Bed Bugs are tough to control. They hide in many places such as beds, closets, furniture, behind pictures, in tiny cracks in the wall, baseboards, and more. A young bed bug can fit in a crack the width of a piece of paper. So inspections and treatments must be done thoroughly and by a skilled professional. Pest Management Professionals need the cooperation of the customer to effectively control this pest. Before a licensed technician can treat a home for Bed Bugs, the client must:
- Organize any Clutter in bedroom and living room areas such as
Boxes, news papers, shoes, luggage, etc. Throw out items that you don't need. Leave the remaining items in the middle of the room for treatment.
- Remove all linens from beds couches, sofas, windows etc. and
along with all the clothing, launder all items in Hot water and dry thoroughly, and then store in fresh plastic garbage bags tied tightly.(Try to leave as much in these bags after treatment until 2 weeks of no activity has occurred, this will save you the trouble of redoing these preparations if we need to return for the free second visit.) ( Also, clothing items that are clean can be put in the dryer for 1 hour eliminating the cleaning process)
- Take down all picture frames or hanging items and lean them up
against the walls for treatment. Leave down 24 Hours and then put back.
- Move all furniture one foot away from walls; empty each piece of
furniture in bedroom and living rooms as well as all closets. ( In rare occurrences, some items may need to be discarded, which would be determined at time of service)
- Vacuum any and all carpeting and sofas and throw vacuum bags out
- Any visitor, traveler or furniture can reintroduce bed bugs to
a structure and pose the possibility of re- infestation if not addressed or avoided.
- After treatment is completed, the customer must stay out for a
minimum of three hour and upon return should vacuum once again.
- After 10 days, our office must be notified if the problem persists.
Bed Bug Preparation: This guide will provide you with knowledge, help and guide you through the steps you need to take to do Advanced Bed Bug Preparation before our Pest Control Exterminator comes to your living space and provides you with bed bug treatment, removal and Extermination.
Fact #1: The biggest mistake most people with bed bug infestations make is trying to solve their bed bug problem without a professional pest control exterminator. Most people who try to solve their bed bug infestation by themselves end up making the problem significantly worse and causing the bed bug infestation to dramatically spread. Don't make this mistake of trying to solve your bed bug problem without a certified pest control expert.
Let's tell it Like it is, be ready for one of the biggest challenges of your life! Bed Bugs are more resilient and resistant than any other pest, including rats and cockroaches.
Good Bed Bug Preparation requires Team work!
Be ready for some very serious exhausting and detailed hard work, get friends or a friends to help you if possible, because the amount of preparation can sometimes be mind bending. Do it right the first time, do the hard work necessary, you can't skimp when it comes to preparing for bed bug treatment. Follow your pest control exterminator's customized instructions carefully for best chance of having the best results.
More specifically, these are some of the detailed steps you need to take before a state registered Bed Bug pest control specialist can come to your home and properly treat your living space. Some of the things you will be doing during this bud bug preparation plan might seem repetitive, they surely will be, in fact some of the things you do personally, will be repeated by the bed bug pest expert, but you must understand, repetitiveness is the most vital element in a properly designed vigilant and long-term bed bug eradication program. We also intend to emphasize certain concepts in different ways to hammer the points across clearly.
"Bed Bug Treatments Require Repetition"
It usually takes more than one treatment to eradicate bed bugs! So be prepared to repeat the advanced bed bug preparation process!
Repetition - Repetition - Repetition
Bed bugs are tremendously difficult to get rid of and you are more likely than not, to find yourself in the drudgery of repeating the steps in a bed bug preparation schedule over and over again - because exterminator treatments must be repeated, but this is what it takes if you want to live bed bug free - repetition to the Nth power.
You also need to realize, that not only will you possibly be doing this bed bug preparation plan more than once (over and over and over again) in a given amount of time, but after your preparation, and treatment, you should religiously and repetitiously follow advice of POST bed bug treatment and removal, to ensure bed bugs are kept away - even that is no guarantee.
"Pre-Emption and Long Term Vigilance"
The reality is bed bugs have become such a powerfully resilient and resistant bug, that pre-emption and long term vigilance are the only options we have been left with.
The Bed Bug Preparation List
Always start with the BED! This is usually the root of the infestation.
Tip: Get a tape measure and measure your mattress and box spring length, Width and height - record full dimensions and which room (if you have more than one bedroom) on paper.
