To assist you get ready for a successful bed bug treatment, the specialists at MMPC have compiled some best practices and advice.
The first step in getting rid of pests in your home is to get it ready, whether you plan on hiring a professional or doing it yourself. By doing these things before getting started, you’ll be able to move things along more quickly and spend less on management.
Reduce Clutter–a Great Hiding Place for Bed Bugs
- Avoid transporting objects from the contaminated region to a clean one.
- Put all trash and other potentially infested items directly into trash bags. When the bags are full, they must be taken directly to a trash can.
- Clear out the stacks of old newspapers and periodicals.
- Avoid having items of clothing on the floor.
- Get rid of all the cardboard packaging (the bugs can hide in the cardboard). If you need more space for storage, switch to plastic bins.
- To prevent the spread of bed bugs, dispose of old clothes and other objects you no longer need after checking to see if they are infested.
Make Your Bed an Island
- Get the bed out from the wall at least 6 inches.
- It is important to make sure the bed, its frame, and its headboard are free of any bed bugs, their eggs, or their larvae.
- Make sure the zippers work properly and that the fabric is strong enough to last a year by taking these precautions.
- The bed bugs within will starve to death and other bugs won’t be able to hide.
- Ensure that the mattress is not touching the floor and that the sheets are tucked in.
- Any bed bugs that attempt to crawl up the legs of the bed will be intercepted by the interceptors. You should check on them every day at first.
- You should keep the interceptors up for at least a year, since they will play a crucial role in your post-control monitoring.
- If you want to contain the pest population, you should keep everything in the same room.
- It’s time to take a look around and either clean up or throw away.
Clean All Items Within a Bed-Bug-Infested Living Area
- Simply washing may not be enough.
- To keep bugs out of your freshly cleaned belongings, seal them in a plastic bag.
- Remove any bed bugs or their eggs that can be seen by visually inspecting and cleaning the furniture, baseboards, behind outlet and switch covers, etc.
- When relocating objects, place them in sealed plastic bags for safekeeping (e.g., clothing or other items to be heated in the dryer).
- Take down your draperies and clean the rods and hardware.
- Check furniture for bed bugs, eggs, and other signs of bed bugs (such as shed skins or developed eggs) and get rid of them. This will also aid in determining the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Wrap the vacuum bag in plastic and zip it shut.
- Put outdoors in the trash can.
Eliminate Bed Bug Habitats
- For a related phrase, see “declutter.”
- Fill up any gaps or crevices around the baseboards with caulk.
- The wallboard should be patched up and the wallpaper should be secure.
- Purge if necessary.
- Bed bugs can slip in between the plates and into your home if you don’t tape or caulk the edges.
How to Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment
Do you intend on getting your house treated for bed bugs?
One of the most important things tenants and homeowners can do to increase the likelihood of a successful extermination of bed bugs is to get ready for treatment.
Preparation for bed bug treatments and inspections varies in terms of the exact measures to take and the regulations that must be met. Here are some broad guidelines to follow to help your exterminator do their job more efficiently.
To begin, bring out everything from under the bed and examine it.
Second, remove any bedding from your mattresses, cots, sleeper sofas, cribs, and any other places you sleep and wash it in the proper detergent.
Take the bed apart and push the mattress and box spring against the wall. Please unfold any beds, couch beds, or cots that will be used during treatment.
2. Walls and Floors
Every square inch of floor space in the area to be treated must be free of obstructions. As an added bonus to making room for the exterminator, clearing out clutter also makes it harder for bed bugs to hide.
Get the place ready by giving it a good vacuuming. Fabric upholstery and the space behind baseboards should receive further care. When finished, the vacuum bag should be emptied promptly, sealed tightly, and disposed of properly.
Bed bugs are more likely to be found in furniture than behind picture frames or mirrors. Bed bug hotspots tend to be in the crevices of walls, so if you find any evidence of bed bugs there, be sure to inform your exterminator.
3. Furniture and Closets
To avoid any potential accidents, please move any furniture at least two feet away from any walls or baseboards. The exterminator will be better able to treat the places where bed bugs tend to congregate if this is done.
To begin, you should unload everything and examine its contents.
Bed bugs are especially common in the spines of hardback volumes, so it’s a good idea to check those out while you’re in the process of emptying the shelves. Books should be stacked in one area on the floor, away from the walls and clear walkways.
Take everything out of your desk drawers and stack it on the top.
Take everything off the floor, shelves, and drawers in your closet. Everything that can be washed in a washing machine should be. Occasionally sneakers can withstand a wash, but if they can’t, they should be left in the flat while they’re treated. Keep all bags and suitcases open so that pest control agents can inspect them.
When leaving a residence, it is recommended that all electronics be turned off and unplugged. They, like everything else, need to be stored vertically, away from the wall and off the floor.
Please make arrangements to have all animals, including birds and reptiles, removed from the premises for the duration of the event.
It’s important to regularly empty, wash, and cover your pet’s food and water dishes. Bedding for pets should be washed as frequently as human bedding. It’s also a good idea to empty the fish tanks before the service begins.
One of the most effective methods of combating bed bugs is laundering. Take the precaution of bringing your laundry to the laundromat in sealed biodegradable plastic bags.
Bed bugs and their eggs can be killed by washing and drying in hot water for 20 to 50 minutes, bringing the temperature to well over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
You should still dry clean or dry clean on high heat at a specialist bed insect laundry anything that can’t be washed. Throw away your old drapes, cushions, bedding, pet bedding, stuffed animals, futon covers, as well as your dirty and clean clothes. All freshly washed clothes must be kept in a separate, sealed container from the rest of the laundry. Storage bags for clothing, especially those with a tight seal, can be useful here.
Bed bug prevention protocols for use in commercial laundry and dry cleaning facilities are discussed.
6. Kitchens (if applicable)
Take everything out of your cabinets and storage locations and put it in plastic bags or other airtight containers.
Refrigerate or seal all perishables that have been opened (cereals, crackers, cookies, sugar, flour, spices, canisters, etc.).
Clear up the kitchen’s garbage and recycling bins, and throw away any paper or plastic bags you may have used for groceries or shopping.
7. Bathrooms (if applicable)
Clear everything off the counters, shelves, drawers, and window sills.
All personal things (toothbrushes, toothpaste, cosmetics, toiletries, prescriptions, etc.) should be inspected and stored in zip-top plastic bags. You can toss these in the tub if you like.
Bed Bug Treatment: What To Expect Next
Most families spend between one and three days getting ready to treat their home for bed bugs.
Do not take any belongings with you when you leave the house on the day of your bed bug treatment unless otherwise instructed. Only items that have been washed and dried should be worn. Reduce the potential for treatment gaps by packing light.
About two weeks after the initial treatment, a follow-up treatment may be necessary to kill any bed bug nymphs that may have emerged.
With your newfound knowledge of how to get ready for bed insect treatment, you may want to think about bed bug-proofing your home. Here’s a description of what that might entail.
To contact MMPC, please dial (212) 219-8218 if you are in the New York metropolitan area. We’re here to help in any way we can, so don’t hesitate to ask us any questions or take advantage of our suggestions and guidance.