Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Bed Bug Preparation Guide Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for School and Day Care Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist

Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Bed Bug Treatment Overview Page 1 of 7 Characteristics and Habits Actual Size: 3/16” Characteristics: Bed bugs are small reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed. This flat insect hides near sleeping areas and feeds primarily on the blood of humans. Bed bugs are one of the most annoying pests that plague people and can be difficult to eliminate. There have been no reports of disease being transmitted by bed bugs. Habits:
  • Bed bugs are VERY elusive, transient, and nocturnal pests.
  • The first sign of a bed bug infestation is typically bites on the skin or the appearance of small brownish dots on the bed.
  • Bed bugs gain access to people through used furniture and bedding, luggage or other objects that move from place to place, or through pipes shared by neighboring apartments or hotel rooms.
  • Bed bugs can live for a year or longer without a blood meal.
  • Bed bug bites may be undetected on people who have been bitten.
  • Welt-like swelling in a straight line on the skin of the bite victim may occur. The Anderson Inspection Your Anderson technician will:
  • Thoroughly inspect beds, upholstered furniture, chairs, desks and other areas suspected areas.
  • Look for evidence of activity to treat for bed bugs
  • Instruct you how to prepare your bedroom(s) for treatment after bed bug activity has been confirmed. The Anderson Solution Treatment will vary based on the facility. Your Anderson technician will:
  • Treat wall outlets, baseboards, and door and window frames.
  • Treat headboard, mattress, box spring and bed frame.
  • Treat upholstered furniture, nightstands and dressers.
  • Treat chairs, desks, cabinets and dividers.
  • Treat behind wall hanging items.
  • Treat closets and lockers.
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home or facility from further infestations.

Treat all other suspected areas that may harbor bed bugs. Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for School and Day Care

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Preparation for Residential, Multi-Family And Hotel Bed Bug Treatment Page 2 of 7 To provide the best possible outcome, it is essential that the area(s) to be treated are properly prepared prior to Anderson Pest Solutions’ arrival to perform treatment.

This shall include the initial treatment as well as all followup visits. The following items shall be completed by the client prior to the bed bug treatment. Please note that your technician will not be able to perform the treatment or, at a minimum, the treatment will be compromised if the areas are not prepared properly. If more time is needed to complete the below items, please contact Anderson Pest Solutions at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled service date at 1-866-696-BUGS.

  • All beds must be stripped down to the bare sleeping surface. Place sheets, blankets and bedding in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be laundered.
  • Empty dressers, nightstands and closets. Place clothing in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be laundered. Any other items are to be placed in the middle of the floor.
  • All pictures are to be removed from the walls and placed in the middle of the floor of the unit/room.
  • All clutter from closet floors and under furniture is to be removed and placed in the middle of the floor.
  • Pull all objects away from walls for access to baseboards and electrical outlets. Remove headboard from wall if it is attached.
  • Empty all suitcases and place any clothing in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be laundered.
  • Other items are to be placed in the middle of the floor.
  • Stuffed animals, pet bedding, shoes and other small washable items are to be placed in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be laundered.
  • Client shall launder all items as follows: Transport items to the laundry in sealed heavy duty plastic bags. Insert items into dryer and dry the items for 30 minutes on high heat (120º F minimum).
  • This will kill bed bugs and their eggs. Only items that can stand the high heat of a dryer should be placed in the dryer. Anderson Pest Solutions is not responsible for damage to items that are placed in the dryer.
  • Transfer dried items into new heavy duty plastic bag and seal tightly. Bags may be reintroduced into living quarters but must remain sealed until after second visit.
  • People and pets must vacate the unit during service and remain out of the unit for a minimum of 4 hours after the service is completed.
  • Infested items to be disposed of should not be removed until they are completely sealed.
  • Infant cribs and mattresses will only be visually inspected by Anderson. No pesticide application will be made on infant cribs or mattresses. Client is responsible for cleaning and/or disposal of infant crib and mattress. In cases of detecting low-level infestations in vast areas or multiple rooms, a bed bug dog may be a more affordable and effective inspection option than a visual inspection.

