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Identifying Raccoons in Wisconsin

The raccoon is a common backyard “bandit” that is easy to spot with its black facemask and bushy, ringed tail. These animals are nocturnal. (That means active at night.) They spend the nighttime hours searching for food in cities and countryside. The raccoon is very good with its front paws, using them like hands. Its scientific name, Procyon lotor, means “a washer.” Raccoons often seem to wash their food in the water.

How can you identify a raccoon?

Besides their mask and bushy, ringed tail, raccoons are covered with 1-2 inch-long fur. They weigh an average of 14-24 pounds — but they can grow to 40 pounds! Their fur is a grizzled gray color or sometimes black with silver tips. Raccoon fur can range from a light brown to reddish, to a dark black color. Look for their broad head, pointed nose, and black eyes. Their ears stand straight up and are about 1 ½ inches long. Raccoons make a variety of sounds including purrs, whimpers, snarls, growls, hisses, screams, and whinnies.
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Raccoon tracks are easy to spot because their paw print looks like a pair of small human hands. Each foot has five long toes with short, curved claws. The raccoon’s body is round. It has short legs and flat feet that cause it to waddle. The bottoms of raccoon feet are hairless. Look for tracks near the water since they like to wade in woodland streams, prowling for food.

Night Walker

Look for raccoons at night, as they start moving around at sunset and then “disappear” after sunrise. You can find them all across Wisconsin, but they are less common in the northern counties. During the day, they rest on high ground or in hollow trees, rock crevices, burrows, caves, or buildings.

Nighttime means mealtime for raccoons. They are omnivorous, which means that they eat both plants and animals. Raccoons like a mixture of nuts, fruits, berries, seeds, insects, frogs, turtles, eggs, crayfish, carrion (dead meat) and garbage! They like wooded, brushy areas near water and can often be spotted wading in a pond or stream “dipping” their food in the water.

In spring and fall, they love to rest in empty nests of large birds or squirrels. Raccoons can also make their home in buildings. In the warm months, raccoons are known for their nighttime activities in neighborhoods where they tip over trash cans, and raid gardens and bird feeders looking for a bite to eat. You might catch a glimpse of one coming out of, or scurrying into a storm sewer. They can be a problem for homeowners when they move into buildings.

Urban raccoons

Due to its adaptability, the raccoon has been able to use urban areas as a habitat. The first sightings were recorded in a suburb of Cincinnati in the 1920s. Since the 1950s, raccoons have been present in metropolitan areas like Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee. Home range sizes of urban raccoons are only 3 to 40 hectares (7.5 to 100 acres) for females and 8 to 80 hectares (20 to 200 acres) for males. In small towns and suburbs, many raccoons sleep in a nearby forest after foraging in the settlement area. Fruit and insects in gardens and leftovers in municipal waste are easily available food sources. Furthermore, a large number of additional sleeping areas exist in these areas, such as hollows in old garden trees, cottages, garages, abandoned houses, and attics. The percentage of urban raccoons sleeping in abandoned or occupied houses varies from 15% in Washington, DC (1991) to 43% in Kassel (2003).

Health

Raccoons can carry rabies, a lethal disease caused by the neurotropic rabies virus carried in the saliva and transmitted by bites. Its spread began in Florida and Georgia in the 1950s and was facilitated by the introduction of infected individuals to Virginia and North Dakota in the late 1970s. Of the 6,940 documented rabies cases reported in the United States in 2006, 2,615 (37.7%) were in raccoons. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as local authorities in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces, has developed oral vaccination programs to fight the spread of the disease in endangered populations. Only one human fatality has been reported after transmission of the rabies virus strain commonly known as “raccoon rabies”.

Raccoons and human Conflicts

The increasing number of raccoons in urban areas has resulted in diverse reactions in humans, ranging from outrage at their presence to deliberate feeding. Some wildlife experts and most public authorities caution against feeding wild animals because they might become increasingly obtrusive and dependent on humans as a food source. Other experts challenge such arguments and give advice on feeding raccoons and other wildlife in their books. Raccoons without a fear of humans are a concern to those who attribute this trait to rabies, but scientists point out this behavior is much more likely to be a behavioral adjustment to living in habitats with regular contact to humans for many generations. Raccoons usually do not prey on domestic cats and dogs, but individual cases of killings have been reported.

Be Careful

Wild animals do not make good pets! Raccoons can carry diseases like the distemper virus. If you see a wild animal acting strange, stay away and contact a professional at Bohmz Pest Services Immediately by calling (608) 201-0807 or visit our CONTACT PAGE.

