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A guide to early detection and
treatment
Bed Bug Prevention Playbook
Detection: Know What to Look For
• Detection goes hand in hand
with the treatment and
ultimately the prevention of
bed bug...
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
• Their bodies are of a
flattened oval shape and
reddish brown in color.
• These wingless inse...
Signs of a Bed Bug Invasion
• Direct observation of
bed bugs (dead or alive)
• Red or brown colored
stains from droppings
...
The Next Step: Create a
Bed Bug Protocol
• Implement a system for bed bug
detection to help prevent a building-wide
infest...
Weekly Checks
• Survey for evidence of
stains or eggs when
changing sheets.
• Inspect the edge of
the mattress and
mattres...
Monthly Check
• Inspect the box
springs for
discoloration or
clusters of eggs
Quarterly Checks
• Thoroughly examine
potential harborage
locations.
• Inspect areas such as:
furniture, sofas, chairs,
he...
So You Found a Bed Bug.
What Now?
• Dispose of any items that have harbored bed
bugs by securing them in heavy duty bags
a...
Treating Bed Bugs
• In some cases, professional help may be
required.
• Pest management professionals can use
special heat...
Beyond the Bugs
• Although they are not known to transmit
any diseases, their painful bites are
certainly an annoyance.
• ...
Sources
• “Pulling Back the Sheets on the Bed Beg Controversy:
Research, Prevention and Management in Hospitals &
Long-Ter...
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    1. 1. A guide to early detection and treatment Bed Bug Prevention Playbook
    2. 2. Detection: Know What to Look For • Detection goes hand in hand with the treatment and ultimately the prevention of bed bugs. • Knowing what bed bugs look like and the signs of their presence is key to identifying these pesky pests.
    3. 3. What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? • Their bodies are of a flattened oval shape and reddish brown in color. • These wingless insects can grow up to ¼ of an inch, but are usually about the size of an apple seed.
    4. 4. Signs of a Bed Bug Invasion • Direct observation of bed bugs (dead or alive) • Red or brown colored stains from droppings • Eggs attached to surfaces in or around the bed area Colony of bed bugs nestle into the side of a mattress Dried blood and fecal matter left by bed bugs
    5. 5. The Next Step: Create a Bed Bug Protocol • Implement a system for bed bug detection to help prevent a building-wide infestation. • Incorporate weekly, monthly, and quarterly inspections into the staff’s cleaning routine to isolate a bed bug presence before it spreads.
    6. 6. Weekly Checks • Survey for evidence of stains or eggs when changing sheets. • Inspect the edge of the mattress and mattress cover.
    7. 7. Monthly Check • Inspect the box springs for discoloration or clusters of eggs
    8. 8. Quarterly Checks • Thoroughly examine potential harborage locations. • Inspect areas such as: furniture, sofas, chairs, headboards, baseboards, and behind pictures.
    9. 9. So You Found a Bed Bug. What Now? • Dispose of any items that have harbored bed bugs by securing them in heavy duty bags and sealing them with duct tape. Then adhere to normal waste removal procedures. • Any items that can be laundered should be washed with detergent at the highest temperature setting. • Dry in the highest heat to kill any lingering eggs.
    10. 10. Treating Bed Bugs • In some cases, professional help may be required. • Pest management professionals can use special heating and freezing equipment to eradicate bed bugs in an infested area.
    11. 11. Beyond the Bugs • Although they are not known to transmit any diseases, their painful bites are certainly an annoyance. • In addition to being a nuisance to guests, they also can have a detrimental impact on an organization's image. • Bed bugs are on the rise, and the only way to beat the bug is to stay two steps ahead of them.
    12. 12. Sources • “Pulling Back the Sheets on the Bed Beg Controversy: Research, Prevention and Management in Hospitals & Long-Term Care Facilities” By Ron Harrison, Ph.D., B.C.E. and Bill Lawrence, Ph.D., B.C.E. • “Bed Bug Identification, Control and Prevention: Recommendations for the Hospitality Industry” the Vermont Department of Health
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