Perform a detailed inspection to verify bed bugs are present, and visually estimate the population. Focus on sleeping areas and objects nearby, including headboards, bed frames and nightstands. Treatment begins with clearing bed bugs and eggs from mattresses and other places where people or pets rest or sleep.
I suggest treating infested (or suspected infested) areas such as the box spring, headboard and bed frame with a residual insecticide. Aerosols also can be used to flush bed bugs from hiding spaces. Some insecticide labels allow for mattress applications, so check the label for that use site before spraying. When treating furniture, pay special attention to tufts, folds, seams and difficult-to-access areas.
Last, but not least, always schedule a follow-up inspection and treatment.
Dr. Dina Richman is Development Manager at FMC Professional Solutions.