Preparing For Your Bed Bug Treatment
Once you have discovered bed bugs in your home, the next step is to prepare your home for treatment. Whether you are going to perform the treatment yourself (NOT ADVISED) or you have hired a professional; getting your home ready is the most important step of the process. In order to have the most effective treatment, you need to do your very best on the prep work. Below are the instructions and checklist Mid America Pest Control gives to all of their customers when preparing for a bed bug treatment.
Bed Bug Preparation Instructions And Checklist
First and foremost, there is no way of getting around it: if you want to get rid of bed bugs you need to clean and get rid of clutter, especially in your bedroom. Please note: All apartments that are found with excessive clutter will NOT be treated. A thorough and excessive treatment cannot be achieved while there is excessive clutter and untidiness in the home. Once the clutter has been removed, treatment can be rendered.
Take clothing and other belongings out of all drawers, nightstands, tables, closets, wardrobes and similar storage areas and launder in hot water and place into a dryer on the highest heat setting for a minimum of 30 minutes. The dryer must be capable of reaching temperatures greater than 104° F to kill all stages and must not be loaded to more than 50% capacity. Place all laundered items from dyer directly into plastic bags and seal tightly.
Remove all bedding and pillows. Place in bags and take to the laundry room where they can be placed directly into the washing machine using hot water and/or placed into a dryer as indicated in the step above.
Any loose clothing (garments found outside of a dresser, under the bed or closet) must be bagged and laundered as per laundry directions above.
Remove drapery in rooms, bag and immediately launder. Alternatively, drapery may be vacuumed and treated with steam while hanging in the infested room.
Items that cannot be washed but can be dried in the dryer should be placed in the dryer on the highest temperature setting for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Any items that cannot be laundered in a home washing machine or dryer, should be professionally laundered (dry cleaned).
Articles under the beds provide an ideal place for bedbugs to hide. All clothing or garments must be laundered and bagged. Larger items that were previously stored under the bed should not be moved as bedbugs may be relocated into other areas of the structure.
Ensure that all bags of freshly laundered items are sealed tightly and place them in the middle of the room.
The room should be empty of all clothing and plush items.
Vacuum the floor extensively. Remove the vacuum bag immediately and discard in an exterior garbage receptacle.
It is necessary for you and your pets to vacate the premises during the service and to not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment. Fish aquariums may be left on site, however, they should be covered and air filters must be disconnected. Persons with underlying health conditions should consult their family physician where they have concerns regarding re-entry time.
Post Treatment Instructions for Tenants
When you return home, be sure that all treated surfaces are COMPLETELY DRY before re-entry. If any surfaces are not completely dry, leave for an additional 2 hours and attempt re-entry. If offensive odor remains, ventilate thoroughly and leave for an additional 2 hours before attempting re-entry.
Your landlord should schedule a follow-up treatment approximately 2 weeks after the initial treatment. To reduce the amount of work to be completed by the tenant in preparation of this follow-up service, we advise you do NOT completely reassemble your home until this service has been performed. These accompanying measures should be taken during the period between the initial and follow-up services:
Remain “packed-up” for the follow-up treatment. Where possible, clothing should remain in sealed plastic bags to prevent potential re-infestation. Bags must be kept sealed at all times. Where the homeowner wishes to place clothing back into dressers and closets these items will need to be removed, bagged and re-laundered prior to the follow-up service.
Do not be alarmed if you see bed bugs after the initial treatment. It is normal to see stragglers after the initial treatment. These will decrease as the residual chemicals take effect. Conditions should be “all-clear” in about 30 days. This is why it is important to remain “packed-up” until you are certain that the infestation has been eliminated.
Do not introduce any new or used furniture or any other potentially infested items not previously in unit.
In most cases, we do NOT recommend that you throw away mattresses, box springs, or furniture, as these items can be inspected and treated successfully. The cost of replacing beds and other furniture is something to consider when deciding what works for you. It is clear that replacing these items alone will not solve a bed bug problem. The decision to replace beds or furniture often depends on their condition and level of infestation within these items, the comfort of the tenant, and whether or not the tenant can afford replacement.
