Bed Bug Spray
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"I turned over my wooden bed frame and the entire underside was covered with bed bugs. I sprayed them with your Bed Bug Spray and they were all dead within a minute. And now my bed frame has a nice smell of cedar. Next, I have to treat my carpets with your Bed Bug Powder."
"I took my Mom to the Senior Center and the nurse was picking bed bugs off a man's shirt. I told the nurse they had to wash everything with the Cedar Laundry Additive or else I would not bring my Mom in again. i think if everybody washed their clothes with the Laundry Additive they wouldn't be spreading bed bugs."
Detailed Application Instructions for the 4-Step Program
Get Rid of Bed Bugs once and for all!
Pesticides are harmful to your kids and pets
Here you’ll learn how to kill Bed Bugs with Cedar Bug-Free products. The 4 Steps to DIY success are:
Products you will need:
Tools you will need:
Common kitchen strainer or a flour sifter
Broom or push broom
Step 1: Prepare the room for treatment and wash everything with Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive
Getting the room ready is as important to success as the treatment itself. A little extra time spent getting ready will make treating the room faster and easier, as well as more effective.
The best way to work is to treat one room at a time.
The easiest rooms to treat for Bed Bugs are the ones that are neat and clutter free. I suggest you straighten up as much as possible. If you feel you need help getting organized, by all means go for it – options range from enlisting the help of family and friends to hiring a company that specializes is getting homes ready for Bed Bug treatments.
Just remember that the more stuff you have in the space, the harder it will be to treat your room because you’ll have to move items out of the way while you apply the powder and spray that will kill the Bed Bugs. Also, you will have to treat inside every box and all the items of clutter because Bed Bugs love to hide and breed in the clutter and come to you for a snack at night.
And remember that if you move an untreated, infested box or pile of stuff into another room, you are pretty certain to move Bed Bugs along with it, spreading Bed Bugs along the way. Even clothing and bedding that you take to the laundry room should be bagged to keep the Bed Bugs contained.
Washing bedding and clothing to kill any attached Bed Bugs and eggs is very important, but the hottest settings of our washing machines and of our dryers are not hot enough to kill them. Besides, who wants to ruin their best clothes and expensive bedding with hot water? The answer is to add Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive to your wash. It works even in cold water.
Vacuum the floors, place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag, tie it tightly and dispose of it.
If you discard infested items, including bedding or furniture, PLEASE don’t share the problem. To keep from spreading Bed Bugs throughout your building, and to warn people not to take these things from the street – wrap the piece in a heavy plastic drop cloth and tape it closed with duck tape or heavy shipping tape, then put a sign on it that warns: BED BUGS.
You’ll also want to close the windows and turn off the air conditioner or any fans to keep the Bed Bug Powder from blowing about. It’s a good idea to cover electronic equipment like TVs and computers with a towel, plastic bag or drop cloth.
And yes, when you apply the Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder, some powder will linger in the air for a few minutes. Then it’ll settle. When you’re ready to clean up after applying the Bed Bug Powder, a damp cloth is all you’ll need to clean hard surfaces and furniture polish will work fine on wood.
Once the room is ready, I suggest that you shift as many items as you can, first to one side of the room, treating the cleared space, and then shift them to the other side of the room, and treat the newly cleared space. It will be especially important to treat under, behind and around the bed, the headboard and the nightstands.
As you are prepping the room you will likely want to use the Cedar Bug-Free Bed Bug Spray on the Bed Bugs you see as you work around the room.
Now you are ready for the three DIY Pest Control steps.
Step 2: Treat carpets and rugs with Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder
The Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder is easy to apply and lasts up to a year (or until you steam clean your carpets and rugs). Even regular vacuuming won’t take it out.
This is important because Bed Bugs love to crawl under the carpet, around the edges of the room, and hide there until dark. Under the carpet is a favorite place for Bed Bugs to lay their eggs. But, to their surprise, when they and their babies crawl out looking for a meal, the powder will be there to dehydrate them!
It’s also a good idea to apply the Bed Bug Powder between the mattress and box spring and to the areas of the bed frame that make contact with the bed. This prevents Bed Bugs from making a home there, which Bed Bug covers alone won’t stop.
To keep Bed Bugs from crawling up the legs of the bed to bite you as you sleep, use a furniture coaster or even a paper plate under each of the legs of the bed and put a little of the Bed Bug Power in them.
What if I don’t have carpeting?
If you don’t have carpeting or large area rugs, you have a couple of choices. Some people prefer to buy inexpensive rugs and treat them. The big box hardware and discount stores usually have some good choices in inexpensive rugs, and many carpet stores sell carpet remnants.
If rugs are out of the question, then I recommend that you use the powder around the baseboards of each room, as well as under the bed, between the mattress and box spring and in furniture coasters or paper plates under each of the bed legs.
