In case of a bed bug infestation, it is important to have your house ready in order to make the Uglybug technician’s job efficient. Please do the following before our technician’s arrival:
Strip the beds and pick up the floor
The job will be done in infested areas – mattresses, upholstered furniture (such as chairs and couches/sofas), and the floor around infested areas. every room in the house must be treated.
Wash bedding and fabric curtains and dry in HIGH heat.
This includes clothes – if clothes are clean, you can put them in the dryer for at least 40 minutes in high heat. Heat kills bed bugs.
*If possible, seal clothes that will not be needed in bags (zip lock) to avoid re-infestation.
Vacuum the floor
Empty the vacuum content in bags and seal well. Dispose of it in outside trash containers.
Plan on leaving the treated area until the chemical is dry (2 – 4 hours).
After the first treatment, you will still see live bed bugs (sometimes more that before) – they are sick and wandering – the bed bugs will start dying in large numbers within 24 hours after treatment.
Do not add any kind of insecticide!
At least two follow up treatments will be necessary even if you stop seeing them.
In a big infestation or in areas that are infested for a long time, extra treatments might be necessary.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Bed bugs easily hide in clothing or luggage during travels or even short visits to infested places and are then brought home. They can be found not only on beds, but also couches/sofas, upholstered chairs and other furniture, inside of closets, behind picture frames, wallpaper, and so on. They can infest (clean or dirty) lodging establishments, houses, cars, movie theaters–even the best hotels are not immune of infestation.
- When going to a new place, such as hotels, place your bags, suitcases and briefcases on desks; as opposed to the bed, chairs, or any other upholstered furniture. Keep them closed when not in use. Check mattresses, box springs, chairs, and other items for black spots, or dark/red small bugs. If in doubt, report the possible infestation to the hotel manager.
- When coming back from a trip; leave suitcases outside (e.g. garage), WASH ALL THE CLOTHES AND DRY IN HIGH HEAT BEFORE PUTTING THEM AWAY.
- Getting rid of your mattress will not get rid of the infestation.
- Knowing where the infestation came from can help you to avoid a re-infestation.
- Bed bugs can survive for a year without food, and with a little drop of blood, the female can lay eggs in batches of five at a time – up to 500 in a lifetime.
- Bed bug bites sometimes cause itchy red bumps, but some people do not show signs of being bitten.
- Constant bed bug bites can lead to anemia, especially on young children and the elderly