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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs      Don’t         Bed bugs are not life threatening.      PanicPlan ofAction         Choose a ...
1   DON’T PANIC
1…   DON’T PANIC
2          Plan of ActionThis is a do-it-yourself, 8 step approach. It includes selective heat treatmentof your personal i...
2…          Plan of ActionWith this method, you hire professionals to heat treat your entire home.Industrial heaters and f...
3          2: Professional HTThis involves bringing in a team of professionals who will use industrialheaters and fans thr...
3…          2: Professional HTThe main disadvantage is that this process is cost prohibitive for mostpeople. Prices can ru...
4        1: 8-Step ApproachThe 8 Steps are:
4.1       8-Step Approach                Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneDealing with bed bugs is stressful and time consuming. ...
4.1…           8-Step Approach                    Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.1 Launder and Heat Treat All of Your Be...
4.1…      8-Step Approach              Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.2 Encase your Mattress and Box Spring (and Pillows...
4.1…      8-Step Approach              Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.3 Use the Proper Bed FrameWe recommend using a met...
4.1…         8-Step Approach                 Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.4 Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your BedYou...
4.1…         8-Step Approach                 Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.4 Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your Bed (c...
4.1…         8-Step Approach                 Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.4 Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your Bed (c...
4.1…         8-Step Approach                  Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.5 Observe Good Protocol – Keeping Your Bed ...
4.2         8-Step Approach                  Step 2: Personal BelongingsDeal with Your Personal Belongings.First, put all ...
4.2…          8-Step Approach                   Step 2: Personal BelongingsHeat Treat Your BelongingsThis will be the most...
4.2…         8-Step Approach                  Step 2: Personal BelongingsStore Personal Belongings for 18 MonthsIf you cho...
4.2…         8-Step Approach                  Step 2: Personal BelongingsDispose of Your Personal BelongingsAs you go thro...
4.3          8-Step Approach                   Step 3: Large FurnitureDeal with Large FurnitureSmall pieces of furniture c...
4.4          8-Step Approach                   Step 4: Diatomaceous EarthUsing Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth (D.E.,...
4.4…         8-Step Approach                 Step 4: Diatomaceous EarthBe sure to only use regular, pesticide-free diatoma...
4.5         8-Step Approach                 Step 5: Seal CracksSeal Cracks and CrevicesBed bugs can reside in wall voids. ...
4.6          8-Step Approach                  Step 6: Clean FloorsClean Floors and RugsWith vacuuming and carpet washing, ...
4.7         8-Step Approach                  Step 7: Consider PesticidesConsider Using PesticidesIt is important to realiz...
4.7         8-Step Approach                 Step 7: Consider PesticidesIf you choose to use pesticides, you should educate...
4.8         8-Step Approach                  Step 8: Visiting FriendsHow to Ensure that You Do Not Spread Bed BugsGetting ...
4.8     8-Step Approach        Additional Material  Visit ZappBug’s Website for More Information:            How To Get Ri...
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Learn how to get rid of bed bugs in your home. Bed bug infestations are a rapidly growing epidemic in the developed world. This presentation gives you the tools you need to get rid of bed bugs.

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  1. 1. How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Don’t Bed bugs are not life threatening. PanicPlan ofAction Choose a plan of action that’s right for you. Bed Bug Free! Execute your plan and be bug free! Provided by
  2. 2. 1 DON’T PANIC
  3. 3. 1… DON’T PANIC
  4. 4. 2 Plan of ActionThis is a do-it-yourself, 8 step approach. It includes selective heat treatmentof your personal items, thorough cleaning of your residence, and use ofdiatomaceous earth. It’s very effective if all of the steps are followed.• Least Expensive• 100% Effective• Do It Yourself• 8 Comprehensive Steps• Time Consuming
  5. 5. 2… Plan of ActionWith this method, you hire professionals to heat treat your entire home.Industrial heaters and fans are used to gradually heat up your entireresidence to bed bug killing temperatures.• Requires Minimal Personal Time• 100% Guaranteed (by select professionals)• Expensive – As Much As $1000 Per RoomWe’ll review this choice first because the majority of this lecturefocuses on the 8-Step Approach to get rid of bed bugs.
