In recent years bed bugs have managed to hitchhike their way into a mass amount of cities around the globe. These little vampires will continue to infest homes and communities throughout the United States and it’s only a matter of time before you or someone you know has to deal with these pests. Kansas City, Missouri is ranked number 44 when it comes to most infested cities in the U.S. and will most likely stay in the top 50s list as the city continues to grow. These bugs can be controlled and eliminated from your home through various treatments but the hard part is keeping them out. This blog will talk about the proper steps that have been taken by our bed bug customers and have kept bed bugs from being reintroduced into the home.
Step One: Make sure you don’t take bed bugs with you when you leave your home
This is the most important step to take to assure that after your bed bug treatment you don’t continue to deal with bed bugs. We ask our customers to wash and dry all clothes they plan to wear/ take with them on the day of treatment and put them into a contractor grade trash bag that is tied and taped shut. Clothes that are to be worn on treatment day should be in their own bag. Clothes that are worn on the day of treatment should be removed from the bag and put on touching no surrounding furniture or possible infested areas. Once the clothes are on we ask our customer to then walk straight out of their home with their contractor grade bag. We ask that minimal items be taken out of the home on treatment day, items we are okay with taking out are cards/cash and keys nothing else. This allows for the best possible treatment results and lessens the chances of reintroduction to the home.
Step Two: Getting your car treated
This step is important to consider because we spend a lot of time driving from place to place. Say you pick up bed bugs at your doctor’s office and get into your car and drive home; you now have a chance of the bed bug(s) moving into a safe crack or crevice in your car. We highly recommend that you get your car fumigated with Vikane gas the same day your home is treated to assure no bed bugs are being moved back and forth from the car to the home and the home to the car. This allows for the best possible treatment results and lessens the chances of reintroduction to the home.
Step Three: Post-treatment procedure
This step will make sure that you stop any further infestations at your door. This is a step followed by all of our bed bug technicians and has prevented their homes from potential infestation. Anytime you go somewhere where there’s a high risk of picking up bed bugs, such as your doctor’s office/hospital, local movie theater or daycare/elder care facility, we ask that you enter your home from your garage. Before entering the home remove clothing and place into a basket. Then take that basket and dump your clothes directly into the dryer and run on high heat for about 45 minutes. If you live in an apartment with no garage perform this step in your entry way making sure not to fling off any potential bed bugs that may be on you. It might sound extreme and ridiculous but this step is vital to protecting your home from further infestations.
Step Four: Routine inspections
Having a pest management professional routinely inspect your home for bed bugs is a great tool to use to catch any bed bugs that may slip through the cracks. We recommend that monthly or bi-monthly inspections be performed for at least the first year after a successful treatment to make sure reintroduction hasn’t occurred. After the first year, we recommend that quarterly or every six month inspections are performed. By having routine inspections performed you have a greater chance of catching any bed bugs sooner than later making it easier to eliminate.
Step Five: Awareness
After most people have experienced bed bugs they naturally become more aware of their surroundings and the signs for bed bugs. It is extremely important to be aware that bed bugs are real and that just because you’ve had them once doesn’t mean you won’t get them again. Being aware of the potential places that you could pick up bed bugs is important to remember and key to preventing a reintroduction to your home.
Things to also be aware of are used furniture and used clothes. This is a major way bed bugs are being spread from home to home. If you do get used furniture or used clothes make sure you treat them prior to entering your home, through fumigation or heat.
If these five steps are practiced and maintained the chance of reintroduction of bed bugs to your home is drastically lessened. Deviating from these steps even once could open up a chance of reintroduction. Don’t let this blog scare you from living your day to day life but allow it to help you keep your home and most importantly your family safe from these vampires.