beg bugs by thermal shock. The Steam Disinfector can be connected to compatible Vaporetto or Vaporetto Lecoaspira products.