Bed Bug Instructions
YOU MUST PREPARE FOR TREATMENT…
NOTE: Waterbeds must be drained prior to initial treatment.
IF YOU HAVE NOT PREPARED PROPERLY, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TREAT.
PLAN TO BE GONE FOR 3 HOURS (pets, too) AFTER TREATMENT.
The Bed Bug treatment is extensive and many surfaces will need time to dry before you re-occupy the residence. You may stay until we are finished in order to lock-up, but then you must leave for 3 hours. We like to schedule treatments for mornings so that you will be able to re-enter in time to prepare supper and re-assemble beds.
REMOVE BLANKETS AND SHEETS FROM BEDS.
Wash bedding. (Wash bedding weekly until bed bugs are gone.)
EMPTY DRESSERS AND CLOSETS.
Clean clothes can simply be run through a dryer cycle for at least 20 minutes to kill eggs. After drying, place clothing in heavy duty plastic bags or totes (labeled for convenience), securely sealed, and stored away from beds.
REMOVE ALL CLUTTER FROM UNDER AND NEAR BEDS.
Clutter under beds provide bed bugs with hiding places and prevent effective control. Be sure clutter is removed from near beds prior to treatment and every night. (This includes papers, tissues, socks, and toys.)
VACUUM CREVICES ON YOUR MATTRESSES, BED FRAMES, AND HEADBOARDS.
After vacuuming, empty the vacuum cleaner and discard the contents in a sealed plastic bag.
STORE AWAY FROM BEDS ANY TOYS, STUFFED ANIMALS, AND BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN KEPT IN THE BEDROOM.
Toys, Stuffed Animals and Books that have been kept in the bedroom: Do not allow children to sleep with these items until bed bugs are all gone. Store them across the room from the bed at night. Don’t sleep with a TV remote control or electronic device on your bed.
- For treatment purposes, please do not stack boxes and bags so that baseboards cannot be treated (we only need 6 inches).
SCHEDULE THE SECOND TREATMENT (included in the price) FOR THREE (3) WEEKS LATER.
Bed bugs usually feed only once per week. They may have to cross the chemicals several times before they succumb to the insecticide. Three weeks seems to be an optimal time for second treatments. Don’t expect them all to be gone in a week.
Removing clutter and proper preparation will save time and will speed the elimination of these pests.
PLAN TO BE GONE FOR 3 HOURS AFTER TREATMENT.
REMOVE BLANKETS AND SHEETS FROM BEDS. (Launder)
DRESSERS AND CLOSETS:
Empty dressers IF you are still seeing live bed bugs. Closets should have things pulled to center on second visit; empty IF you are still seeing live bed bugs.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND REMOVE CLUTTER.
WHAT IF THEY AREN’T GONE AFTER 2 TREATMENTS?
Most of the time it takes 2-5 weeks for complete eradication. However, sometimes additional treatments are necessary.
We keep the costs for additional treatments extremely low (if done within 90 days of the first treatment). Our experience shows that most re-sprays are needed due to heavy infestations, re-introduction or cluttered conditions, but there can be other factors. In any case, we have the same goal as you have: Eradication. If bed bugs are not all gone 3 weeks after the second treatment you should arrange for an additional treatment (charges will apply).
Good information about Bed bugs can be found at the Michigan Department of Community Health website. There you will find a Fact Sheet about Bed bugs (3 pages), and Michigan Manual for the Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs (118 pages) with pictures, illustrations, methods, etc.
Treatments are expensive, it is best to confirm that bed bugs are indeed infesting your residence. Please collect a sample (in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, or on a piece of tape).
Bed bugs feed on pets as well. Launder pet bedding if possible. Remove pets before treatments.
Please tell us if you also have mice. Bed bugs will infest mouse nests. The Bug Man can eliminate the mice for an additional charge.
ID Bites: Not everyone is allergic to Bed bug bites. If you are, you may see several bites in a line or arc (since the bugs will bite until they hit a vein). If the bites are ONLY on lower legs and ankles you may have fleas instead.
OTHER HELPFUL HINTS:
- DO NOT… Throw out beds or furniture. This is unnecessary and wasteful. If an item must be discarded, your technician will tell you. (Never give away infested furniture.)
DO NOT… Use over-the-counter pesticides including sprays or dusts. They seldom work well and can spread the bugs and make professional eradication more difficult.