Preventions – Keep these guys out
Bed bugs have become a global challenge, infesting homes, apartments, hotels, and other institutions. Early detection is one of the key drivers of success for an identified infestation, but is there anything that can be done to prevent that infestation?
Education is essential for the effective management of bed bugs. We offer in-house training for all of your housekeeping, engineering, resident and/or building management teams and all other appropriate staff in how to inspect, detect, report and act on a bed bug problem. We will discuss the biology, feeding habits, hiding spots and management strategies for bed bugs. We also offer bed bug presentations that can be directed to strata members, tenants, property and building managers or anyone wanting to learn more about bedbugs. Topics included in our presentation are identification (we bring dead samples that are enclosed in vials for people to actually examine); biology; bedbug behaviour; preparations; treatment procedures and prevention.
Bedbug monitors (otherwise known as bedbug traps or bedbug detectors) act as a prevention tool in that they would indicate to the occupant that there is bedbug activity in a room that might otherwise go unnoticed. There are two different types of bedbug monitors: active monitors and passive monitors. With active monitors, bedbugs are lured to the trap, whereas with passive monitors, bedbugs are trapped in the monitors if they happen to be placed along the path they are crawling along. All these devices are available through our office. Call Care today to order!
These monitors work with a lure(s). The most common lures include CO2, kairomones and/or pheromones. These lures need to be replaced on a regular basis to maintain the effectiveness of the trap. Examples of active monitors include Verifi and CDC monitors.
These monitors do not use lures, they work by trapping bedbugs as they cross the patch of the monitor, and get trapped as they enter into it. Examples of passive monitors include: the Bedbug Moat, BDS (Bedbug Detection System), Climb Up, Interceptor or Clear View monitors.
How Do I Use Bedbug Monitors?
Place bedbug monitors along baseboards or behind furniture such as beds, dressers, night tables, etc. Some passive monitors, such as the Climb Up, Bedbug Moat or Interceptor, are designed to place underneath furniture legs, such as bed, couch or armchair legs.
Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Encasements
These encasements trap any existing bed bugs that might be inside the mattresses or box springs as well as prevent any new ones from entering and hiding in these areas. The encasements are escape proof and bite proof. This will make your ongoing bed bug control more effective.
How do I use the Mattress and Box Spring Encasements?
- Face the mattress cover vinyl side up with the mesh side on the bottom.
- Slip the cover on the top and shimmy down the mattress.
- Zip up the mattress and do not remove for at least one year to kill bedbug activity.
- Be careful not to puncture bedbug cover during installation.
Water Soluble Laundry Bags
These Water Soluble Bags are perfect for containing bed bug infested linens and clothing. Put your laundry inside these bags and throw the entire bag into the washing machine. The bag dissolves completely in a cold or hot wash laundry cycle into harmless, environmentally friendly ingredients.
How do I use the Water Soluble Laundry Bags?
The water-soluble bags help eliminate the spread and re-infestation of bedbugs while doing contaminated laundry.
- Place clothes into bag and seal.
- Put the whole bag with contents inside into the washing machine.
The PackTite Closet uses patent pending technology to safely eliminate all stages of bed bugs and their viable eggs by heating contents in excess of 120F for a sustained period of time. The PackTite closet is a safe, non-chemical way to treat your luggage and personal items for bedbugs and features a timer to select heating times of up to six hours.
The PackTite Closet is an essential tool for those dealing with an active bed bug infestation or as a preventative measure for the frequent traveler. The PackTite Closet comes with a bottom shelf and a clothes rack for ease of use. There are many items that cannot be placed in a dryer such as shoes, dry-clean only clothes, and toys. It is even big enough to fit luggage or a small table (36” long by 34” tall by 18” wide)!
What can be treated in the PackTite Closet?
- Luggage (empty or filled)
- Sleeping bags
- Backpacks and purses
- Clothes and linens
- Comforters and blankets
- Even fits a bed side table!
How do I use PackTite Closet™?
- Place your suitcase on the rack inside PackTite Closet.
- Place the thermometer in the center of any item.
- Close the zipper.
- Attach the heater to the front of the blower and plug the heater into the outlet on the blower.
- Firmly push the blower into the bracket on the side of the PackTite Closet.
- Plug the blower into the timer, plug in the timer and set the timer for the desired treatment time.
- Monitor the temperature to insure that the contents reach 120 degrees (F) and hold that T for 1 hour.
- (Alternately, items can be treated at 125 degrees (F) for 30 minutes.)
Call us to order your PackTite now!
Pre-Move In Inspections
We will inspect your future residence for bed bugs before you move in. For more information on our inspection services please see our inspections section of the webpage, or call Care for more information.
A lot of people get bed bugs while traveling. That’s not to say we should stop traveling, but there are some things that can be done to decrease the chance of bringing bed bugs home with you.
Quickly take a look along the seams of the bed for droppings similar to the ones shown in this picture. Chances are you wont find anything, but if you do, ask to change rooms.
It is often your luggage where bed bugs will hitch a ride back to your house. Avoid putting or leaving your luggage on the bed and use the luggage stand hotels often provide. Leave it away from the bed and your chances of picking up an unwanted hitchhiker will decrease.
Furniture is one of bed bugs favorite hiding spots. Used furniture is a common source for the introduction of a bed bug infestation. People with bed bugs will often throw out their infested furniture, which will get picked up by an unsuspecting person – hopefully not you. Avoid buying used furniture and/or picking up discarded furniture. If there is something that you really want, get one of our inspections done to rule out getting bed bugs.