1. Before a Bed Bug Pest extermination, please make sure you remove all bedding from all mattresses, collect all the cloth, materials, linens, various bedding, everything associated with your bed from your entire living space of your home or apt. This includes any fabric materials that are machine washable - pillows (don't forget pillow cases), mattress covers, towels, everything you can possibly think of associated with your bed - and especially those items which must be dry cleaned. Special fabrics and cloth materials that are in storage or closets should be collected and properly cleaned. Just because it wasn't on your bed at the time of infestation, doesn't mean it is not at risk of harboring bed bugs or bed bug eggs. Once you have a bed bug infestation you must understand that everything in your entire living space can possibly provide safe harborage for bed bugs, even things you might have never thought. Don't forget to remove all the items from under the bed.
"If it has threads in it, it needs to be washed to ensure bed bugs or bed bug eggs are eradicated."
Wash everything, literally everything, including bedding and any clothing/fabrics that may have come in contact with bedbugs in HOT water (if it won't get ruined), and dry in Hot dryer if possible (if it won't get ruined) - otherwise be prepared for a big dry cleaning bill. Make sure you Wash all other linens and fabrics as directed so they don't get ruined. Everything has to be washed, but follow the instructions, so they don't get ruined (this can't be said enough) - and everything means everything that has threads in it, including rugs (steam if possible) and curtains have to be cleaned as instructed.
Make sure you empty entirely storage and closets in all rooms in your living space, including anything fabric, hand towels, curtains, table covers, misc linens, large bath towels, even if you haven't used it, or its in the room next door it has to be cleaned and properly stored and sealed afterward as will be explained - no exceptions. This intensive procedure has to be done if you want the maximum chance of success. Keep closets and storage spaces empty, so they can be treated fully by a bed bug exterminator.
The whole point of this initial process, is to kill off any bed bug eggs, bed bug nymphs, baby, teenage, adult or grandparent bed bugs hiding in these items, and believe me bed bugs are the ultimate at hiding in the tiniest of cracks, crevasses, seams and folds of bedding, cloth, curtains and rugs - don't under estimate bed bugs ever.
"They will hide even in places you would think seem impossible or unthinkable."
2. After a thorough washing and cleaning, be sure to place all your fully dry items in some kind of FULLY SEALED bins or garbage bags. You have to thoroughly seal as much as possible to prevent sneaky bed bugs from re infesting your stuff by entering and hiding in the clean fabrics - bed bugs will take the opportunity if you give it to them to re-infest safe items, especially since cloth materials are least likely to have pesticides or harmful toxins in them (bed bugs are clever).
Important Reminder: After a bed bug treatment, the safest place for bed bugs will be in your clean clothing, bedding, curtains and cloth materials so those items have to absolutely positively be fully sealed up in plastic bags or plastic sealable bins.
Electronics and Equipment
3. Bed Bugs are notorious for hiding in electrical sockets and be sure to Unplug all electronic devices in rooms being treated for bed bug removal. This will make the area more easily accessible to the bed bug pest control technicians. Now do an obsessive compulsive cleaning, Vacuum floors, cracks, seams, carpets, every possible nook and cranny which you can fit a screw driver in could harbor bed bugs - including ceiling moldings, wall railing, chair railing and base boards, floors, walls and ceiling cracks.
Important Reminder: Please remove all hanging pictures from walls, gently vacuum the back of these items and then place them in one area of your home for treatment by our expert bed bug specialist.
Rugs, Carpets, Furniture and Floors!
Rugs should ideally be Steam cleaned, get a good steam cleaner and do the rugs, sofa, love seat and couch cushions (depending on the material), any kind of furniture (if it won't damage the furniture) which humans use.
Clear a path around the walls.
4. So the inspector can treat all rooms properly, you absolutely must Move all objects away from perimeter of rooms, including any non-permanently attached wall items like art work, which must be inspected and possibly treated.
For example, if your love seat, sofa or bed is up against a wall, you need pull it away from the wall enough so a human being with bed bug equipment can easily treat the area.
Don't forget closets and storage areas.
The bed bug pest control specialist and experts will need full access to the perimeter of the rooms, closets and storage areas, including adjacent locations in your living space where bed bugs might be established, which typically includes bed rooms, living room, dens, libraries, studies, kids rooms and anywhere humans or pets frequent.
Make sure you have a really good working vacuum, with good bristled attachments and a fresh plenty of extra vacuum bags if necessary (always have lots of extra fresh backup vacuum bags).
5. Double Vacuum from top to bottom your entire bed, mattress, box spring and bed frame. It can't be emphasized enough - mattresses and box frames should be vacuumed twice with the bristled vacuum hose especially around the tufts and seams, also inspect for blood stains, and on the box spring, look for holes and leaks, pull back the cheese cloth of the box spring (if it has cheese cloth) and do a pre-inspection in there.
