What You Shouldn’t Do with Bed Bugs

bed bug control, what not to do

To understand the infestation – BEFORE the treatment process

Many people will insist they have an infestation of bed bugs just by looking at new bite marks on their bodies. You should not assume that just any bite like mark on your body means that your home is infested with bed bugs. A physical sighting or sample of the adult bed bug or egg should be seen or caught to make sure that you have bed bugs. If you are unable or unknowledgeable to do your own inspection for bed bugs, professional pest management should be called to do a thorough inspection of your home. Bed bugs are known to be tiny specimens that can hide virtually anywhere, therefore, it will be very hard to see them on your own unless you know where you are looking.

Treating properly

If you know you are infested…

  • Try not to panic - Yes, bed bugs are a nuisance. And Yes, we understand there is a heavy taboo on bed bugs in recent times. However, with the careful use of the correct insecticides and patient and consistent treatment, bed bugs can be safely and fully eradicated.
  • Don’t throw away usable furniture - You don’t need to waste your money and throw away infested furniture. A common misconception is that all infested furniture must be thrown away. PestMall.com provides products like Bedlam Bedbug Insecticide Spray that can be sprayed onto the furniture. It is completely possible that all furniture can be cleaned and treated.
  • No Mix and Match - You should always be careful not mix infested clothing or items with non-infested items. Bed bugs can easily hide and move to and from any item that can carry them.

Thorough Treatment

Before applying any pesticide, you must understand what you are applying. This also means understanding all the risks that may be involved. The product label must be reviewed thoroughly before you apply the pesticide. A lot doesn’t always mean better. A planned schedule and treatment process will always be more effective than just randomly applying the pesticide or over-applying pesticides. Also, pesticides should not be applied to common spaces where the public will frequently come on contact with, for instance, the common lounge of an apartment building. This will prevent accidental medical traumas. If you know these areas are infested, the landlord or building manager should be notified so that they can make arrangements to have a professional pest management company come in to inspect and to treat accordingly. Do not use non-labeled materials to get rid of bed bugs. For instance, alcohol, will not effectively eradicate bed bugs. If bed bugs are listed on the product label and there is a valid Material Data Safety Sheet available for that product, then it may be good to use for treatment. Seek professional aid when you are selecting professional pest control products.

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Date: Tuesday, 22. November 2011 11:16
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    what is shell dust for.

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    I believe you are talking about Fossil Shell Dust.
    I do not have Fossil Shell Dust, per se, but it’s basically same with Mother Earth D diatomaceous earth powder.
    To make it brief, both powder are fossilized skeletal remains of single celled phytoplankton commonly referred to as diatoms,
    and they both work by dehydrating the insects.

    Mother Earth actually has twice the coverage surface areas (meaning with the same 8oz bottle, Mother Earth will last much longer),
    so I think it’s better product than the Fossil Shell Dust.

    Not only they kill bedbugs, but also many other crawling pests including:
    Ants, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Fleas, Mites, Spiders and others.

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    heres my question i have dogs and just found bed bugs in a spare room alos were dogs sleep but found only bed bugs on bed , its a guest room , but my dogs bedding shows no signs of bugs nor do my dogs look irritated

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    Bed Bugs are more attracted to human than dogs. They will only bite dogs when there’s no human host to be found.

    Since we know that the guest room is infested, you want to treat that room.
    And you do want to inspect / treat the entire house. They can travel via electric circuits,
    so it’s highly likely that if one room is infested, the entire house is infested as well.

    Use dusters near the electric circuits and electronics. We recommend Mother Earth or Delta Dust with Bellowbulb Duster to reach hard to reach areas and inside the circuits.

    For the bed, use either Steri-Fab Spray or Bedlam Aerosol. Completely soak the mattress with either one of them, and let it dry. Then, seal it up with bedbug mattress encasement. You would want to seal up the box spring with box spring encasement as well. In between the mattress and the box spring, dust the Mother Earth around the edges.

    On the carpets, use Cyonara 9.7 or Masterline Bifenthrin mixed with Gentrol IGR and water and completely soak the areas you would want to treat. After that, you would want to let it dry (about 5 – 6 hrs).
    Vacuum the area and refresh the air once dried. Then, let it dry completely. Vacuum the area and refresh the air.

    Also, use dusts to treat the base of the wall. Simply remove the skirting of the wall,
    dust the baseboard and around the void, and seal it back up.

    Other things you would want to do:
    Wash your clothes in really hot water (I’m not talking about just hot water. I mean boiling hot) or
    use Nuvan Pro Strips in a sealed bag with all your cloths. Leave it like that for at least 24 hours. Then, remove the cloths and wash them.

    Throw away your sofe if it is also infested. There’s no clear cut solution for sofa infestation.

    Repeat your treatment in two weeks after the initial treatment.

    I wish you a good luck.

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    Are you saying that a sofa that has any evidence of bedbugs, however minor, should be thrown away? I have a very expensive custom sofa and would like to salvage it if I can do so safely.

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    Are you saying that a sofa that has evidence of bed bugs, however minor, has to be discarded? I have a very expensive sofa with only minor evidence of bed bugs. Is there anything that I can do which will effectively treat the very early stage of bed bug contact with the sofa?

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    If you have found bed bugs on your sofa,
    we recommend treating the perimeter of the sofa with MotherEarth D.
    Also, treat the sofa with Bedlam Insecticide.
    It will kill any bed bugs on contact while being safe to apply the Bedlam onto your sofa.
    It is important to stay very consistent with your treatments.
    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask again.

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    my hsb is driving home from out of state & sayes he saw bed bugs where he stayed last night. Will below zero temps kill the bugs if left outside with open travel bags & windows left down on his vehicle?

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    Hi Cathy,

    There are some studies with bed bugs being eliminated with cold temperatures, however heat tends to work more effectively than the cold. With cold temperature treatment it is recommended that you leave it out in the cold for several days. It is not something that will happen over night. Your best bet would be to use something like BedLam and thoroughly spray the luggage, and inside of the vehicle. Bedlam contains a 2 week residual time so it will continue to carry its killing effect for up to 2 weeks. I hope this information was of some help. Good Luck!

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    Do bedbugs ever get in your hair

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    Hello! That’s a good question. Actually, bed bugs can not stay in the hair. They might get in the hair but their bodies are incapable of placing itself so that they can feed or navigate. This may be why it’s common for people to get bites on their face because bed bugs will remove themselves from the hair and go to areas of just skin that are close to the hair. If they were to be in the hair, they would just washed out or get stuck and die. They wouldn’t be able to survive in hair. I hope that answered your question! :)

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    Can bed bugs live in your carpets and if so where and how can you get rid of them

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    Bed bugs can “live” anywhere and travel via almost anything. However, they need blood to survive and reproduce so they’re main focus is to find a host to feed on. However, there are aerosol sprays and liquid concentrates you can use to treat carpet areas. Our Bed Bug Kit for 2 Rooms that our technicians put together actually include both those and a dust product as well. Dust products are good for areas like the electrical outlets or switches and areas of very little or no traffic. We have a basic beg bug kit that does not include the aerosol however, is effective for small areas. All our kits also include an insect growth regulator (IGR). IGRs are crucial in that they will control the reproduction of bed bugs. After using any type of liquid insecticide (both aerosol and concentrates), the treated area should be left alone to dry before you can touch those areas again. I hope this helped you, you can always call us to talk to a representative for more details! :D

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    can we use lysol or pinesol n a vacuum to get rid of the bedbugs

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    I have been battling bed bugs for about a year. I haven’t found one in several months since I encased the mattress and box springs in bed bug covers. I have also bought a steamed and have been steaming the hard wood floors and base boards every 2 weeks. Should I remove the baseboards and steam? I have not seen them anywhere else in house. I believe that my step son brought them in but his mom swears they don’t have them. I don’t allow him to bring any clothing anymore. I think I may have won this battle since I bought the steamer, but should I start steaming the whole house?

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    Hello Chelle. Granted, Lysol or Pinesol may drown a few bedbugs on contact, however, it will definitely NOT be effective for bed bug control. Bed bugs are known to reproduce quickly and using these household products provides no residual for control. Residual time means that even after an insecticide dries, it continues to have a killing effect. Basically, neither Lysol or Pinesol will do you any good. ALSO, its unsafe. If you use this in areas where you will come in contact with often, your skin can become irritated or you may inhale excess amounts of fumes. I hope that helped you! Good Luck! :)

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    Hi Mary,

    That’s a good question. If you would like to steam the whole house there would be nothing to loose. However bed bugs usually reside where ever there is lots of human presence. Therefore you will most likely see them in just the bedroom and family room areas. Thats great that you’re not seeing them around the house much, but don’t let your guard down yet. There are occasions where the bed bugs stay in hiding for a couple months and begin to re infest the area. It’s always to be safe then sorry (: Good luck with your treatment!

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    How long can person live with, be bitten by,
    and MENTALLY be healthy with these creatures?

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    Hello, we resently stayed at a hotel and came down with what we think is bed bugs, and also we think we brought them home because my gf keeps getting these bites all over her mid section. They are so itchy for her and yet i dont have one bite on my body. We cleaned all of our clothes, the sheets and pillow cases, vaccuumed the whole room and cleaned the walls with bleach and water, and we still think that we still have them around. Can you please give us a sugestion on what our next step could be to try and get rid of these nasty bugs?

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    I suppose it depends upon personal tolerance. Sorry if you are dealing with a bed bug problem, but if it makes you feel any better there are many other people who are in the same boat who understand the insanity these small creatures can cause. Good news is that after consistency and continual treatment, they will go away (:

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    Well there is a possibility that the bed bugs are biting you too, but you just don’t have an allergic reaction to their anesthetic saliva. For bed bug treatment you will first need to start by encasing both your mattress and box spring. Afterwards we recommend that you begin chemical treatment. However during the chemical treatment consistency is the key so you should be careful to follow the instructions as directed on the product label. Different pesticides contain different residual time so it may require you to re treat the area at different times.

