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Identifying the bed bug:

  • Start searching the room that bed bugs have been reported in.  The main areas bed bugs hide are the mattress (tufts), box springs, head boards, foot boards, bed rails, night stands, alarm clocks on night stand, dresser, and basically any other type of furniture in the room, but the main place to start is the bed area, if they are there, they could be other places, but 99% of the time they go to the bed first.
  • For the bed inspection take all linens off the bed, if you see blood (fresh or dried on the linens this is huge indicator that there are bed bugs present). Take your knife or fingers and gently pull the tufts of the mattress back while shining your flash light into the crevice all the way around the bed, on the bottom and top tufts. You are looking for dried blood or dirt looking substance, dead bed bugs, or live bed bugs. 
  • After you have cleared the mattress then you must inspect the box springs. To do this take the box springs off the bed and lay them against the wall with the bottom facing you. Take your knife and neatly cut the bottom material off of the box springs exposing the inside of the box springs. Now take your knife and gently pull back the area where the top material is attached to the box spring while inspecting with your flash light. You are looking for the same signs as the mattress. 
  • After you have inspected the tufts then inspect the inside of the box springs thoroughly where all the metal and wood meet together, bed bugs love this area. If you cleared the box springs then it’s time to move on the other areas. 
  • Next inspect the headboard, foot board, and bed railings in the same fashion looking for the same signs. If bed bugs are found in any of these areas move on to the next steps. If they are not I would say there is a 90% chance bed bugs are not present in that room. If you want to be safe then either check other areas (all other furniture in the room starting with items closest to the bed) or place a bed bug monitor in the room and come back in 24 to 48 hours to follow up. If nothing is found, it is my professional opinion that bed bugs are not present in the room and the occupant is experiencing another type of problem.
 

Treating the room Effectively for Bed Bugs:

  • If you have been able to determine without a doubt that bed bugs are present in said room then it’s time to treat them. Always start by making sure the occupants will not be present for at least 4 hours after treating.
  • The 1st step is to box the bed bugs in so that they cannot leave that room and travel to another. Do this by removing all wall fixture plates (switch plates, phone line plates, and electrical plates, anything that is screwed to the wall that opens into the wall void. Use a puffer or bellows duster and puff one to two puffs of dust insecticide in each opening, finishing off by replacing the plates.
  • Next you will get out your sprayer and a residual liquid insecticide (Transport Mikron, Temprid SC, and D-Fense SC are all popular liquid bed bug killers) and lightly spray the flooring in the room, you do not need to apply to the point of run off, just a light mist. Make sure to cover the entire floor so now the bed bugs will have no way to move freely around the room. At this point the bed bugs cannot leave the room nor leave the furniture they are currently in.
  • Now you need to prep the room to be fogged. Remove the mattress and box springs from the bed and place them up against the wall, making sure the box spring’s bottom is facing you with the bottom material removed. Next remove the drawers from the night stands and dressers and take everything out of them, if there are peoples personal belongings in them make sure to either remove them from the room or to place them in plastic bags and seal them up tightly.
  • Now for the fun part, break out your B&G 1640 PAS and fill it with a fogging solution, Pyrocide 100 is a great one for a light to mild case and Pyrocide 300 is great for a heavy infestation. Add some Gentrol IGR to the pyrocide mix. Once you have calibrated the machine to get the consistency that you want its time to start treating. 
  • Let’s start by treating the bed itself. Start with the mattress by fogging all of the tuffs and seams on every part of the mattress. Next do the same thing with the box springs, head board, foot board, and bed railings. Make sure that no crack or crevice goes un-treated! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! 
  • After the bed is treated let’s move on to the rest of the furniture. We will start will the drawers. Treat in every seam of the drawer on the inside and outside (this may seem like over kill but that’s what we are aiming for). Once the drawers are treated then we will do the same thing to the inside and out on the dressers and night stands. 
  • If there are other pieces of furniture in the room then you will also need to treat them. Chairs, tables, mirrors, pictures, book cases, are a good example but basically everything in that room has to be treated from inside to out and in every single crack and crevice. I call this bed bug OCD and you will come to know it as well. EVERYTHING MUST BE TREATED, NOTHING CAN BE LEFT UNTREATED OR SOME BED BUGS MAY SURVIVE. 
  • After you have fogged everything in the room then we can move onto the next step.Now we are going to do the same thing as above except with a residual aerosol. My favorite is Bedlam Plus. Make sure to cover all of the same areas that you previously did with the B&G 1640 PAS. Again I know this sounds like super over kill and that’s because it is. 
  • After you have done all of the above and are confident that you have not missed any spots then its time to put everything back together and in working order. Make sure to put the room back just like you left it. On your way out the door make sure to place a bed bug monitor behind the headboard of the infested room just to make sure you got them all. Come back to the room to check the trap within 48 hrs. If bed bugs are present in the trap then you will have to repeat some of the process again. Usually the bed bug trap will only have bed bugs in it at this point if something was over looked in the treatment process.

 

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