Guide to Systematically Battle Bed Bugs

Treating Bed Bugs as part of a cycle is key to gaining control, see below to find out where you should begin!


Bed Bug Detection

I think I might have bed bugs, what are some warning signs?

  1. A sweet, musky odor
  2. Rust-colored spots on bedding or mattresses
  3. Bites, similar to mosquito bites
  4. Adult bed bugs in the mattress folds or on the wall behind the headboard

*Adult bed Bugs, In General, Are:

  • About the size of an apple seed
  • Long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently)
  • Balloon-like, reddish brown, and more elongated (if fed recently)

Bed Bug Treatment

I have Bed Bugs, what now?!

  1. Remove all clutter from the suspected infected area/room
  2. Vacuum vigorously and thoroughly
  3. Remove all bedding and was with hot water and dry with high heat
  4. Treat large household items like mattresses and furniture with a bed bug treatment kit
  5. Treat open, infested areas (like bedrooms) with an EPA registered fogger for bed bugs
  6. Treat cracks and crevices with an EPA registered aerosol, liquid spray or powder

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Bed Bug Prevention

How do I prevent an initial infestation or worse yet, a reinfestation?

  1. Move beds and furniture several inches away from the walls. Bed bugs cannot jump or fly.
  2. Make sure bed skirts and blankets do not reach the floor to allow bed bugs easy access to the bed.
  3. Discourage reinfestation by keeping clutter picked up, washing bedding and upholstery regularly and do not buy used furniture.

Planning a trip? Take these precautions:

Prior to travel:
  1. Spray your luggage with a product with a product registered to treat bed bugs and for use on luggage. Allow to dry completely.
  2. Pack dirty laundry in plastic bags which you can take directly to the laundry room at home.

Returning home:

  1. Do not unpack luggage inside. Unpack outside in the garage, laundry room or utility room.
  2. Remove the laundry you placed in sealable bags in the hotel and throw it immediately in the dryer on the highest heat setting possible