The first thing to understand is bed bugs can happen to anyone. The pest can latch onto your clothes or even crawl into your bags. Many people want to sleep in another bed or go to a hotel. This is the worst thing to do. By leaving your own bed, the bugs will seek new places to live leading to a larger infestation and spreading themselves throughout your home making your expense higher in the long run and causing more headaches.
Something You Should Know! Bed bugs can live up to 3 months with no food and more than 10,000 bed bugs can live in one colony.
Short Term Solution:
- Visit a local store to get the following.
a. ‘Bed Bug Certified’ mattress protector.
b. ‘No Pest Strips’
*There are bug sprays that will be a very short term fix to spray baseboards. This will only
temporarily keep more pests out, but is not strong enough to kill all the current bugs and eggs.
- When you arrive back home, vacuum your mattress and box springs the best you can. Also, vacuum all cracks and crevices around your bed, pull out furniture and vacuum behind as well.
- Once you have vacuumed the area, put the mattress protector on both the box springs and mattress. Empty cannister or throw away bag when done. *NOTE: This will not kill the pests, but trap them in the mattress or boxspring so they cannot feed or spread.
- Next, put your bed sheets in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes wash them in hot water, with soap, and dry on high heat.
American Pest Long Lasting Solution
- We can determine the size of infestation and pest control needs of your home with a FREE NO COST, NO OBLIGATION 20 Minute PEST AUDIT…
- Severe infestations need maximum treatment. We always look for permanent solutions to the problem at hand. Treatment could include wall void applications, vacuuming, targeted crack and crevice applications on your bed and furniture, Heat Treatments, installation of mattress and box spring covers, and follow up inspections.
- After Initial treatment, preventative maintenance (Every other Week, Monthly, Quarterly, or Semiannually) may be necessary to keep the pests out of your home for good.