LOCKDOWN AND LOCKOUT BED BUGS
airport, luggage

Bed bug elimination and bed bug prevention are two separate steps. Both steps are equally important in having a bed bug free home.

 

RETURNING HOME

 

  • After treatment has dried and it is time to return home, each resident (and helpers) should change into the clean bagged clothes before reentering home *this was listed in Prep Steps 

  • Please remember, you cannot return home for at least 4hrs or until the product is completely dried. If you have allergies, skin sensitivity or any breathing issues, consult with a doctor prior to use of products and may want to consider delaying return for 24hrs after treatment

    *This should be repeated during every treatment

 

 

AFTER TREATMENT

 

  • Remove the OLD bed bug stuff to help identify NEW bed bug stuff. If you removed all remaining evidence of the infestation, it makes it much easier to notice and identify more bed bug activity.

  • Vacuum underneath all movable items (dressers, beds, stands, desks)

  • Vacuum all seems and inside/outside of all furniture items, seams of all walls, and all mattresses/bed frames.

  • Empty all vacuum canister and/or vacuum bags and dispose in a sealed bag outside the home.

    *This should be repeated during every treatment

 

 

KEEPING BED BUGS OUT

 

YOUR HOME

  • Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and can easily be carried on people and possessions. This includes purses, backpacks, shoes and jackets.

  • If you go somewhere that could possibly have bed bugs, heat the clothes in the dryer as soon as you return home. If you do not have access to a dryer, bag and seal the clothes/items until they can be laundered. Places that may have bed bugs include waiting rooms, movie theaters, hospitals, schools, a friend’s house, etc,  

  • Some families try to keep a plastic tote near the door so they can change clothes and immediately contain those items until laundering.

  • Many families also find it helpful to have a plastic tote for backpacks, purses, jackets, etc so these items are not taken further into the home.

  • Another recommendation is to use solid plastic containers as laundry/hampers. If hitchhikers make it in on clothes, they will be trapped in containers instead of moving into the home.

  • Catching bed bugs early is key. Please perform monthly checks of your sleeping areas and living area. Any new bed bugs, eggs, sheds or fecal spots will be identified early to reduce the spread.

  • Getting new bites but can’t find a bug? We recommend a NESDECA Certified bed bug team to help determine if there is bed bug activity. Canine inspections can happen 30 days after chemical treatments have ceased.

  • Wash your sheets/linens/blankets regularly. Also, using light colored linens helps with early identification.

 

TRAVEL AND SHOPPING

When traveling, do not unpack suitcases.  Leave them packed and in the bathroom, luggage rack or in a car if possible

 

  • Only take out items you need for changing at the time you are changing

  • If you take blankets or pillows, high heat in dryer for 20 minutes when you return

  • No bites on the trip does NOT mean no risk of bugs coming home. Don’t take your luggage inside unless you can deal with it immediately.

  • Unpack in a designated area (kitchen table, garage, linoleum floor) and all clothes (both clean and dirty) should be laundered.

  • Visually inspect or sanitize items that can’t be dried

  • Bugs can ON your luggage or IN your luggage. Keep your unpacked luggage sealed in bags or totes and stored away from living areas. Storing luggage in a garage, shed or unfinished basement is best, when possible

 

SHOPPING AND THRIFTING

 

  • Everyone likes a deal, but let’s be safe. Bed bugs can hitchhike on new items as well as used items, use caution

  • Ensure all linen and clothing items are placed directly in a dryer on high heat for at least 20 min.

  • Inspect all items and sanitize

  • You can also place in a sealed bag or container for 2 weeks with a NUVAN Strip (this will kill all stages of bed bugs for items that can’t be properly wiped down or dried)