Raccoons can be found living in attics, crawlspaces, dumpsters, and basements in homes and businesses throughout Janesville, Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Fitchburg & Beloit.

Boxelder Bugs Are On the Move This October | Prevention & Tips

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With the cool fall air slowly creeping in, boxelder bugs and other seasonal pests have begun to seek shelter inside homes and buildings in anticipation of the winter months ahead.  Often found basking in the sunlight in and around buildings, especially on south-facing walls, boxelder bugs seek out cracks and crevices that will lead them to sheltered area just before winter arrives.

Although these pests are relatively harmless, they can be a huge nuisance to property owners as they have a habit of migrating in large numbers.  Additionally, their excrement has been known to leave stains on walls, curtains and other areas inside the home.

Boxelder bug infestations typically begin in the fall, when the bugs begin moving indoors, and will last until early spring when they emerge from hibernation and make their way back outside. In order to avoid these pesky bugs this fall and into the spring, I recommend taking a few preventative measures before the weather turns cold.  And the best place to start is being able to identify the intruder.

What is a boxelder bug?

  • Adult boxelder bugs are about a half inch long, with flat wing that lay across their backs.
  • The bugs are black with distinctive orange or red markings.
  • They are named after the Boxelder trees they feed on, but have also been known to consume Ash, Maple and Cherry trees as well as other seed-bearing plants.

 

A nuisance pest:

  • Boxelders do not bite or cause damage to property; however, they have earned a reputation as a nuisance pest due to their tendency to migrate indoors in large numbers each fall.
  • Thriving on sunlight, boxelders can be spotted around windows, crack and crevices basking in the sun’s rays.
  • They can also be found in walls or attics, hibernating for the winter.

Black and orange bugs congregated on the sunny side of your house in fall are likely boxelder bugs. They are not harmful to plants and people, but certainly are annoying. The immature bugs feed on ground level vegetation throughout the summer. The adults move to female boxelder trees, a type of maple, and occasionally to other maples and ash trees to eat and lay eggs. Their feeding does not harm the trees. The problem usually occurs when the adults seek a warm sunny spot, usually the side of your home, to warm themselves in fall. As temperatures cool they often find their way indoors through cracks and crevices. Repair and fill any crevices to keep these insects out of the house. Manage high populations by vacuuming as they congregate or spray the side of your house with soapy water. Test the siding first to make sure the soapy solution will not change the color of your siding. Removing the tree is not guaranteed to solve the problem. Adults can fly and may find their way to the sunny side of your home. Better to seal the house to keep them out or learn to live with these annoying pests.

 

Prevention and tips for exclusion:

  • Check for damaged screens doors in roof and soffit vents and in bathroom and kitchen fans.  Replace or repair them as necessary.
  • Seal areas where cable TV wires, phone lines and other utility wires/pipes enter buildings.  Do the same for outdoor facets, dryer vents and similar objects.
  • Seal exterior cracks and openings with caulk.  For larger spaces, use polyurethane expandable spray foam, copper mesh or another appropriate sealant.
  • Install door sweeps at all exterior entry doors and install a rubber seal along the bottom of garage doors.

With just a few simple fall pest-proofing steps, you can ensure that your home remains free of boxelder bugs now and into the spring season. And, as an added bonus, these tips will help you seal up any cracks that will let cold air in before winter arrives!


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August is an active month for bat infestations – WMTW NEWS 8’S JIM KEITHLEY

WMTW NEWS 8’S JIM KEITHLEY IS ON “BAT PATROL” TODAY AND HAS THIS REPORT.

Bats tend to move into the attic during the summer months, as they try to reach cooler spaces that often lead them into homes’ living spaces. WMTW News 8’s Jim Keithley reports.

BAT PROBLEMS – IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE THEY’RE ON THE RISE- BUT IN FACT THE BAT POPULATION IS DOWN….BUT AUGUST IS A VERY ACTIVE MONTH WITH HOMEOWNERS COMPLAINING ABOUT BATS IN THEIR ATTICS AND IN SOME CASES EVEN IN THEIR LIVING AREAS.

“Modern Pest Services to the rescue – they’re getting about 20 calls a week from homeowners who say – we’ve got bats.” Even though it’s a problem all year long, August seems to be a very active month. “This time of year in August, as this year’s young become active. We get a lot more calls because bats are moving from the attic that are a lot hotter this time of year. They try to get to cooler spaces that often leads them to actual living spaces.”

