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Bed bugs can live in any area of the home. They tend to be in areas where people sleep and generally concentrate in beds, including mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. Other sites where bed bugs often reside include curtains, the corners inside dressers and other furniture, cracks in wallpaper, and inside the spaces of wicker furniture. They spread by crawling and may contaminate multiple rooms. They may also be present in boxes, suitcases, or any goods that are moved from residence to residence or from a hotel to home.

Bed bugs are small, oval, non-flying insects. Adult bed bugs reach 5-7 mm in length, while nymphs (juveniles) are as small as 1.5 mm. Bed bugs have flat bodies and may sometimes be mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. They feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color, appearing more reddish after feeding on a blood meal. Nymphs are clear in color and appear bright red after feeding.

Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process, and most cases of bed bug infestation will require treatment by a pest control expert. Research has shown that treatment thoroughness is the key to bed bug elimination. Research has also indicated that excessive clutter and poor advance preparation by the client decreases the effectiveness of the treatment.


Phase 1

• Strip the bed linens and all sheets to be sealed in clear plastic bags for laundering.
• Place all washable items in a sealed clear plastic bag.
• Remove the cheesecloth underneath of the box spring.
• HEPA vacuum all infested rooms (floor/wall junctions. Including the furniture, mattresses, box spring, couches, chairs, closets, etc…).
• HEPA vacuum all dresser drawers inside and out.
• HEPA vacuum all personal items then place in small boxes, sealed and labeled.
• Center all furniture in middle of room.
• Items to be discarded will be placed directly into plastic bags, promptly sealed, and removed offsite.

Phase 2

• HEPA vacuum all floor/wall junctions and furniture.
• Place all furniture back to original location.
• HEPA vacuum all personal items that were placed in small boxes.
• Place all personal belongings (books, electronics, clothing) back to original location.
• Discard any unwanted debris