We even have customers that choose to sprinkle powder over all their floors and just live with it for about five weeks to get past the critical reproductive cycle of the Bed Bugs.
How to treat the carpets and rugs:
A homeowner can apply Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder using a 6 inch wide kitchen strainer and a broom. We like a push broom, but any broom will do. Although the ingredients in all our products are considered safe, the Bed Bug Powder will create dust in the air for a few minutes so I suggest you wear a dust mask. A dust mask is inexpensive and can be found at any hardware store.
If you are very sensitive or if you have respiratory problems, you might consider a respirator, also found at any hardware store. If you have any health questions, be sure and consult your physician before using any product.
The important thing is to get the Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder into every part of the carpet that you can. It’s very important to treat under the bed.
Application: Spreading the powder is like sprinkling powdered sugar over a dessert. Fill the kitchen strainer about ¾ full with Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder, hold the strainer 2 to 3 feet above the carpet or rug and lightly tap the side of the mesh with your free hand to dispense the powder. Tapping the mesh with your fingers gives you more control than tapping the rim. You want a light but even layer of powder on the carpet (you can always add more!).
Avoid clumps; they take more effort to brush into the carpet. Practice on a small area until you can sprinkle the powder evenly over the carpet. For carpets and rugs of average thickness, use about one pound of powder per 150 to 200 square feet. For thicker carpets and rugs, use more – about one pound of powder per 100 to 150 square feet. For thinner carpets and rugs, use less – about one pound of powder per 200 to 250 square feet.
Don’t skimp! Try a small area first. You can tell how much to use by noticing how easily the powder disappears into the carpet. If you have to work hard to get the powder into the carpet (as with berber carpets and very thin carpets), then use less and make sure you spread the powder very evenly – you want to make sure you are covering as much of the carpets and rugs as possible.
Pay special attention (and use extra powder) along the edges where the carpet meets the wall.
It’s a good idea to sprinkle powder on the top of the baseboards and leave it there; Bed Bugs will have to walk on it as they try to go up and down the walls.
Next you want to work the powder into the carpet. Using the broom, brush the powder into the carpet using short strokes. This is different than sweeping; you want to brush the powder down into the carpet, not across the carpet. When you are done, use the broom to gently sweep the surface of the carpet or rug – yes, now you sweep! The goal here is to cause any excess powder to disappear into the carpet.
When you are finished with the brushing, you can open windows and doors and turn on fans. Wait until the air clears before turning on any air conditioners (the powder in the air can clog the filters).
Once brushed into the carpet, the Powder will begin to adhere to the fibers of the carpet and will not puff back up into the air, because it is electrostatically charged and is designed to adhere to the carpet.
The first vacuuming will remove any excess powder. It’s best to wait at least 5 to 7 days before vacuuming. Longer is better because the more Powder that is left close to the surface of the carpet means the easier it is for the Bed Bugs to come in contact with the Powder and die.
Be kind to your vacuum cleaner. First vacuum lightly, dispose of the bag, and then finish up with a second effort.
Step 3: Bed Bug Covers
Bed Bug covers prevent Bed Bugs from entering or exiting the mattress and box springs, and stop the bed infestation. You need them even if you buy a new bed!
Here are the horror stories:
People who call after buying a new bed.
People who call after buying Bed Bug Covers.
Why didn’t it work?
Bed Bugs are not just in the bed, although they do love to make their home there. Because they want to spread out, to find new hosts, they wander from the bed and into furniture, under the carpet, even into the walls through electrical outlets. That’s why a new bed can and usually does become quickly infested – there are still plenty of Bed Bugs in the room. So, even if you have a new bed, or plan on buying a new bed, proper Bed Bug Covers are a must.
Why didn’t the Bed Bug covers you bought work? I can think of two reasons. I’ve seen a lot of variations in the design and quality of Bed Bug covers. Some are sold as such, but the stitching allows the critters to go right on through. So, good quality covers are a must.
The second reason the covers didn’t work might be because Bed Bugs were in more places than the mattress and box spring. Applying the Cedar Bug-Free Bed Bug Powder between, under and around the bed, as well as around baseboards and in carpets and rugs, works together with the Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray, good Bed Bug covers and washing clothing and linens in the Cedar Bug-Free™ Laundry Additive for DIY pest control success.
There are a lot of places where you can buy Bed Bug covers today. We’ve tested a lot of different covers and know that the ones we carry will work for you. If you buy yours elsewhere, that’s fine, just be careful to buy the best quality possible. And buy those rated for Bed Bugs!
Step 4: Spray your furniture with Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray
Because Bed Bugs are so mobile, and have a long reproductive cycle, you will see some fugitives before the Bed Bug Power can dehydrate them. It feels good to be able to mist them with a product that is completely safe for you, your family and your pets.