I know this all sounds so exhausting, but it will be significantly more exhausting if you don't do an extremely thorough preparation. Everything you do helps to increase the probability of bed bug treatment success. This will prep these items for the exterminator who will be doing a comprehensive treatment of these items (even repeating some of the things you did, but with proper treatment chemicals or green solutions). Make sure you get good physical measurements of your bed and box spring for the exterminator ahead of time, these sleeping bed items are going to have to be sealed after treatment or if the beds are old and worn out, and its within your budget it might be time to buy new bed or box spring.
6. Empty all shelves, metal or wooden bookshelves, furniture, desks, dressers, nightstands and every possible piece of furniture turn them upside down if you can (get help so you don't throw out your back, or get someone to help you if you can't do it yourself) and vacuum those items really good with the vacuum hose bristle attachment, which it can't be emphasized enough hopefully has a good tough brush tip on the end of it, even a little warm water dabbed on the end of those bristles (if it won't damage your furniture) can sometimes help to loosen things up like tiny bed bug eggs, and make sure you remove every drawer, vacuum it top, bottom, up, down, left and right, every nook and cranny on them (especially the backs and bottoms of them). Look for bed bug feces, tiny white / translucent eggs and bed bugs.
The more detail oriented you are with it, the better prepared you make the place for our professional bed bug pest control exterminator team, the better the chance for success. After vacuuming that furniture you need to leave it available and away from the wall for the exterminator who will treat them.
Outside the bed bug infestation room.
7. Vacuum outside of the infestation rooms along the perimeter of the rooms with a strong attachment that has bristles to help loosen up any possible attached eggs or "dug in" bed bugs, hallways, kitchen, living room, bathroom, closets etc.
Leave no perimeter un-vacuumed to help remove debris, hopefully suck up any loose eggs or bed bugs, and make those areas ready for full bed bug treatment as described - and be sure when you are done vacuuming, to seal those vacuum bags not just once, but 2x in black plastic bag, make sure its sealed real good, tie them up and use a good contractor or duct tape if necessary, you don't want any possible bed bugs sneaking out by the trash area coming back to infect you or your neighbor, because even if they don't infect you, but infect your neighbor instead, they will surely come after you next. Bed bugs reproduce at explosive rates, in mathematical terms their numbers grow geometrically or exponentially.
In General Preparation Big View.
Bed bugs seek to hide in hard to reach spots in furniture and between the boards of wooden furniture and in box springs, couches, bottom part of drawers, in spots you might of never thought of before. Bed Bugs like the wood on the underside of furniture because it is sometimes rougher, especially on desks, tables, coffee tables, television stands, box frames, bed frames, night stand, art, walling hangings and photo frames, and definitely mattresses and box springs as you already know.
Even if you don't Travel, Read our Travel Recommendations Anyway.
Travelers, first things first, visually inspect mattresses and beds before sleeping on them and your luggage before leaving or heading home. Your luggage is the five star Hilton Hotel for Bed Bugs - so keep that luggage wrapped in big black construction bags when its in your closet and if you travel, inspect it often, especially before you come home with it, because that's the number one way you are going to bring hitch hiking
Bed bugs home. Even better, consider keeping your clothes in your luggage when you travel, and keep that luggage in a big plastic bag.
Bed Bugs hitch hike from hotels, hostels, guesthouses, motels, anywhere there is high human traffic of people sleeping, those bed bugs are bound to come in and go out at some point. If you happen to be travelling, and you discover bed bugs, tell the hotel manager immediately and don't forget to report it on bed bug registry dot com
The fastest way for bed bugs to get around are by Trains, Planes and Automobiles. Bed Bugs love to travel and they just love to hitch hike, they are world travelers and as such, we have seen a bed bugs epidemic worldwide.
How Bed Bugs Get Around in a Nut Shell.
People pick up bed bugs in hotels, motels, guest houses, hostels and other rooming situations, then they transport them home in their clothes and luggage. People also pick up bed bugs through used furniture and mattresses they find or buy, be wary of
Second hand furniture or stuff you see on the street, be real wary! People also get bed bugs from their neighbors who treated their living space and now the bed bugs are running away and have come for you!
Take pre-emptive measures against bed bugs!
Post Treatment Reminders.
1. Make sure after bed bug pest treatment to leave your living place for no less than 4 hours, let the treatment do its work.
2. Wait for all hard and soft furniture, like love seats, padded chairs, mattresses, sofas couches and everything else to fully dry before sitting, laying or using them, as an extra precaution.
Post Treatment - Follow up - Vigilance - Long Term bed Bug Prevention - Bed Bug Preemption!
