Bed Bug Preparation Guide

 
 
Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Bed Bug Preparation Guide

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

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.

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

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Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Preparation for Residential, Multi-Family
                                                                And Hotel Bed Bug Treatment

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 follow- up 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.

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

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Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Preparation for Health Care
                                                                                            Bed Bug Treatment

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 follow- up 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.

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

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Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Preparation for School and
                                                                                Day Care Bed Bug Treatment

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 follow- up 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.

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

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Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Preparation for Office
                                                                                                  Bed Bug Treatment

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 follow- up 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.

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

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Bed Bug Preparation Guide
Additional Bed Bug Services

Canine Inspection Services
In most cases, a bed bug infestation can be accurately assessed
by your Anderson technician. However, in cases of detecting low-
level 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.

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

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Heat Treatment Notice
                                                                                               and Preparation Checklist

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!

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

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