Bed bugs are one of our most popular pest problems here in Canada. Anyone can find themselves with a bed bug infestation as they are great hitchhikers and can come home with you from public transportation, hotels, movie theaters, restaurants, air planes, and many other public places.
Your first step if you suspect you have bed bugs is to get a proper identification. Bring in a sample of the bugs to one of our stores and we can let you know what you are dealing with. Many times, someone may think they have bed bugs but it is actually a different insect.
If you do find bed bugs on your bed, you will need to treat your box spring. We do not recommend that you self-treat for bed bugs as infestations can get out of hand quickly. A small number of bed bugs can become a very large infestation in just a few days. Below are simple steps that you can follow to treat your box spring for bed bugs.
- Ensure that no personal belongs are on the box spring.
- Box spring bed skirt is to be removed put in the dryer on high heat.
- Inspect the seams along the top side of the box spring. Use a vacuum to physically remove any bed bugs present. As well, use an appropriately labelled insecticide on the top side of the box spring. Ensure all seams, tuff, and cracks are treated.
- Stand up the box spring so the back side is visible.
- Along the staples, vacuum or remove any live bed bugs and use a labelled insecticide product. Once the entire seam (where the staples hold the dust cover in place) have been treated, carefully remove the box spring skirting.
- The dust cloth must be treated, folded and placed into a garbage bag for removal from the location.
- Once the dust cloth has been removed use properly labelled insecticide along the wood voids, the fabric area, and other areas where bed bug and bed bug eggs may be present.
- Ensure the plastic ends on the box spring are bent back and treated similar to the previous steps.
If you find yourself with a bed bug infestation be sure to call a professional for treatment options and advice. We have seven retail store locations across Western Canada and over 70 years of experience dealing with pest issues. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact us today.