Bed bugs are nocturnal. They hide during the day and come out at night. An adult bed bug is approximately one-quarter inch long.
Bed bugs particularly like wood and fabric. They hide in cracks, crevices, narrow spaces, in proximity to where humans sleep or rest, such as: beds and bed frames, night stands, dressers, desks, recliners, and sofas. Heavier infestations spread behind baseboards and windows and door casements. Look for them behind items attached to walls and ceilings: pictures, electrical switch plates, smoke detectors, loose wallpaper, in the pleats of draperies, and the upholstery of furniture. Bed bugs can be tough to eliminate. Depending on the infestation, more than one treatment may be necessary.
To maximize treatment effectiveness, it is important to prepare in advance. Before treatment:
- Remove clutter off floors and away from walls.
- All pillowcases, pillows, bed linen, blankets, and spreads should be sealed in plastic bags and taken from the infested area for laundering in hot, soapy water. Dry cleaning is appropriate for items that require it.
- Leave bed unmade.
- Wash clothes in hot water, or have them cleaned.
- Remove all items from drawers, night stands, dressers, desks, etcetera. All drawers must be treated.
- Vacuum thoroughly.
- Open as many windows as possible, weather permitting.
- Treated rooms must remain vacant until materials used for treatment are dry, approximately 6 hours. Keep pets and children off treated surfaces until the treatment has dried.
- Allow mattresses to dry completely before remaking them.
- Avoid washing bare floors for 2 weeks, dusting is ok. Carpeted areas can be vacuumed.
- Hotels should exchange furniture after service.
Note: it is not uncommon to be bitten following treatment. You need to give the treatment time to work. At least 7-10 days.