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Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Basics

Step 1: Cleaning

Eliminate all clutter in the room. Throw out unwanted possessions or isolate them for up to 6 months.  For possessions that can not be put in the dryer, we recommend using Nuvan Strips.  

Step 2: Inspection

 

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Step 3: Treatment

Treatment is the most crucial part of eliminating your bed bug infestation.  Most bed bugs will be on or near the bed, but you must treat the entire room with a mixture of residual insecticides, aerosols and dusts to eliminate the infestation. Examples of these areas are night stands, dressers, base boards, door frames and decorative wall items. We have multiple kits with everything you need to help eliminate your infestation.   Click here for farther detail on how to treat for bed bugs.  

Step 4: Prevention and Monitoring

The most effective way to reduce the chance of having a bed bug infestation is prevention and monitoring. After all the effort in getting rid of your bed bugs, monitor them and finally sleep in peace !

Pro Tip: You can simplify the job of treating the mattress by installing mattress encasements and box spring encasements. Without encasements you will have to treat your mattress using a product such as Cimexa dust, Steri-Fab, or Bedlam Plus. With or without mattress encasements you will still need to treat the bed frame.

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  1. Bedlam Plus Aerosol

    Bedlam Plus Aerosol Insecticide - Kills Pyrethroid Resistant Bed Bugs

    Bedlam Plus Aerosol Insecticide is an updated version of the current Bedlam Aerosol. Bedlam Plus, as formulated provides an excellent tool against bed bugs.

    Bed bugs have been developing resistance against a wide range of pest control products, mainly the pyrethroid line of products. Bedlam Plus will by pass the resistance and kill the bed bugs quickly.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  2. D-Fense NXT

    D-Fense NXT combines 3 different active ingredients providing three modes of action for quick knockdown and residual control of bed bugs and other listed pests. D-Fense NXT contains one residual insecticide active ingredient, deltamethrin and 2 IGR (Insect Growth Regulators), Novaluron and Pyriproxyfen. These 2 IGRs help to break the bed bug life cycle and to prohibit the insect from molting properly.

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  3. Temprid Readyspray Aerosol by Bayer

    Temprid Ready Spray aerosol gives you the power of Temprid SC in a convenient ready to use aerosol spray. It has a dual mode of action: contact activity and systemic action providing superior results.

    While works well against pyrethroid resistant bed bugs, Temprid Ready Spray is also terrific for use against spiders and ants (excluding fire ants). It provides residual protection against bed bugs for up to 6 months on upholstered, wooden, and fabric surfaces. It will not damage paints, plastics, fabrics, or other surfaces where water alone causes no damage.

    Can not be shipped by expedited choices, per air regulations.

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  4. CrossFire Aerosol

    CrossFire Aerosol combines two active ingredients to provide a fast knockdown and residual action. As with CrossFire Insecticide concentrate, it kills all stages of the life stages of the bed bugs (eggs, nymphs, and adults). It is particularly made to combat and kill pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs. As an added feature, it has no signal word on its label. The toxicity level is very low, reducing hazards to humans, non-targeted animals and the environment.

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  5. SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure

    Starting at: $9.50

    SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure is to be used with the Sen Sci Volcano Detectors. It was developed by Rutgers University, to help attract the bed bugs to the monitor.This lure mimics the chemicals on the skin to attract bed bugs. Bed Bug will start sensing the attractant within a day, and it will last 2-3 months.

    These lures are designed for the SenSci Volcano Bed Bug Detectors, but will work with any bed bug monitor.

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  6. Phantom  II Aerosol

    Phantom Pressurized Aerosol Spray delivers the power and effectiveness of Phantom Insecticide in a convenient and easy-to-use aerosol can with an active ingredient Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom Aerosol by BASF has changed to "Phantom II", with the same active ingredient, Chlorfenapyr 0.5%. Phantom II now has less odor.

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  7. Essentria Broadcast Aerosol 17oz
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    Out of stock

    Essentria Aerosol is discontinued. We recommend EcoPCO AR X Aerosol as a botanical aerosol alternative. Learn More
  8. Nuvan Direct Spray

    Nuvan Directed Spray Aerosol is an effective pesticide that will help eliminate ants, bed bugs, bed bug eggs, bees, cockroaches, flies, wasps, and more. Nuvan Directed Spray Aerosol is an extension of the Nuvan Prostrips. It uses Dichlorvos as its active ingredient and it guarantees to kill insect pests on contact and through vapor action. This aerosol pesticide is ideal to use on hard to reach areas in and around apartments, commercial buildings, hotels, motels, factories, warehouses, industrial buildings, and more. Once the spray has dried, people and pets can enter the treated area which is usually two hours after application. Learn More
  9. Spectre PS

    Spectre PS aerosol can be compared to Phantom Aerosol with the same formulation of 0.5% Chlorfenapyr. Both Spectre and Phantom products are classified as non-repellents. As a non-repellent insecticide, the insects cannot detect its presence, allowing the insects to cross over its chemical placements, instead of avoiding the area. Spectre PS does not stain and may be combined with any roach baiting program and is an excellent product for fabric pests.

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  10. Zenprox Xtend Aerosol

    Zenprox Xtend Aerosol combines four insecticidal active ingredients for a broad-spectrum aerosol. It contains both etofenprox, just like Zenprox and Methoprene which is an insect growth regulator. Zenprox Xtend kills quickly on contact and has residual activity, as well as stopping the life stages of listed pests. Zenprox Xtend will control more than 25 listed pests and may be used as a surface, spot, crack and crevice or void treatments. Its flexible delivery options include a 360-degree valve and System III compatibility.

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Bed Bug Inspection

It is important to inspect areas where bed bugs are hiding. In infested bedrooms, these bed bugs will not be far from an occupied bed. Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that is exhaled while you sleep.


Even if the bed bugs are not visibly seen, their fecal material will be evident. It is important to reduce the clutter your room and remove items from the floor. It would be helpful to dismantle bed frames and remove drawers from desk and drawers for thorough inspections.


Inspection Check List:

  • Check cracks and crevices in head and foot boards, attached side railings and supports
  • Inspect mattresses top, sides and bottom. Check all buttons, seams, and rips.
  • Inspect electrical switch plates, pictures on walls, wall posters
  • Inspect cracks in plaster or seams in wallpaper.
  • Inspect electrical appliances, radios, phones, televisions, ect.
  • Inspect tack strips under wall-to-wall carpeting and behind baseboards
  • BDS bed bug detection system will help monitor where the bed bugs would be hiding.

Infested Garments and Mattresses/Boxsprings

Infested garments need to be laundered in hot water (120°F minimum). If washing is not available, sometimes heating the garments or bed linen for several minutes in a clothes dryer may work. If you are not using bed bug certified mattress encasements, inspect mattress and box springs for any tears where the bed bugs may be hiding.

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