The warmer weather is finally on its way. With that experts are forecasting bed bug infestations to be on the rise. As we continue our bed bug series of posts following up on Dr. Ballards presentation at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo we want to provide some useful information to prepare for a bed bug treatment.

Bed Bug Checklist

  • Strip all beds and launder all sheets, pillowcases, mattress pads and blankets.
  • Remove items from closets, drawers, nightstands, book cases and dressers and store in plastic bags or plastic containers.
  • Have all clothing, fabrics and drapes laundered or dry-cleaned.  Normal wash cycles will kill bed bugs.
  • Running items in a dryer at high heat settings will kill all life stages.
  • Do not move items out of infested areas unless they are securely wrapped or bagged.
  • Discard cardboard boxes, bags, newspapers and magazines.  Bed bugs prefer harboring in wood, fabric and paper items as opposed to metal and plastic.
  • Discard all ripped or torn materials as well as any heavily infested item.  Use disposable gloves, securely wrap and seal items and handle them carefully.  Think about wearing a protective outfit: although bed bugs will not jump on a person like fleas, rubbing against a contaminated mattress could dislodge bed bugs onto your clothing.
  • Deface and label discarded items like mattresses, box springs and sofas.  This will discourage curbside scavengers and prevent the spread of infestations.
  • Save suspected evidence of bed bug infestations for proper identification by trained professionals.

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