Open Integrated Pest Management Education Resource

Reported Bed Bugs... Now What?


What You Can Do

What You Can Do

  • Reduce clutter in your unit so that there is enough walking space for technicians during the inspection.
  • Tidy up - general cleaning including dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces. Removing household dust improves indoor air quality and helps our treatments work better.
  • Be cautious. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can be moved on luggage, backpacks, and furniture.
  • Wash your bed linens or sheets every 1-2 weeks and everytime we bag up any laundry during our visits. Washing in hot water or drying on high heat works best.
  • Do not self treat with bug sprays or foggers (bug insecticide bombs). These may spread bed bugs to new locations and make eradication more difficult.

What We’re Going To Do

What We’re Going To Do

  • Inspect your sleeping area for bed bugs and their evidence: bed bug fecal stains (droppings), live bed bugs, eggs, and cast skins.
  • We’ll remove bugs with vacuums and sticky paper.
  • We’ll treat with reduced-risk insecticides. Go to our product labels directory on pestec.com to learn more.
  • We’ll set up monitors to track our results. Please do not move these devices. There is no attractant, just glue and cardboard or slick plastic.