  6. 6. 3 2: Professional HTThis involves bringing in a team of professionals who will use industrialheaters and fans throughout your residence to heat up the entire structure tobed bug killing temperatures. Because the electricity required is so high andwould blow the circuits in your home, the heaters and fans are linked tocables that run out your windows and doors to portable generatorsoutside. With this method you are essentially making your entire home into agiant bed bug oven.The advantages of this method are that, if done correctly, it is a very effectiveway to eliminate bed bugs and it saves you from putting in a lot of personaltime and effort.
  7. 7. 3… 2: Professional HTThe main disadvantage is that this process is cost prohibitive for mostpeople. Prices can run over $1000 per room, depending on who you use forthe treatment.Another potential problem is that if the heat treatment is doneincorrectly, bed bugs can easily return. All of the wall voids must be heated upto killing temperatures, which is difficult to do. If this is not doneproperly, bed bugs can survive in those wall voids and then re-infect yourhome. So you really need to use competent professionals who are going to dothe job right. If you choose this method, we recommend that you geta guarantee that if bedbugs return, your home will be re-treated for free.If you live in an apartment, condo, or townhouse, bed bugs can re-infest yourhome from units that were not heat treated. You must take additional stepsto prevent this. See Step 4, Step 5 and Step 7 of the 8-Step Approach.
  8. 8. 4 1: 8-Step ApproachThe 8 Steps are:
  9. 9. 4.1 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneDealing with bed bugs is stressful and time consuming. It’simportant to maintain your energy and keep up a positiveattitude; and for this, proper sleep is vital. The first thing youwill want to do is make your bed a safe zone, completely free ofbed bugs and proofed against re-infestation.1. Launder and Heat Treat All of Your Bedding2. Encase your Mattress and Box Spring (and Pillows)3. Use the Proper Bed Frame4. Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your Bed5. Observe Good Protocol – Keeping Your Bed Safe
  10. 10. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.1 Launder and Heat Treat All of Your BeddingRemember to follow proper protocol when laundering your bedding:• Put washables in one sealed bag. Put non-washables (comforters, pillows) in a different sealed bag.• Heat treat the bedding, either in ZappBug or your washer/dryer.• Remember do not lift items out of the bags. Rather “dump” them directly into the washer or dryer.• After cleaning/heat treating put items into new, unused plastic bags.Click here for a video of the proper laundering technique.
  11. 11. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.2 Encase your Mattress and Box Spring (and Pillows)It is essential that you encase both your mattress and boxspring. We also recommend encasing your pillows. If youwish, you can also put diatomaceous earth inside your boxspring.Here are the mattress encasements we recommend. Visitour Amazon store for a full list of supplies.
  12. 12. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.3 Use the Proper Bed FrameWe recommend using a metal bed frame, because it is moredifficult for bed bugs to climb metal. And you must make sureyour head board is bed bug free.When you are putting your box spring and mattress onto theframe, we recommend putting diatomaceous earth between thebox spring and mattress.You can pick-up a simple, metal frame at our Amazon store.
  13. 13. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.4 Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your BedYou must create a perimeter around your bed, blocking out bedbugs. To do this, you must:1. Thoroughly clean the area around your bed, making it bed bug free. a) Spread diatomaceous earth around where your bed will go. b) Vacuum up the diatomaceous earth. c) If it’s a carpeted area, then shampoo the carpet. d) After carpet has dried, put more diatomaceous earth down.
  14. 14. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.4 Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your Bed (continued)2. Prevent bed bugs from re-entering your bed area, using a layered defense. a) Use Bed bug interceptors / cups on the feet of the bed frame. b) Make sure your blankets do not touch the floor. c) Lay down a thick line of diatomaceous earth, encircling the bed.
  15. 15. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.4 Create a Safe Perimeter Around Your Bed (continued)2. Prevent bed bugs from re-entering your bed area, using a layered defense. a) Use Bed bug interceptors / cups on the feet of the bed frame. b) Make sure your blankets do not touch the floor. c) Lay down a thick line of diatomaceous earth, encircling the bed.
