Q: My wife is a nurse. Where she works, they have discovered that several patients have brought in bed bugs. What measures can I take to prevent our home from being infestd?
A: You can purchase Bedlam Bedbug Spray to spray around your bed and bed frames as well as around furniture. In addition, you may want to purchase the Eco-Keeper Bed Bug Monitor and Trap, which will notify you of any bed bugs that may be crawling around. You may also choose to purchase Steri-Fab, which will sterilize your mattress and other surfaces for you. As always, please just be very careful and wash your clothes on high heat to protect yourself as much as possible.
Q: We are infested with bed bugs! Our home is 1800-1900sq ft. 3 bed rooms and a basement. my landlord is dragging his feet, unsure of the best, least expensive and safest way to get ride of them. He is worried because I have asthma. At this point I do not care, I have lost one job due to lack of sleep from these [bed bugs] keeping me up.
What do you suggest?
A: The first thing I would suggest is to encase your mattress and box spring. This will
help you to control much of the population as you follow up with chemical treatment. Consistency is the key to bed bug treatment. Also, try to get rid of any clusters and potential hiding places for the bed bugs. Also, there’s a new product that was manufactured that will really put you at ease so that you will be able to rest! It is Eco-Keeper’s Bed Bug Tent. It’s the only product of its kind that we carry on our site and was made precisely for people who have a “lack of sleep” and hopefully you will be able to rest well with the tent! If medical conditions are of concern you should take a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and consult with a physician before proceeding with the treatments.
Q: my son has these strange bites on his back. i found out from my neighbor that they just threw away a mattress infested with bed bugs. my son was just playing over at their place about 3 days ago. i think he may have brought one home. i don’t mind throwing all the linens away, but my sons have a bunk bed and replacing mattresses is costly. any advice on a cheaper alternative? i have not found any bugs. the mattresses on the bed are already on plastic, (to avoid pee mistakes) and the bed frame is metal. do you think a spray would work?
A: Are the bites still showing up even now? It may have just been a false alarm. Bed bugs usually only spread if you lie on the infested furniture then lie on your own bed without washing and drying your clothes on high heat. If the bed bugs seem to be persisting, there are several ways you can treat them.
For now, I would recommend that you purchase mattress encasements for any mattresses/box springs that you think could be infested In addition, you can spray Sterifab and/or Bedlam along the seams of your son’s mattress.
Q: I want to know which spray is more effective and safe to use in my appartment/home for bedbugs. Even after treatment from Exterminators, bedbugs are seen after 2-3 weeks, so want to know what I can use myself which will give the professional results to get bedbugs out/kill soon.
A: Unfortunately, bed bugs are very difficult to kill completely and require very thorough treatment as well as patience. The bed bugs you are seeing now may simply be the ones that managed to escape the first treatment made by the exterminator; however, if your exterminator used a pesticide with a residual time, then the bed bugs you are seeing should die soon. Keep in mind that when treating bed bugs with an exterminator, it will take multiple treatments (3-4 in a year for most).
For now, you may choose to spray some Bedlam around your bed and apply some liquid insecticide (such as Cyzmic CS). Also detach your bed from any surrounding walls so the bed bugs cannot travel between your bed and the wall voids as easily.