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HOW TO CONTROL BED BUGS (5 STEP PROCESS)
There is a large selection of products that are labeled for use to kill bed bugs, however what is important to remember in the DIY pest control industry, is that the product does not matter as much as the application for success in killing bed bugs. The reason professionals are able to successfully kill bed bugs with chemicals like bed bugs killer spray is because they know the proper application methods and areas. Certain products are created specifically to be applied in certain ways and on certain types of surfaces. By following our 5 step process to eliminate bed bugs we offer a 100% guarantee that your home or office will be bed bug-free in no time.
Step 1: The first step to bed bug treatment from your home is to first research the primary and secondary areas where the bed bug infestation is residing and then engage in physical or mechanical means of control. This involves vacuuming up the majority of the bed bugs you can visibly see. You will want to use either a bagged vacuum or a canister vacuum (clean and sanitize immediately after). Vacuum all the primary areas where bed bugs infest which include mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, and any luggage racks you may have.
The secondary areas of control include nightstands, chairs, luggage areas, baseboards, sconces, electrical areas, and wall decor or curtains. Any crack and crevice should be vacuumed. By implementing this important step, you remove the adults and some eggs providing a bit of immediate relief. Disassembling furniture is also recommended along with washing and drying all clothing and quarantining clothing from the area by placing them in bags. As an extra measure we recommend heat treating your home with abed bug steamer on your carpeting and mattress.
Step 2: Once the initial measures of bed bug treatment from step 1 are carried out, you can now move onto chemical treatment. Solutions Pest & Lawn recommends splitting the treatment areas into primary and secondary areas of treatment as noted above. We recommend using a combination of chemical products which includes insecticides and dusts. When it comes to insecticide concentrates, you have multiple options to choose from such as non-repellent bed bug control products like Phantom Insecticide or a fast killing chemical bed bug spray called Flex 10-10 Insecticide. This product is first mixed at a rate of 6.4oz/gal and applied as a broadcast spray over the entire room surface; floors, bed frames, mattress, box spring, furniture.
You will want to add a growth regulator, such asGentrol, after you spray the mattress to ensure long term control. (Gentrol is not labeled for mattress application) It is also important to treat adjacent rooms, hallways, and other furniture in the home/business with a preventative spray so the insects are not transferred between areas.
Step 3: After the chemical dries, go back and treat the inaccessible cracks and crevices with D-Fense Dust or Alpine Dust. This product can reach those tough to reach areas that liquid sprays can not reach. Apply the dust under the baseboards, electrical outlets, light switches, under the bed frame legs, etc. This dust will provide a long term (7 month+) residual that will prevent stragglers from re-infesting the area. Treating the primary and secondary areas of the home should be done regularly for long-term control. Primary areas should be treated every 6 months or twice a year. Secondary treatments should be done once a year or every 12 months.
Step 4: After treatment is complete, measures like using bed bug covers and encasements are recommended to mattress covers to prevent bed bugs from reinfesting sensitive areas and lessen the risk of their return. Place mattress and box spring encasements over all beds in the building and leave in place for at least a year as bed bugs can live without taking a blood meal for up to 1 year.
Step 5: Make sure to follow-up periodically to assess results of your bed bug treatment and whether it has been effective in killing the bed bug infestation. Carefully inspect those infested primary and secondary areas especially after either a person has visited the home or you have been traveling out of the state or out of the country.