Bed Bug Treatment Instructions
Bugs are visible to the naked eye. The adult bed bug is brown to reddish-brown or even translucent, depending on how recently they’ve fed. They are a flat oval-shape roughly 1/16 – 5/8ths of an inch long. See picture to right.
The following step-by-step instructions have been devised by our team of experts to get rid of bed bugs.
Step #1 – Look for the Bed Bugs
Being thorough is the key! Inspect any areas where people sit or have slept for long periods of time, any furniture in the bedroom, any rugs/carpets and wall hangings or curtains. Use a flashlight to check behind drawers or dressers, under and around bed frame or large pieces of furniture.
Bed Bugs may leave reddish-brown spots on mattresses along with eggs and fecal deposits. Since the bed bugs have such a flat shape they can hide virtually anywhere. Check everywhere!
Examples: Mattress & Box spring (thoroughly check the seams and tufts as well as underneath each of them), bed frames joints or legs, wall scones, behind switch plates, between books or magazines, alarm clocks, nightstands, dressers, closets, baseboards, and carpets.
Bed Bugs can migrate to other rooms and even travel with you! If you live in an apartment building this can be especially problematic, you may need the cooperation of your neighbors to completely stop an infestation, due to the fact that bed bugs will travel between apartments. If everyone doesn’t address the bed bug issue, re-infestation is likely to occur.
Step 1A – Prepare the Area
A thorough cleaning of each room or area where evidence of bed bugs has been found is a must for effective treatment. Strip all beds down to the mattress- this includes bed skirts, mattress covers or pads, sheets, and pillows… everything. Bedding, sheets, blankets, comforters, covers and shams should be washed in very hot water. Very hot water, 120º Fahrenheit or higher, will kill bed bugs.
Personal items such as clothing, stuffed animals, soft toys, un-washable bedding (down comforters, duvet inserts or large quilts), and rugs should be cleaned well with vacuum and bagged in air tight, sealed plastic for several weeks.
All clutter should be removed from dressers and chests, as well. In some cases bed bugs, can be found inside alarm clocks, hollow lamps or other items common to bedrooms. If it is an item that can be replaced, you may want to dispose of it in the off chance bed bugs have found their way inside. If it is an item you need to keep, make sure you thoroughly clean it and bag it in air tight, sealed plastic for several weeks to ensure any bed bugs are dead.
Use a crack & crevice vacuum tool to remove bed bugs from under baseboards, under carpet edges, around large pieces of furniture, from bed frames, inside box spring, inside furniture and from floor cracks. Use a hand brush attachment to vacuum bed bugs on larger flat surfaces such as a mattress & box spring, upholstered furniture or drapes. Vacuum the floor completely. After finishing vacuuming everything, remove the bag, and dispose of off premises immediately. If using a bagless vacuum make sure to dump the canister in a bag you can seal and dispose of immediately.
Some heavily infested bedding, rugs or carpet may have to be discarded completely.
Step 1B – Attack Bed Bugs where they hide
A hand held hot steam machine can be a valuable tool Hot steam any fabric surfaces (i.e. the mattress & box spring, upholstered furniture, drapes, carpets etc). Use steamer anywhere you have seen evidence of bed bugs or anywhere you think they may be hiding.
Make sure you steam cracks, crevices, joints and any fabrics in the room. To get rid of bed bugs effectively, you must hit them hard where they are hiding. This will most likely mean pulling out drawers, taking apart the bed frame, moving furniture, turning over furniture. You need to reach every surface, nook and cranny of everything in your room with steam.
Step 2 – Treat the Bed
Spray a light application of Bed Bug Patrol’s Natural Bed Bug Killer on the mattress and box spring, making sure to get the seams, tufts and folds as well as the underside of box spring. Pay special attention to small tight areas of the bed; bed bugs are small and flat they can fit almost anywhere.
Flip the box spring over and lightly spray the inside area of the box spring as well. The headboard, footboard and bed frame/platform should be thoroughly treated with Bed Bug Patrol Spray as well.
Wait until all fabric on mattress & box spring has dried, then encase both mattress and box spring in mattress covers. We highly suggest using a sealable or zippered mattress cover that surrounds the entire mattress. At minimum, the mattress encasements should stay on and sealed for 2 weeks. To clean the encasements wipe with damp cloth (if water-proof) and vacuum off.
Step 2B – Treat the Furniture
After vacuuming and steaming everything, apply Bed Bug Patrol’s Natural Bed Bug Killer. Apply anywhere you vacuumed and steamed including baseboards, cracks, divots, holes, joints in furniture. Spray everything thoroughly. Turn furniture upside down (if possible) and spray the underside as well.
After the spray has dried, apply Crawling Insect Control Dust. Using the provided dust applicator, apply around legs of furniture, into the joints of furniture, into cracks & crevices of walls, furniture or flooring. Make sure to apply around the legs of your bed. Make sure to check any furniture for hollow legs or parts. If you can, spray & vacuum inside any hollow areas you find!
Step 3 – Trap the Bed Bugs
After spraying with Bed Bug Patrol and applying Crawling Insect Control Dust, use the Bed Bug Traps around the legs and bases of furniture. Concentrate traps around bed, making sure there is one trap under each leg of the bed. You may want to use shorter bedding and blankets while using the traps to ensure they don’t get stuck to the traps.
Since bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide you exhale they are going to try to get to you. Bed bug traps are a good way to ensure a good night’s sleep while continuing to combat the infestation.
Tip: Make sure you keep your bed away from the walls a slight distance so they can not reach you that way.
Step 4 – Follow up in 2 weeks
Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process. Inspect each treated room again in two weeks. Do a complete inspection and be just as thorough as you were the first time. If there are any areas where bed bugs are persisting, repeat treatment until your infestation subsides.
Products mentioned in these instructions...
|Bed Bug Patrol Natural Bed Bug Killer 24oz natural kill on contact spray for treating bed bug infestation||Crawling Insect Control Dust long lasting protection for your home! 100% Diatomaceous Earth|
|Benzarid 32oz Spray EPA registered Ready-to-Use hospital grade non-staining, odorless, colorless, disinfectant|