Post Bed Bug Treatment – how to keep from getting them again

July 23, 2014 by Doug Moore

If your home has been recently treated for bed bugs, think of the experience as a way to start fresh….bedbug-free!

Now, the rest is up to you to keep it that way so you don’t have to go through this process again.  The best way to do this is to set up a post-treatment protocol that suits you and your family’s needs and prevents another re-introduction of bed bugs.

The first thing you need to consider is whether your infestation an anomaly or something that can actually reoccur?  In today’s world, you could have picked up a bed bug at the local theatre, an airplane, or while vacationing.

The bad news is you had bed bugs………the good news is that the odds are in your favor that you are not going to pick up another bug this way anytime soon.  The much more serious situation is when you are forced to continue the behavior that led to your infestation originally.

Taking mass transportation, going to an infested office, working in hospitals or other locations available to the public could put you at serious risk of having another infestation.

Here are some protocols that can be combined or done independently, but remember, the more diligent you are about keeping bed bugs out, the better chance you have to never seeing a pest control company again!

–  Play detective  –  think about where you have been and whether this place is known to have bed bugs.  If you know where you picked up the bug, you can try to avoid doing it again!

–  Make your bed an island  –  no matter how much preparation you take, it is possible that you may pick up a bed bug in your travels.  If that happens, you can be sure that they are going to go after a food source (your blood!). To catch this bug before he gets to you:

  • Keep your bed and headboard at least 1 inch away from the wall
  • Do not let your comforter, sheets, or sham touch the floor

–  Disrobe before entering your home.  If you work in a known infested area or take mass transportation every day, the chances a bed bug is going to be on your clothing is HIGH!  To prevent them from entering your home, remove your clothing before you go in.  Some of the things you can do:

  • Undress in your garage and place your clothes in a plastic garbage bag.  Heat your clothes in a dryer.  You need to reach 122 degrees for at least 1 minute or 118 degrees for 90 minutes. If you do not have an attached garage, leave a clean set of clothes in your detached garage or shed and change in there. Preferably, you can do this while standing on a white sheet so you can see if a bed bug falls off and attempts to flee.
  • Purchase a PackTite Portable Heating Unit – this will allow you to undress and then place your clothing in the heat chamber without having to enter your home. A PackTite is also good because you can place your briefcase or backpack in it before bringing it into your home.

–  Check your pets.  Bed bugs are not picky about who or what they feed upon.  As long as it exhales carbon dioxide and emits heat, bed bugs will be attracted to it.  While products like Frontline® have shown to have some repelling effects, it is still advisable to check your pets with a flea comb or take them to the groomer.

Many of these items are burdensome and could be hard to follow.  You must remember that diligence is the key to preventing a re-infestation.  The more pro-active you can be, the better your chances that you will be bed bug free.

If you have any questions about the above, or want more information about heat treatment or canine scent detection, call me at 609 784-2151 or visit our website at www.NABedBugs.com

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