    All of the bed bug kits on PestMall.com have been specially put together by our professional exterminators.
    Good Luck!

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    I found a single bedbug in my room. I was in the city yesterday at the theater, (NYC). Today I have checked everywhere and don’t find any trace of other bugs. What should I do at this point????

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    Can bed bug bites be spread from one person to another, as I heard some say that using a washcloth can spread the rash/ bites? Can a dog be affected by bed bugs?


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    Hi Pete,

    Sometimes after one feeding the bed bug will not come out for several months. However during those several months they usually begin to reproduce in numbers. It is my best recommendation that you first encase your mattress and box spring. Following those steps a thorough treatment with different pesticides would be highly recommended for different pesticides treat different areas for a thorough coverage. With all that being said, the best way to begin would be to first encase your mattress and box spring! (:

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    Although continual research and tests are being done for bed bug bites, it has not yet been proven that bite symptoms can be indirectly transferred. Bed bugs feed on warm blood and can feed on dogs. However they have a hard time crawling through hair so it is possible that your pets can be bitten near the stomach area where there is less hair. The way that the bed bugs are shaped makes it difficult for them to crawl through hair, which is different from lice.

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    My daughter-ni-law has been enting an apartment for almost a year now. She recently found bed bugs in her bedroom and the kids room ! Could the bed bugs hae been there before she moved in ? The girls have been getting bites off anf on for about 8 to 9 months now. Her apts are making her pay for the extermination and adjoining condos. Is it legal for the apts to make her pay for this ! It’s costing her $1,200.00 and has to pay for a hotel room while this is being done. Now we’re afraid of more bed bugs from the hotel even though it’s a top rated hotel. Do I need to throe away the comforter I made I made for my grand-daughter ? Is there any safe way to keep it ?

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    Hello Elise. As far as the legality of the situation, it will all depend on what your lease agreement or contract states. However, I may be wrong but, I don’t think I have ever heard of a situation where a person would have to pay for the treatment of the adjoining condos as well. Also, it is possible that the apartment had beg bugs before she moved in. Also, you are correct. Even if it is a top rated hotel, they are just as likely to have bed bugs. Finally, you do not need to throw away the comforter. You can treat the comforter with a spray like Steri-Fab and once its dried, hot water wash and dry the comforter. Spraying it is safe as long as you leave it alone to dry. Once Steri-fab is dry, it is safe to come in contact with. Keep in mind though that Steri-Fab is a contact kill spray that does not have a killing effect after it dries. Therefore, as soon as it is dried, it is okay to wash it. I hope that helped you! Good Luck to you and your family.

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    i hear hat bed bugs will not bite you if ur awake how true is that? & how long after they bite u do it show.

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    That is false. Bed bugs will bite you while you are awake as long as you do not startle it, move around too much and shake it off, or etc. If allowed, they will definitely bite while you are awake or asleep. Since everyone reacts differently to bug bites, it will depend. Sometimes, reactions are seen immediately and other times, it will take several hours before reactions show up.

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    Have been bitten by bedbug 3 weeks back and then 1 week back it was worst with almost 15 bites. Found 2 adult bbs and few very tiny ones and couple of eggs on the box spring. We sprayed RAID out of panic. Terminix guy inspected and said it is activity and nothing to panic abt. But they have not shown up for taking care of it inspite of calling multiple times. They might show up in another day or 2. I have lost my sleep since last Thursday when we first discovered them. Wondering how bad will it get by 6-7 days of treatment delay?

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    One of the worst things to do about any pest problem is freaking out! Don’t worry; as long as you treat it properly and are patient, you will be fine. For starters, detach your bed by at least 1 foot from the surrounding walls so that bed bugs can’t escape into the wall voids. 6-7 days of no treatment isn’t the greatest thing, but it’s not going to make the problem absolutely horrible and horrendous. Since Terminix seems to be unhelpful (you should file a complaint!) for you, I recommend that you take matters into your own hands. Purchase a bed bug kit or multiple products and treat this problem on your own if you are up for it! It will save you a lot of money in the long run (and a lot of patience!). Here is a link to all of the bed bug products we offer: http://www.pestmall.com/bed-bug-control-products/.
    I don’t think it would help you if I listed out all the products and what they did, so I’ll just tell you what you need. You want AT LEAST an IGR and liquid pesticide. I know aerosol pesticides are effective too, but they just don’t last as long and don’t cover as much area. Dust products are also good to apply around your bed and in the wall voids. I also highly recommend buying a mattress and box spring encasement. Let me know if you have any questions about any products in particular; I’d be glad to help!

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    I have been getting bitten since about may. I have checked a couple of times but did not see any bed bugs. Tonight I checked and saw 4 right at the top of the box spring on the side of the bed I sleep on. How many more bugs do you think are out there? Does this indicate I may be badly infected with bed bugs since I easily saw 4 and know I’ve been bitten for about two months now?

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    Hi Worried,

    Why did you let these pests bite you for so long?!? You must have suffered so much because of them! I’m really sorry to hear you have bed bugs. Unfortunately, since you have gone two months without treatment, this infestation of yours may be a bit too big to handle on your own now. Seeing four bed bugs is actually not that bad, but considering how you keep getting bitten and how it’s been so long, there are probably at least a few others living nearby. For now, call your exterminator! If they inspect your home and say you actually have a pretty mild infestation, then feel free to contact us at 1-800-788-4142 so we can try to suggest the best bed bug products to you. Good luck! :)

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    My arms upper arms have multiple bites. I purchased Bonide bedbug spray and sprayed my sheet with it; however, the bedbug activity only got worse. Will setting off insect “bombs” in the house help? I am at my wits end. I can feel when they bite, because it is a stinging sensation. What can I do, and what product do you recommend? Someone told me to spray my mattress and bedding with bleach and 91% alcohol.

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    Hi Anita,
    One of the most important factors to bed bug control is to prevent them from reproducing. Bed bugs are extremely adaptive and hard to exterminate. By using an IGR, you prevent them from being able to reproduce so at least your bed bug numbers will stop increasing too drastically. Insect bombs will not help because the bed bugs can simply escape inside wall voids and crevices. I don’t know how the bleach and alcohol solution would work out, but you could spray the seams of your bed with Bedlam and that should help. I would recommend one of our bed bug kits. Just choose the one that is appropriate for the size of your infestation.

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    What is the best way to mentally deal with bed bugs? Because I think I’m going crazy now! We just moved to a house with my in laws and they rent a room to a guy, when he went on a long trip they found an infestation in his room, they sprayed all the room and threw away all his stuff and while being outside it snowed very heavily for almost a week and I guess that took care of those, but after a few months he came back, we moved in and were ok for about two months until my son started getting bites, sprayed his room with hot shot for bed bugs and later found two dead ones and no eggs or anything, then I started getting bit for like four days and then bought a steamer and treated both rooms, found a live one on my mattress and killed it with the steam after that I sprayed again both rooms, I ordered the bedlam and diatomaceous earth and plan on keep steaming every week to two weeks, we have got any bites in a week but the problem is the other rooms are not being treated because my inlaws say they’re not getting bites! How can I make them understand we need to treat the whole house?! And about the treatment, am I doing the right thing? Will this nightmare ever be over? How can I deal with this mentally, I can’t sleep and this is all I think about! Help!

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    Hi Sarah,
    Yikes! Bed bugs are no fun, are they? I’m really sorry to hear that your guest had bed bugs, but thankfully, you seem to be taking the right steps to treat it. Using a combination of a steamer, Bedlam, and DE is a great method to fight off those bed bugs, so keep doing what you’re doing. Try not to waste any more money on HotShot though; at this point, it’s probably not strong enough to kill the bed bugs anymore. If you need to persuade your in laws to help you with the treatment, a little spook might be able to help. Let them know that bed bugs are highly adaptable and resilient creatures. They can go up to a year without feeding and can also survive in not only beds, but furniture, behind paintings, electrical sockets, wall voids, etc. Basically, not only can bed bugs travel and live virtually everywhere, but they can also survive a long time without even touching you. Now, don’t worry about this though. The way you’re treating the bed bugs right now is great. If you just add an IGR (Gentrol IGR) into your treatment, then you’ll essentially have everything you need to fully exterminate and kill those bed bugs. Just give your in laws a little scare and inform them of how critical it is that they cooperate if they don’t want bed bugs in their own rooms. As for the rest, I think you should take a relaxing, candlelight bath and try to distract yourself with other things! Don’t worry! You’re doing a great job at treating them! It might take a while, but they will die out eventually! :) Good luck and please try to get some sleep!

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    I can’t afford to have my home exterminated for bedbugs so with that beening said what can I do to get rid of these bugs I can’t take this anymore . Someone told my to spray alcohol directly on them and that will killed them is that true please help me before I burned down this house seriously.

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    Hello Ms. Rowsey,
    Hiring exterminators to do a regular bed bug treatment is extremely expensive. However, we sell the same products that they are using but at an affordable price. Purchasing products and applying them yourselves can ensure that you are being thorough. We have an extensive collection of bed bug kits that will help to control all areas of each room.
    The kits will more or less include:
    Aerosol Spray – these are effective for intimate areas like the bed or other furniture. It provides a contact kill and a short residual of about 2 weeks so aerosols should be reapplied every two weeks until necessary.
    Liquid concentrate with an IGR – Liquid concentrates are also included in the kit. These are mixed with water. DO NOT over concentrate, instead refer to the product label for the appropriate dilution rates. These are applied to broad areas like the carpets, rugs, or even base board areas of each room, the immediate surrounding area around the furniture, and etc. Also, the IGR can be mixed into the same gallon of water as the concentrate insect liquid concentrate. IGR stands for Insect Growth Regulator and although it does not have a killing effect, it will interrupt the reproduction cycle. Both the liquid concentrate and the IGR have a residual of about 3-4 months and therefore only need to be reapplied after about three months.
    Dust Product and Duster – Dust products are effective because they provide the longest residual time. This is about 4-6 months. They are the most effective in areas that are hard to reach or access. These are places like in the wall void area behind outlets and light switches, behind or under furniture like book cases or picture frames, and etc.
    If you have any questions about the products or sales, you can always contact us again or call us directly at 1-800-788-4142.