THIS VIDEO SHOWS JUST THAT…A PORTLAND COUPLE CAPTURES A BAT HANGING ABOVE A BEDROOM DOORWAY…THEY TRAP IT IN A SHEET AND TOSS IT OUT THE WINDOW …THE EXPERTS SAY THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

REMEMBER BACK IN MAY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE BAT INFESTATION AT THIS HOME? – HUNDREDS OF THEM..THEY GOT IN THROUGH A CHIMNEY FLASHING – AND CAUSED QUIT A MESS IN THE ATTIC..THIS HOUSE IS NOW COMPLETELY BAT-FREE.

“A bat sees a house as a cave, if they can get in and it’s comfortable conditions for them, they will go in.”

BACK AT THE FALMOUTH HOME – “ONE-WAY DOORS” MADE OF MESH WIRING WITH PRONGED EDGES ARE INSTALLED AND PLACED WHERE THE BATS GOT IN.

They climb through, plopped right out, fly off, when they come back they can’t get back in.”

EXPERTS ESTIMATE BETWEEN 30 OR 40 HAVE TAKEN UP RESIDENCE HERE. TODAY THEY ARE CAULKING UP CREAVACES ALONG A CHIMNEY – ANOTHER LIKELY ENTRANCE POINT. THE BAT PROBLEM HERE WILL SOON BE REMEDIED…BUT THE BATS WILL FIND ANOTHER HOME- MAYBE THE NEIGHBOR’S – THE EXPERTS SAY “EVERY” HOME IS VULNERABLE.

“So whether it’s a complete infestation with hundreds of bats or a couple of dozen like in this case it can cost between 15- hundred and 10- thousand dollars to get rid of them. Luckily in most cases it’s covered by homeowners insurance. In Falmouth, Jim Keithley WMTW News 8.”

Summer Is Almost Over…Yellow Jacket Pest Tips

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Unfortunately summer is getting close to being over which means pests and insects are also hard at work. Yellow jackets are preparing for the cooler months that lie ahead. Yellow jackets are in a frenzy during late summer and early fall, trying to gather as much food as possible for their hive.  This food is needed to help the newly produced queens survive the winter, while the rest of the hive members will die off with the first frost. Yellow jackets are very aggressive this time of year as they scavenge for human foods (like soda, juices, candy, hot dogs, and hamburgers etc.), and they will readily sting any person who stands in their way.

Here is what you can do in order to avoid getting stung:  Do not swat or run rapidly away from a yellow jacket buzzing around you, as quick movements can provoke an attack.  Instead, remain calm and motionless for a while, and then move slowly away from the area. If you are at a picnic, all food and beverages should be covered until served, and keep your thumb over your soda can in between sips in order to avoid swallowing any. Keep food sources, especially protein, indoors. Yellow jackets feed primarily off of protein, so be sure to keep those turkey sandwiches indoors and enjoy the postprandial glow outside instead of the other way around. Food sources include your pet’s food as well. Make sure you find an effective way to store your pet food (if you do store it outside) so that any roaming yellow jackets can’t make a quick feast out of your furry friend’s treat.

Don’t leave sugar out. In the spring and summer, yellow jackets eat primarily protein. In the fall, yellow jackets begin to incorporate sugars into their diet. Sugar can increase the lifespan and reproductive function of many predatory wasps, making it a particularly dangerous thing to keep around. If picnicking, try to keep sweets such as sodas and desserts indoors. Hummingbird feeders, essentially sugar-water dispensers, can be especially problematic. Investigate ways to kill or remove the entire colony before you put up a lot of sugar-water for them to gorge on.

Put out sliced cucumbers. If you have to put out food (we do not advocate blowing off 4th of July on account of some pesky wasps), one unusual wasp repellent you can try is cucumber. This vegetable has an acid property that wasps don’t like. Cut up a few slices and leave around your picnic or BBQ area. They stay away and you can enjoy your outdoor activities without fear of getting stung.

Seal your garbage cans tightly. Yellow jackets are primarily hunters, but they can morph into greedy little scavengers if the prize is worth it. An open or easy-to-access garbage can is just that. Remember that sugars and proteins are especially pleasing to yellow jackets, so consider isolating those into separate bins to be extra sure. It’s not necessary if you take care to lock up your entire garbage heap, but it may give succor to those fiercely afraid of yellow jackets.

