Hopefully, we are concluding our quest to learn more about a subject we never wanted to be knowledgeable about—bed bugs. There has been a lot of activity since our last post.
Here is my process, that included close inspection of each of these specific places and I believe covered every square inch of that room:
- Beds stripped
- Mattresses flipped
- Dust covering torn off the underside of box springs
- Dresser drawers emptied
- Baseboards checked
- Covers removed for light switches and power receptacles and then taped. (I will be applying a special dust inside them before I put the covers back on.)
- HVAC registers removed and then sealed.
- Meticulously vacuumed.
- Everything that could be cycled through the dryer went for an hour on heat.
- Things that weren’t needed were bagged and went to the attic.
- Bedding was washed, dried, and stored in another room.
- Finally used a heater to heat the room to 120 degrees for 3 hours.
In all my inspections, I did not find a single bed bug. I was happy not to, but then the question was: Where did the first one come from? They can live a long time between meals. Could it be possible that just one was carried in?
Still to have a high degree of confidence that some weren’t lurking somewhere in that room or elsewhere in the house, we employed a trained K-9 bed bug hunter to “sniff” the house. The little beagle was disappointed not to find any bed bugs since he gets treats when he does, but we were pleased that he didn’t.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”