The installation of high-quality, bed bug mattress encasements is recommended. Any need to discard the mattress or box spring is often eliminated once it has been treated and covered by a high quality, bed bug mattress encasement. The encasements further serve to reduce the likelihood that bed bugs will continue to live upon the mattress and box spring. Bed bug proof mattress encasements are widely available in stores and are also available for purchase from your pest professional.
Do NOT cover your mattress or box spring with homemade or non-bed bug proof encasements. Such encasements will be removed by the pest professional during treatment.
If you decide to throw out your furniture, deface or otherwise damage furniture items so they will not be used by others. Mattresses should be slashed or otherwise damaged to make them unusable by others. Do not discard infested mattresses, furniture, clothing, or other items without properly wrapping them and coordinating the disposal with the building manager. Do not leave these items in common areas of the building (hallway, lobby, etc.). Doing so will only spread the infestation to neighboring apartments, and possibly lead to a return infestation in yours!
Mid America Pest Control makes no guarantees, expressed or implied. Mid America Pest Control does not guarantee against present or future pest damage to the premises and/or its contents, nor does it provide for repairs or compensation for expenses allegedly arising from pest infestations. By Agreeing to treatment, tenant waives all claims for damages to property or persons which may result from work performed by Mid America Pest Control or its licensed applicators. To the full extent permitted by law, Mid America Pest Control will not be liable for personal injury, property damage, loss of use, or any other damages whatsoever, including consequential and incidental damages, arising from this service. Mid America Pest Control is not liable for pest borne illness or disease allegedly contracted from pests. Pesticides are designed to kill or control pests. Pesticides, to be effective, are toxic to plants and animals and vary in the range of toxicity to humans. Your risk of harm depends upon your degree of exposure and your individual susceptibility. Take precaution when a pesticide treatment has been performed to avoid exposure to vulnerable individuals. Pesticides may be harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Avoid breathing dust, spray mist, and any unnecessary contact with treated surfaces. Specific health and safety information varies between pesticides and is available on the product label or MSDS, which will be supplied to you upon request from the licensed applicator. In case of a health emergency, seek immediate medical attention
|#||Preparation Instructions||1st Treatment||2nd Treatment|
|1||Wash all linens, bedding materials, clothing, stuffed animals, etc., in the highest allowable water temperature and dry on the hottest allowable heat setting.|
|2||All laundered items such as linens, clothing, stuffed animals, etc. should be placed in new plastic bags or plastic containers, sealed tightly and relocated to the living room.|
|3||All clothing items that cannot be laundered must be dry-cleaned. We recommend leaving these items at the cleaners between the initial treatment and follow-up visit|
|4||Remove all items from closets, including any items on closet shelves. Follow the procedure above for laundering all clothing. No items should remain in the closet.|
|5||Remove all miscellaneous items from dressers, night stands, chests, etc. and place them in plastic bags or sealed containers in the center of the living room floor. None of these items should remain in the bedroom.|
|6||Vacuum floors, carpets and area rugs. Use the crack and crevice attachment around baseboards, bed frames, sofas, and other furniture items. Discard vacuum bags or contents after use.|
|7||All luggage that has been used recently during travel must remain empty so that it may be inspected and treated if necessary.|
|8||Remove all shelves, picture frames, artwork, wall clocks, and decorative items from the walls and place on the floor in the same room as they were hanging. These items must be inspected and treated if necessary.|
|9||All large pieces of furniture must be pulled at least 2 feet away from the baseboards in every room of your home.|
|10||Birds, cats, dogs, and humans must remain out of the home during treatment and at least a minimum of 4 hours after the treatment is complete. Fish, and reptile tanks must be covered or removed. Air filters and filtration systems for aquatic fish should be turned off during treatment.|
|11||All mattress and box spring covers must be removed from mattresses & box springs prior to our arrival unless you have previously installed an encasement that was specifically designed to control, prevent, and eliminate bed bugs.|
|12||Remove and discard the box spring backing (the thin, fibrous material that is stapled to the bottom of the box spring) before the treatment.|
|13||Cribs, crib mattresses, and other baby furniture will be inspected and treated as needed.|
|14||Shoes should be placed in new plastic bags or plastic containers, sealed tightly and relocated to the living room. Dryer cycle if possible.