Proper Preparation For Your Bed Bug Exterminator
Your bed bug infestation is too much to handle on your own so you’ve scheduled an appointment with a professional bed bug exterminator.
This is probably the best course of action since bed bugs are not easy to get rid of on your own. Even though you are calling in the pros, there are still some key preparation steps you should take to help the process go as smoothly as possible.
The amount of preparation required for bed bug treatment is almost as much as is required for moving house. It is very important that you follow these steps and any others given by your professionals in order to help ensure that your bed bug problem will be a thing of the past.
Before The Bed Bug Treatment
- Plan to not be in your home during the treatment period and for some time after, usually around 4 hours.
- Remove all linens from your bed. This includes bed sheets, blankets, pillowcases, dust ruffles, and covers. Put them in the dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of 30 minutes. Place everything in plastic bags and store away from infested areas, until your exterminator has completed the bed bug treatment.
- Do the same with any clothing located in the bedrooms: dry on the highest setting for a minimum of 30 minutes. They should also be stored in plastic bags away from the infested areas.
- Empty storage areas, closets, desks, dressers, nightstands and bookcases in rooms that will be treated. It is critical that everything is lifted off the floors, especially around and under the bed area.
- Books, toys, and other items should be stored in plastic bags or containers and inspected. If the professionals say it is OK, these items may be left in the room during treatment. Though it is recommended to remove any toys used for small children and babies.
- If you have a bagged vacuum, use is to vacuum carpets, furniture, bookcases, or any items where you might have seen the bed bugs. Also be sure to vacuum along the floor boards and in any nook and cranny where it can fit. If you do not have a bagged vacuum, then ask your professional bed bug exterminator what they suggest, if anything. When finished, place the vacuum bag into a sealed plastic bag, so the bed bugs cannot escape, and dispose of the bag in an outside dumpster or trash can.
- Wash all of your floors, baseboards, and corners of the rooms (if not carpeted). This will be the last time you will be permitted to get your floors wet and clean for a while. The most effective bed bug experts will treat the corners and edges of the floors using a pesticide with a long last residual effect, potentially up to 3 months. You will want this to last and remain dry for the entire period, to protect from re-infestation.
- Move all items in the rooms being treated away from the walls. This will allow the exterminator easier access to places where bed bugs may be hiding and allow for a more thorough inspection.
- Unplug electronics, and uncap wall sockets. Bed bugs tend to travel to different rooms and floors through the electrical outlets. Various pest control companies may have different techniques for treating these outlets, but either way, they will need proper inspection and attention.
- Remove all pets from the home during the treatment duration for up to 4 hours afterwards. Fish tanks should be covered in a plastic bag and their water pumps turned off.
After The Bed Bug Treatment
- Wait four hours until after treatment before replacing the linens on your bed.
- Wait for all furniture to dry before using it.
- Give the treatment at least 3 to 4 weeks to work. Depending on the severity of the infestation, patience might be required to allow the hidden bed bugs to stray out from their hiding spots and crawl across the treated areas. Do not shampoo or clean your floors after the treatment. It’s OK to sweep the floors with a broom, and use your vacuum cleaner.
- Ask your exterminator if they recommend sealing your mattresses and pillows in bed bug proof, zippered mattress or box spring encasement for at least a year after treatment.
- Consider de-cluttering your living spaces. Bed bugs love the little spaces between things, and all that clutter in a household means tons of random spots for bed bugs to hide.
- After 3 to 4 weeks, be sure to inspect the previously infested areas yourself to ensure they clear. Be prepared for the possibility of a follow-up treatment needed. In severe cases, repetition is key for getting rid of bed bugs, especially if the infestation originated in any couches or recliner chairs – containing many unreachable hiding spots.
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and they are not a sign of unclean living or unfit spaces. They are a common pest, travel easily, and do not discriminate, so please do not worry if you have to call a pest control expert for bed bug elimination. For travelers, be sure to inspect the rooms and mattresses where you stay. This goes the same for your luggage. When you are home, it’s not a bad idea to keep your luggage sealed in a plastic bag when you are not using it.
If you reside in the greater Toronto area are and in need of a top quality professional bed bug exterminator, look no further than Swift-X Pest Control. Swift-X offers a reliable, thorough, and affordable bed bug elimination and control service. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.