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    I have been treating a mild bedbug infestation for about 4 weeks. I had an exterminator come and was told the infestation was mild ( I have only seen about 5 bugs) and she told me the products I could use to treat myself. I have been spraying with a mixture of gentrol and suspend sc every 7-10 days. I have also encased all mattresses and box springs in plastic covers. I have washed and dried all bedding and have vacuumed everything. I have not seen any evidence lately. My question is how long do I have to keep treating before it is safe to stop? I am considering buying on of your small kits. Should I use the dust in addition to the spray I have been using? Thank you for your help.

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    If u.see nine bedbugs and dont see them on ur matress does thay mean I have a huqe infestation I killed them all but I found one more and havent seen them no more are they qone?

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    Yes, Suspend and Gentrol are two of the best products to use for bed bug control. Because Suspend and Gentrol has a residual of about 3 months, we suggest that you stop spraying every 7 – 10 days and instead, spray every two months. We know that over applying a product can actually react negatively. Also, although Suspend and Gentrol are great products, you are limited on where you can apply for bed bug treatments. You are correct, by using a dust product in addition to the Suspend and gentrol, you are able to target all areas of the room and house instead of just a limited area. The dust product is great for wall void treatments behind the outlets, the light switch plates, behind hanging picture frames, under and behind furniture, and other hard to reach or restricted areas. Moreover, dust products have a long residual time and you only need to reapply dusts every 4-5 months. The dust that we recommend and is also included in our kits is the Pyganic Dust. Also regarding the bed bug kits, we include the Bedlam Bed Bug Aerosol spray. This can be used for spot treatment around your furniture and in concentrated areas of the home. Although the kit includes a Cyzmic insecticide, because you are using Suspend, it may not be necessary to purchase the kit. Instead, consider just buying the dust product as well as Bedlam! Good luck!

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    Hi Cary,
    It really depends on when and where you saw it. If you’ve seen bed bugs though, that means that you have an infestation. You will have to thoroughly inspect your mattress, boxspring, and other pieces of furniture like the head board, base board of the room, desks, chairs, couches, as well as dressers and etc. I suggest that you get an inspection done by a professional without a treatment just to verify that you have bed bugs and then when they verify that you have bed bugs, you can always give us a call for bed bug products to help you eliminate the infestation. Gluck! :)

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    Thank you for the information. I will purchase the dust and another can of bedlam. I am sure instructions are included for using the dust. How long and how often should I keep treating after I stop seeing any activity? Thanks. P.S. This blog is a great way to receive accurate information. It has given me some peace of mind!

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    I have a case of bed bugs in my apt.I believe that they have gone undetected for approx 8 mos.,as I believe they have been hidden in the fabric bumper of the motorized adjustable base,attached by staples. My apt. has been sprayed 4 times. I do not know how to tell if they are gone,except that the bites to myself and my cat have disappeared. I have not gotten a mattress encasement yet, I do not know what to purchase. I have a full extra long plush mattress.

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    Hi, This may seem silly, but are bedbugs like mosquitoes? Cause I was thinking of maybe sprying myself with Off before I went to sleep. I also want to know what I can do about clothes, as I have mixed them with my sheets. If I put the clothes in the washing machine, and use the hot setting, will this be enough? Or do I need to boil some water over the stove and dretch the clothes? Is the dryer enough? I also dont want my clothed to shrink.

    I am trying to solve my own issues with clutter, and mess in my apartment. Due to my laxidasious attitude I have only used sprays I got at my local hardware store, and a matress cover. And they have not worked at all. I wake up in the middle of the night with 4, or 5 of them. I really just want to buy one product. Does any of your kits come with instructions? Allot of them have what look like eyedroppers, and I really do not see how they will be effective in a whole room. Especially since I have not really handled the problem effectively, and my problem has only gotten worse. I also don’t know if its safe to sleep on the products, or get them on your clothes, and skin.

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    Oh, I will tell you the products that have not worked: JT Eaton- Kills bedbugs II, Hot Shot bedbug and flea killer. Also used a water based spray that I returned the the hardware store. I keep the bedbugs in a small jar to do experiments. Matters cover–Allerease, and another plastic cover beneath that.

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    Will an encasement even help at this point? Do I need to just throw out the very expensive bed, and the couch that I own? Steam professionals tell me they are afraid to wash away the chemicals already released. Can you please tell me what I can do myself, as I need to move back to my apt ASAP, as I have voluntarily removed myself until the situation is resolved.

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    A great technique or type of bed bug control product to use to see if they’ve been eradicated or not is a monitoring device of come sort. One of our best selling and cheaper alternatives is the Eco-Keeper Bed Bug Monitor and Glue trap. It can be slipped under and leg of beds, chairs, and tables. They can be used before, during, and after treatment to monitor for bed bugs. As the bed bugs try to make their way up the legs of furniture, they will actually be stopped midway and caught on the glue. These also monitor for bed bugs for up to 4 months and that’s not because the glue itself has become ineffective, but the dust and debris build up on the glue has made the glue surface less sticky than normal. Check them out! http://www.pestmall.com/eco-keeper-bed-bugs-glue-traps.html

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    That’s actually a really interesting observation. I’m not sure if Off will work against bed bugs. The way mosquitoes and bed bugs will bite and intake the blood is a little bit different and so I really can’t give you a definitive answer on that. I can tell you how to use the bed bug kits though. Although I’m not sure what the “eye dropper” type of insecticide is, I can tell you that many bed bug liquid sprays are initially in a concentrate form and must be diluted with water. Often times, the dilution rate will involve a gallon of water which can be sprayed with a gallon pump sprayer. A gallon of water will easily cover about 1,500 sq. ft. Aerosol cans as well can cover a large area if you are using it correctly. Keep in mind that you are not actually doing a complete surface treatment with either the liquid concentrate or the aerosol, instead, you are doing crack and crevice treatments around the head board, base board, in between the mattress and the box spring, around the seams and linings of the mattress and cushions of the couch and etc. Clutter and mess is going to provide all the perfect crack and crevice hiding spaces for bed bugs so you must clear that up to get rid of potential hiding spots. Clutter also provides hiding spaces for other insects and bugs like spiders, silverfish, roaches, and etc. so its crucial you clear that up for insect control. If you want to purchase the bed bug kit, you can always give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 and one of our representatives can tell you how to use each item and can also take your order for you over the phone.

    As for your clothes, hot water wash and dry will kill the bed bugs in your clothes. You do not need to boil water and drench your clothes in there. Hot water wash and hang drying is also sufficient enough.

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    The bed bug control products that you find in our store are all professional grade products that have been tested and proven to be effective against the target pests on the labels. If bed bugs are labeled on the product label, it will work in killing them. The products you find in the hardware store may also have been tested but because the chemical content is a lot lower than the chemical content in the products provided at Pest Mall, they may not prove to be as effective.

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    It is not necessary to throw away your furniture. Being thorough and consistent with treatment is going to be the key. To be honest with you, bed bug control is not an easy task since bed bugs can hide virtually anywhere and everywhere where there is a crack or crevice, but it is not impossible. If you need any help with bed bug control, you can check out our products on our bed bug control page: http://www.pestmall.com/bed-bug-control-products/ or you can give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 and any of our representatives can help you with your treatment methods.

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    I moved into a house a little over a week ago and I found bed bugs the other day. I had a exterminator come and he sprayed once. I dont allow my kids to sleep in that room now will the bugs travel if there is noone to eat? How can I tell that they were there before I moved in?

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    There is no way to really find out if they were there before you moved in or if they came in with you. However, if your children have toys that they often play with and those toys have been removed from the room without inspection, it is possible that bed bugs could have hitched a ride on those toys and infest other rooms. If not, it is also possible that bed bugs will move closer to their food source via the wall voids and etc. Although they cannot travel far, they will travel as far as they can to find their closest food source. Especially if they have already started feeding. If you have any questions on bed bug control or your interested in doing follow up treatments yourself, you can always contact us again or give us a call at 1-800-788-4142. Any technician that answers the phone can really help you with bed bug control.

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    i have sprayed my bed and use a lint roller all over bed before i go to sleep.the tape seems to trap what i cant see. i also took the tape off and pressed it in crevices 1-2 days after treatment and have removed eggs. i almost have it eradicated.persistance is key.been 2 weeks since treatment,should i do it again now ?

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    Hi Mary!

    You are absolutely correct. Consistency, thoroughness, persistence is the key to this battle against bed bugs. Since you treated 2 weeks ago, whether you retreat or not will really depend on the type of insecticide you used. Residual insecticides don’t need to be reapplied for at least another month to two months. Dusts, also, have long residuals and don’t need to be applied for at least another THREE months! Aerosols though, should be applied every 2 weeks to a month depending on your infestation. Good Luck! :)

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    I have bed bugs in my apartment that is currently being treated but in the meantime I was taking bags from my house to laundromat and in doing so I have found baby bed bugs in m car. This morning I sprayed my car with 91% alcohol and then put DE dust in cracks and betwen seat I am going nuts because I am finaly seeing relief at home but now car is infested. Please help me by recommending a products or tips. Thank you very much!

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    Spraying your car with alcohol may not be the best thing to do. Use Bedlam or Phantom on the upholstery once every 2 weeks. When you are applying the spray, the dust will become ineffective and it is also not very effective to use the dust. Remain optimistic about getting rid of them and be consistent and thorough! Remember also that you must review the product label for directions on application before you spray an insecticide. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-788-4142.

