How To Pack-Up a Bookshelf

Step 2 of the 8-Step Approach to get rid of bed bugs requires that you pack up all of your personal belongings into sealed, plastic bags.  We realized that this might seem intimidating for some of you so we made a few videos demonstrating the steps involved.

This video shows how to pack-up a bookshelf.  Yes, you even need to pack your books into sealed plastic bags.  Bed bugs don’t just hide in mattresses. One of the underlying principles of the 8-Step Approach to get rid of bed bugs is that it’s better to use an abundance of caution than risk re-infestation.  It’s just not worth it!  Getting rid of bed bugs requires a significant amount of time and energy.  If you are lazy about bagging up some of your belongings, you run the risk of wasting all of the time and energy that you put into fighting bed bugs.

 


**Video Transcript** – How To Pack-Up a Bookshelf:

Rose (all audio)

When you’re tackling a bed bug infestation in your home, you want to make sure that any potentially infested items are sealed away first before being treated with your ZappBug.

The easiest way to do this is to pack them in large bags that can be sealed closed. We recommend double bagging all the items that are
on your bookcase. Special attention should be payed to books themselves. Books, especially hardcovers, can have sharp corners that will easily tear through a single layer of plastic.

Once your belongings are bagged, you’ll want to make sure your bags are sealed closed, not just twisted shut. To seal the bag, you can twist it shut and then tape it closed, or use items like a zip tie or binder clips to make sure that it is securely closed. We recommend keeping the books stored until you have been able to fully treat the rest of your belongings and your home.

It is fine to put any loose items from your bookcase into boxes. Just remember that cardboard can be a haven for bed bugs. So plastic is best. If you must use cardboard boxes, make sure double bag them as well. To ensure bed bugs can’t escape.

Posted by Cameron Wheeler

14 replies
  1. Caden Dahl
    Caden Dahl says:

    So if my pillows have bed bugs in them, would it make sense to separate the pillow from the pillowcase or just leave it as is? I will do as you mentioned and make sure to seal them in a bad to prevent spreading. I might check out some other areas of my home to make sure that they haven’t spread.

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Caden,

      If you are storing your pillows you can leave the cases off and heat treat them in the ZappBug Heater or a clothes dryer, just make sure it gets up to 120 degree Fahrenheit and you treat them for one hour. If you have any other questions let us know.

      -The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I am in the process of preparing for pest control to come in to treat for bb. (I believe they came into my home via library books) I don’t understand how bagging all your belongings BEFORE pest control comes in. How the bagged belongings will be affected by the treatment if they are in bags?? Should I wait till they come in, treat, and then bag everything? I have already washed and dried and bagged ALL of my clothing..bedding everything that can be washed. By the way, WORST experience I have ever encountered..and I have only seen 6 or 7..and PC inspected for 11/2hrs. finding no nests etc.hopefully on top of this quickly. (Can’t get these questions answered cause PC office closed for weekend)
    Thank you in advance
    Michelle

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    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Michelle,

      We suggest only bagging the belongings that have already been treated or washed so they don’t get recontaminated while you wait for the pest control company. Still be sure to follow up with your pest control company to make sure you are following their directions, every pest control company is a little different.

      The ZappBug Team

      Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Marie,

      You want to look for any bed bug debris(little dirt looking specs or brown spots) in places that would be abnormal. But there really isn’t a guaranteed way to tell if your books were affected unless you hire a pest control professional. We always suggest treating all things in question, just for peace of mind.

      The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  3. Randy
    Randy says:

    If I sealed my books in a bag, and then left them in my car trunk (it’s summer now) would the heat of that kill any bed bugs in my books?

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Randy,

      It really depends on where you are located and the how hot a summer day is. You will have to be sure the trunk can get up to at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. I would suggest purchasing a Wireless Thermometer with a sensor. Place the senor in the deepest part of the books (the part you would assume take the longest to get up to 120 degrees) once that part reaches 120 degrees, heat treat for at least one hour. Let us know if you have any more questions.

      Kind Regards,
      The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  4. Carla
    Carla says:

    Would you recommend dumping some Diatomaceous Earth inside the bag filled with books? And if so, how long should the books stay in the bag before taking them out?

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Carla,

      Diatomaceous Earth isn’t effective unless the bed bugs go through the powder. The powder dries the bugs out and takes 8-14 days to be effective. Due to this placing D.E. in a bag with books wouldn’t be very effective. If you are unable to heat treat the books we suggest following step 2 or you can follow step 3 and get some Hotshot pest strips. Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  5. misty
    misty says:

    I had bed bugs 3 years ago. Most things, like books, I sealed in a bag. These books have been in there for 3 years. Would it be safe to pull them out now or should I leave them a little longer?

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Misty,

      Yes, after 3 years they will be dead. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Kind Regards,
      The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  6. Vadene
    Vadene says:

    I have many books and found out tonight I have to treat them also. I can’t afford another company treating our BB problems….
    How long must I leave books tied in a plastic bag to be safe?

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Vadene,
      You will have to store them for a year and half because bed bugs can live over a year without feeding. Here is a link to our storage page Step 2 or you can check out our smallest unit which you could easily heat treat your books. Libraries use our products all the time. Here is the link to our ZappBug Heater’s page and feel free to watch the video to see how easily you can treat your books.

      The ZappBug Team

      Reply

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