Preparing for a Successful Bed Bug Extermination

22 August 2014
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Bed bugs are very common these days, and they can be found in a variety of business and residential properties. You will need to call a professional pest control company to inspect your home as soon as you believe bed bugs could be present. After the inspection, you will be informed of the treatment process, as well as how to prepare for the extermination.

Inspection

There are different warning signs that bed bugs could have infested your home, including:

• Bite marks on your body

• Shed skins in the areas that bed bugs are known to hide (cracks and crevices)

• Musty odors – due to the bug’s sweat glands

• Blood stains on your sheets and pillowcases

• Rusty, or dark spots, on your clothes, walls, and mattresses

Checklist

Make sure you complete this checklist when prepping for bed bug extermination:

• Remove curtains from your windows, and bedding from your bed

• Empty your bedroom closets

• Empty the drawers of your nightstands, dressers, bookshelves, and other furniture in the rooms that will be treated (Store these items securely in a garbage bag)

• Empty linen closets, as well as all closets where bed bugs have been found

• Wash all of the linens in your room in hot water, with regular detergent

• If you are unable to wash your linens, place them in the dryer for at least 20 minutes (place clothes in a garbage bag – do not store them in rooms that are being treated)

• Take apart your bed frame

• Unplug electronic devices

• Remove all wall hangings, including clocks, pictures, and posters

• Move objects in the room (such as furniture), making sure furniture is at least three feet away from the walls – this gives the exterminators plenty of access once they are inside of the room

• Vacuum the rooms of your home thoroughly

• Take apart your bed frame

Successful Treatment

In order for your bed bug treatment to be successful, you will need to properly prep for the extermination. Be sure to use the checklist provided above, in addition to any tips that the pest control company gives you. If you do not, the extermination could fail, and the bed bugs will still be present in your home. Treatment cannot be performed in areas that are not properly prepared.

Get ready; it is treatment time…

Please click here to download our BED BUG PREPARATION CHECKLIST.