This document provides all the necessary information required for you to prepare for the Pesticide Treatment for Bed Bugs.
Things You Will Need: Vacuum, Laundry Detergent, Washing Machine, Dryer, Garbage Bags, Sealed Storage Bags/Bins or Duct Tape, and PATIENCE!
Prior to extermination, remove all bedding from mattresses, gather all linens, and all clothing, etc. from living space. This includes any textile materials that are machine washable. Pillows, mattress covers, school bags, anything and all items that must be dry cleaned. Even fabric that is in storage should be collected. Wash bedding and all clothing/fabrics in HOT WATER, and place items in the dryer on the hottest setting. Follow garment instructions, you want to use heat to kill bed bugs in garments.
After washing, place items in clean, bed bug free storage bins or garbage bags. Seal to prevent bugs from entering and hiding in the clean fabric. Keep access only to what you will need. All other clothing will remain in storage until your home is determined pest free.
Empty all items from closets in all rooms. The exterminator will need access into these spaces.
Unplug electronic devices in rooms being exterminated. This will make the area more accessible to the exterminator. Remove all electrical outlet and light switch plates if possible. Remove wall mounted lights if applicable. The exterminator will need access into these spaces.
Vacuum floors, carpets, nooks and crannies, rugs (if not machine washable), couch and cushions, etc. Vacuum a small amount of baby/talcum powder into the vacuum to prevent any insects from escaping. Place vacuum bag into doubled garbage bag, tie and discard immediately.
Move objects away from perimeter of room. For example, if your sofa, dresser or bed is positioned against a wall, pull it 2 feet away from the wall. The exterminator will need access to the perimeter of the rooms where bugs have been found (bedrooms, living room, and den/study). Vacuum along the perimeter of all rooms.
Empty wooden bookshelves, desks, dressers, etc., and place items in storage bins, work in the room where bed bugs where found. Bed bugs can and will seek refuge between the boards of wooden furniture. This may include coffee tables, television stands, bed frames, photo frames, and box springs. The exterminator will need access into these spaces. Art will need to be removed from the wall.
Remove or at least cover all fish/reptile tanks. Turn off air to animal tanks. Remove any pet food that is out in the open. All residents and pets need to stay out of the unit during treatment and for at least 4 hours after application has been made. You will need to air out the space prior to returning to the treated areas.
Make sure to leave a contact number where the exterminator can reach you should he have a question while treating your home.