Bed Bug Control Tips

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SIMPLE IDEAS TO HELP ACHIEVE BED BUG CONTROL.

Inspect, Inspect, Inspect

  • Listen to occupants and carefully inspect the entire infestation area with a flashlight, to identify all pockets of infestation. Bed bugs have been found in uncommon places such as smoke detectors, books, electronic equipment, etc.

Develop a Treatment Plan

  • Communicate the plan and expectations to the occupants.  Always prioritize safety. Bed bug treatment usually requires more than one technician and often requires multiple visits.

Reduce Clutter

  • Remove all items from floor, underside of bed, and closet floors. Inspect, treat or carefully dispose of all infested items.

Vacuum Thoroughly

  • Vacuum all visible bed bugs. Move furniture 2-3 feet from wall. Vacuum carpet throughout room, beneath furniture and in closets. Add insecticide dust to vacuum bag before disposing.

Treat Along Carpet Edges

  • Pull back carpet from the baseboard and dust or broadcast spray with an appropriate insecticide.

Cracks & Crevices; Wall Voids

  • Treat all cracks and crevices, wall and furniture voids, behind picture frames, behind the bed headboard and all carpeted surfaces.

Spray Mattresses

  • Broadcast spray mattress and box spring with alcohol-free, water-based insecticide approved for this use. Encase treated mattresses and box springs after drying.

Wash & Dry on High Heat

  • Launder all bed sheeting and clothing on high heat. Place items that cannot be laundered in dryer on high heat.

Learn more about MGK Bed Bug products such as Bedlam, and Onslaught.

 

Additional Bed Bug Resources:

National Pest Management Association

University of Kentucky

The Ohio State University

Penn State University

Purdue University