Be prepared for follow-up with professional bed bug pest control exterminations. Usually more than one treatment is necessary, because these bed bugs are ruthless and sometimes extremely hard to kill and knock out.
Eternal vigilance is a must with these little critters, be sure keep your clutter to a minimum, vacuum often.
"Seal Your Bed, Stop them from climbing up or down with double sided tape."
In the aftermath of our detailed bed bug extermination, it is absolutely positively essential to seal your mattress, box spring and pillows in special covers, we can order these items for you and as a precautionary measure you should get some double sided tape, and wrap the legs of your bed with them, including the couch, sofa, love seat, or any other major piece of furniture that has 4 legs, this is of course if the tape wont ruin them.
Bed Bugs Love Beds, sofa beds and Lounging furniture in the living room, those are the hot spots typically for them, so keep a close eye on them.
Go to the hardware store.
You also need to go to the local hardware store not only for double sided tape for legged furniture (if it won't damage them), but also for some wall plug safety blockers, this will hopefully block those bed bugs from getting out or into your walls, assuming you get wall socket blockers with the right fit and if they seal those sockets tightly.
You are also going to want to get a caulking gun with caulk (speak to your land lord first or the owner of the property) and seal up any cracks, crevices in the walls, floors, moldings, baseboards etc... Really your landlord should do that, but if he gives you the ok, then do it, because you need to seal those bed bugs up as best as possible, locking them in to die hopefully.
If you own the house, you can take matters into your own hand or hire someone to help you. Bed Bug preemption usually requires help.
Protect your bed and furniture from infection, by wrapping the legs in double sided tape.
You might want to also consider doing so for the dressers as well. Wrap the legs in double sided sticky tape, so they can't climb up. Using the double sided tape method is the effective poor-mans way of preventing climb up on 4 or 3 legged items and its very efficient, but if you want to spend a little money you can also use climb up interceptors dishes which are about $5 to $6 each, these climb up interceptor dishes capture bed bugs when they climb up or down from your furniture, bed etc.... these tools help you to capture, identify and monitor infestation levels, as well as the direction bed bugs are climbing both up or down.
More Clutter means higher chance of infestation
All that endless stuff you collect like shiny baubles and trinkets, nick knacks and nonsense, luggage, old books, clothes and shoes and this and that you hardly ever use, seal it all up in black plastic bags, don't make a 5 star luxury condo for these bed bugs, because that is exactly what these items can become when clutter and a pack rat mentality permeates your living space.
Keep your clutter sealed up if you can to the best of your ability, I'm not asking you to live in an empty house, but in terms of bed bug preemption less is more!
Over and Over - the Bigger View
sealing up electrical outlets not being used with those plastic electrical outlet blockers, sealing up all the nooks and crannies with caulk, doing everything you can to keep your clutter bagged up and sealed in containers or plastic bags, and taking up every precaution you can like wrapping those legged furniture items with double sided tape, blocks bed bugs from climbing up or in to re-infest.
Important Reminder about the Bed Post Treatment:
Definitely keep your bed pulled away from the wall so bed bugs can't climb the wall and re-infest your bed.
On Your Bed you might want to consider white sheets, pillow cases and so forth, they make detecting bed bugs much easier than your dark colored sheets. To be sarcastic, those sexy black silk sheets can tend to hide blood stains. White color bedding is always the best for spotting blood stains or bed bug feces, white is the color which makes spotting bed bugs and their tell tale signs much easier.
If you use double side tape on your bed legs, make sure at night you don't have a quilt or sheet hanging off the bed creating a ladder or luxury highway into your bed, let them get trapped on the double sided around all the legs on your bed.
Don't just keep your bed pulled away from the wall just enough so that bed bugs can't climb in from the walls, but also keep your other furniture slightly away from the walls.
If you have Asthma or any other breathing problems, consider staying out of the treated living space for 24 hours, instead of the normal 4 to 5 hours.
Ask About our Maintenance Program for Long Term Bed Bug Prevention
Bed bugs are very difficult to rid and bed bugs are persistent with great resilience, but if you study the information we provide on our website, listen to our technicians recommendations, read on the subject and even consider getting on one of our maintenance plans, monthly, quarterly, bi yearly and yearly - or customized to your specifications, we promise to do everything in our power to keep them from coming back.
We take our job very seriously and we actually do care about you, we treat your living space the way we would for our own families and we want you to be so satisfied with our treatment that god forbid someone else in your family, friend, neighbor, associate etc.. Had an infestation you would recommend us.
The fastest growth of our business has always been word of mouth and we aim to keep our clients like you bed bug free.
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