Bed bugs treatment

bed bugs treatment

Bed Bug Expert Bill Carlson Explains Bed Bug Treatment

As bed bugs become further resistant to chemical pesticides the infestations are becoming much more difficult to treat. These pests are able to hide themselves in the smallest crevices requiring thorough inspection and repeat treatments. The first step in treating a bed bug infestation is to conduct a thorough inspection. The first areas to inspect are likely to be the headboard, mattress, box spring and bed rails. Each component must be carefully inspected to the point of removing screws, searching cracks and removing the fabric covering from the box spring. Also inspect the furnishings (pictures, mirrors, nightstands, etc.) within 10 to 15 feet of the bed or sleeping area. Bed bugs are known to hide in mattress seems/tufts, underneath of nightstand drawers and behind outlet covers. Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it also may be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and apartments.

Treating Bed Bugs

After an inspection remove all bedding and clothing that is on or near the infested area. Bag and launder fabrics at a minimum of 120°F. Wash in hot water with soap and dry on high. Another effective and efficient option is

to place clothing, toys, shoes, backpacks, etc. in a clothes dryer set at medium to high heat for 10 to 20 minutes. This will kill all bed bug life stages and can be done alone or in conjunction with laundering.

The next step will be to vacuum the mattress seams, steam cracks or crevices, apply a treatment spray then cover the mattress with a bed bug mattress encasement. This entombs any remaining bed bugs. They are trapped within the mattress cover and cannot escape to feed. The bed bugs will be starved to death. This same treatment should be applied to the box springs. Be sure to remove the protective covering that is stapled on the bottom of the box spring.

Be sure to vacuum, steam and spray the headboard, bed rails, bedroom furnishings, baseboards, outlets and any other areas where the bed bugs could be hiding. Be thorough and take your time to ensure proper treatment. Re-inspect the room within the week and retreat as necessary. Fossil shell dust is also effective in killing bed bugs. This product is made from crushed fossil shells and when applied throughout infested areas will dehydrate and kill bed bugs from the inside out.

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