  16. 16. 4.1… 8-Step Approach Step 1: Create a Safe ZoneStep 1.5 Observe Good Protocol – Keeping Your Bed SafeIt is extremely important to observe very strict protocol in regards to keepingyour bed a safe zone. Never cross the bed perimeter without first strippingoff all of your clothes.Do not sit on your bed to remove your clothes or take off your shoes.This is to prevent you from inadvertently transferring bed bugs to your bed.Within the perimeter only put on clothes that have been properly launder /heat treated and sealed in plastic bags.
  17. 17. 4.2 8-Step Approach Step 2: Personal BelongingsDeal with Your Personal Belongings.First, put all of your personal belongings into sealed plastic bags. This willstop bed bugs in their tracks and keep bed bugs from spreading.Once everything is in a sealed plastic bag, you need to kill the bed bugs. Bedbug eggs are small and nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye. Soyou need to assume that all of your personal belongings are infested. This iscritical. You must assume that everything is infested and treat it accordingly.To kill bed bugs in your personal belongings, you have 3 options:• Heat Treat• Store for Over 18 Months• Dispose
  18. 18. 4.2… 8-Step Approach Step 2: Personal BelongingsHeat Treat Your BelongingsThis will be the most common choice for your personal belongings. The goal ofheat treating is to kill bed bugs. To do this, you simply need to ensure that yourpersonal belongings reach a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (or greater)for one hour.Heat treating can be done with a household clothes dryer set on high and a bedbug oven such as the ZappBug or the Packtite Closet. Use caution when heatingyour personal belongings. Some methods can be dangerous and we do notrecommend any specific methods other than a clothes dryer (set on “high”) or theZappBug. Use common sense and proceed with caution.Common Tools for Heat Treatment:• Clothes Dryer• Bed Bug Oven
  19. 19. 4.2… 8-Step Approach Step 2: Personal BelongingsStore Personal Belongings for 18 MonthsIf you choose to store some of your personal belongings make sure that youcan live without these item for at least 18 months. Bed bugs can survive forone and a half years without feeding. It is possible for bed bugs to re-infest your home if items are not stored for the proper amount of time. Thisis a great option things you want to keep but don’t use such as oldfiles, records, pictures, books, etc…Bags & Bins for StorageIt is important that all items are stored in a sealed, air-tight bag or storagebin. There are several types of bags and storage bins on the market. Forstorage bins, we recommend either using a bins with an airtight gasket orencasing the bin in a large plastic bag.
  20. 20. 4.2… 8-Step Approach Step 2: Personal BelongingsDispose of Your Personal BelongingsAs you go through your belongings, you will probably find things that you nolonger want or need. Now is a great time to get rid of the clutter in yourhome. Think of it as a bed bug inspired spring cleaning! When you findsomething that you want to get rid of, simply seal it in a plastic bag and thenthrow it away. Make sure to seal in it a plastic bag before you throw it awaybecause you don’t want to inadvertently spread bed bugs.Reminder: Get rid of all of the cardboard in your home. Bedbugs love to live in the corrugation.
  21. 21. 4.3 8-Step Approach Step 3: Large FurnitureDeal with Large FurnitureSmall pieces of furniture can be heat-treated in ZappBug. For large pieces offurniture that won’t fit in ZappBug, you could, in theory, construct a gianthome-made bed bug oven (see our blog post about this). However, for mostpeople this is not practical. Instead you will want to take one of twoapproaches, depending upon whether or not the piece of furniture isupholstered.Upholstered FurnitureUpholstered furniture is the most challenging because it’s especially easy forbedbugs to hide in the upholstery. Despite what some pest controlprofessionals will tell you, steam cleaning is usually not effective, because it’sdifficult to get the steam to penetrate deep enough and thoroughly enoughthrough the upholstery.
