Bed Bug Prevention Playbook


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Bed Bug Prevention Playbook: A guide to early detection and treatment

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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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