Don’t do these things. In addition to the advice above, don’t do any of the following thing, as they are most likely counterproductive: Don’t wear bright colors. The yellow jackets could think that you’re a flower and be attracted to you. Don’t swat at yellow jackets. Killing one yellow jacket may be cathartic, but it also causes a pheromone to be released which attracts other wasps. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Don’t wear overly aromatic perfumes. Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet smells.

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Burglar hides from police… in a wasps’ nest – Ooops!

A man is repeatedly stung by angry wasps when he disrupted their nest while hiding in a bush from police.

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A suspected burglar was caught with a different kind of sting operation after he disturbed a wasps’ nest while hiding from police.

The man was repeatedly stung by angry wasps when he disrupted their nest while hiding in a bush from officers.

He had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

West Yorkshire Police’s Leeds Inner South Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) posted on Facebook: “A male has been arrested after breaking into business premises in Hunslet.

“The male however is currently in hospital after making the unfortunate decision to hide from the police in a bush and thus disturbing a wasps’ nest.”

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Wasps are semi-social and live in small colonies. While not an aggressive species by nature, wasps will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Wasp stings are painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stings.

TIP: WASP PREVENTION
Wasps often build nests in residential yards. Before trimming shrubs or hedges, or picking fruit, check the plant for wasp nests. Treat wood fences and deck railings with a repellent oil to deter wasps from gathering cellulose from the wood. If you suspect you have a wasp infestation or find a wasp nest on your property, contact Bohmz Pest Services, a licensed pest management professional to find out about wasp treatment.

Do not attempt to remove a nest on your own, as there is a high probability you will get stung!

Wasps, Bees & Hornet Removal Services | Janesville & Madison

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No time to meet? No problem! If you are unable to meet with our technician at the time of service, we can still assist you. Your keys and codes will be completely safe with our licensed and certified technicians. To schedule an appointment for residential or business service, contact Bohmz Pest Services by calling 608.201.0807 today or by visiting our contact page.

General Raccoon Questions & Answers

Q. Why did the raccoons pick my house?

A. Wild animals, including raccoons, pick a house by its exterior first.  If you have food available, like bird feeders, garbage, gardens, lawn grubs or pet food, the raccoons consider this great curb appeal.

Once they see a good place to eat, the next check is for a good place to sleep and raise their young.  Raccoons can squeeze through any opening that their head will fit through, or about a 4″ hole.  Anything that gives them access to the interior of the building (like loose fascia), or to the chimney makes your house their home.

Q. Why do raccoons want to live in my attic?

A. Raccoons seek a safe place to live and to raise their babies.  As human populations spread, construction and development destroys natural raccoon homes.  Manmade structures are very similar to the natural habitat of a hollow tree, with the extra bonus of climate control and very few predators.  Attics, chimneys and crawl spaces or even wall cavities make great nurseries.

Q. Why do I need to get rid of raccoons?

A. Raccoons do not make good roommates-they never pay rent and they leave the place a mess.  You want to get them out as soon as possible or suffer from noise, attic damage, chimney blockage, tipped garbage cans, missing pet food, alarmed pets and possible disease. Once raccoons are accustomed to your home they return year after year-scratching, mating, fighting, growling and generally tearing up the place.  Raccoons can weigh up to 50 pounds and make a mess that seems much bigger than that.  They also create holes that give access to other animals, such as bats.  Their messes attract even more animals, like mice and rats. We recommend you get them out of your building as soon as possible.

Q. When are raccoons a problem?

A. Raccoons in homes are always a problem.  They have a well-deserved reputation for mischief.  The very name “raccoon” comes from an Algonquian word meaning “he who scratches with his hands.”  That gives you a good idea of the problems raccoons cause. They are also intelligent, omnivorous (will eat nearly anything), and strong.  When they enter the human world they damage property, scare people, injure pets, threaten your physical and mental health and keep you up at night.

Q. When do raccoons come into houses?

A. Raccoons most commonly enter homes and other buildings between April and September, depending on location, but we get calls year-round from people with animals in their attics, chimneys and crawl spaces.  Raccoons seek shelter or a place to birth and raise their young. Females hide from the male raccoons (boars), which hunt and kill young raccoons.

Q. When is the best time to get rid of raccoons?

A. As soon as you know they are in your home.  We can remove raccoons, even with litters of young, any time of the year. The longer you wait the more damage they cause and the harder it is to keep them from returning. If you know there are raccoons in your area or have heard that your neighbors have had raccoon problems, quickly put preventative measures in place or you may be next.