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    In treating for bed bugs, we sealed all of our clothing, linens and pillows inside plastic bags with nuvan prostrips inside. From what I can gather, it appears that we are going to have to wash all the clothing and linens again after airing them out but what about the pillows? Washing and drying them usually misshapes them and pretty much makes them unusable. Would they be safe to use after airing them with just a clean pillow case on them?

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    Hi Michelle,
    For this very reason, there are pillow encasements that are manufactured. Just like the encasement for a mattress, pillow cases entirely encase the pillow and if there are bed bugs in or around the pillow that was not seen, it is trapped inside the pillow. Refer to this page for pillow covers (http://www.pestmall.com/bed-bug-mattress-covers/) If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I found bed bugs (small ones) on my daughters bed. She is the only one bit. I threw away her bed and searched the rest of the house, will no more found. I have someone coming to spray the place. There are none in the dressers or seen anywhere else. Does this mean though the whole house has bugs? I found about 15 in total on mattress and box spring.

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    Hello HelpMe,

    Although it may seem like the infestation is localized in your daughters bedroom, it may quickly spread. It is definitely good that you are having a professional to go out and treat your home, but be prepared to have them come out a few more times to follow up since it does take more than just one treatment to fully eradicate a bed bug infestation. You may want to have them inspect the entire home regardless of treatment or not and some key places that you will notice that they will check will be of course the beds, also nearby dressers or nightstands and desks, as well as living room furniture like couches or armchairs.

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    Iv been dealing with these stupid bed bugs for over a year when i first got bit i bomded my house and it seemex to work for A while now there back and tonight alone i found about 15 bed bugs in the other room what do i do help i hate these things with a passion o and can they make u sick from the.bits in any way

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    Hi Liz,
    Bombing for bed bugs are very short term and usually not effective. We have a lot of literature on our blog about bed bug control but this post in particular may help you: http://www.pestmall.com/blog/know-how/bed-bug-treating-method
    Also, if you have found that many bed bugs already, you should definitely start treatment as soon as you can. Keep in mind that all treatment must be done only after thoroughly reading product labels of the chemicals you will be using and if you have any questions about chemicals, feel free to contact us at 1-800-788-4142.
    As for the bites making people sick, currently, there is no evidence of bed bugs being vectors of disease. This blog post might help you out too:
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us again.

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    I saw fivecbugs on my sons bed does that mean iam infested also i have a dog could it have come from the dog

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    How do u treat a dog for bedbugs

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    Hi rhonda maye,

    Bed bugs will not usually come from dogs. You can have other pests that have hitched a ride on pets like fleas or ticks, but not usually bed bugs. You should definitely consider taking a sample to the local professional pest control technician so that they can correctly identify the pest. Unfortunately, we do not have any sprays that can be directly applied to pets to treat for bed bugs. I apologize that I was not of much help.

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    I saw bed bugs maybe around a month ago I threw the couch away that was n my boys room also I slept on the pillows not knowing there were bugs I then threw those away saw a couple n my room I only have an air mattress n my room and around the 4thof july my neighbor has been knocking down walls beneath me I bombed sprayed and steamed my carpet did my childrens room and this morning I woke up to check on my son and turned my bedroom light on to find 2bedbugs on my blanket I am furious I don’t like bugs especially these I didn’t get bit thank god I just don’t no where they came from helllllllpppppp

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    Hi Aggrivated,

    I totally understand that bed bug control can be very frustrating. Of course, this is because they are so small and can hide in virtually any crack or crevice. With that said, just one treatment of any kind will not completely eradicate the infestation. The bomb treatment you applied probably has no residual and once it dissipates from the air, there is no leftover killing effect. We recommend the bed bug kits on our site that are put together by the technicians here. They provide you with a variety of insecticides that can be applied in different areas for the most complete control. Remember, it will require more than one treatment application, but all insecticides have their respected residual times so always read the product label for application and dilution instructions. If you have any questions about the insecticides or bed bug control, feel free to contact us again.

  70. totally paranoid
    Monday, 30. July 2012 5:28

    I recently discovered a a couple of bedbugs and called my landlord immediately. The exterminator came by did a inspection and found activity in my platform which is wood.. he sprayed a form like substance directly into any cracks he saw and he also sprayed another chemical along my baseboards and behind my headboard. Since this I’ve been seeing a few adults but a bunch of little brown ones. Is this normal? He also sprayed my couches and my son rooms where fortunately I saw no signs of activity. Is this stuff working?

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    Hi Totally Paranoid,
    A couple of things that you have to keep in mind is that you cannot eradicate an entire bed bug infestation with just one treatment. It may take several treatments over a certain amount of time before you are able to eradicate the infestation. If the exterminator is applying the insecticides, it may take several more treatments from him before he can really control the bed bugs.

  72. totally paranoid
    Monday, 30. July 2012 15:02

    Ok, so seeing more activity is normal after the 1st treatment? I am so paranoid I cannot sleep in fear of waking up covered in bb’s. I was told by the exterminator that I had a mild case and the stuff he sprayed would definitely knock them off. Prior to this Infestation I had already encased my mattresses and pillows after hearing about all these new cases all over the news. Yucky they are so disgusting. :)

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    I saw bed bigs on my couch but decided to keep it but it has been outside in the eat for about 3 months. Will the bed bug problem still exist when I take it out the garage

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    Hi Diva824,
    Yes, it is still possible that they are surviving, even after 3 months and so it is important to treat the furniture before bringing it inside. We recommend using Bedlam Insecticide or SteriFab to apply to your couch.

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    2 days ago, I woke up with what I thought was mosquito bites on my abdomen. I didnt think anything of it until the next morning, I had even more and some on my arms. I googled it and it looks like it may be bed bug bites. Some bites have gotten really swollen and I can make out a pattern of 3 in some spots. We did a little online research about what to look for and took apart our bed and looked around the room. I cant find anything. No bugs, no casings, no fecal matter. We vacuumed all the surfaces and mattress and box spring, then we washed and dried all our bed linen and clothes that were nearby. What else should we do? It’s hard to know what is the next step to take, if any, when we havent seen a single bug or evidence of a bug besides my bites. No one else is showing signs of bites. In general, my husband doesnt react to mosquito bites, but I and the kids do. So Im assuming that the bed bug bites wont bother him much, but if they were biting the kids, they would react like I do. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Hi EH1234,
    Honestly, if you are not finding any signs, then you may just have a very hungry mosquito? But it is difficult to identify a pest just from bites or what looks like bites. If you are unsure, you should definitely consider getting an inspection done. You don’t want to rely on just one company though and you would want a second and maybe third opinion. Bed bug treatment, even chemical treatment, may be costly because you will be continuing treatment until you eradicate the entire infestation, so before you start treating for bed bugs, make sure you have them first. Once you can identify the pest, it will be easy for us to recommend products to you. If you have any further questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me again! :)

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    I got bed bug bites after staying one night in a hotel. Since more bites appeared after a week, I assumed that some bugs came home with me, and I had the exterminator treat the house for bed bugs. The first treatment was been done and the second one will be done next week. I have not seen a bug yet, but I am still getting bites. Could I have been bitten at the hotel and the bites appear gradually?

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    Hi Diane,

    We do recommend inspecting the home for bed bugs so that you can make sure you are not dealing with an infestation. It is all too easy to bring bed bugs home from a hotel and so we want you to take all precaution. As for your bites, everyone reacts differently and so unfortunately, I won’t be able to give you a definitive answer on whether or not the bites are gradually appearing or if you are actually getting new bites. You should contact a local entomologist that will be able to give you a better description on what bed bug bites are like and the biology of bed bugs. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us again.

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    I had my third treatment today, 2 bit me….why are they still alive? They are using chemical spray, we also see roaches still after third treatment I am so fed up, we live in a 2 story apartment building, the lady next door has them too, i think bed bugs are coming from her apartment. While they are treating other apartments , problem is new people moving in bring them also old people dig through the trash and bring them back in…..i have 3 children in foster care because of this ! I wont get them back if the bugs are not gone, we were all chewed up, for their well being they were put in care….i can’t afford to move nor can afford preventive measures (would need to caulk everywhere as both the ceiling and floor have pathways due to not being streamlined plus seal electrical and other outlets) the carpets are infested with them. we pulled them back to see millions the first treatment. we had no bedbugs till neighbors next door moved out and people upstairs got exterminated…..livid, i am about to throw everything away and go into a shelter…..wont get my kids back because of this but what am i to do. getting the landlord to treat is like pulling teeth was lucky to get 3 consecutive treatments in a row. . but for what , what they are spraying is not working, i am so chewed up it hurts to move. i can’t sleep, frustrated and upset and about to report this place to housing authority.

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    Hi Rene,
    Unfortunately, in an apartment complex or building, it is often times very difficult to get rid of an insect infestation. All tenants must be proactive in working together to get rid of the infestation. Moreover, there are responsibilities of the landlord to provide you with adequate pest control, however, much of the internal issues with the home is left to the tenant. Such things as clutter and other potential hiding spots for bed bugs must be rid of. Keep in mind that for large infestations, even just three treatments cannot eradicate them. It may take several more treatments to treat for bed bugs. The utmost thoroughness and consistency is required for bed bug control since they are so small are able to hide in virtually any crack or crevice. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    should I continue sleeping in the same bed or should I sleep elsewhere so the bugs will die.
    I am getting a exterminator, in 2 days, but until then should I continue sleeping in the bed until the extermiator comes so the bed bugs do not move to other parts of the house? Yvonne

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    Hi Yvonne eiffert,
    Moving to other parts of the house may put you in the risk of taking the bed bugs to another location and spreading the infestation. If you have children or pets, the bed bugs may even be able to hitch rides to other parts of the rooms by toys, blankets, and etc. When the exterminator arrives, you should definitely suggest a complete inspection of the entire home and not just one isolated area. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I discovered bb in my daughters room there were alot under the bed frame and mattress, but they werent getting bitten,so me and my husband got rid of all the beds,dresser and put all the clothes in bags including the ones in my room and sons room vacuumed. We also checked the other beds in the house but there isn’t any presence of them. What should I do are they all gone??

