(if you horde, you may need more time)
If you do not clear the clutter before you begin, you will drive the bugs in to the clutter, creating a bigger problem.
(This needs to be done in every bedroom and the living room areas, so you may need more time. For larger infestations in houses with carpet that needs to be removed, this will take more than one day).
Pull all furniture away from walls
Clothi items should be removed and laundered. Place the clothing and bedding in to large Zip lock bags (trash bags do not work because they do not seal. If you use trash bags, duck tape them closed. This is important, so any bed bugs in bedding and clothing do not spread to the laundry area, all of these items will need to be washed Removal and dried on high heat.
Take apart bed frame
Use the wire brush to scrub any areas you suspect bed bugs and eggs
(this might damage your furniture, so you may need to use another method, such as steaming)
Scrub any suspected areas with window cleaner or liquid Oxy products to loosen eggs.
Clean the room, including windows, cracks and crevices with the window cleaner or OXY product.
These products are usually ammonia base, which kills bed bugs and eggs. (do not use straight ammonia, it is a dangerous product, especially to asthmatics)
Thoroughly vacuum everything!
(Remove the vacuum bag right away, place in zip lock and dispose of bag, otherwise the bugs will escape from the vacuum.)
Throw all furniture you intend to throw away at this point.
(Especially couches!!!) – This should be near trash day or a bulk pick up. Items should be seald in large bags. If not scheduled near trash day, plan to go to the dump. It isn’t very expensive. You MUST seal items before you put them in a vehichle to prevent spreading to the vehichle.
Clean carpets in bedroom and living area, or remove it.
If you have a steamer, steam everything at this point. (Not windows in the winter, they could crack)
Apply bed bug killer according to package directions
For Hot Shot Products:
Spray perimeter, cracks, based boards, inside dressers and so on first, and then fog.
For Damasucs Earth:
Apply in cracks and crevices and any place the bed meets the floor.
For sprays you mix yourself:
Spray perimeter, and mattress (if approved for that), base boards, cracks crevices, inside dressers and so on.
Immediately put zippered mattress and pillow covers on mattresses and pillows
Keep duck tape handy at all times. You will need to inspect the cover regularly and duck tape any tears. You want to keep this mattress sealed tight, so any bugs inside will die instead of escape.
Place Glue Traps
Under bed posts, if not using Damascus Earth, under mattress and under couch cushions.
Days 5 – 11
Begin Removal sealing your home up tight, inside and out.
Floor, wall and ceiling.
Including rubber molding
Repair and fill any holes in the wall
Even small ones caused by nails.
For Wall Paper:
Repair any torn edges, regluing any raised part.
Seal outside perimiter of home
Work on the laundry in the ziplock bags
Do not remove or open the bag until the item is being placed in the washer.
Days 12 – 17
Spot spray as needed
Don’t overdo it
Blow dry areas of beds where you suspect the small, white baby bugs
(Dont melt your mattress cover or catch anything on fire).
Remove bedding and wash it on a regular basis
Inspect your sealing Removal job
Look for areas you may have missed, or places that have peeled or cracked
Check and replace traps or Damascus earth as needed
Do not permit the travel of blankets around the house
Continue to vacuum every day.
Inspect all areas for bed bugs.
At this point, bed bugs will try to find areas you did not spray to live.You need to find these areas and use the spot spray to spray them.
Spray a second time, for any eggs which may have hatched.
Day 19 and on…
Chang linens 1 x a week