"This guide to bed bug prevention resources provides specific information on the government resources, exterminators, news and laws in your area. This information can help you determine your rights as a tenant (always consult a lawyer), and what to do if you own your home. The bottom of the page lists specific product recommendations. We always recommend that tenants notify their landlord in writing when requesting treatment, as this serves as legal notification. It is also recommended that homeowners hire an exterminator, however, due to the high expense, we also provide recommendations for products that kill insecticide resistant bed bugs, and the steps for killing bed bugs. "
Bed bugs are spreading at a rapidly increasing rate around the world with a recent University of Kentucky/National Pest Management Association study indicating that we are on the verge of a national pandemic. The press and exterminators that specialize in removing bedbugs from homes are located in many towns and cities where the problem exists.
We always recommend that home owners use pest control experts
when fighting a bed bug infestation. We suggest contacting
several firms given that each company has their own approach to killing
bedbugs and costs vary between companies.
Experts use a combination of experience and even dogs to find bed bugs in the home, offices, dormitories and even cruise ships. Dogs are becoming more popular since bed bugs give off a distinct odor that can be detected by a dog's keen sense of smell. Dogs are also helpful because bed bugs can cling to any surface and fit into small cracks.
If you live in an apartment, or want to learn about bed bugs in your area, we suggest exploring our guide to local bed bug prevention resources.
We also supply information for those who want to get rid of bed bugs themselves.
Even if you don't have a bed bug problem, understanding the
used to treat a problem can help a homeowner create their own bed bug
Step 1- Clean Thoroughly
Step 2 -Treat all Surfaces
Several types of products are needed to properly and safely treat a room for bed bugs. It is significantly more cost effective to purchase all of the products described below in a Bed Bug Kit. These products include:
Bed Bug Sprays such as Bug
Patrol (organic) or Sterifab
(insecticide)- These sprays will kill bedbugs and bedbug eggs on
contact, "knocking down" the bed bug population. They
should be lightly sprayed along seams, tufts and labels on
the mattress and box spring.
the mattress and box spring after spray. Steam other cracks and crevices around the room. Heat at 113F will kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs.
Crevices, Headboard, Bed Frame and Baseboard:
Use a bed bug spray that has a residual or lasting killing action in
addition to the "knock down" sprays mentioned above. Good
Spread a natural fossil dust product around the room in a thin layer in all cracks and crevices when all of the above have been completed. Use a duster to apply the dust. The dust will attach to and kill any remaining bed bugs that try to move back into the area treated. This is necessary since there are usually remaining eggs that will still hatch, even after cleaning. Once the bed bug is born, the dust will stick to them and kill the young bedbug.
Step 3 - Seal the Mattress and Box Spring
Since 80% of bed bugs can be found near or around the bed, sealing the mattress and box spring with a zippered cover can both kill bugs trapped in the mattress and keep new bugs from hiding. A inexpensive zippered cover is included in the kit mentioned above or can be purchased from Amazon.com or WalMart. You do not have to throw out your mattress as a bed bug prevention measure.
Step 4 - Call in the Bed Bug Pest Control Professionals (if needed)
Expect to treat any room from 2 - 3 times since it is very
difficult to find all of the bugs. When all else fails, professionals
have access to pesticides and natural treatment options (such as
sealing and heating a room) that are not available to consumers.
Consider a company that is experienced such as the members of the Service
Magic Network, since they will know where to
It can take an entire day for a professional team to take care of the
problem. Even a professional may have to return multiple times.
Future bed bug prevention involves being careful about what is brought into the home. If in an apartment check with neighbors on each side of the infested room, including one floor up and below your apartment.
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