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    Last december my family moved to a house and a few months later we were infested with ned nugs. 9 months ago we moved amd I threw out almost everything except our clothes which weere placed in garbaga bags and immediatly taken out the house amd my kids toys which were soaked im bleach water and bagged. Well now we seem to still have them. They showed up maybe 3 months ago and are bitimg my kids like crazy amd 1 is in school. We live in a super small place now and they r out of comtrol. Can they get into electromics amd is there couch covers lile there is for beds?

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    I’m getting a new sofa and have to put it in my back porch is that okay… Exterminator said I have mild bed bugs.. I can’t see them and am wondering if I can throw my furniture out to bring new furniture in?

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    Hi Dee,
    You want to keep in mind that bed bugs are not just found on the bed. They can hide in virtually any crack or crevice. If you only inspected your bed, we recommend that you also inspect the other pieces of furniture that are close to the initial spot of infestation. Simply getting rid of your bed does not reduce the chances of a continued infestation. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi Mother25,

    I apologize. I am a little bit confused about what is already infested with bed bugs. Does the new sofa have bed bugs? or did you purchase a new sofa because your old one has bed bugs? If the new couch has bed bugs, you can leave it outside, but you will have to make sure you have rid the couch of bed bugs by applying insecticide and doing a thorough inspection on it before you bring it inside. Since it was left outside, you should also check for other pests like spiders or other bugs. If you have bed bugs in your old furniture, you can throw them out, but before bringing in new material, you should definitely treat the space and make sure you have a control over the infestation. It may take several treatments before you eradicate the bed bugs. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi Amanda,

    If your place is infested enough, they may be able to get into electronics, although it would not be their first choice to hide in. We do not carry couch covers like the mattress covers and we are unsure if there is such a thing since mattresses and box springs are much more universal. If you would like information on bed bug control, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

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    Hello i used bedlam spray and sprayed my room my mattress boxspring even my kids bed and my couch.. So after applying bedlam spray these bedbugs are coming out of their hidden places last night i killed 5 little bedbugs 3 in my bed and 2 in the wall near my headboard my husband suggest throwing away the headboard and mattresses n boxsprng.. Please help i dont know how these bedbugs came to my house i started getting bites around the first week of september i ddnt know it was bb i thought i had hives because i was the only one getting bit please help me i dont know what to do i want to get rid of bedbugs asap before christmas

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    Hi Nancy214,
    Bedbug control requires much more than just a contact kill aerosol spray. Because they can hide in virtually any crack or crevice, we recommend the bed bug kits that we have in our store so that you can use a variety of products to kill the bed bugs in all target areas. Kits will typically include a residual liquid concentrate that you mix with water and spray onto areas like the base boards or the immediate area around your furniture. Aerosols like Bedlam or Phantom Insecticide should be used on the frame of your furniture or in cracks and crevices around your furniture like in between the mattress and box spring. Finally, dust products can be used in areas that are not readily accessible like in the wall void and under or behind furniture like bookshelves, desks, and etc. You can also use dust products behind hanging wall fixtures or hanging picture frames. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    is ortho home defense max good for killing bb”s. my daughter has been fighting the bb’s & i plan on purchasing encasements tomorrow. have you heard any discoouraging remarks about the ortho brand?

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    Hi Marianne,
    Ortho Home Defense is not a product that we carry, so we do not have much information or even any customer reviews on the product. We apologize. If you have any questions about other products, feel free to contact us again.

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    My great niece came over for a visit. She brought with her a pack n play. When she was asleep before i went to bed i saw a bug crawling on her neck, I looked it up and it was in fact a bedbug! Can we get infested so soon if we took her pack and play ioutside and vaccumed everything around where the pack n play was? I do NOT wanto get infested and need to know what to do? Could they have gotten out of the pack n play in less than 3 hours and now possibly infest me?????

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    Hi Sleepless,
    It is possible. We recommend getting an inspection by pest control professionals to see if you have a dispersed infestation of bed bugs. After confirmation, you can start treating for bed bugs yourself. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    My boyfriend had a boyfriend infestation months ago. He eventually threw out all mattresses, got new carpet, and called an exterminator. He seemed to be in the clear. I would get bites whenever I would sleep over his house. After his treatment, we both stopped getting bites.

    Now months later, I am back to getting bites. But at my own home. I have checked my mattress. No evidence. Have not seen any bugs. But I’m so scared of there being an epidemic that I will begin treatment.

    I can not afford a PCO. But I will take all precaution. I am purchasing 91% alcohol, Dicatemous (sp?) Earth, I am also testing out the CO2 trick, I will be vacuuming my floor, spraying down bookshelf, washing alllllll clothes and drying and sealing.

    Question.. What else should I do? How long should my clothing be sealed?! I also want to soak my mattress in alcohol. As well as my carpet.

    How can I reach into electrical outlets?

    As you can see I have lots of questions.

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    Hi Over It,
    We do not recommend soaking your mattress in alcohol as it can be a hazard and its not a safe method or even effective method of treatment. For the electric outlets, you can access those by taking the plates off. All precautions must be followed when working around electric outlets. Clothing is sealed until you have eradicated the infestation. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    hello i just found out i had bed bugs in my mattress and spring box and went crazy and threw them outside (trash). i only saw them in the bed. i looked around and couldn’t see any in the furniture but i am worried that they might be all around dont see any sign but cant stop thinking about it do you think their all over the house

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    Hi Sandra,
    Yes, even though you have thrown away all the furniture, it is possible that they have hid in the wall void area or in other cracks and crevices. However, we are unable to determine that without inspecting. We recommend that you get an inspection done by a licensed professional so that you can determine if you have a bed bug infestation or not. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I thought I had a single bed bug bite one day but trying to battle my hypochondria I convinced myself that it was not. About a week later I found one welt on my back and within hours I had 40 or so only ont my back and bum. I was not sure If these bed bugs were in my apartment or car. I could not find any signs in my apartment, had it fumigated As well as the apartments surrounding mine and then did not move back in to my apartment for a week. The next day I found a welt on my back and moved back out of my apartment. I spoke with the exterminators who said they found no signs of bed bugs in my apartment or those surrounding mine. I then think I found an exoskeleton in my car and got it fumigated. After convincing myself that they were in the car I bought dry ice and put it in climb up trays and found no bed bugs in the trap. I moved back into my apartment 3 days ago and for the first time found either a dead bed bug or an exoskeleton and think I have another bite. What is happening? This has made crazy, I can’t sleep and I am inconveniencing many lives with this constant fear and potential infestation. Help, please .

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    Hi Kelly,
    It sure does sound like a bed bug problem, but since inspections say that it is not, it is slightly confusing as to what it can be. You may be getting an allergic reaction to food or a skincare product you are using. You can check the mattress and the bed or other furniture yourself and look for signs of bed bugs. If you have found an exoskeleton or the bug itself, take it to a local entomologist or a pest control company and they can identify the pest for you. Until a correct identification has been completed, we are unable to assist you to products to use. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Am not sure if I’m just paranoid and would like your advice, thanks. I was away 2weeks, and upon returning home saw lots of red spots of varying sizes on my right upper arm and chest. These went away w/in days and I guessed it was mosquitoes. But a week later I noticed red spots on my left leg, in a sort of line, varying sizes but no itching. I suspected either bed bugs or reaction to the malaria pills I had to take those 2 weeks away and the extra week home. I’ve not seen any eggs or bugs and have washed or tumble dried all clothes from the suitcase. Need I continue to be paranoid? Any advice gladly accepted…

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    Hello Paranoid?
    Honestly, it is difficult to diagnose why you are getting the red spots. Since we don’t really know what reactions you can have to the malaria pills, we cannot say that those red spots are a reaction to the pills or if they are bed bug bites. You may want to do a thorough inspection of the home in tight areas like the seams on the mattress or the mattress sheets and check other areas like the bed frame, the night stand frame and other crack and crevice areas. You can also request an inspection on your home by a professional, who will know where to look and what they are looking for. You may also want to see a physician to see if you are reacting to the pills or not. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I have a movable (lifts up and down) terperpedic boxspring that is attached to the wheels.
    Can I use a( or tow) large platic bad to encase the boxspring?
    This will be after it is treated by a proffecional.

    Thank you

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    Hello Amanda,
    I apologize, but I am not quite understanding what the inquiry is about. I can’t really envision the idea that you are describing. If you are trying to encase the boxspring with a plastic cover, I’m not sure if it will work well. Bed bug box spring and mattress covers are specially designed to keep bed bugs out of the mattress or box spring. If you are using a plastic cover, there are always chances of cracks and tears that the bed bugs can get through. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi Sunny,
    I have a king size tempur-pedic bed with (2 twin size) boxspring that has a motor that lifts your head or feet up ( for which they do not sell anti-bedbug encasements). I am having a pest control expert come to treat the house for bedbugs and I was wondering if I can use a mattress plastic bad to encase the boxsprings to prevent the bugs from coming out.
    I will double seal each twin boxspring with two king size plastic bags for a year or more to make sure all bugs are dead.
    I spend almost $3,000 on these boxspring and I will hate to throw them away.
    I just wanted to know if I double seal the boxspring with plastic bags for over a year, would that kill any left over bugs.
    Thank you.