Q. Where do raccoons usually enter a building?

A. A raccoon can enter your building anywhere she finds or can make a 4-inch hole.  That’s right, if her head fits, she can squeeze her body through!  Favorite access spots are chimneys, weak soffits, dormers, and under eaves.  Unfinished areas, such as under decks, are also favorite doors, as are locations where two types of material meet (brick to wood or siding to stucco).

Q.  How do I know if I have raccoons in my attic?

A. Don’t ignore the probability that an animal is there.  99% of the time when people call me with a possible animal problem, they are right! With raccoons, you usually don’t really have to wonder because they are not sneaky.

Walk around your home and look for raccoon activity: bent or broken vents and mud or scratch marks near corners and downspouts. Raccoons tear holes with their strong and clever hands. Listen for chirping sounds in your fireplace or screaming and crying (raccoon mating noise) in your attic. You will commonly hear a lot of walking, thumping and wrestling noises, almost like two boys in a fight.  Late night and early morning are very noisy times as the raccoons wake up and leave and then return to den in the morning.

Raccoons leave droppings similar in size and smell to a dog and have a strong body odor as well. You may also see animals occasionally during the day.  Be cautious. Raccoons are primary nocturnal and activity during the day can mean rabies.  It can also just mean the animal is unusually stressed or seeking food.

Bed Bug Frequently Asked Questions

 

Bed bugs were once a common public health nuisance, declining in incidence through the mid 20th century. However, bed bugs have experienced a dramatic resurgence and there are worldwide reports of increasing numbers of infestations. The presence or absence of bed bugs has no relation to the cleanliness of your home; the most immaculate homes are just as suceptible to bed bug infestation as untidy homes. Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.

Where are bed bugs found?

Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Europe. Although the presence of bed bugs has traditionally been seen as a problem in developing countries, it has recently been spreading rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe. Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found.

Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. Bed bugs have been shown to be able to travel over 100 feet in a night but tend to live within 8 feet of where people sleep.

Do bed bugs spread disease?

Bed bugs should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.

What health risks do bed bugs pose?

A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

What are the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation?

One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area.

These signs include:

  • the bed bugs’ exoskeletons after molting,
  • bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets,
  • rusty–colored blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material that they excrete on the mattress or nearby furniture, and
  • a sweet musty odor.

How do I know if I’ve been bitten by a bed bug?

It is hard to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea — a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. The bite marks may be random or appear in a straight line. Other symptoms of bed bug bites include insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems that arise from profuse scratching of the bites.

Because bed bug bites affect everyone differently, some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bugs and can react adversely to the bites. These allergic symptoms can include enlarged bite marks, painful swellings at the bite site, and, on rare occasions, anaphylaxis.

How did I get bed bugs?

Bed bugs are experts at hiding. Their slim flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel. The bed bugs travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and anywhere else where they can hide. Most people do not realize they are transporting stow-away bed bugs as they travel from location to location, infecting areas as they travel.

Who is at risk for getting bed bugs?

Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs when visiting an infected area. However, anyone who travels frequently and shares living and sleeping quarters where other people have previously slept has a higher risk of being bitten and or spreading a bed bug infestation.

How are bed bugs treated and prevented?

Bed bug bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat. The best way to treat a bite is to avoid scratching the area and apply antiseptic creams or lotions and take an antihistamine. Bed bug infestations are commonly treated by insecticide spraying. If you suspect that you have an infestation, contact your landlord or professional pest control company that is experienced with treating bed bugs. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for the signs of an infestation.


Bohmz Pest Services Can Get Rid of Bed Bugs! Bed Bug Removal Services in Janesville & Madison.

To schedule an appointment for residential or business service, contact Bohmz Pest Services by calling 608.201.0807 today or by visiting our contact page.

Top Ten Tips to Prevent or Control Bed Bugs

  1. Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects.
    You can compare your insect to the pictures online or show it to Bohmz Pest Service professionals.
  2. Don’t panic!
    It can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, but it’s not impossible. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bed bugs to other people’s homes and could cause more stress.
  3. Think through your treatment options — Don’’t immediately reach for the spray can.
    Be comprehensive in your approach.  If pesticides are needed, always follow label directions or hire a professional. There is help available to learn about treatment options.
  4. Reduce the number of hiding places — Clean up the clutter.
    A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bed bugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing.
  5. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor.
    This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.
  6. Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control.
    While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method.
  7. Kill bed bugs with heat, but be very careful.
    Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters won’t do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F). To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding
  8. Don’’t pass your bed bugs on to others.
    Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.
  9. Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites.
    Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.
  10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.
    Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs.