Preparation for Bedbug Treatment
What you should do to prepare for treatment:
- Thoroughly vacuum floors and carpets.
- Vacuum bed, couches, and upholstered chairs.
- Pick-up all items on the floor.
- Remove all sheets and blankets, and launder them.
- Lift the mattress and box spring out of the bed frame and stand them up.
- Take the bed frame completely apart.
- For heavy infestations, remove clothes from all dressers and leave empty.
- Remove everything from closets.
- Open sleeper sofas so they can be treated.
- Everything removed from the room should be placed in a large bag and disposed of in an outdoor trash receptacle so no bedbugs are transferred into other areas.
- All clothes and sheets should be washed at 160 degrees to kill any eggs or bedbugs on those items.
- All vacuum bags should be emptied and placed in a larger bag and disposed of in an outdoor trash receptacle.
What our technicians will do:
- Thoroughly inspect your home for bedbugs and the little spots of excreted blood they produce.
- A non-repellent residual insecticide will be applied to cracks and crevices, behind baseboards, and into other known or suspected harborage areas.
- Furniture, especially mattresses, box springs, and bed frames, will be lightly sprayed with a repellent insecticide.
- As necessary, dusts will be applied in wall voids and electrical outlets.
- The home will be inspected 2-3 weeks after the initial treatment and additional applications will be made as needed.
What you can do to prevent the spread of bedbugs:
- Inspect ALL used furniture and bedding before bringing it into your home.
- If you use in-home daycare, make sure the sitter’s home is not infested.
- If you travel, check the bedding and room before you sleep there.
- If you have an infestation, moving to a new apartment does not solve the problem.
What you can do to help eliminate bedbugs in your home:
- Wash sheets and blankets at least once per week.
- Remove clutter – pick-up clothes, boxes, toys, purses, and other items where bedbugs can hide.
- Put your mattress and box spring in a zippered plastic bag.
What to Do After Your Property Has Been Treated for Bedbugs
Bedbugs are difficult to eliminate, particularly in multi-unit properties. Successful, long-term control depends on a combination of professional pesticide treatments with resident and management cooperation.