Warning Removing infested items from the infested unit/room may increase the spreading of your bed bug problem. Do not remove items from infested rooms except those that have been properly placed in sealed heavy duty plastics bags to be laundered. Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for School and Day Care

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Preparation for Health Care Bed Bug Treatment Page 3 of 7 To provide the best possible outcome, it is essential that the area(s) to be treated are properly prepared prior to Anderson Pest Solutions’ arrival to perform treatment.

This shall include the initial treatment as well as all followup visits. The following items shall be completed by the client prior to the bed bug treatment. Please note that your technician will not be able to perform the treatment or, at a minimum, the treatment will be compromised if the areas are not prepared properly. If more time is needed to complete the below items, please contact Anderson Pest Solutions at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled service date at 1-866-696-BUGS.

  • In cases of detecting low-level infestations in vast areas or multiple rooms, a bed bug dog may be a more affordable and effective inspection option than a visual inspection.
  • All beds must be stripped down to the bare sleeping surface. Place sheets, blankets, pillow casings and curtains in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be laundered.
  • Empty dressers, nightstands and closets. Place patient clothes in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be laundered. All other patient belongings (shoes, luggage, purses, etc.) should be placed in sealed plastic bags and sent home with family or remain sealed throughout the hospital stay.
  • All pictures are to be removed from the walls and placed in the middle of the floor of the unit/room.
  • Pull all objects away from the walls for access to baseboards and electrical outlets.
  • Vacuum all furnishings including beds, chairs, inside drawers and immediately remove and place vacuum collection bag in sealed plastic bag for disposal.
  • Do not transfer patient to other inpatient rooms unless medically necessary. Clean room and patient care equipment with approved disinfectant prior to removal from room.
  • Disinfect any room the patient was transferred to, as well as re-clean original room prior to occupancy.
  • Client shall launder all items as follows: Transport items to the laundry in sealed heavy duty plastic bags. Insert items into dryer and dry the items for 30 minutes on high heat (120º F minimum).
  • This will kill bed bugs and their eggs. Only items that can stand the high heat of a dryer should be placed in the dryer. Anderson Pest Solutions is not responsible for damage to items that are placed in the dryer.
  • Transfer dried items into new heavy duty plastic bag and seal tightly. Bags may be introduced into the room after it has been treated and disinfected.

Patients, visitors and employees must vacate the unit during service and remain out of the unit for a minimum of 4 hours after the service is completed. Warning Removing infested items from the infested unit/room may increase the spreading of your bed bug problem. Do not remove items from infested rooms except those that have been properly placed in sealed heavy duty plastics bags to be laundered. Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for School and Day Care

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Preparation for School and Day Care Bed Bug Treatment Page 4 of 7 To provide the best possible outcome, it is essential that the area(s) to be treated are properly prepared prior to Anderson Pest Solutions’ arrival to perform treatment. This shall include the initial treatment as well as all followup visits. The following items shall be completed by the client prior to the bed bug treatment. Please note that your technician will not be able to perform the treatment or, at a minimum, the treatment will be compromised if the areas are not prepared properly. If more time is needed to complete the below items, please contact Anderson Pest Solutions at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled service date at 1-866-696-BUGS.

