Preparing your Apartment for Bed Bug Treatment

For apartment complexes and multi-families in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut

Did you see a bedbug? Wake up with bite marks? You are not alone. There has been a tremendous surge in bedbug infestations in the last 10 years. 

Thankfully, there is a lot that Debug can do to help you with your bed bug problem.  With a little bit of elbow grease and prep-work,  you can help Debug’s bed bug control treatments can take effect faster and be more efficient.

Help your Pest Control Technician rid your home of a bed bugs by completing these simple steps before the Technician arrives:

Your Bed

  1. Remove everything that is under your beds. Articles under your bed provide bedbugs places to hide and multiply. 
  2. Leave the contents that were kept under your beds in the bedrooms. Do not move those contents into other rooms before they are inspected by our technician. If you move the contents into other rooms, you can make the infestation spread.
  3. For good measure, avoid storing anything under your  beds in the future.

Your Closets

  1. Remove everything from your closets. This includes: items placed on the floor, hanging clothes and articles stored on shelving units. 
  2. Do not move these contents into other rooms before they are inspected by our technician.  If you move the contents into other rooms, you can make the infestation spread.

Your Clutter

  1. Reduce the amount of clutter in your unit as much as possible. Clutter in your unit provides bed bugs a safe place to hide. Examples of clutter include: clothing on the floor, extra pieces of furniture, and overly packed closets. 
  2. Place your items in an outdoor trash receptacle or a storage unit. (Note that if you use a storage unit, you should have your items inspected for the presence of bedbugs. Bedbugs can live in storage units for up to a year and reinfest your apartment.
  3. For good measure, try to keep clutter to a minimum in your bedroom in the future.

These simple steps can make your treatment faster and more efficient.

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Bonus Blog Article

10 Easy Steps to Prevent Ticks in your Backyard

Ticks bring more than a bite. They also bring Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Keep you, your kids, and pets safe with some of these tips to stay tick-free from Bill.

1. Reduce the leaf matter around the property

Mice love leaves. They will nest in it. Ticks love leaves. They lay their eggs in it. The eggs turn into larvae and feed on the mice. Mice are one of the biggest carriers of ticks, so you will want to stop them too.

2. Keep the lawn mowed

Ticks don’t like the sun – it dries them out. Keeping your lawn short will expose them to the sun, and force them to retreat in the woods.

3. Make sure your garbage is secured from rodents

No, ticks don’t like garbage! But mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons do – and they bring ticks!

4. Don’t leave pet food outside

Wildlife will come for dog food, too!

5. Reduce deer food options on your property

Deer love roses, hostas, and day Lillies. They also love juniper, dogwood, and holly. They also like rhododendrons and azaleas.

Plant fuzzy or hairy foliage, aromatic plants, and ornamental grasses instead.

6. Fence-in your lawn

Fences can stop most wildlife from using your property as a food source.

7. Keep furniture out of the woods

We’ve seen a lot of fire pits and lawn furniture that are located right on the edge of the woods. Ticks are sitting on the tall grass and bushes waiting to crawl onto you while you lean back in your chair.

8. Remove bird feeders

Ticks can fly! No, they can’t. But birds do. Young ticks feed on birds. The ticks will drop off the bird when they stop feeding, and can then attach onto you!

9. Have your pets treated for ticks

Talk to your veterinarian about the proper product for your dog or cat.

10. Hire a professional pest control company

By treating the “transition zone” (5-10 feet into the woods that surround the lawn) and shaded garden beds, a professional tick control company can reduce your exposure to ticks and Lyme disease.

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