Once thought to have been eliminated from North America, the bedbug has been making a startling and unwelcome comeback over recent years. This true bug is a blood feeder that primarily feeds on humans, but will feed on a variety of other mammals as well as birds. Bedbugs are carried into structures by humans. Domestic hotels, motels, and hostels are frequently the point of origin, as well as foreign travel especially in Asia and Eastern Europe where these insects are endemic. Bed bugs are nocturnal in habit and are rarely seen moving about during the day. They can and will hide in any small crack or crevice, usually in or near a sleeping area. The key to elimination is thorough inspection and treatment, and conscientious customer co-operation.
- Remove all clothing and bedding from room and wash in hot water and detergent (liquid detergent is best) or send out to be dry cleaned.
- Inspect the mattress and box springs. If there are any holes or tears it is advisable to cover with Mattress and Box Spring covers.
- All furniture and closets must be emptied.
- Steam application to: __ mattress; __ box spring; __ upholstered furniture
- Heat gun application to: __ bed frame; __ headboard; __ wooden furniture
- Furniture, moldings, draperies, curtain rods, appliances, switch plates, electrical plug plates, carpet edges, and any and all structural corners and cracks inspected, flushed, vacuumed, and treated.
- Wall voids drilled and treated.
- Actisol treatment to cracks, crevices, and under edges of carpeting.
- There will need to be a series of follow up inspections with treatment as indicated by the inspection findings. Inspections will be at 10, 20, and 30 days following the treatment.
- Inspections will continue at 2 week intervals until elimination is complete.