  • When a bed bug is positively identified and it is determined by school staff that the bed bug was introduced by a single individual, that individual and their belongings should be sent home. The individual’s home should be inspected by a reputable pest control company and treated if an infestation is present. Launder suspected items as described below.
  • Individual shall launder all items as follows: Place linens (shirts, coats, sweaters,etc.) in sealed heavy duty bags to be laundered (per label requirements). Place other belongings (shoes, luggage, purses, etc.) in sealed plastic bags to be placed in the dryer only (per label requirements). Do not reuse the plastic bags after laundering the items since bed bugs/eggs may have crawled or fallen off inside the bag. The laundering process will consist of drying the items for 30 minutes on high heat (120º F minimum). This will kill bed bugs and their eggs. Only items that can withstand the high heat of a dryer should be placed in the dryer. Anderson Pest Solutions is not responsible for damage to items that are placed in the dryer.
  • Clean and sanitize positively-identified areas and/or suspected areas.
  • Empty lockers, desk drawers and closets where any infestation has been identified. Place all removed items in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be inspected or treated, if necessary.
  • If possible, bag up and move the infested item (chair or desk) to an area unoccupied by students (i.e. maintenance room, etc.) for treatment. Any suspected infested items must not be removed until they are completely sealed in heavy duty plastic bags.
  • Students/children and pets must vacate the area during service and remain out of the area for a minimum of 24 hours after the service is completed.
  • Follow the proper non-emergency notification procedure to parents/guardians as outlined by state law. In cases of detecting low-level infestations in vast areas such as a school, a bed bug dog may be a more affordable and effective inspection option than a visual inspection. Warning Removing infested items from the infested area/room may increase the spreading of your bed bug problem. Do not remove items from infested rooms except those that have been properly placed in sealed heavy duty plastics bags to be laundered.

Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for School and Day Care

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Preparation for Office Bed Bug Treatment Page 5 of 7 To provide the best possible outcome, it is essential that the area(s) to be treated are properly prepared prior to Anderson Pest Solutions’ arrival to perform treatment. This shall include the initial treatment as well as all followup visits. The following items shall be completed by the client prior to the bed bug treatment.

Please note that your technician will not be able to perform the treatment or, at a minimum, the treatment will be compromised if the areas are not prepared properly. If more time is needed to complete the below items, please contact Anderson Pest Solutions at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled service date at 1-866-696-BUGS.

  • Empty cabinets and desk drawers. Place files and books in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be disposed of, inspected, or treated, if necessary.
  • Remove tenant’s personal items from area to be treated. Place in sealed heavy duty plastic bags to be inspected and treated, if necessary.
  • Any infested items must not be removed until they are completely sealed in heavy duty plastic bags.
  • Tenant shall launder all items as follows: Place linens (coats and sweaters) in sealed heavy duty bags to be laundered (per label requirements). Place other belongings (shoes, luggage, purses, etc.) in sealed plastic bags to be placed in the dryer only (per label requirements). Do not reuse the plastic bags after laundering the items since bed bugs/eggs may have crawled or fallen off inside the bag. The laundering process will consist of drying the items for 30 minutes on high heat (120º F minimum). This will kill bed bugs and their eggs. Only items that can withstand the high heat of a dryer should be placed in the dryer. Anderson Pest Solutions is not responsible for damage to items that are placed in the dryer.
  • Tenants must vacate the office areas during service and remain out of the office for a minimum of 4 hours after the service is completed.

In cases of detecting low-level infestations in vast areas such as an office, a bed bug dog may be a more affordable and effective inspection option than a visual inspection. Warning Removing infested items from the infested area/room may increase the spreading of your bed bug problem. Do not remove items from infested areas except those that have been properly placed in sealed heavy duty plastics bags to be laundered. Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for School and Day Care

Bed Bug Preparation Guide

Additional Bed Bug Services Page 6 of 7 Canine Inspection Services In most cases, a bed bug infestation can be accurately assessed by your Anderson technician. However, in cases of detecting lowlevel infestations in vast areas such as Schools, Offices, Hotels and Apartment Complexes, a bed bug dog may be a more affordable and effective option. Bed bug dogs use their keen sense of smell to detect live bed bugs and bed bug eggs with a high degree of accuracy, in a small amount of time. Additionally, they can pinpoint the infestation to a particular area, which may eliminate the need for broadcast chemical treatment.

They may be used to determine if treatment is necessary, if the treatment worked, and may be used on an on-going preventive basis (Monthly, Quarterly or Bi-Annually).

