For the most part, pest management professionals (PMPs) know how to manage bed bug infestations in the “usual suspect” places such as in box springs, bed frames or on mattresses. We have many products, devices and methods that are applicable there.
But what about bed bugs found in less-conventional places? Infestations in or on books, musical instruments, vinyl records, leather shoes and handbags, electronics, children’s toys, etc., can pose a challenge. In many of these cases, the typical bed bug control methods are not viable. What can a PMP do with these types of sensitive items?
- Vacuuming is a highly effective way to remove bed bugs and eggs.
- Heat treatments can be effective, but it’s important that electronics are unplugged and/or off. Vinyl records and other items sensitive to heat should never be exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Freezing, in certain instances, can be helpful in managing some of the population. Be sure items are held for an adequate amount of time.
Sometimes, though, the best option is to discard and replace the items. In cases where rare, vintage or very valuable items are infested, it is best to consult a specialist (for example, an art restorer or a musical instrument expert) to assist in your control efforts.