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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. 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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  2. JT Eaton's Stick-Em The Bugo Bed Bug Detector Traps

    Starting at: $12.50

    The Stick-Em The Bugo Bed Bug Detector is an invisible bed bug detector/trap that acts as a bed bug barrier around your beds. It comes in two options, one for hardwood floors and one for carpets.

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  3. Bedbug Buggy Monitor Trap

    Bedbug Buggy Trap by Buggy Beds is a monitor trap with four glue/pheromone placements used for monitoring bed bug populations. These bed bug monitor traps are pesticide-free and are small and discreet (2" X 3") detecting bed bugs  up to six months

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  4. Climbup (Climb Up) Insect Interceptors-1 box of 4 traps

    ClimbUP Insect Interceptors are a unique and easy-to-use monitoring system to aid in the early detection of bed bug infestations.ClimbUP Insect Interceptors are specially designed plastic cups which are pesticide-free and are coated with a thin layer of talc which makes them too slick for the bugs to crawl out. Bed Bugs will travel in search of a blood meal and can be intercepted and trapped in the ClimbUP  Insect Interceptor as they attempt to gain access to the beds or other furniture that have the interceptor devices installed.

    Packaging: Box of four 6.125\" diameter x1\" interceptor trays

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  5. Low Profile Insect Monitor

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    The Low Profile Insect Monitor is a large trap with a low profile. The Low Profile Insect Monitor is a pesticide free trap and is non-toxic.It fits easily under kitchen appliances and in confined spaces. The low design and ramp leading to the sticky surface prevents cockroaches from escaping. Ready to use, just peel off cover and assemble trap .This food based attractant is good for all species of Roaches along with other insects. Unlike other glue monitors, B&G uses a new proprietary process that actually applies a layer of attractant before the glue is applied.

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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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