Anderson recommends using a bed bug canine company with the following:
  • Extensive dog-handling experience
  • Daily training on scent discrimination
  • NESDCA (National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association) Certified
  • Multiple canine dogs available for inspection Having multiple canine dogs available is imperative to the success of an inspection because it ensures that the dogs are rested and providing optimumal service. To secure better accuracy, Anderson recommends using a bed bud canine company not affiliated with a pest control company.

Heat Treatment Services Heat treatment comes with a 60-day guarantee and consists of installing 150 pound electric heaters into the treatment area and raising the temperature to at least 120 degrees for all exposed areas. Treatment generally takes 8-10 hours. Clothes do not need to be laundered or bagged, however preparation is required which includes removal of flammable and heat sensitive items is required. Follow up service is usually not necessary. The homeowner may return home the same evening. The fee generally starts at around $1500 due to the specialization of the treatment and the extensive time it takes to perform treatment.

Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for School and Day Care

  • Heat Treatment Notice and Preparation Checklist Page 7 of 7 Anderson Pest Solutions has completed an inspection of your home and has found the presence of bed bugs. In order for us to treat, we ask that fulfill all requirements listed below in the Preparation Checklist. Treatment Notice Treatment will be done in 2 steps, all on the same day. Date , Time _ AM/PM
  • We will use specialized electric heaters to heat the interior to a temperature above 120º F. in order to terminate bed bugs that may be hiding within furniture, fixtures, or other belongings.
  • We will apply residual insecticides to accessible cracks and crevices and wall voids. Preparation Checklist To adequately prepare for your treatment, please complete the following steps prior to our arrival:
  • All people and pets will have to leave until the completion of your heat treatment.
  • Be careful of any items you plan on wearing or taking with you to ensure they are bed bug free (such as purses, shoes, briefcases, etc).
  • Move all furniture at least 3 feet away from the walls.
  • Unplug all electrical equipment (TVs, computers, radios, clocks, etc).
  • Turn off the fire suppression system.
  • Turn off all ventilation systems (such as the Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditions system). We will seal over these systems.
  • Chocolate, candy, carbonated beverages, other meltable foodstuffs, refrigerated foods, indoor plants (seeds and bulbs), fruits and vegetables, and medicines that require refrigeration may stay in the refrigerator
  • Put the items listed below into one or more boxes, label the box(es) “DO NOT HEAT”, and leave them inside your home, by your front door.
  • Aerosols and pressurized cans, including hairspray, spray-on deodorants, bug sprays, spray paints, asthma inhalers; oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers
  • Lipstick, makeup, crayons, candles, wax figurines, and oil paintings
  • Musical instruments that may be damaged by heat (such as guitars)
  • All flammable materials, including butane lights, lamp fuel, fuel for food warmers, solvents, and alcohol
  • Leave all items in your home (including clothing, bedding, furniture, TV, computers, etc)
  • Arrange clothing in closets in such a way that there is some space between articles of clothing hanging from rods or lying on shelves.
  • Clothing in drawers may remain in their drawers if loosely packed. If densely packed, remove from drawers and place into open-weave baskets.
  • Place linens, towels, folding clothing, folded blankets, and Afghans loosely into open-weave laundry baskets. Do not place in plastic bags.
  • Gather loose papers and easily wind-blown articles (bags, etc) and place in boxes. Powerful fans will be used to distribute hot air.
  • Take down wall-mounted knickknack shelves, wall hangings, small pictures, or other wall-mounted articles that may be damaged when we bring in our large heavy equipment.
  • If a waterbed is present, drain it. If an air bed is present, deflate it. Sign Here After Checklist Completion _ Date _ _ After your Treatment Your house may still be warm when you return. Open windows, use fans, or air conditioning as needed. You may notice that some of your items may be found in places other than how you left them. We may have moved items around in order to get an even distribution of heat, feel free to move everything back in place. Bed bugs are a serious and challenging pest, and we thank you sincerely for your cooperation!

Bed Bug Treatment Overview Preparation for Residential, Multi-Unit Housing and Hotels Preparation for Health Care Facilities Preparation for Offices Additional Bed Bug Services Heat Treatment Preparation Checklist Preparation for School and Day Care

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