1. Consult with your local health department or a professional Pest Control operator to confirm that you have bed bugs. Look on our website at the signs of bed bugs infestation. Call one of our technicians and tell them what you are noticing, seeing, and feeling.
2. If you think you have a bed bug problem, check for live bed bugs or shells in the following areas:
¦• The undersides, seams, creases, and folds of mattresses, box springs, couches, pillows, cushions and curtains.
¦• Cracks and crevices in the bed frame and head board, the walls and the baseboards
¦• Between the cushions of couches and chairs
¦• Under area rugs and the edges of carpets
¦• In drawers and dressers
¦• Behind baseboards, around window and door casings, electrical plates and under loose wallpaper, paintings and posters
¦• In telephones, radios, and clocks
3. Toronto Health says “the best method to deal with bedbugs is Integrated Pest Management”. Please read more about Integrated Pest Management. Now that you know you have a problem, you should talk to a pest control company about managing and eliminating your problem. Please call our Toronto Bedbug Specialists at 416-840-4040.
4. Use a nozzle attachment on the vacuum to capture the bed bugs and their eggs. Vacuum all crevices on your mattress, bed frame, baseboards and any objects close to the bed. It is essential to vacuum daily and empty the vacuum immediately.
5. Wash all your linens in the hottest water possible and place them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes. Consider covering your pillows and mattress with mattress and pillow encasements. We carry mattress encasements, box spring encasements and pillow encasements both in store and online. Please see our online store.
6. Remove all unnecessary clutter.
7. Seal cracks and crevices between baseboards, on wood bed frames, floors and walls with caulking. Repair or remove peeling wallpaper, tighten loose light switch covers, and seal any openings where pipes, wires or other utilities come into your home (pay special attention to walls that are shared between apartments).
8. Monitor daily by setting out glue boards or sticky tape (carpet tape works well) to catch the bed bugs. Closely examine any items that you are bringing into your home.
9. Continue with any treatments every two weeks until your problem is gone. This is so you can break the life cycle of the bedbugs.
10. Make sure to continue sleeping in your own bed. This will draw the bedbugs out so they can get over the insecticide and allow the treatments to work to reach full elimination.
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