Bed Bugs Virginia
Information and Resources
Whether you live in Arlington, Alexandria or Fairfax County, bed bugs
Virginia problems are seen throughout the state.
Luckily, there are many local resources available including experienced
advice from government agencies and do it yourself options. According
to Virginia Tech researchers, the number of bed bugs in Virginia has
reached epidemic proportions. Bed bugs have been found in dormitories,
homes, apartments and camps across the State."
Like the rest of the United States, reports of bed bugs are
being received throughout Virginia. If you are a home owner, the best
approach is to call in an experienced exterminator (see resources
below). This can cost $1000 or more. It is possible to treat smaller
infestations yourself, with instructions
provided below. Given the difficulty
of treating for bed bugs, we always recommend calling an exterminator.
TIP: When calling a pest control company exterminator
For tenants fighting an apartment based infestation, follow this advice
including the need to notify your landlord in writing that treatment is
Virginia Bed Bugs Reports
There have been 338
recent Virginia bed bugs self reported cases as indicated on the map,
including hotels and apartments.
Hiring Bed Bugs Virginia Pest Control Experts
The National Pest Management Association reports that bed bugs
are considered by exterminators to be the toughest insects to find and
kill. It can take an exterminator an entire day and 2 to 3
treatments to completely remove bed bugs from a home or apartment.
For this reason we always suggest
considering a professional exterminator first. The cost can be high,
which is why it always pays to get several quotes (bed bugs
Virginia area treatments can cost $1,000 or more),
suggest getting several quotes since experience levels, guarantees (be
sure to ask for one) and approaches vary (some use sprays, others use
heat). The use of a bed bug sniffing dog to find the insects
(not required, but very accurate), can cost several hundred dollars. CimexBedbug.com might be one place to begin your research on
bed bug extermination in Virginia.
When hiring a bed bugs Virginia pest control expert, the good
news is that getting quotes is easy from
a network such as Home Advisor or call (866) 214-8380. Bed Bugs Virginia based members of the
network are checked to make sure that they are both
licensed and insured. Callers will receive up to 3 free
quotes (1.877.233.1145), saving time and money.
We also suggest searching our bed
bug exterminator listings for bed bugs Virginia pest control
experts. The same page includes
questions to ask when interviewing an exterminator.
You can also check consumer
reviews for a licensed bed bugs Virginia pest control experts
on Angies List.
Steps for Eliminating Bed Bugs From Your Home,
Office or Apartment
Bed bugs can
only be effectively removed with the correct combination of
These can be economically purchased in an organic
bed bug kit, or an insecticide
based bed bed kit. The type you purchase is a
matter of taste. In our opinion, both will work, however, the
insecticide based kit will require less work and fewer repeat
The kits provide all of the products mentioned below
and are an economical way to approach the problem. Getting rid of bed
bugs is hard work, and having the right products available will help.
These products include:
Required Bed Bug Sprays:
Knock down contact spray to kill bed bugs and eggs on contact.
Sprays must be marked mattress safe Both kits
mentioned above contain at least one mattress safe spray. We
(insecticide) or Bed
Bug Patrol (organic). Sterifab has been tested to
work against all bed bugs, even the kind in the Northeast that can be
A residual spray provides several weeks of protection and is
applied after application of the knock down spray. The
contact spray mentioned above reduces the size of the bed bug
population, while the residual spray kills any bed bugs you might have
missed. Note that in an organic kit, bed bug dust is applied
in a thin layer after the first spray is used.
Always follow the manufacturers directions.
Apply Bed Bug Dust:
Even after using a residual spray, a thin layer of bed bug
dust (also called fossil dust) is a good natural way to add some extra
protection against bed bugs. The dust clings to the bed bug,
eventually killing them. In terms of residual sprays we
as it has also bee tested against insecticide resistant bed bugs.
dust can be purchased by clicking the link or from
a local garden store (also called diatomaceous
earth) . Step by Step Bed
Step 1: Clean
Remove and wash in hot water any items such as clothing. Once clean,
place in a sealed plastic bag. Vacuum any bed bugs that you can spot
and then dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag.
Be sure to vacuum along baseboards and even inside any
furniture that is within 10 feet of the bed. To be thorough,
it is always a wise idea to do the entire room.
If you have a good hand
steamer, go over the entire bed and box spring.
Apply steam for 20 seconds in each area. The heat
will kill bed bugs and eggs.
Select a safe area away from the treatment room where you can
place treated items such as the mattress.
