In Home Bed Bug Inspection Part 1, I supplied you with a list of handy tools that you will need during your Home Bed Bug Inspection, where to start the examination and a step-by-step procedure in which to properly complete the tasks at hand. In Part 1, you completed the bedroom inspection, associated furniture and electronics, as well as the soft-furnishings within the confines of the bedroom. In Home Bed Bug Inspection Part 2, you will also need these tools to perform an equal examination throughout other areas of your home. After the arduous task that you have just completed in the bedroom, it would be quite unpleasant to have this pest only migrate back to the bedroom from another area of the home that was not inspected with the same care. An example of this occurrence would be a recently used luggage item, stored nearby in a closet or other storage area that had not been disinfected or inspected before storing away.
Home Bed Bug Inspection Best Practices
While bed bugs are ordinarily found within the bedroom, infestations may also occur in other areas of your home to include bathrooms, storage and clothes closets, the living room and the laundry room. Throughout your Home Bed Bug Inspection, all of these areas will need a thorough examination as well. As in the bedroom, you will want to focus your attention to all cracks and crevices as well as void areas. Your attention throughout your Home Bed Bug Inspection, should also be focused for signs of dark blood spots/smears that may appear to have a reddish hue, dark brown or black color to them and the size of small apple seeds or slightly larger than a pencil dot. This will be the fecal matter left behind and is mostly composed of digested blood.
Home Bed Bug Inspection Step-by-Step Guidelines
How to Inspect for Bed Bugs in Closets/Bathrooms/Living Room & Laundry Rooms
Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Eggs on Mattress
Inspect all luggage stored in any storage area to include attics and thoroughly disinfect each piece of luggage between each use. During any Home Bed Bug Inspection, this is very important! It does not matter if it is a back-pack used for a 1 day school trip, a briefcase for a 2 or 3 day business trip or luggage typically utilized for a family vacation. This pest is a excellent hitch-hiker and can be picked up from a variety of places during your daily travels. (Please refer to How to Prevent Bed Bugs at Home for more details on this subject.)
Inspect any and all crack/crevices between carpet seams and adjoining walls.
Inspect behind any pictures/wall hangings/storage racks that are attached to the walls of the laundry room, closets or any of the family bathrooms.
Inspect behind/inside any electrical outlets that are housed in the walls of these additional rooms. (Use Caution – see Home Bed Bug Inspection Part 1)
Inspect behind any overlapping wall-paper seams in any of these rooms.
Inspect all curtains/valance and any other soft-furnishings.
Inspect all furniture items thoroughly and especially those in which a majority of time may be spent in leisure, reading and/or napping.
Inspect behind/between the seams of your ironing board cover, if applicable.
Inspect the tracking devices in which a sliding closet door may slide/roll in.
In the event that you come across any fecal matter or live specimens of this parasite during the course of your Home Bed Bug Inspection, Do Not Panic! Here are a few guidelines that will be helpful to manage and contain your situation!
Collect and save any live specimens to record your findings for the pest professional and landlords and school officials, if applicable.
Should you become a victim of any bed bug bites or associated rash like symptoms, please (Bed Bug Bites Treatment and Skin Treatment for more on those nasty bed bug marks, scars and bed bug bite symptoms), contact your physician immediately and utilize the specimen that you collected to rule out the possibility of scabies, mites or other biting insects.
Please enjoy the short video below on How to Inspect for Bed Bugs in your Home during your Home Bed Bug Inspection.
If you know that you have been bitten in your bedroom, then do not relocate to the den, living room or spare bedroom. Even worse, do not move to a friends or other family members home. This will only exacerbate the problem and give this hitch-hiker a free ride to populate other areas.
During the course of the inspection, and assuming that you have correctly identified this pest as a bed bug, you will have to begin disinfecting any and all luggage items as well as beginning the very time consuming chore of laundry. Your Pest Professional will have specifics for you and you will get a good idea of how and where to begin by viewing Home Bed Bug Prevention Part 2.
Do not arbitrarily begin discarding infested items. They may end up at the local boys club, your neighbors kids tree-house or even the Salvation Army. Your Pest Professional should be able to treat any infested objects from within the home and if not, ask him/her where you can safely get rid of them. This small action on your part will go a very long ways in eliminating the possibility of spreading this pest into your neighborhood and community.
Call your Pest Management Professional and show him/her the specimen that you collected. After confirming their credentials and treatment protocols, follow their guidelines to the letter and get going on the elimination phase. In the right environment, bed bugs will re-populate quite aggressively and rather quickly. Getting a handle on this pest begins with some basic background of what you may be up against. You can get much more from What are Bed Bugs and Signs of Bed Bugs to Look for during your Home Bed Bug Inspection. This will better prepare you for your visit with your pest management professional and his/her questions for you on this matter. Knowing a Bed Bug Life Cycle and its Biology can only assist you in also understanding this hardy pest even better and eliminating it before it spreads throughout your home.
Most people not accustomed to dealing with this pest will act on their first instincts or a neighbors free advice, to include landlords, and bug-bomb the home. Don’t Do It!!! It will be incredibly tough to resist taking action in this manner. Bug bombs do have their place and this is not one of them. They do wonders on cockroaches in limited environments but will only scatter bed bugs and the main population throughout your home. During your Home Bed Bug Inspection, this process is about locating and finding any areas that they may be harboring prior to any elimination. It will be a strong temptation to break out the can of raid and kill all bed bugs within site. However, you will only kill a small percentage of any infestation that may be present and scatter the main population throughout your home.
DIY Exterminator Dude
The same advice follows for using DIY – off the shelf chemical products, unless you know what you are doing and have “read the label” in its entirety. At times and very dependant upon your situation, your Pest Management Professional may have you assist him/her during your Home Bed Bug Inspection. This will enhance and supplement their treatment protocol while they are away from your home. The best advise is to follow their advise to the letter and do not deviate from your plan of attack. Take plenty of notes during your visit with your Pest Professional and remember that it will take plenty of teamwork from family members to assist you in this project. This will be a process and definitely not a overnight fix.
Prepare yourself for your first visit with your Pest Professional and have all of your can I/should I/will you type questions written down prior to his/her arrival. Prepare yourself for the long haul in totally eliminating this pest from your household. In some cases and to no fault of your own, it may take a few months to completely eradicate this pest. You may live in an apartment complex or other housing development where you have no control over what takes place outside of your bedroom wall. Dig deep for patience and develop a sound plan of attack with your Pest Management Professional. Stick to the plan in your Home Bed Bug Inspection and you will prevail in eliminating this pest!
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