By Michael Simpson
After recieving numerous requests for a solid plan on counter attacking bed bug infestations, I have compile these quick tips.
1… As soon as you discover the problem, gather up everything that is washable in the room, put it in tightly sealed garbage bags, and wash it on the hottest setting followed by an hour of high heat drying. It’s important to seal everything tight so that the bugs don’t fall off on the way to the washer and infest other areas. For things that can’t be washed, PackTite™ Portable Heater uses patent pending heating technology to safely eliminate all stages of bed bugs by heating contents up to over 120ºF for a sustained period.
2… Seal your mattress, pillows and boxspring with Protect-A-Bed Mattress encasements with the only patented Bug Lock™ system. When it comes to bed bugs it is worth buying slightly more expensive high-quality covers that are entry, escape and bite proof because they will be less likely to rip, and a rip in the cover will allow the bed bugs to enter or escape. Don’t listen to all the bad advice, there is no need to throw out your mattress!
3… Clear all clutter out of the room. Throw out everything, including any upholstered furniture you believe is infested. Try to seal up everything you throw out in garbage bags before you remove it from the room to avoid spreading the bugs. Luckily, non-porous things like jewelry and pots and pans aren’t likely to be infested—bed bugs prefer dark crevices.
4… Find an exterminator who is in touch with the latest strategies and has a track record. Although many advise multiple treatments with chemicals, I prefer the Thermal Remediation method. See my post here: Green Heat Eradication
Discovering that you have bedbugs can be a really horrifying thing, but I think that if these steps are followed you can get rid of them for good. If you believe the infestation is severe (e.g. you are noticing bugs crawling on the walls or in rooms other than the bedroom), you may have to treat all the rooms. The situation is more complicated, of course, if you are living in a condo or renting an apartment in a multi-unit building. Every condo unit or apartment in the building will need to be treated, and if the landlord is uncooperative (refusing to treat more than once or to treat properly), you should immediately check for legal remedies in your area.