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- Reduce clutter to make bed bug inspection easier. Be
careful when removing items from the infested area to other areas
because you may transfer the bed bugs.
- Personal items (stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets) should
be removed, cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, and bagged in plastic for a
couple of days with Nuvan Strips.
You can also bag laptops, phones and radios as well. The insecticide in
Nuvan strips will not harm these items, and is non-residual, so you
don't have to launder them after using the Nuvan strips
- Dismantling bed frames in infested areas may expose additional bedbug hiding sites.
- Remove drawers from desks and dressers, and turn furniture over
to inspect and clean all hiding spots. All furniture should be pulled
away from the walls.
- Stand up the box spring and shine a flashlight through the
gauze fabric to expose bed bugs. If the fabric is torn (possible hiding
place), remove fabric to prepare for spraying. If the mattress and or
box springs are infested, you may want to consider Bed Bug Certified Encasements by Mattress Safe.
Once covered with these encasements, bed bugs can not enter or exit.
There is no need to treat the mattress or box spring when using these
encasements. Keep them on for a year.
- Caulk and seal all holes where pipes and wires penetrate walls
and floor, and fill cracks around baseboards and molding to further
reduce harboring areas.
- Since infested garments and bed linen can't be treated with
insecticide they will need to be laundered in hot water (120 degrees
fahrenheit minimum). If washing is not available, sometimes heating the
garments or bed linens for several minutes in a clothes dryer may work.
- Thoroughly clean the infested rooms. Scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs.
- Vacuum areas of bed bug infestation with a vacuum attachment.
Vacuum along baseboards, furniture, bed stands, rails, headboards, foot
boards, bed seams, tufts, buttons, edges of the bedding, as well as the
edges of the carpets (particularly along the tack strips). A good vacuum
cleaning job may remove particles from cracks and crevices to encourage
greater insecticide penetration. Bed bugs cling tightly to surfaces, so
it is best to repeat vacuuming by scraping the end of the vacuum
attachment over the infested areas to pull out the bed bugs. It is not
good to use a bristle attachment, because you may transfer bed bugs to
other areas since they cling to the brush. Dispose of vacuum cleaner
bags after you are finished.
- Caulk cracks and crevices in the infested building exterior,
and also repair openings to exclude birds, bats, and rodents that can
serve as alternate hosts for bed bugs.
- Monitoring devices such as the BDS bed bug detection system
should be placed around the infested area to help determine where the
bed buge population resides. It is important to know that these devices
are for monitoring only. Lack of trapped bed bugs does not necessarily
mean that you are bed bug free.