Things to Do Before Your Bed Bug Service

Please complete all preparations below BEFORE time of service, in all rooms in need of treatment.

1. Remove Linen
2. Remove Storage
3. Move Furniture
4. Vacuum and Clean
5. Evacuate

This preparation checklist is provided to ensure that our technician can treat your home with maximum effectiveness. Please follow this list closely. Following these steps should not result in any over-strenuous activity. Simply put, it is there to ensure that the technician has a clear path around the home to treat deeply and effectively. Non-infested rooms/furniture might not need treatment.

The technician can opt to reschedule your appointment if the outlined procedures have not been followed.

1. Remove Linen

All blankets, linens, sheets, pillows, towels, and curtains/draperies from the bed and rooms that will be treated.

Place these items in plastic bags and thoroughly wash in the hottest water possible and dry on high heat for an extended period of time.

If you have a mattress cover or bed bug protection, and can afford to do so, please do not remove but add an additional cover on top of the infested one.

2. Remove Storage

All items from drawers, closets, vanities, nightstands, and shelves.

These items should also be placed in plastic bags and thoroughly washed and dried on high heat for an extended period of time before replacing them in the treated areas.

3. Move Furniture

Move all furniture at least 18 inches from the walls.

DO NOT remove furniture or other items, this will cause bed bugs to be spread through the home.

4. Vacuum and Clean

Do not sweep.

Use an attachment to vacuum mattress seams, box springs, bed legs, inside dresser drawers, etc. Baseboards should also be vacuumed with the attachment.

Remove ALL vacuum filters afterwards and throw away if disposable or thoroughly clean if reusable.

All pictures, posters and other objects hanging on walls should be removed and thoroughly cleaned.

5. Evacuate

Once the technician has begun treatment, all residents, and pets should evacuate the residents for 4 hours.

What Happens After Your Bed Bug Service

Once treatment is finished, the technician will instruct you on post treatment procedures including the reintroduction of clothes, and items that have been bagged and what you should expect for the 2nd treatment, if needed.

Things to Know About Bed Bugs

1. Bed bugs are very easily introduced, or re-introduced, to any area of your home so following the preparation list above is very important.

Best defense includes:

  • Vacuuming Frequently
  • Investing in a mattress cover
  • Inspecting second hand items before bringing into the home

2. Bed bugs do not like and cannot survive in extremely heated environments.

3. Eggs can lay dormant in your home for up to 7 weeks before hatching.

Vacuuming them can actually cause them to hatch early and also pulls them from the environment. (Always empty filter afterwards if you suspect you have been infested)

4. Sleeping in the same room that is infested is actually vital to treatment.

When you discover an infestation in for example bedroom A, then start to sleep in bedroom B while bedroom A is being treated, you risking infesting bedroom B as well.

5. Bed Bugs do “bite”. Bites usually disappear with time.

  • Hydrocortisone creams and antihistamines may speed recovery but any further medical attention should not be necessary.
  • Bites are often itchy, red, and in a line.