A small amount of our Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray and they are dead.
Our Bed Bug Spray is also great for all those places you wouldn’t want to powder, like inside furniture, on closet shelves, bookshelves, curtains and anywhere you suspect Bed Bugs of hiding. I strongly suggest that you take the drawers out of furniture and spray inside and outside every piece, including all sides of the drawers. The same can be done in the closet.
Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray can also be used in a hand-held fogger. If you use a fogger, rather than spraying, you need take the family and pets out of the home, use a respirator during the fogging and leave the home closed up for about three hours. This allows the molecules of product to remain suspended in the air until you return and open the windows to air out the rooms. Do not stay in the home until it is thoroughly aired after fogging.
The Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray is non-toxic and smells like cedar, its main ingredient. It kills because the Bed Bugs will stop breathing rather than smell it, though personally I like the smell!
Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray will not stain clothing, wood, curtains or even paper. It also has the extra benefit of ending musty odors because it kills mold and mildew, and can be used on other insects, like spiders, roaches and ants too.
Other Treatment Considerations:
I want you to win the Bed Bug battle, and I know you can, and I know it’s not difficult.
I also know the different ways you can get into trouble, so I want to go over these with you now, and show you how you can overcome these potential difficulties:
One of our customers, Ann, called to let us know that when she picked up her elderly mother, Ruth, at her adult day care center, Ruth had bed bugs crawling on her clothes. Ann tried to pick them off one by one. That may work for the adult Bed Bugs, although they are masters of hiding, but it’s impossible to see any eggs that have been laid.
Unfortunately, picking Bed Bugs off clothing after a visit to a public place, even a movie theatre, is not as uncommon as you might think. One upscale local restaurant purchased Bed Bug treatment products for their entire staff because their homes had become infested after the restaurant got Bed Bugs. Bed Bugs are easy to spread!
The solution to any problem with Bed Bugs (or lice or mites) on clothing is the Cedar Bug-Free Laundry Additive. It would be a shame to do all the other steps – powder floors, install Bed Bug covers, and use the spray and then fail because Bed Bugs are hiding in the laundry hamper!
Other areas you need to treat include your car and your luggage. The Cedar Bug-Free Bed Bug Powder can be used on upholstery and in the carpeting of your vehicles. The Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray is also great, but the powder lasts longer and only has to be applied once. It’s a good idea to spray inside your luggage before and after a short trip. For a longer trip consider taking some spray with you and treating just before you head home, to discourage any stowaways.
Too much clutter makes it difficult to treat all the places Bed Bugs can hide. De-clutter before you treat if you can. Use the Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray on and in boxes, furniture, even books and clothing. Move items off the carpet and away from the baseboards to maximize coverage with the Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder.
The bed is very important, but don’t neglect the rest of the room. Be sure you have high quality Bed Bug Covers and use the Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder between the mattress and box spring, under the bed, and in coasters under the legs of the bed. When you install the Bed Bug Covers, be sure to follow the installation instructions carefully.
Be careful not to spread Bed Bugs by taking infested boxes, clothing or furniture from an infested room into a uninfested room. Bag and/or use Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray to mist items before you move them into an area that does not have Bed Bugs.
If you have a piece of upholstered furniture that is infested, you might consider letting it go. It’s easy to treat wood furniture, but once Bed Bugs are in cushions it is very difficult to reach them with any product.
One of our customers, Gerald, had a favorite recliner. As soon as he got home from work he headed to that recliner and put his feet up. He loved to watch television sitting in that chair. His wife told us he often went to sleep in it too.
When they got Bud Bugs, Gerald was reluctant to let go of his recliner. I explained how happy he was making the Bed Bugs. They could sleep in the stuffing of the chair by day, a nice warm home, and come out at night to snack on Gerald as he slept. Gerald and his wife did everything right – except for keeping (and not treating) the recliner!
You guessed it. After another conversation about the habits of Bed Bugs the recliner went, and so did the last of the Bed Bug problem.
If you are sure you want to keep an infested piece of upholstered furniture, use Cedar Bug-Free Bed Bug Power under cushions and under the piece, and then mist the piece with Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Spray every day for the next six weeks (maybe longer). Yep. It takes a long time.
Another alternative for treating upholstered furniture is to use Cedar Bug-Free™ Bed Bug Powder liberally, then cover the piece in plastic, like a plastic drop cloth, tape it up tightly with packing tape or duck tape and leave it for a few weeks.
Again, here is the 4-Step Program to success in the battle against Bed Bugs:
I’ve tried share with you everything you need to know to be successful with your DIY treatment for Bed Bugs – a method I and others have now used thousands of times. It’s safe. It’s effective. If you follow these steps, with these products, it absolutely will work for you.
Here are the products you will need:
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