BED BUG BASICS
Sometimes prevention is the best medicine. Implementing varying bed bug
procedures will allow you to respond before it’s too late.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SEVEN SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING A BED
1: TIme is of the essence. Rapid response is the most important rule of thumb
in containing and eliminating bed bugs, regardless of the size of an infestation.
If left untreated, bed bugs can spread to a large number of units and/or other
areas in your property.
in those areas. Once you have inspected the unit that you believe to be the
source, move on to neighboring units.
Every contiguous unit to the bed bug
infestation is vulnerable to bed bugs.
Use a “clover leafing” technique to
check above, below and on each side
of the infestation.
2: Divide and conquer. Educate employees, staff, contractors and occupants
about bed bugs. The more information you make available to all the players in
your property, the easier it is to identify bed bugs, or at least isolate an infestation before it worsens. It is paramount that staff is trained to identify bed bugs
to supplement the professional exterminator’s opinion.
3: Confirm your suspicions. If an occupant mentions being bitten, appears to
have bite marks and/or tells you they’ve seen a little insect looking similar to a
baby roach, these are common signs that your property has been hit by bed bugs.
4: Take a look for yourself—then call in the experts. “Bed” bugs get their name
for a reason. When inside the unit, take a look at the bed, which is one of the
most common places for them to hide. Small, dark stains in the seams of mattresses and on sheets provide evidence that bed bugs have recently been feeding
5: They’re real: time to develop
and implement a bed bug treatment
checklist for each unit, like this one:
•Send preparation letter to occupant;
• Have unit treated for bed bugs;
•Record level of preparation and
sanitation in unit;
• Send 10-day cure notice to occupant whose unit is unprepared and/
or displays poor sanitation;
• Have unit treated bi-weekly until
the pest control company reports
that it is free of bed bugs;
• Confirm successful treatment via a
BED BUG-SNIFFING DOGS CAN ALSO BE USED TO DETECT EGGS, CAST SKINS AND FECAL SPOTS, ALL OF WHICH CAN INDICATE THE
PRESENCE OF BED BUGS IN VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT.
Visit www.bedbuginstitute.com to learn more about preventative tips, or to find a pest management
professional near you.