How Do I Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment in Illinois and Indiana?
Preparing your property for bed bug treatment involves everything from providing access to your property to preparing to vacate the premises for a few hours.
Your pest control company may ask you to make the following preparations:
- Try to tidy up your place and reduce the amount of clutter in your property.
- Strip bedding off your mattresses, and wash them in hot water. Do not re-make the bed.
- Prepare your family and pets to leave your property for a few hours.
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Do You Need to Prepare for Bed Bug Heat Treatment?
When you enlist the services of a bed bug exterminator, they will likely provide you with a list of actions you need to complete for preparation. Although it depends on the type of treatment you will be getting (heat, steam, etc.), the following list are some of the actions you may be prompted to take:
- Remove your bedding and other fabrics from infested bedroom. Wash them in the hottest water possible.
- Pick up any personal items that are on furniture or on the floor.
- Remove items from closets and drawers, and possibly remove books from shelving.
- Launder your clothing in the hottest water possible and store in clean storage bags for up to two weeks after treatment.
- Move items and furniture away from the walls to give access to baseboards.
Aftercare for Bed Bug Treatment
Your pest control company will let you know when it is safe to return home and get things back to normal after a bed bug treatment. Do not shampoo or clean floors for at least three weeks after treatment. It’s also best to not replace the bedding for at least a few hours. Your exterminator will usually schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure complete removal of the bed bugs.
How Many Bed Bug Treatments are Needed?
When using heat or steam treatments from a professional pest control company, they should be effective immediately. If you notice more bed bug problems, it’s important to reach out to your exterminator to receive follow-up treatments as soon as possible.