Bed bugs are everywhere – in apartments, houses and hotels, college dormitories, hospitals, offices, retail stores, public transportation, laundromats and movie theaters. Since a majority of industry professionals consider bed bugs to be the most difficult pest to treat Phoenix Pest Management Services wants to explain how to treat bed bugs.
Remove all personal items (stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets, electronics, etc) and anything that does not stay in the room permanently. Phoenix Pest Management Services says to exercise caution: Be mindful that items from the infested area can transfer bed bugs to other areas. It is best to bag them in plastic with something that kills bed bugs.
The company suggests that people launder infested garments and linens. Infested garments and bed linen cannot be treated with insecticide. They need to be laundered in hot water (120 degrees fahrenheit minimum). If washing is not available, heat garments or bed linens for several minutes in a clothes dryer on high heat. Dismantle bed frames. Dismantling bed frames in infested areas exposes bed bug hiding sites. Having access to these areas during cleaning is important. Stand up the box spring and shine a flashlight through the gauze fabric and look for bed bugs. If the fabric is torn, remove fabric to prepare for spraying.
Remove dresser drawers, the company says. Homehowners should also remove drawers from desks and dressers since bed bugs like to hide in these areas. Turn furniture over to inspect and clean all hiding spots. All furniture should be pulled away from the walls. Scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs, and vacuum the room extensively. Thoroughly vacuum cracks and crevices on furniture and along baseboards on the walls. 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). Bed bugs cling tightly to surfaces, so it is best to vacuum by scraping the end of the vacuum attachment over the infested areas to pull out the bed bugs.
Finally, 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.
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