Customer Preparation – Bedbugs
Bedbug treatments do not kill bedbugs instantly….
It takes time!
Working together to solve your pest issues.
Our Part: We will spray a special bedbug insecticide as stated in the bed bug practice code handbook. We can either treat the entire residence (excluding kitchen) or just rooms. Treatment areas include bed, draws, power points, behind pictures, carpet and edges, floor boards, behind electrical equipment and anywhere else deemed necessary.
Your Part Before The Bedbug Treatment: Wash all items in wardrobes and cupboards in hot water and eucalyptus oil. Place in a hot dryer. If you cannot place in a hot dryer, FREEZE THE CLOTHES. Place in plastic bags and wear your clothes in and out of the plastic bags for the next 6 weeks. We understand that this is difficult, but 6 weeks is a good indicator if the little bed bugs are gone. Second treatments maybe be required but not before 4-6 weeks. This enables any live bed bugs and eggs that have hatched to come across the insecticide.
After The Bed Bug Treatment: Bed bugs will decrease over the next 6 weeks, expect a 50% reduction in the first week. You may still see and get bitten over the next few weeks, but that will decrease. If after 6 weeks you are still getting bitten or seeing bed bedbugs a second treatment may be required and will be an extra charge.
Continue reading for detailed information.
Bedbug Control Method – Don’t Waste Your Money
There are many products and gimmicks out there that claim to either prevent or eradicate bedbugs. While these products may help ease your mind, you will not be able to obtain a complete eradication.
We have had customers who have spent thousands of dollars on doctors, specialists, biopsies, gimmicks and cure all treatments and have not been able to eradicate the issue.
We use a chemical application to all affected areas; this may be done to one room or the entire house, just depending on the level of infestation.
If more than one room is affected we would recommend that you treat the entire house.
The areas treated will include:
• Bed – slats, bed frame or ensemble
• Power points
• Behind pictures
• Carpet and edges
• Floor boards
• Behind electrical equipment
• Anywhere deemed necessary
Protecting Your Home:
• Make sure any travellers, who are coming over to stay, literally strip at the door; their clothes go straight to the wash.
• Keep luggage bags outside.
• Store shoes in garbage bags and lightly spray with Mortein or Baygon, or any other similar insecticide from the shop.
• Do not buy second hand mattresses
• Have you been in someone’s bed that has bed bugs?
• If your home has a bed bug infestation, please do not risk spreading it by taking clothes, suitcases or furniture to hotels or the homes of your friends and families.
• Practice good sanitation, regular cleaning & reduce clutter
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How Does The Bedbug Treatment Work?
For the bedbugs to die they need to come in contact with the chemical application, which when they have done so can take up to 10-12 hours to die.
Tests have proven insecticides that “try” to eradicate instantly fail as the bedbugs just run move on to other rooms.
As bedbugs are nocturnal which means they sleep during the day and are awake at night, it can take time for them to come across the chemical application.
Heat Treatments – Why They Are Not Recommended.
For heat or steam to be effective against bedbugs the temperature needs to be between 65-75 degrees for a sustained period. Apart from the risk of fire, burns from the heat and steam areas such as cracks and crevices may not penetrate the heat, deeming the process inadequate.
Heat and steam can also damage furniture and has the potential of causing mould from the moisture left behind after steaming.
Numerous houses across the world have burnt to the ground after DIY heat applications for bedbugs.
How Does Freezing Kill Bedbugs?
Any item for freezing should be placed loosely into a bag, and as always, this must be done in the infested room prior to removal.
The amount of time in the freezer would be dependent on the size of the item; the larger the item, the longer in the freezer.
If the freezer is operating at or around -200C, then two hours at this temperature will kill all stages.
However, for the average household freezer, studies indicate that 10 hours will be required.
Dense items may take several days for the centre to cool sufficiently to kill the bugs and the longer an item is kept frozen, the more likely the bugs will be destroyed.
Naylor and Boase suggest that 10 hours of freezing is required per 2.5kg of dry weight of laundry.
Preparing For A Bedbug Treatment
Before you begin to treat for bed bugs, Sydney’s Best Pest Control recommends:
• Wash all clothes, shoes, bags, etc, in wardrobes, cupboards in hot water and eucalyptus oil.
• Place in a hot dryer. If you cannot place in a hot dryer, FREEZE THE CLOTHES
• Place in plastic bags and wear your clothes in and out of the plastic bags for the next 6 weeks. We understand that this is difficult, but 6 weeks is a good indicator if the little bed bugs are gone.
• Second treatments maybe be required but not before 4-6 weeks. This enables any live bed bugs and eggs that have hatched to come across the insecticide.
We believe any further treatments within the first 3 weeks to be too soon as the insecticide application is still present.
Note: If you intend on taking your clothing to the dry cleaner you do need to make them aware that you have a bedbug issue at your property so they can keep your clothing away from other customer’s clothes. Bedbugs can spread via clothing.
Disposal Of Furniture:
There is no need to throw away your furniture. All furniture can be treated successfully. So many times I have had customers call me up saying; we have thrown away all our furniture!
By throwing away bedbug infested furniture you are in fact creating a greater hazard for those around you.
Many people will throw away their bedbug infested mattresses and furniture into the street, people may pick it up and thus transfer it into their homes. If you have made your mind up and want to throw the furniture away, do the right thing and mark on it that it has bedbugs!
What To Expect After A Bedbug Pest Control Treatment
Bed bugs will decrease over the next 6 weeks.
You can expect a 50% reduction in the 1st week and this will continue to decrease over the next few weeks. It is quite normal to still see and get bitten by bedbugs during this time and if after 6 weeks you are still getting bitten or seeing bed bugs this is the indication that the follow up treatment is required.
If you are not getting bitten, but you feel, see or think there are bed bugs, give us a call to discuss.
If you have not prepared as per above instructions, chances of second treatments will be much higher.
How Long Is The Warranty?
Sydney’s Best Pest Control does not offer a warranty with bedbugs as it is a pest that is introduced into the home and does not occur naturally.
How Can I Prevent Bedbugs?
1. Don’t take mattresses or padded furniture that has been left at the curb or on the street.
2. Check your bed sheets for blood spots.
3. Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.
4. When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
5. When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
Call Sydney’s Best Pest Control on 1300 760 045 today and rid your house of bedbugs today!
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