Discovering that you have a bed bug infestation can be devastating. It is important that you know bedbugs do NOT discriminate. A bed bug infestation is NOT a reflection of you, your personal hygiene, or the cleanliness of your home.
Many bed bug infestations come from traveling and staying in hotels that are infested or having house guests that have been traveling. You are not alone and certainly are not the only one who has encountered the bed bug in some way. With bed bugs on the rise every one by now has either encountered then first had or knows someone who has.
Proper preparation of the home for bed bug treatment is the first step to becoming bed bug free. You efforts in the treatment process will be a key fact or in how many treatments will be required to become bed bug free.
We require 4 minimum treatments, although larger infestation could go beyond the 4 treatments. Treatments are done weekly until the infestation has resolved.
Following these steps will help us and you rid the infestation in a timely manner.
1) Do NOT remove any items from your home to another home prior to the bed bug treatment. Doing so can spread the infestation.
2) Inspect all house hold items for signs of infestation: beds, head boards,bed frames, dressers, night stands, book shelves, etc…
3) Remove all bedding and launder in hot water if possible according to the label. Dry on the highest setting without causing damage to the items. All clothing stored in dressers that have been in an infested room should be laundered and dried as mentioned above. All laundered items should be double bagged and kept stored until the infestation has resolved. Do NOT put items back in drawers until you have been determined to be bed bug free.
4) Other textile items such as curtains, stuffed toys, throw rugs etc… should be placed in dryer on the highest setting without damaging items. Again store items in a double bag until determined to be bed bug free.
5) inspect items that cannot be washed, such as books, certain shoes, electronics etc..
6) Move all furniture at least 2 ft away from walls, as you technician will need to treat and or examine these areas.
7) Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuum all floors (including hard surface floors), mattresses, box springs, couches and chairs. Vacuum the crevices thoroughly including around base boards. This will remove some live bug and nymphs. If at all possible steam clean all of these areas. If you do not have access to a steam cleaner, wash the washable areas with hot soapy water to remove any bed bug debris (bed frames, head boards, dressers, night stands, and base boards. This process may also remove eggs.
8) Do NOT throw away any furniture until is has been inspected by your technician. The majority of the time items can be saved. In some cases items cannot be saved. Please take extra caution when disposing of items. Use a box cutter knife to render the item unusable. Some people have been using bright orange spray paint to paint the word BED BUGS on the items.
9) Have a safe place for small children and pets to go to while your treatment is being done. Do NOT bring children or pets in to the home until the treatment is dry. Some chemical treatments can be irritating to the skin when it is wet.
10) Purchase bed bug protectors for all mattresses and box springs in the home. Do NOT put protectors on until your technician instructs you to do so.
Preparing for a bed bug treatment is time consuming and exhausting, however we cannot stress enough the importance of these steps to ensure that you get back to a normal bed bug free life.
If you have questions please do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.Share