  22. 22. 4.4 8-Step Approach Step 4: Diatomaceous EarthUsing Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth (D.E., for short) is an extremely helpful tool in botheradicating bed bugs and proofing a home against re-infestation.D.E. is a chalky substance that is derived from fossilized sea creatures. It actsas a desiccant, disrupting the waxy shell of bed bugs, making them moreprone to eventual death by dehydration. Remember that d.e. does not kill thebugs immediately—it can take up to 7 to 17 days. Also if you use a thickenough bead of D.E., it acts as a mechanical barrier and bed bugs will avoidcrawling through it.There are two types of diatomaceous earth on the market:1. Regular diatomaceous earth (which is pesticide free).2. Pesticide impregnated diatomaceous earth.
  23. 23. 4.4… 8-Step Approach Step 4: Diatomaceous EarthBe sure to only use regular, pesticide-free diatomaceous earth in this step.Pesticide-free D.E. is non-toxic and safe to handle. However, if you arespreading D.E. around and getting it airborne, then you will want to wear adust mask to prevent it from entering your lungs.How to use diatomaceous earth:1. Pull everything away from the walls.2. Work diatomaceous earth into the crevice between the wall and floor as well as where the molding meets the wall.3. Work diatomaceous earth around the edges of wall-to-wall carpeting, where the carpeting meets the wall.4. Put diatomaceous earth behind all the electrical face plates and light switch face plates.
  24. 24. 4.5 8-Step Approach Step 5: Seal CracksSeal Cracks and CrevicesBed bugs can reside in wall voids. So, as much as possible, you want to sealwith all holes, cracks and crevices in your home. To do this, you can usecaulk, wood filler, tape, or anything else that provides an airtight seal.
  25. 25. 4.6 8-Step Approach Step 6: Clean FloorsClean Floors and RugsWith vacuuming and carpet washing, you are not killing bed bugs, rather youare trying to mechanically remove any bed bugs that might be lurking. Youshould only use a vacuum that has disposable bags. Do not use a bag-lessvacuum such as a Dyson.Clean Floors and Rugs• Remember to ONLY use a vacuum with disposable bags. Do not use a bag- less vacuum.• Before you begin vacuuming your floors and carpets, first vacuum up some diatomaceous earth.• When changing the disposable bag, take the entire vacuum cleaner outside, remove the bag and dispose of it in a sealed plastic bag.• After a vacuuming session, change the bag immediately. Do not leave the vacuum sitting around for long periods of time without changing bags.
  26. 26. 4.7 8-Step Approach Step 7: Consider PesticidesConsider Using PesticidesIt is important to realize that pesticides are just one weapon in the arsenalagainst bed bugs. Pesticides alone will not get rid of bed bugs –you must take the additional steps. That said, we feel that they do have aplace, so long as the proper pesticides are used. Also, we realize noteveryone is comfortable with their use.Proper use of the right pesticides is helpful as one more tool in eradicatingbed bugs. But it’s important to realize that using pesticides alone will not getrid of bed bugs. Pesticides are only effective as one component of an overallplan.Pesticides are potentially unhealthy for humans. But you have to weigh thatrisk against the additional help they have in getting rid of bed bugs.
  27. 27. 4.7 8-Step Approach Step 7: Consider PesticidesIf you choose to use pesticides, you should educate yourself and be aknowledgeable consumer. Know what pesticides should be used, whether youapply the pesticides yourself or hire a professional to apply them.Using the Correct PesticidesShould you decide to use pesticides, we recommend getting a professional toapply them. But be sure they are using the correct pesticides. Unfortunatelythere is a lot of misuse of pesticides in the pest control profession. Be aknowledgeable consumer. In this video, we arm you with all the informationyou will need.
  28. 28. 4.8 8-Step Approach Step 8: Visiting FriendsHow to Ensure that You Do Not Spread Bed BugsGetting bed bugs can feel isolating. Unfortunately there is some social stigmaattached to bed bugs. Friends might be worried that if you visit you willinadvertently bring them unwanted guests.We feel it’s important to maintain your social contacts and support as you goabout eradicating bed bugs – you are going to want to keep up a positiveattitude.
  29. 29. 4.8 8-Step Approach Additional Material Visit ZappBug’s Website for More Information: How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
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