In just a matter of weeks, London will play host to PestEx 2024, an exclusive gathering that serves as the pinnacle event for the pest control industry in the UK. This highly anticipated event brings together top minds and talents in pest management, promising an exciting convergence of expertise, innovation, and a shared dedication to overcoming the challenges posed by persistent pests.

Attendees can look forward to a rich program featuring dynamic seminars and live demonstrations led by industry experts. These sessions offer invaluable insights, practical skills, and strategic foresight that can be immediately applied to your work. The expansive exhibition floor, showcasing the latest advancements and solutions in pest control, will offer a first-hand glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies and methodologies shaping the industry's trajectory. From state-of-the-art equipment to eco-friendly solutions, the breadth and depth of offerings promise to inspire and empower professionals across the industry.

Among the lineup of esteemed exhibitors, Polti proudly stands alongside other leading companies, ready to showcase its unique products and services. A standout feature will be our Polti Cimex Eradicator, a truly innovative solution that uses superheated steam for effective bed bug removal. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Polti looks forward to contributing to PestEx 2024, showcasing the Polti Cimex Eradicator and engaging with fellow industry stakeholders to advance the field of pest management.

The Rising Threat of Bed Bugs

Those working in the field of pest control understand the formidable and urgent challenge posed by bed bugs. These resilient creatures have developed survival mechanisms to thrive in human environments. Bedrooms offer ideal conditions for bed bugs to live, as are living rooms, with a single female bed bug capable of laying up to five eggs per day. They are also very sneaky hitchhikers able to cling onto luggage, clothing, or furniture. Because of this, they can spread far and wide – and the numbers are going up. Pest control company Rentokil said it saw a 65% jump in bedbug cases in the UK in the second quarter of 2023 compared with a year earlier, highlighting the urgent extent of the problem. 

Not only are they good at travelling, but their increasing resistance to conventional control methods like pesticides further compounds the issue. Bed bugs have demonstrated remarkable genetic adaptability and evolving defences against commonly used insecticides. A 2010 study revealed that nearly 90% of bed bugs in the United States possessed mutations enabling them to withstand chemicals like DDT and pyrethroids, rendering traditional treatments less effective.

This resistance, coupled with a surge in bed bug cases, paints a bleak picture in the battle against these pests. Right now, bed bugs are winning in the fight against traditional pest control measures. So what is the solution?

The Superiority of Superheated Steam in Bed Bug Eradication

Steam cleaning has become increasingly popular as a method to eradicate bed bugs, providing an effective and chemical-free solution for pest control. As the name suggests, steam cleaning involves the application of hot, pressurised steam to areas infested with bed bugs. The heightened temperature of the steam is lethal to bed bugs at all life stages, causing cellular damage and resulting in their elimination.

A significant advantage of steam treatment is its chemical-free nature, which appeals to individuals concerned about potential health and environmental risks associated with insecticides. However, conventional steamers have their limitations. One issue is that they may emit high levels of moisture, leaving residual water on treated surfaces. This excess moisture can create a damp environment that may not effectively eradicate bed bugs and could potentially promote their survival and reproduction.

Additionally, conventional steamers may struggle to completely remove freshly laid bed bug eggs. Female bed bugs secrete a sticky, glue-like substance to anchor their eggs to various surfaces, posing a challenge for standard steamers. Removing this adhesive material with conventional steamers can be challenging, impeding the effectiveness of steam treatments in eliminating the eggs and preventing further infestations. Superheated steam is far a superior solution. 

Superheated steam is steam heated to an exceptionally high temperature, a crucial factor in achieving desired outcomes in bed bug eradication. The intense heat produced by superheated steam proves lethal to bed bugs at all phases of their lifecycle. It effectively dismantles their bodies through thermal shock, protein denaturation, and cell membrane rupture. Consequently, superheated steam stands as a dependable and efficient method for exterminating bed bugs, including their eggs, nymphs, and adult forms.

Superheated steam has the capability to deeply penetrate various surfaces, including mattresses, upholstery, carpets, cracks, and crevices—common hiding spots for bed bugs. This thorough penetration ensures a comprehensive treatment, eliminating bed bugs that might otherwise evade traditional steamers and alternative methods of extermination.

Introducing the Polti Cimex Eradicator

Since its inception in 1978, Polti has been at the forefront of steam technology, consistently leading the way in the innovation of household appliances that leverage the power of superheated steam. Among our groundbreaking solutions stands the Polti Cimex Eradicator, a testament to our commitment to excellence in pest control.

The Polti Cimex Eradicator represents the culmination of years of research and development, featuring a cutting-edge steam generator equipped with a patented mechanism that elevates the temperature of steam to an impressive 180°C. This formidable heat not only ensures the rapid eradication of bed bugs but also guarantees unparalleled effectiveness, annihilating 100% of bed bug populations with unmatched efficiency.

Unlike conventional methods that may take hours or even days to yield results, the Polti Cimex Eradicator acts swiftly, delivering its lethal blow to bed bugs in a matter of seconds. This rapid action not only minimises inconvenience but also ensures swift relief from the nuisance and discomfort caused by bed bug infestations. Furthermore, the steam produced by the Polti Cimex Eradicator is dry and superheated, maximising its efficacy in eliminating bed bugs while minimising moisture-related issues such as dampness or residue. This ensures thorough treatment of infested areas without compromising the integrity of fabrics, furnishings, or surfaces.

An additional advantage of the Polti Cimex Eradicator is its commitment to environmental and human health, as it achieves remarkable results without the need for harmful insecticides. By harnessing the power of superheated steam, Polti provides a safe, eco-friendly pest control alternative, offering users peace of mind and safeguarding the well-being of both occupants and the environment.

Join Us at PestEx

We're thrilled to be attending PestEx, where we'll connect with industry-leading pest control experts, highlight the Polti Cimex Eradicator, and explore the latest innovations shaping our industry. It's shaping up to be an exciting event, and we're eager to connect with other attendees. If you're planning to be there, we'd love to hear from you and chat about our shared interests in pest control.