For your treatment to be successful you need to set up safety zones anywhere anyone sleeps inside your home. Safety zones vastly improve control and are necessary to achieve any kind warranty. The following items are a must if you want to have quick, total control your bed bugs. If Safeguard is performing your bed bug work, You may be asked to initial receipt of a document similar to what is presented below:
You must sleep in a bed that has a frame that gets you up off the floor. No mattresses or sleeping pads directly on the floor.
No part of the bed should contact any wall.
Bed coverings should not be allowed to touch the floor, not the sheets, blankets, bed spread, or dust ruffles—nothing
Other furniture should not touch your bed.
The area under the bed needs to be free of clutter.
Your bed frame needs to fit (you may need to alter it) into bed bug interceptors that go under the supports of your bed frame. Interceptors trap bed bugs coming and going.
Extra large interceptors can be provided that fit larger bed posts.
Some beds, expensive beds even, will not work with interceptors and should be put in storage until all the bed bugs are controlled.
You must install an approved encasement product on your box springs. Optional encasements are available for mattresses and pillows. We say “Approved” only because many of the cheap encasements don’t work and wont keep you from getting bit. We provide these essentials at our cost.
We recommend, and provide at our cost, Protect-A-Bed and ActiveGuard encasements. ActiveGuard encasements are more expensive, but they contain a treatment material that works to control bed bugs for over a year.
(Left) You need to either heat treat your clothing in a pre-heated commercial dryer or purchase and use a ZappBug type heat treatment device. (Right)
(Bottom) Items you can do without or that wouldn’t survive the drier, may be placed in large garbage bags with Nuvan Strips for 1 to 2 weeks. Nuvan strips give off vapors that kill bed bugs.
Think throw pillows, stuffed animals, clothes you don’t want to pay to wash or dry clean, etc…