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    My upstairs neighbor moved a few months ago & traveled frequent. Also I rented a car last weekend. I hung my jacket on the back of my kitchen chair. Last night I saw a bug. When I squished it, it had the strangest scent. I looked it up & saw that it was a bed bug. It came from under my refrigerator. I also have seen bites on me as of the past weekend. I have a king size waterbed I don’t sleep in because the tv is hooked up in the living room. I have a 4 piece sectional sofa ( Kinda old too). I am at a loss for what to do. I washed all the stuff I sleep with & saw blood in the hood area of my white down jacket. So… needless to say I am guessing its a bed bug. I am not sure if it’s from the empty apartment upstairs from me or from the rental car I rented. What should I do? I had some travel bed bug spray that I was going to give to my sister but I used it & vaccumned the sofa sections etc. Can the site of this 1 bed bug ( more brown than red) be a serious problem or?? I need help. Thanks.

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    While waiting to be reviewed I got bit again. Omg I don’t know what to do. It’s from my sofa & well the apartment bldng was built so cheap I noticed I have cracks in the ceilings. Do you think I should get those things that keep away while you sleep & get glued in & what else do you suggest? I have pergo flooring. I am now wondering if when my upstairs neighbor moved they came down through maybe the cracks or the electrical outlets? Can that happen? I noticed she threw everything away when she moved including her vaccumn. Help! Thanks!

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    Hi new to here. Have a question. Just found out that my “new’ neighbors brought bed bugs with them & they were coming to my home alot. my landlord had an exterminator come out who found 3 bugs on my sofa. no where else in the house. Problem is i recently bought a new area rug (3 days ) before finding out about bugs. I threw my sofa out. I rolled up the carpet and stuck in outside in my storage . Do i have to throw my carpet out also?

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    Hi Stormy,
    For any type of bug infestation, you must make sure you have identified the pest before starting treatment. We say this for several reasons…firstly, it’s merely ineffective to treat for one type of pest if you have a different infestation, which also means it will be a waste of your money! Secondly, it is unlawful and unsafe to misuse an insecticide and using an insecticide for a specific pest when there is no such infestation is a type of misuse. However, if you have identified that it is a bed bug infestation, you will have to start treatment as soon as you can. You may have noticed that bed bugs are tiny and very flat. This means that they will be able to hide in virtually any crack or crevice, which is a huge nuisance because this means that contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not restricted to infesting just the bed, but can hide in other pieces of furniture, in other areas that have tight cracks and crevices, and even go into the walls through the electric outlets and switch plates. We recommend jumpstarting your treatment with one of the bed bug kits that our technicians have put together. They include different types of insecticides that will help target different areas of the house. Keep in mind that these kits are used for jump start treatment programs and since bed bugs reproduce very quickly, you must do follow up treatments, which may require you to use additional cans of spray or etc. Also, we recommend non-chemical use of bed bug tools like encasing the mattress and boxspring or using the steamer to treat continuously. For your clothes, we recommend using hot temperatures to launder them and then keeping them in sealed bags until you have gained control of the infestation. If you have any further questions about the bed bug infestation or about bed bug control products, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 or email us at info@pestmall.com =)

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    Hi Christine,
    You don’t have to throw out the rug and it can be treated with something like Steri-fab or Bedlam Plus. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I have a cali king waterbed? What do I do for that if it is a bed bug? Thanks!!

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    Hello I just moved into a single family home middle of nov (nov 15) to be exact. About 3 weeks later my daughter started showing up with a she called a rash. After spending some time with her in her room as I normally do ie… Putting her to bed reading etc. the next week I started to get a “rash”. I let it go for about a week but then I noticed very itchy single welts on my body. My husband was not getting bit. He also ( I think he was joking at the time) said it might be bed bugs. I did see one nymph however I wasn’t sure because I really didn’t know what I was looking for. I killed it which was dumb because when we had a pco come out I really had nothing to show. He checked my and my daughters room and came up with nothing. However we are still getting bit and no evidence of these blood suckers. My question is if it was an existing light infestation would the bed bugs be harder to find because they were forced to hide in the cracks and creveses?Before we moved in the landlord said the house was vacant for 2 months. This has been the most stressful situation

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    how long after treatments should i wait before bringing in new bedroom furniture? I don’t want to run the risk of contaminating new stuff. please help.

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    Hi Annika,

    I’m not sure if we can conclude that this is a bed bug infestation. If the professional did a thorough inspection and he came up with nothing, it is difficult to believe that it is a bed bug infestation. Perhaps, you need a second opinion from a different technician from another company OR you really do not have an infestation. There are a lot other things that could possibly be triggering an allergic reaction like lotions, creams, foods, or other pests like dust mites. It is not advised to use any chemicals without proper identification of a pest. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us again.

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    I just recently moved in to a residence with my roommate. I’ve been sleeping on a sofabed. For the first 3 weeks I was ok. Then on a Thursday I awoke with numerous bites and welts all over my arms and legs. The next week I awoke with more bites but not as many as last time. At first I thought it to be spider bites but then eliminated it when I went to a friends house and out from my bag comes a bedbug. We killed it and I then went thru the process of inspecting my bag and my sofabed upon finding the insect. I didn’t find anything at all. I checked my body pillows, mattress pad, mattress, down feather pillows, and all my blankets & sheets. The next Monday I had Orkin come and do an inspection. They found nothing either with a thorough inspection of the mattress’s folds except what he said looked like molted shell but was unsure. He recommended the dog sniffer. That was on Monday. Now it’s Saturday and I know that it has to be bedbugs. I bought some spray and DE. My curiosity got the better of me. I checked the sofa cushions by opening up the zipper. Low and behold a bunch of dead bedbugs. Now my dilemma… What do I do to combat this situation? I have no idea when or where these critters established residence. What is the best way of combatting this situation? Washing and drying the cushion covers in hot water and high dryer heat? Treating the cushions? Vacuuming? Steam cleaner? Bedlam?
    The number of dead ones found in the cushion tells me they have been established for a while. I’m treating the rug underneath with DE. But what else should I do? Also we have a dog that frequently lays upon the couch can he take these bugs to other areas of the house. One last thing. I ended up sleeping from the sofabed to a recliner which is feet from the sofabed. And I’m not getting bitten. Is the feeding sufficient enough for them to stay put? Thanks.

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    We have recently confirmed a invasion of bbs in our house and hired an exterminator who came out and “sprayed” today..when we came home after letting the house dry we found SEVERAL living bbs..more than we’ve seen before..some crawling and some just hangin out..does this mean the spray didnt work? How long does is normally take for bbs to die after being sprayed?

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    Hello cici,

    If you are worried about bed bugs infesting your new furniture, you will not be able to bring the furniture inside until you have eradicated the infestation, which can take several treatments. We suggest that the furniture is brought in. If you have a bed, encase the mattress and boxspring with bed bug covers which will help you to keep the mattress and box spring from being infested. We do have bed bug kits available that include different types of insecticides that treats different target areas of the room. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi William,

    Hot water wash, high dryer heat, treating the cushions, vacuuming, steaming, bedlam are all necessary for a complete bed bug control. You can treat the cushions with the Bedlam, as along as you let the treated area completely dry before coming in contact with that area again. The dog will not be able to carry the bed bugs to other parts of the home like he can for fleas. For the bed bugs that have already fed, it may have been a sufficient feeding, however, you still want to consider that bed bugs reproduce very quickly and if it is not treated immediately, the will grow in population and will continue to feed. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Thank you very much sunny for the advice, I appreciate it. keep up the good work your doing.

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    Hi over it,
    Since bed bug control is so complex, it is difficult to know if he “sprayed” in all the right places with the right products. If the bed bugs come in contact with the active ingredient (for a product that has bed bugs on the label as a target pest), depending on the type of product the technician used, they will die within a few minutes. However, if the bugs did not come in contact with the treated area, of course, they will not be effected by the active ingredient at all and will not die. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    I sprayed the JT Eaton Spray on my bed but I have a cat will this harm my cat ?? And I was also wondering how soon after spraying the spray can I lay on my bed and how soon can my cat come back in my room .

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    Isn’t it amazing what a small, little insect will do to us? Had my own scourge in Nov/12, but am still constantly worrying if we will get them again. Can you say..weight loss/anxiety..chest pain becuz of anxiety/lack of sleep/over vigilance..ugh. Back in Nov. did a completely stupid thing and am now wondering if it might come back in the summer to haunt me. What did I do? Panic, of course. :(
    Out went the perfectly good mattress/box..becuz I saw a bug crawling on the box. Deposited them outside against the fence..about 6 feet from the door..no, didn’t wrap them, I know….now. Hoping becuz it was getting cold outside they didn’t feel the need to venture out of the items into said cold, and just stayed put.
    Next stupid move…I had a small towel wrapped around one exposed edge of the metal bed frame..so no one gets a torn shin…opened it slowly and discovered about 3 or 4 nymphs inside. Closed small towel, and took it outside to show other kids what they looked like. Bugs started running around, without thinking, I just said ewww grossss and flung the cloth away from me onto the ground. CRAAAAPPP. Dumb, dumb, dumb. This has been one stupid move after another.
    My question is…do you think those nymphs that I flung onto the ground could have overwintered somewhere, will thaw out come spring/summer and make their way back into the house?? Can they actually survive outdoors as they seem to be just an indoor pest? If they somehow manage to not die, wouldn’t they start thawing out at the same time as all of the ants, spiders and crickets that I seem to have all around the house all summer, and be a ready to eat snack when they thaw out? This is just another worry to give me just what I need…more anxiety. Keep in mind they weren’t inside of anything..just on the ground exposed. It was the beginning of winter here, and this winter proved to be a particularly cold one. No less than -20C/-4F on a good day, but usually colder. It was actually hovering around -35C/31F for a few weeks at one point. We just had a snow storm a couple of days ago, and the temps. dipped into the -25C again.
    This is driving me stark raving nuts.