Step 2: Spray
Use a safe bed bug spray such as Bed
Be sure to spray in cracks and along seams in mattresses. After
mattress dries, buy a zippered casing to trap any remaining bugs
(available from the same company). Move the mattress to a
"safe" area out of the treatment area.
If you have night tables, remove contents on top of remaining
box spring. Wash what you can, and dispose of all items that are not
needed. Items that cannot be washed can be placed in a
freezer for 5 days to make sure that they are bed bug free.
Treat the box spring next. Be sure to treat behind
any plastic corner guards and labels. Turn over and peel back
any fabric and treat inside the box spring. After treatment
(spray followed by steam), move box spring into a "safe" area so that
you can treat the bed frame and nearby furniture.
After treating and allowing the box spring and mattress to
dry, place inside
bed bug mattress and box spring covers. These
covers will trap and kill any bed bugs and eggs that you might have
missed. It is not necessary to throw out your mattress.
We would either cover or dispose of pillows as these are
Step 3: Use Bed Bug Dust
bug fossil dust around the room in a thin layer using a dust
applicator and dust mask if you have them (always a good idea in
general). If any bugs are left or if any eggs
haven't hatched, the dust will attach to the bed bugs shell and kill
See our guide for detailed instructions on eliminating
It can take 2 to 3 treatments. If an infestation is
large and has deeply entered the walls, be sure to call an exterminator
such as those registered with Home Advisor or call (866) 214-8380.
In this case professional grade bed bug
pesticides or the use of heat (an exterminator will seal a room or home
and use heat units to bring the air temperature to 120F, the
level needed to
kill bed bugs). Other exterminators use freezing carbon
dioxide spray, also an effective method.
To make sure that bed bugs are gone, or to determine the
relative size of an infestation, low cost traps can help. For
bed bug traps are placed under each bed leg. If the
traps stay clear for 2 to 3 weeks, then the infestation is gone.
Landlord Tenant Bed Bug Related Rights
The first step in any bed bugs Virginia resident tenant request,
regardless of cause, is to
request a bed bug inspection and treatment in writing. Be sure to date
the request. Indicate in the letter that you expect that the
treatment/inspection will not "exceed thirty days."
Unfortunately, bed bugs are not specifically defined in the Virginia Landlord and Tenant handbook
(PDF). While landlords must "Make all repairs and do whatever is
necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable
condition", it is also the obligation of tenants to "Keep that part of
the dwelling unit and the part of the premises that he occupies free
from insects and pests, as those terms are defined in Â§ 3.2-3900, and
to promptly notify the landlord of the existence of any insects or
When bed bugs are found, all adjacent units must be
since it is possible that your bed bug problem came from a next door
apartment, or an apartment that is above or below yours.
Because bed bugs can spread through the walls, multiple
apartments may need to be treated. See our guide to bed
bug apartment issues and treatment.
The difficulty is reinforced by this NBC report regarding Fairfax
Bed Bugs that features a quote from a Fairfax County
Health Department official that states that "while they can't force
landlords to take action, they will follow up on the two residents who
have complained." In this case, they were referring to a bed
bug infestation at the Circle Towers, which was treated after tenant
complaints were received.
Because of this dual obligation when dealing with bed bugs
Virginia problems, it pays to consult with the legal resources below to
determine who pays for bed bug related treatment.
Bed Bugs Virginia legal
you need an attorney to represent you in a landlord tenant dispute
related to bed bugs and you cannot afford a lawyer, you can call the
Virginia Legal Aid Society at 1.-866-534-5243 (1.434.528.4722
Other offices that can provide advice include:
Virginia Fair Housing Office (1.888.551.3247 or
Fairfax County Tenant Landlord Commission (1.703.222.8435).
For an attorney referral contact the Virginia State Bar Lawyer
Referral Service (1.800.552.7977 or 1.804.775.0808).
Bed Bugs Virginia Government Resources
Fairfax County, Virginia offers tips for helping
homeowners on how to get rid of bed bugs Virginia based
problems. For bed bug
complaints call the Community Health and Safety Division of the Fairfax
County Health Department: 703-246-2300
Human Services - Bed Bugs Information. You can also
download this guide to Getting
Rid of Bed Bugs. (PDF download)
Fairfax county has also developing a pamphlet on how
to identify and control bed bugs (PDF download). Residents
can contact the Fairfax department of health at 703-246-2300.
Virginia Department of Health Office of
And Office of Environmental Health offers advice on how to deal with
bed bugs Virginia problems
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