Updated: May 25
Most of us keep a stash of household products under the sink, or in the pantry, maybe even in the garage. In any event, the stash usually includes oven cleaner, Comet, deodorant sprays, Zout, air freshener and so forth. To that collection you should add another product: Sterifab!
Because Sterifab is one of the most versatile disinfectants and insecticides available on the market today. It’s not only an effective way to kill bed bugs, get rid of ticks, kill scabies, fleas, mites, roaches ‒ and a wide variety of other pests ‒ but it also cleans and deodorizes so easily that you can apply it almost anywhere. It‘s easy to use, won’t stain, and has no added scents or disagreeable odors. And when we say it has a multitude of use, we mean it!
How to Use to Sterifab (and When)
Sterifab has an enormous number of applications, but we'll share with you just a few instances when you will want to have it on hand! Consider the following scenarios:
Scenario 1: It's a warm spring evening.
Your kids burst into the house after a hike in the woods. What’s your first thought? No, not that they’re sweaty and smelly. You can take care of that later. Right now you should be thinking TICKS! (Especially if you live in New England) So, off with the clothes and the socks ‒ not in the house, in the mud room ‒ and check them and their clothes for any sign of ticks. They have six legs and flattened, tear-shaped bodies (rounder, lighter-colored if they’re engorged).And if they have 'em, you want to get rid of those ticks!
Ticks like to wait for host creatures on grasses and shrubs. When an unsuspecting
victim (pet or person, it doesn’t matter) brushes against them, they let go of the plant and hop a ride on the host. Problem is they are external parasites and live by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. They may seem benign, but they’re not; they have been linked to typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, to name just a few of the nasty diseases they can carry.
So, dig out the Sterifab and spray the clothing. But not the kids, okay? Still, check them over anyway, just in case a tick is clinging to one of them.
Scenario 2: It's a hot day at the end of August.
Your kids arrive back from their time at camp. Still sweaty and smelly, but home at last. And? Grab that bottle of Sterifab again!
You have to check their luggage, their packed clothes (clean or dirty), any containers (e.g. cardboard boxes) they bring back from camp; in fact, you should check virtually everything they bring into the house. And yes, you could be looking for ticks, but they might just as easily be bringing other interlopers into your home, such as mites, bed bugs, fleas, even scabies!
First, if you want to get rid of mites, get rid of bed bugs, and how to get rid of scabies, treat everything with Sterifab ‒ except the kids, of course! Unfortunately, neither bed bugs, fleas or mites will disappear of their own volition. They need ‘encouragement." And Sterifab is one of the best ways to get rid of ticks. In fact, Sterifab will kill a wide range of insects. Plus, it also sanitizes and deodorizes, and is completely non-residual. Oh yes and forget to spray the kids ‘footwear.
Second, wash all the clothes, sheets, blankets, coverlets, towels and washcloths, backpacksback packs and so forth. And make sure that you do all the washes in HOT water. In fact, use the hottest water possible. It’s the only way to ensure that you have killed any bugs that might be present.
Once you’ve washed everything you should either put it in a hot dryer or hang it on a clothesline in direct sunlight. You can also take items to be dry cleaned, but make sure you forewarn the cleaners that you’re trying to get rid of mites, fleas, beg bugs and the like.
Scenario 3: Your spouse arrives home on Saturday evening.
They spent the day volunteering at a community garage sale. A busy day, selling used clothing, second-hand books, dishware and the sundry items parishioners brought from home to boost the church building fund. However, there’s a better than even chance that at least one of those items had a few hitchhikers... lice!
Yes. To get rid of lice, you want to grab that bottle of Sterifab again!
Make sure you spray your spouse’s clothes and shoes, as well as other items that might offer a ‘transport platform’ for those lice: a wallet, an umbrella, a hat, and so on. Lice, like bed bugs and scabies, often make their way into homes undetected. , offices, hospitals, etc. They can be brought in on clothing, in luggage, nested in used beds and couches, and clinging to other everyday objects, like shoes, books, newspapers, and shopping bags. You name it — they can use it as a mode of transport.
And by the way, don’t blame those nice people who brought in the sale items. They didn’t know about the lice. In fact, a recent study found that homes in wealthier areas can host more bugs, flies, spiders, dust mites and book lice than less welcoming environments. Why? Because upscale neighborhoods tend to be more biologically diverse.
Also keep in mind that, you may be unaware that you have any pests in the house.
Mites are practically invisible, as are scabies; and fleas and bed bugs are masters of evasion, genetically schooled as they are in survival techniques. Unfortunately, the first signs that you have, say, bed bugs or scabies, are bite marks. The problem is that bed bug and scabies bites are difficult to tell apart.
Scabies is generally rash-like in appearance and can be located almost anywhere including your wrists, joints, fingers and back. Scabies mites tunnel under the skin to lay eggs, which causes that intense itching. And unlike bed bugs bites, scabies burrows look like grayish-white, raised lines. To get rid of scabies, you have to take action immediately. Scabies mites are highly contagious!
If you want to get rid of bed bugs, get rid of fleas and all those other pests, Sterifab is indispensable. Make sure you always have a bottle in the house. You never know!