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    i moved to a new place sept had my son end of november.i noticed bites starting shortly after he was born docs thought it was hives.come end of january the cream for hves wasnt workng.so end of febuary/march me and my daughter now had bites on us we went back and were prescribed scabes cream and during this time i started sleeping downstairs because my bf snore to bad for me to sleep so me and my 3mo were downstairs.my btes stopped daughter upstairs was still getting them.bf and son no bites at all.he went to bed on the 21st of march and thats when it was confrmed it was bedbugs :S were loosing our minds.ripped our boxspring fabric apart since there was holes in there anyway and saw “dead”ones (our matress and box spring are on floor btw)we are all sleeping downstirs now avoiding upstairs its friday and we cant get ahold of our landlord till monday.we are all going crazy and cant sleep.we are in townhouses and our neighbor has a crap ton of furniture in there back yard :( could they of came from them?ive started washing everythng in hot water but stuff n closet outside of bed room have to be put n garbage bags?we seen some babies and about 3 or 4 adults.we are completely avoidng our room and our daughter is getting bit omehow but we see no sign at all of bedbugs in her room :( plsss help im very grumpy and feel like im actually going insane

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    My 2 year old son recently came with me to my friends house and when it was time for him to take a nap i layed him in her bed the next day he was covered in bites, then i had bites that day, i have not seen new bites on him but i have new ones everyday. Then i hear my friends son talking about his bug bites and thats when she tells me she has bedbugs. I thought that we got bit cause we were at her house but i havent let him over there since and i am still getting new bites everyday. now i have recently found two dead bed bugs in my bed..what do i do now i am staying in my sisters condo and i am afraid to tell her cause she will blame me..i could get kicked out and i cant afford treatments what can i do?

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    Hi Nia,

    I am not sure what JT Eaton product you are spraying on your bed. Typically though, the JT Eaton product is mild enough to spray on the bed, but all restrictions apply as far as allowing the treatment to completely dry before coming in contact with the treated area again. We recommend calling the manufacturer to see if it is safe for cats. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi tiara lovely,

    Unfortunately, bed bugs require a lot of effort to get rid of. Consistency and thoroughness are the key to getting rid of bed bugs. Because of their size, they are able to hide in virtually any crack or crevice. Since they are able to hide in any cracks or crevices, it does require different types of insecticides to completely treat a room. That is why we always recommend bed bug kits. Bed bug kits have been put together by our technicians to provide you with the different formulations of insecticides. Although they vary slightly, we have different kits that are made according to the number of rooms and will generally include the same types of insecticides.

    The first and most common type of insecticide that is used is an aerosol spray. Aerosol sprays or ready to use sprays do not require any mixing and is usually applied to intimate areas like furniture. The most common aerosol spray that is used to kill bed bugs is a spray called Bedlam Bed Bug Spray. Aerosols have a short residual time, therefore it must be applied once a week. It is applied on areas like bed frame, in between the mattress and box spring, on chair frames, on the lining of couch cushions and underneath the couch and bed.

    Our kits also may include two different types of liquid concentrates that must be diluted with water and sprayed onto surfaces with a sprayer. The first is a product called Gentrol IGR. IGR stands for insect growth regulator and although it does not have a killing effect, it controls bed bugs by regulating their physical development so that they are unable to mature and reproduce. The second type of liquid concentrate is the killing agent. This may be Suspend SC, Cyzmic CS, Lambdastar 9.7 or FenvaStar concentrate. The killing agent and IGR can be mixed in the same gallon of water. Concentrates are applied to areas like the baseboard or the immediate areas around furniture. They have residual times of about 3-4 months indoors and so it only needs to be applied once every 3 months.

    *For both aerosol sprays and concentrates, all treated areas must be completely dry before re-entry. To detect if it is dry or not, you may use gloves and a paper towel to gently press on treated areas to check for dampness.

    The last type of product that is included in our bed bug kits are the dust products. Dust products are ready to use and do not have to be diluted in water. They are applied in hard to reach and inaccessible areas like the wall voids, behind and under furniture or areas like behind hanging picture frames and under lamps. Some of the dusts that are included in our bed bug kits are the Alpine dust or the Evergreen dust. Dusts have the longest residual time and can be applied once every 5 months.

    All products can be purchased separately; however, if you have not treated for bed bugs before, we do recommend that you jump start by purchasing a kit. Each product has a product label that includes dilution rates and application directions. These product labels must be reviewed thoroughly before application. If you have any further questions about the products, the kits, or general bed bug control, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hello phyrlis,
    Firstly, you mention “thaw” several times. The bed bugs do not overwinter and freeze up and then thaw out for the spring. If they are left outdoors in freezing temperatures for 2 weeks or longer, they will freeze up and die. Indoors though, the nymphs do not overwinter and then come back out in the spring. They simply find a place to hide and continue to feed as normal, no matter the season. It is important to start bed bug treatment as soon as possible, especially if you have found and identified the bed bugs and/or nymphs of bed bugs. We recommend using the bed bug treatment kits. They include a variety of bed bug materials that you need to jumpstart the eradication program. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi grosses out :( ,
    It is possible that they came from the neighbors, but it is not very likely as bed bugs probably will not travel that far of a distance to get to the food source. We recommend hiring a professional for an infestation of that size and then possibly doing a follow up with the materials you purchase. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Thank you for your reply sunny, I have been biting my nails waiting for a reply. :0 What I had forgotten to mention in my previous post was a possible scenario. Even tho these bbs were initially dumped on the ground, the dumping area was maybe 2 feet from my back deck, which comes right up against my house…under which there is a pile of assorted pieces of leftover wood from projects that my hubby had done. Even if, on the off chance, that these little buggers managed to find their way to this pile and scuttle underneath would this kind of protected hiding spot have afforded them protection in any way? Or..doesn’t really make a difference. IT’S OUTSIDE. Boards piled on the ground aren’t going to offer a whole lot of warmth. So, basically, as long as they were exposed to 0C temperatures..no matter where they were, they were goners?

    The article on this site mentioned -17C being THE number for freezing and killing. But what you are saying, as long as it was 0C, which is freezing, for more than 2 weeks I haven’t a thing to worry about?

    Thank you

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    Ooops, the -17C that I mentioned in my last comment came from another site I was reading from this site..sorry


    Once you start reading, you end up reading too much, and make yourself nuts.

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    I dont no for sure but my kids has bite mark on them

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    Hi Shannon,

    We recommend getting an inspection done for bed bugs and they will be able to identify the pest for you if you do have a pest problem. If not, you may want to contact a dermatologist to see what the reaction is. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    My son sleeps on my couch. Hes been getting bit for about 5 months now. I thought it was an allergic reaction to something. The whole timei was treating him with benadryl and some rx cream the dr prescribed. My daughter slept on the couch Saturday and Sunday woke up with 3 really spread out quarter sized bites. I decided to flip my couch over and inspect it good. It was a 2year old couch that i had bought new. I didnt see any bugs. I inspected where they say they hide and saw nothing. Well i decided to throw the couch out and buy a new one. So i brought it outside and start ripping it open and still see nothing until i pulled the arm off. I found 2 dead ones. Small ones at that. At this point im in panic mode. I had a nice leather futon right nextto my couch and decided to open up the back with a knife. I found 1 small dead one. The exterminator came and inspected my bed and my kids bed and found nothing. He also inspected the neighbors in my complex and found nothing. Now im looking at my mattress and could have sworn i saw a dead tiny clear one. The exterminator says it was just a piece of dust. I really am flipping out over this. I have not picked up my new couch yet. Im scared. I just wanna drive away and leave everything. My question (sorry im long winded) is it possible they were just in the couches?

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    I have like 17 bedbug bites but I have not seen any bedbugs in my apartment I was laying next to the couch when I got bitten there’s no bedbugs in my room I think my friend brought them from her home because I used the cover she used without washing it and I’m sure she has bedbugs its been about a week since I got bitten what should I do now?

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    Hi I’m at my witts end with these Bed Bugs…I’ve used Hot Shot bb spray,the new Raid bb spray, I use 91percent rubbing alcohol I brought some spray from Ace hard ware I brought some bug powed that starts with a D I even threw FINGERNAIL POLISH REMOVER on these things and Nothing works where did these thangs. Come from Mars…please help me I can’t throw all my stuff away. I have a new Grandbaby and I can’t even let him stay the night for fear of him being bit to death….PLEASE HE

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    Hi please help,

    It is possible that they just remained in the couch if the infestation is small but the possibility is pretty small. They reproduce quickly and will travel to their food source. We recommend getting an inspection done so that you can evaluate the infestation and see what the next steps of treatment are. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi Latoya,

    The proper steps would be to first receive an inspection to find out the extent of the infestation. You must identify the pest first before applying any pesticides. Look at cracks and crevices in furniture in areas like under the furniture, underneath cushions, between the mattress and boxspring, on the lining of mattress covers or cushions on the couch and etc. Once you are able to identify the pest and evaluate the infestation, you can begin treatment. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hello Ms. Williams,

    All the products you listed are over the counter products and while they may work for a short period of time and will have some immediate effects, you will need products with longer residual for bed bugs. We recommend looking into our bed bugs kits that are available in our store. They include short residual aerosol sprays, but also include long residual concentrate sprays and dusts. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to call us at 1-800-788-4142.

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    We have been fighting bed bugs in my sons room. First we noticed blood spots, but didn’t know why! Then he got bites, thought it was a rash, but after research , I identified bed bugs. He sleeps in a wooden loft bed. First we used a clothing steamer once a night for a week. I read somewhere that cyanne pepper(sp) can kill them, or they won’t cross it one.. Anyway I put it along the door jam and the base boards in the adjoining room. Then alcohol, we alternated steam and alcohol, took all clothing out of his room, washed and placed it in the laundry area. Put plastic tubs under legs and 1/4in double sided tape around base of legs. Bought Walmart encasments and used hot shot flea n bed bug killer. I cover my son in lavender lotion before bed! We thought we actually won the battle, till we saw new bites, we spayed hot shot again.. And the next day my pest control guy came out for our ant issue and I told him about bed bugs. Many of the pest control ppl in this area are not equipt to handle bed bugs, they are just now learning. Anyway the guy puffed drion dust on the bed frame where the mattress sits and on the guard rails, this is where they were nesting (black residue present) . My first question is.. When can he sleep in his bed again? He also dusted around the base boards, just on top of them, he didn’t remove them or anything. It’s it the only place we had seen activity.. In the bed directly, are we taking the right steps? I also bought the safer brand dirmetrious (sp) earth for further dusting.

