The 8-step approach supply list

The 8-step approach supply list

Heat treat all furniture safely and quickly with ZappBug™ Heating Units

The ZappBug Room™,  The ZappBug Oven 2™, or  The Zappbug Heater™

Although there are several different approaches you can take to combat infestations we highly recommend using heat treatment for bed bugs. The principle behind it is simple: bed bugs begin to die when the ambient temperature reaches 113 ⁰F, and die within minutes at 120⁰F. All life stages of bed bugs from eggs to nymphs to adults, will die with heat. These temperatures are low enough to be safe for almost all of your belongings, including electronics, but are still guaranteed to kill bed bugs.

Supplies you will need to make your bed a safe zone

  • You must encase both your mattress and box spring. You probably want to avoid vinyl encasements because they don’t breath and can be noisy. However, vinyl encasements are cheap and are impermeable to bed bugs, so this is an option if you are on a tight budget.
  • It’s not necessary to encase your pillows. It is sufficient to heat treat your pillows by putting them in ZappBug or putting them in your dryer on high. But we do recommend that you also encase your pillows, just for that extra level of reassurance.
  • You don’t have to use a metal bed frame, but we do recommend it. Bed bugs are not great climbers and, in particular, it is more difficult for them to climb metal.

Supplies you will need if you choose to use Diatomaceous Earth

  • We go into a much greater detail about diatomaceous earth in Step 4. Diatomaceous earth is a natural, non-toxic substance that is very effective in helping control bed bugs. You will be using it before you vacuum around your bed area and also using a thick bead to create a perimeter in your layered defense of your safe zone.
  • For spreading a lot of diatomaceous earth over a wide area (for example, when you are covering a carpet or floor with d.e.), a pesticide duster is useful. It’s not necessary, but it is helpful.
  • Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic and safe to handle. However, if you are spreading a lot of D.E. around and getting it airborne, then you will want to wear a dust mask, because getting any fine particulate matter in your lungs is not a good idea.
  • You will be using a vacuum cleaner to vacuum around your bed area. The most important thing to remember is that you must use a vacuum with disposable bags. Do not use a bag-less vacuum.
  • If you have an area rug under your bed, you can simply fold it up and put it in ZappBug to heat treat. But if you have wall to wall carpeting in your bedroom, you will need to shampoo it.

Supplies you will need to get rid of and protect your furniture and walls from bed bugs

  • You’ll want to seal up all cracks and crevices with caulk to prevent bed bugs from hiding or traveling between rooms.
  • When you strip your bed, you will need large plastic bags to put your bedding in. Clear plastic bags can be helpful because they allow you to easily see the contents.
  • These are cups that go under the feet of your bed frame to prevent bed bugs from crawling up the legs your bed frame.
  • We love giant Ziplock bags for storing freshly laundered/heat treated clothes. When sealed shut the bags are impermeable to bed bugs. And they also open easily, allowing convenient access to your clothing.