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6.4.2. 6.4.3.

Educate the occupants about bed bugs, including recognition and prevention. Install mattress and box spring encasements.

6.4.4. Allow follow-up inspections of surrounding units until bed bugs have been eliminated.

7. Disposal of Beds, Furniture, Possessions 7.1. Disposal of beds, furniture, clothing, and other items because they are infested with bed bugs should generally be discouraged in residential situations and should be evaluated on a case-by- case basis. 7.1.1. Disposal of infested items does not guarantee bed bug control. 7.1.2. Disposal of these items can result in a serious financial burden for residents, particularly in lower income areas.

7.1.3. Replacement items may become infested if brought into a room prior to control of the infestation.

7.1.4. Disposal may result in spread of bed bugs to new locations.

7.2. Mattress, box spring and furniture encasements can be a cost-effective alternative to disposal. 7.3.

Some customers will prefer to dispose of infested items even after assurance that they can be successfully treated.

7.4. Hotels and other sensitive sites may prefer to dispose of all bed bug-infested furniture to avoid negative public relations.

7.5. When disposal of infested materials is necessary, steps should be taken to minimize the likelihood of spreading bed bugs in accordance with applicable laws or ordinances for discarding bed bug- infested items. 7.5.1.

7.5.2. Visible or readily accessible bed bugs should be eliminated by vacuuming, steaming, freezing, insecticide treatment or other methods.

7.5.3. 7.5.4.

Prior to removal from the infested area, mattresses, box springs, and furniture should be sealed in plastic to trap bed bugs inside.

If left for pick-up, furniture should be labeled as bed-bug infested, and then damaged to render it unsalvageable.

7.5.5. Disposal should be coordinated with trash pick-up, or items should be taken directly to a disposal site.

8. Client Cooperation and Treatment Preparations 8.1. Cooperation from residents, their guests, staff, and management is critical for success when controlling bed bugs.

8.2. Typical failures of cooperation include lack of preparation or lack of access to infested and adjacent rooms, or failure to follow IPM recommendations to eliminate conditions conducive to infestation.

8.3. When agreeing to provide a bed bug service, a pest management firm should clearly delineate the preparations that the customer must make and the preparations that the pest management firm will perform. 8.3.1.

Items that are badly damaged and deteriorated may not justify the effort and expense to treat them and should be discarded.

Preparation recommendations vary based on company protocol and treatment type or methods. Some pest management firms require the client or resident to prepare infested rooms by performing tasks such as: stripping the bed, emptying closets, dressers and nightstands, bagging and cleaning clothes and linens, vacuuming and reducing clutter. The client should be educated about how to avoid translocating bed bugs during the preparation process.


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