• Train staff and contractors and educate residents about bed bugs
  • Encourage residents to avoid second hand furniture or to check it before bringing it onto the property


  • Look for bed bugs near seams and tags of mattress and box spring; cracks in frame and head board. Also, curtain rods, baseboard heaters, and behind chipped paint or loose wallpaper.
  • Look for physical signs of bed bugs: dark spots, smears or reddish stains on bedding or mattresses; tiny white eggs or eggshells; molted skins; live bugs
  • Bed bug sniffing dogs can be used to find bugs in various stages of development.


  • Heat infested articles and/or areas to at least 113F (45 C) for 1 hour. The higher the temperature, the shorter the time needed to kill bed bugs at all life stages.
  • Cold treatments (below 0 F) (-19 C) for at least 4 days) can eliminate some infestations. The cooler the temperature, the less time needed to kill bed bugs. Home freezers usually are not cold enough to reliably kill bed bugs.
Posted by ralph
January 19, 2021

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