If you have bed bugs in your home, an integrated pest management (IPM) approach is best to solve the problem. Bed bugs are difficult pests to control. However, there are things you can do to fix the problem before applying the treatment.
Once bed bugs are identified and confirmed in your home, there are certain pre-treatment steps you need to take. Preparing the room for the bed bug inspection is essential for successful bed bug control.
A thorough inspection before any cleaning allows you to determine the extent of the problem. It prevents the alteration and spread of bed bugs before the application of the treatment.
Bed Bug Inspection Checklist
For. Remove the window curtains and drapes and place them in plastic garbage bags and seal the bags tightly.
B. Remove all bedding, pillows, and covers from the bed and place them in plastic bags. Seal the bags well before transporting them to the laundry room.
vs. Empty drawers, cabinets, nightstands, wardrobes and tables and put your belongings in plastic bags. Seal the bags well.
D. Put clothing, coats, and shoes in plastic bags. Seal bags well before taking them to the laundry room.
me. Place all loose clothing (for example, items that are outside the dresser) in plastic bags and wash according to the washing instructions below.
F. Remove all items from under the bed and on the floor and place them in plastic trash bags and seal the bags tightly.
gram. Place all non-washable items (eg, plastic toys, books, electronics) in plastic bags for inspection and seal the bags tightly.
h. Remove all fabric and plush items, except plush furniture, place in plastic garbage bags and seal bags tightly.
I. Remove and wash pillows from plush furniture if possible.
j. Space all furniture at least 18 inches from the wall.
k. Remove the outlet covers, wall switch plates, telephone jack plates, and light switch covers.
the. Remove all wall hangings (eg picture frames, mirrors) and clean and treat items.
Mister. Remove the TV from the wall unit, if applicable. Keep all electrical equipment in treatment areas.
no. If there are heating or air conditioning units near the bed, remove the front panel for inspection.
or. Remove rugs at the junction between the wall and the floor. Do not remove the carpet from the room.
P. Remove all wall mounted items and place in a plastic bag for inspection.
q. Remove the covers from the switch plate and electrical plug.
r. Place books, magazines, notebooks and files, etc. in a bag for inspection.
s. Remove everything from the floor to allow a full inspection.
t. Pets and humans must leave the area during treatment and wait outside the area for at least 4 hours after treatment.
or. If you have a fish tank in the house, cover it with a towel or plastic because it is extremely sensitive to pesticides.
v. Clean all bedding and other items and isolate them until the bed bug problem is resolved.
w. Make sure you have access to the bed, closet, all furniture, and baseboard to inspect and treat.
X. Pry the baseboard away from the wall whenever possible.
and. Dispose of all plastic bags used to transport infested items to an outside garbage container.
Wash all washable items (e.g. bedding, pillowcases, plush cushions, etc.) in hot water (> 60 ° C or 140 ° F [thermal death point rate]) and then place the washed items in the dryer and set the temperature to the heat death point index for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Place items in plastic garbage bags after drying and seal the bags tightly. Keep all washed items out of the infested room until the pest problem has been resolved.