Saturday, November 22, 2008
There are steps that must be taken to get some decent results from a bed bug treatment. The preparation can be detailed and take much time, but it is worth it in the end. Step one is get your clothing ready for laundry. Every piece of clothing in any drawers, any clothing or fabric stored in boxes or bags, curtains, blankets, sheets, bed skirts, bedding in general, pillow cases, furniture covers, towels, coats, anything fabric will need to be bagged, sealed, and brought to either the laundry mat or if you think your washer and dryer can handle it, then so be it. The clothing should go through a wash and then placed in a hot dryer for about 45 minutes. With the shear volume of clothing, it is almost worth the money to have a laundry mat handle it. Shoes that can not be put in dryer should be put in zip lock bags, sneakers should be placed in dryer for 45 minutes. If you have other clothing that can not be washed, then it should go through the dryer for 45 minutes, leather coats should be taken to the dry cleaner. The clothing that comes out of the dryer should be put in new bags and sealed, with the old bags tossed away outside. At this point any clutter under your beds and in closets should be placed in zip lock bags. Find a website that sells bulk bags in different sizes as you will need to place alot of things in zip lock bags. At this point all clutter is up off the ground, out of closets, and any loose items bagged. Now it is time to vacuum. Vacuum under furniture, beds, entire carpets, all over, thoroughly. Place some talc powder on the rug and vacuum up to hopefully coat any bedbugs in the vacuum. Now toss the bag in the trash outside of the home.Some theories state that taking up the rug and tossing is good. Some just say that taking the rug back away from the tack board is ok. I guess it will depend on the severity of the problem. This will give access to the pest control professional to treat in between the tack board and the wall. If you feel comfortable taking back the rug then do so, if not the pest control person may do it, either way, make sure it is done. Take pictures and anything hanging off the walls and turn around for treatment. Take drawers out of dressers and night stands. Make sure the drawers and the inside and underneath of these items are treated. If you have any cardboard boxes or paper bags used as storage, take everything out of these items and place in zip lock bags and throw away outside. Eventually these bags will need to be inspected or treated as the pest control person sees fit. Books should be zip lock bagged or tossed. Magazines zip lock bagged or tossed. All electronic items, especially from the bedroom, need to be zip lock bagged and sealed. Be sure you get a tight seal on these bags. If you have an attic or above the house crawl space, make sure the pest control professional treats and inspects this area, make sure vent covers are taken off and treated, make sure the pipe chase covers for bathrooms are removes and treated, make sure outlet and switch plate covers are removed and treated. Once the treatment is done, be sure the pest control person puts a box spring and mattress encasement on both the box spring and mattress. Do not skip this step. You may have to live out of bags for a while as the follow up treatment should be no more than 10 days out. Be sure that you factor in several follow ups. It is worth an inspection contract to be sure they are gone. They are not easy to get rid of. Don't be afraid to follow the pest control operator to make sure everything is getting done. Chances are you will be shelling out a thousand or more dollars for a proper treatment to be done, that's a lot of money and you have the right be sure it is being done the right way. The above may seem extreme, but it needs to be done.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Mattress and box spring covers are both something I strongly recommend in bedbug control. First off they save your bedding, so you don't have to throw it away, and they eliminate all the many hiding places for bedbugs to get into on your bed. There is an industry standard that most pest control companies will recommend which is the Protect A Bed. This cover uses a special locking technique that makes sure the zipper is closed tightly so nothing can get in. So make sure you cover those beds and make sure you cover both the mattress AND the box spring.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
When I think of the possibilities that a trap like the CDC 3000 or the NightWatch bedbug trap can have it gets a bug man excited. It eliminates the need for dogs to verify that bedbugs are there or to verify that a treatment worked. It also can act as a fantastic tool to put in the arsenal of treatment. The traps are expensive, this is true, but I think they can more than pay for themselves. I would place one of these traps under a bed or near it, and surround it by glue boards to expand the traps capacity to catch bedbugs. Now let's get a good bedbug targeted IGR and a new chemistry spray that kicks butt and we'll be in business.
Finally there is a bedbug trap that is available for sale called the CDC 3000 or the Cimex Detection Case 3000 manufactured by Cimex Science. Use as a follow up tool or an early warning monitor, the CDC 3000 works by mimicking the human body by emitting CO2, heat, and something that smells like body odor. Trapping bedbugs is in the here and now. This trap works in as little as an hour, luring bedbugs out of hiding and catching them. You can bug the CDC 3000 bedbug trap for around five hundred dollars.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
One phase of treating for bedbugs should involve using a decent dust product to take care of areas such as the inside of switch plate covers and electric outlets. There are dust products that come in a can and leave a "dusty residual" to kill the bedbugs. Of course this bedbug dust protocol should be incorporated in with a total integrated bedbug control program that involves vacuuming, steam, a good residual bedbug chemical sprays, dusts, and one day...a good trap.