We got bed bugs from an item (baby pack & play) from my niece, for when we would watch the baby. I immediately put it in the spare bedroom. That night my right arm was itchy & I woke to find these red very itchy bites on my right side, the side I sleep on. I ripped the everything off the bed & found 2 of these little fat red bugs which when crushed blood came out. This was 6 months ago. We’ve been spraying “viper” every week but kept finding one or 2 on the bed. Flipped box spring and all these black spots were all over bottom/sides, etc. I threw away the box spring & mattress. Washed every type of cloth item in that room with hot water and threw away every book & any other paper or cardboard. After we spray the room, the next day I wash the walls & such with Mr Clean, vacuum the wall to wall carpeting then shampoo the rug with my Hoover shampooer with hot water & the machine also heats up. Do I need to buy something else or do something different as I don’t want to buy a new bed until I know there gone.
Thank you, Anita
P.S. I change vacuum bag & clean the vacuum & shampooer outside with hot water after every use.
At this point I would say the first thing you need to do is review our BEDBUG CONTROL article. From the reading you’ll learn these guys love to live in wood like furniture, picture frames, molding and other areas out and away from the bed and mattress. You’ll also learn these areas are best treated with some DRIONE DUST.
I also suggest you change from using the Viper to CYFLUTHRIN and GENTROL. The active in Viper isn’t the best for bedbugs (I don’t think bedbugs are even on the label) and by adding the growth regulator, your treatments will have a much better impact.
Lastly, I suggest you keep some BEDLAM AEROSOL on hand. It’s easy to apply and will come in handy for spot treating certain areas as needed in between liquid treatments.
The key with bedbugs is getting the area thoroughly treated and though cleaning may make you feel better, it won’t do anything to control the local population like a good spraying will.
Here are links for the products and information mentioned above:
Bedbug Control: http://www.bugspray.com/article/bedbugs.html