How Do I Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment in the North and East Bay?
Your pest control company will help you prepare for any bed bug treatment you might get.
Your exterminator may ask you to make the following preparations, among others:
- Try to tidy up your place and reduce the amount of clutter in your property.
- Strip all bedding off your mattresses, and wash them in hot water. Do not re-make the bed.
- Make preparations for you and your family and pets to leave your property for several hours.
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Prep for Bed Bug Treatment
If you have an upcoming appointment for your exterminator to treat your home for bed bugs, they will likely provide you with a list of actions you need to complete for preparation. Although it depends on the type of treatment you will be getting (heat, steam, etc.), the following list are some of the actions you may be prompted to take:
- Remove all bedding and other fabrics from infested rooms. Wash them in the hottest water possible.
- Pick up any personal items that are on furniture or on the floor.
- Remove items from closets and drawers, and possibly remove books from shelving.
- Launder your clothing in the hottest water possible and store in clean storage bags for up to two weeks after treatment.
- Move bed and other furniture away from the walls to give access to baseboards.
What to Do After a Bed Bug Treatment
Depending on the type of treatment, your exterminator will let you know when it is safe to return home. They will also provide you with aftercare tips and instructions. Make sure to not shampoo or clean floors for at least three weeks after treatment. It’s also best to not replace the bedding for at least a few hours. If necessary, your pest control expert will schedule any follow-up treatments that may be needed.
Are Multiple Bed Bug Treatments Necessary?
When using heat or steam treatments from a professional pest control company, they should be effective immediately. Other types of treatments may not be as effective. In any case, always call your pest control company should you notice bed bugs again after a recent treatment.