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    Hi Adie,
    Thanks for taking the time to give me the details on your treatment status. It does sound like you are heading in the right direction with your treatment procedures. Unfortunately bed bug treatment can be strenuous and may require some time and patience. To answer your first question… technically he can sleep on his bed at anytime as long as there was no long residue insecticide that was sprayed directly on to his bed. However as long as the infestation still occurs he may still get bit during the night. If the host moves to a different room, the bugs are likely to follow because they like to reside in areas near their hosts. As far as bite remediation goes, the bed bug tents have been a recent popular choice to gain back the sleep many have lost due to the irritation of their bites. Common areas where activity can be found is along the baseboard areas, underneath night stands, foot board and head board areas of the bed, bed frames, and tiny seams, cracks, and crevices, on the mattress/boxspring. On our website you will also be able to find bed bug kits which have been established by experienced professionals. With a combination of these recommended chemicals, patience, and thoroughness in treatment, it is possible to get rid of bed bugs. Best of luck to you!

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    hey ive been fighting this situation almost 3 months. my landlord is aware and i had a professional to come and take care of it. some pro!!! these little frs are still here. they coasted me a job and almost friendships and a relationship. ive gotten rid of everything me and my boys owned. we own three toats of clothes and they have an air mattress they sleep on at night. im loosing my patients. whats my tentant rights. how do i escrow the only thing the health department will do here is put names in the public paper i want to avoid that. help !!! i cant get rid of anything else.

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    Doing your own pest control for bed bugs will save you a lot of money in exterminating them. I would highly recommend you begin with one of our bed bug kits. Our bed bug kits have been hand selected by experienced exterminators to help our customers perform an easy and effective treatment. If you also have clothes and other appliances you would like to save you can put them inside a bag with a product called NUVAN PRO STRIPS. Nuvan strips release a vapor into the air which is highly toxic to bed bugs.

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    okay ive been gettin bit up since last august which give or take is 9 mths woke up the other moning about 430 am went to bathrm seen bug on shirt flicked it in toilet wasnt quite sure wht it was was red…all my friends & family say tht i was having a allergic reaction to sumthing, but havent tried any new products no one else has been getting bit as much, mine itch like crazy & leaving scars after i scratch thm to death, so i of course panicked, read everything i could about bed bugs, but was worse in winter didn’t have a single bite from end of jan til april again bought new stuff w tax return not realizing it cood be bed bugs. But since i’ve found the bug check cracks, crevasses, under mattress, in my couches checked late at night also with flashlight cuz thy dont come out in day lite, im not finding any indication tht there is more cood one came in w a friend tht spent the night & not mulitiply? I need anwsers quick Im about to move & i dont wanna take any critters w me whn i do, cood i be crazy & this was 9mths ago i started gettin bit shoodnt thy be worse? Please help

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    There could be many reasons for reactions to the skin. Since everyone’s skin is different it is difficult to diagnose with bite marks or skin reactions. If you did not spot any bed bugs or spot any signs of bed bugs although you are frequently getting bit, it could possibly be something else. One of the best ways is to hire a professional to come out and inspect the area for you. This way you will be able to know clearly what you are dealing with before making the next moves.

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    well Ive combed the house for any signs tht i have bugs i did find two different bugs within the last wk or so but still cant tell if thy were BB what shood i do now ive sprayed my room looked in crevices cracks dreesers my bed no signs other than the two bugs & itchy makes a few a wk now went away for 2 mths, thought it was sumthing from last summer…but its still happening & im moving i cant afford a exterminator so ive jst washed everything & put white sheet on be after spayin to look for blood smears but nothing so far wht can i do now

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    I used bleach and seven dust on my mattress and couches…i also sprinkled the dust on my floors when i washed my sheets i used bleach for color cloths and used really hot water…it worked for me its a process to go threw but it does help

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    About three weeks ago I found four bed bugs that were not adult but stage four of the life cycle, they were killed and flushed down the toilet. My landlord came by and sprayed my whole apartment and I havent seen ANY trace of bed bugs but bites have started showing up and Im noticing new ones everyday. Does this mean I still have bed bug infestation? And if so, what should I do?

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    Hi Marg,

    Bed bugs require a lot of effort to get rid of. It usually takes several treatments to get rid of them. Because of their size, they might not necessarily be hiding in visible areas such as furniture, but in cracks/crevices, and wall voids as well. Depending on what your landlord used for treatments, insecticides typically have a residual time of 2-3 months. You want to be sure to thoroughly treat areas such as cracks/crevices, wall voids, around furniture.

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    My mom came for a visit w/ luggage and her dog after staying with a friend at a hotel she woke up with bug bites. we washed all of her clothing shook out luggage and washed the bedding in the room she stayed in also covered matress with vynal cover. She rented a room at same motel came to have dinner with us brought dog and more bites had appeared all over her body called motel they fogged her room for what they thought where going to be fleas we went back to open her windows hours later I suggested we check the bed did so and found a bed bug infestation she came to my home with dog we washed her the dog our clothes and she brought nothing with her . i am affraid my home will now be infested and am driving myself crazy what should I do and what type of percautions should i take to make sure my home is not the next to be infested????

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    Precautions can be taken by thorough inspection. An easy way to monitor is by using the Eco Keeper Bed Bug Monitoring Traps. The Eco Keeper Bed Bug Monitor and Glue Trap has been designed to both monitor and trap bed bugs in infested areas.

  151. hopelessly helpless!!!
    Monday, 2. September 2013 23:19

    About a month ago we saw a bb in our home. We found out that a man who is staying with us, frequently visits and stays the night with a friend who has a severe bb infestation.we believe this is where they came from. The minute we saw the 1st bb we bombed the entire house. I also bought bb spray an we spray frequently, but we started seeing more so we checked the mattresses and couches and found them infested with the bbs and threw away all but 1 couch which we only saw about 5-6 bbs on and we completely sprayed it down. we are continuing to spray and have also recently bought powder bed bug killer (kinda like boric acid but says for bbs) which is supposedly long lasting. The number of bb we see at night now has tremendously decreased. we have seen only a couple but we have seen about 4-5 of them during the day (not every day, one here, one there over a few day period) in a diff room an we killed them all. none were filled with blood. what does that mean?? is the problem going away an is it normal to see ones in the day with no blood? are we slowly getting rid of our infestation threw consistency? also can you itch in the same place for a few days from the same bites or if you itch each day does it mean you got new bites? this problem does take a toll on your body an i have not got a good nights sleep in almost a month…are we doing the right things??

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    The ones that are not filled with blood indicate that they have not fed yet. The reason why bed bug treatment is so tedious is because you have to continue to treat through their cycles. It appears that the pesticides you have been using are working. I would suggest that you continue with your treatment because it seems like new nymphs have been born. As far as itching goes and skin reaction, its hard to pin point an answer because everyone’s skin reacts differently. It sounds like you are taking the right measures, I think time will just have to play its part… good luck!

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    I’m getting the first treatment this week how do you treat a pack and play just like the beds?

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    For bed bug treatment I would recommend Bedlam Plus to spray as follow up treatment after your initial treatment. You can also use Bedlam Plus on your beds.

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    My problem is that every time someone showers my granddaughters bedroom gets damaged with tons of bedbugs all over her bed.Her bedroom is attached to the bathroom, what is making them run to her room like that?

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    Hi Kathy,

    This is such a unique situation that it may be best to have an expert come out and inspect the area. Its possible that bed bugs could be hiding in the wall void areas, but I’m not sure how that would correlate with water pipes and persons occupying the shower. I’m sorry we could not be much help, but please keep us updated! Hopefully your experience can help others who are possibly confused with similar situations. Good luck!

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    I have been batlling bbs for 2 months and still haven’t seen a single sign besides bites. I’m certain they are bbs because my mother had them and she brought them to my house. I had the only pest control company in mytown inspect and treat twice. They didn’t find any bugs and only sprayed mattress and couch and livingroom carpet. I have been using de powder for a few weeks and I steam clean my bed and sofa every week and wash clothes on hot temp. Is this a mild infestation and should I have it under control by now?

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    Bed bug control can be one of the most difficult treatments because it can take a long time to get the pests under control. Being consistent with the current treatment will continue to help effectively control the current problem. Using one of our bed bug kits may help speed up the process of treatment because there are different chemicals you can use in different areas for a thorough treatment. Continuing to battle with them even after 2 months is pretty normal, but if you are seeing a decrease in their numbers that would be a positive sign. Good luck on the treatment. Should you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

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    I have been having my house treated by professionals and it has now been 6 months and im still seeing them. had the dog come in Nov. and was told we had no bugs anymore and I have now seen to lives ones . what should I do about the Christmas gifts that have been purchased and left here since I was told I was bug free?

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    I know your post is written under our bed bug column, but you mentioned your dog came in on November so I’m confused as to if you are having a bed bug problem or a flea problem. Most insects like to stay close to their food host, therefore there’s a chance you won’t have to worry about your presents, but its not a guarantee.

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    I work in a hospital around patients that have bed bugs at times but we wear gloves and gowns and never seen one. I got two big knots on my right leg that throbbed, turned red and knots looked like blisters that leaked clear fluid. Felt infected and painful. I healed it with neopsporin, same thing happenrf to left leg two weeks later. A month later two bites on my arm and two big hard knots on my sides. I sleep on a couch dpwnstairs and daughtetr in her bed. She nevetr got bit. She sern bug on couch. Should I panic and throw the couches away.

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    I would first inspect around the crack, crevices, and corners of the couch. If signs of bugs are present you can either discard the couch or use an insecticide to treat the area such as Bedlam.

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