Experienced Bed Bug Preparation
With nearly twenty years experience with Bed Bug Preparation and more than a thousand bed bug treatments performed, we know exactly what it takes to properly prepare a structure and perform effective bed bug treatments.
Let our bed bug experts help you prepare in a fast, efficient, and organized manner! Even if another pest control company is performing the bed bug treatment, our professionals are available to provide bed bug preparation assistance and consultation services for any size property.
Preparation For Conventional Bed Bug Treatments
In most cases, kitchens and bathrooms will need the least attention. Unlike other types of pest control services, efforts will be best used in bed rooms, living rooms and nearby closets.
- Remove and bag all bed linens, pillowcases, bed-skirts etc: Only a bare mattress and box spring should remain. Despite what some people may think, we would prefer that the beds, mattresses, box springs, frames and headboards remain as they are. Moving these objects can cause bed bugs to scatter and spread to adjacent areas. It is best to let experienced bed bug technicians handle these items. The technicians will position furniture in a way that maximizes the treatment while minimizing the spread of bed bugs
- Remove and bag all clothing and fabric related items from dressers, shelves, and nightstands: This means EVERYTHING. The bed bug technicians will need to pull out all drawers to insure a thorough application of this furniture
- Closets: Clothing hanging and items suspended from the floor can stay. Items like shoes, hand bags or personal items on the floor must come out. The base of the closets will need to be inspected and treated accordingly.
- Take down and bag all curtains and drapery: Blinds, shades and other solid surface window treatments CAN stay. Just cloth materials safe for a dryer should come down.
- Clothing, bed linens, curtains, plush items, stuffed animals etc: Must be laundered and put through a hot dryer. If items are clean, you can skip the washer and go straight to the hot dryer on highest setting for 60 minutes. Laundromats have the hottest dryers with larger capacity than most household dryers.
- When laundering clothes or anything that may contain bed bugs, be careful not to contaminate other places. Use heavy duty plastic bags doubled up and tied tight. Discard bags after each use.
- Personal items and Clutter: Must be removed or organized. This is best achieved by sorting through all personal belongings. If there are items you have been meaning to throw out, now is the time. You do not need to throw away anything unless it is in poor condition. Use a hot dryer wherever possible. Dryer heat kills bed bugs! The remaining items should be organized toward the center of the room for bed bug technicians to inspect and treat accordingly. It is important to leave some space between items so a thorough treatment can be performed.
- Be ready to have all people and pets to vacate the premises: We typically require an 8 hour re-entry time for our bed bug treatments. Depending on the size of property and type of services being performed, these times can vary. Please consult with the on-site professionals
- Bed bug treatments should have at least one follow-up inspection/treatment 10-14 days following the initial visit.
It is not uncommon to find dead/dying bugs for up to 48 hours following a treatment. Bugs have been worked out of hiding spots and may not die instantly in all situations. It is important to consult with your pest professionals.
Thermal Heat Treatment Preparation
Bed Bugs are a very resilient and challenging pest to eradicate. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and protect personal belongings, please insure all areas are properly prepared for treatment!
Items that must be removed or protected
- Pets/people – including fish in aquariums
- House plants – both live and artificial
- Fresh food, fruits, vegetables, etc.
- Food that melt – chocolate, candy, etc.
- Prescription and over the counter medications
- Make-up – especially lipstick (wax based)
- Wax based items – Candles, wax figurines, wax fruit
- Anything pressurized – spray cans, fire extinguishers, oxygen bottles, etc.
- Flammables lighters, lamp fuel, alcohol, solvents, etc.
- Explosives – Firearms, fireworks, etc.
- Wooden and stringed musical instruments – May warp in high heat. Leave the cases
- Family heirlooms, valuable paintings and irreplaceable items should be inspected and a determination made as to whether they should be treated. Ultra Safe Pest is not responsible for damaged property or belongings.
- Furniture – needs to be moved 2 feet from the wall to the middle of the room.
*Please Note: Larger items can be boxed and left by the door for inspection. It will be determined if any of these items need to be treated for bed bugs.
Fire Alarm & Sprinkler Heads
Fire Alarm & Sprinkler System must be deactivated during treatment times. We require written notice from the provider that this has been done. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Bed bugs will seek shelter on and within clothing. To avoid re-introducing bed bugs, any clothing removed from the space before a thermal remediation treatment must be dried at high temperatures before being returned to the treated areas.
- Drying using the hottest dryer setting will treat most clothing.
- Avoid contaminating the freshly dried clothing. Do not return the clean clothing to the container (bag, basket, etc.)
- Clothing left in the heated space must be placed in open weave laundry baskets. Clothing must be packed loosely!
- Tightly packed baskets will prevent lethal temperatures from reaching all items. Do NOT place clothing in plastic bags!
- Clothing in drawers can be left in place. Except if clothing is tightly packed, packed items must be removed!
- Also, it may become necessary to remove the drawers from dressers to help with the air movement/treatment.
- Clothing on hangers may be left in closets if the space between the items is large enough to allow the heated air to circulate. Arrange hanging items to open up air space between them.
Larger fabric items – linens, towels, blankets, etc.
These items should be left in the area being heated, as they are likely to shelter insects. Place these items in open weave laundry baskets. Pack the items very loosely to allow for air circulation. Do not pack into plastic bags.
Papers, smaller items, figurines and collectibles
A thermal remediation treatment requires moving large amounts of air to be successful. All items that can be blown around and possibly damaged need to be protected.
- Loose papers need to be gathered and contained.
- Glass items, knick-knacks and other collectibles will need to be secured. Do not leave breakable items on shelves or other areas where damage could happen.
- Pictures, paintings, and other wall-mounted items will need to be taken down to prevent damage.
Electronics, televisions, computers, video players, stereos, etc.
- Electronics are a hiding place for bed bugs; do not remove electronics from areas being heated.
- Switch all electronic appliances to the off position.
- Disconnect all electronic appliances by unplugging from the wall outlet.
Waterbeds and air beds
- Waterbeds need to be drained. If the water bed is not drained, it will prevent the frame from reaching lethal temperatures.
- It is important that airbeds be partially deflated to avoid damage.
Bed Bug Preparation Tips
Tip 1: Allow yourself the proper time to prepare to avoid having an overwhelming chaotic mess on your hands!
Tip 2: When addressing the clothing and washables, decide what items and clothing you will need for use between the first and second treatment. Anything you won’t need can come right out of the dryer into tied tightly in industrial strength plastic bags until after the 2-week follow-up. This will save you a lot of work at that time.
Tip 3: When looking for a place to store bags of cloths and other items, the kitchen, garage, screened porches and basements make good choices. Keep these items out of the areas to be treated.
Tip 4: The most important Tip you will ever hear! Never ever try to treat a bed bug infestation yourself or allow any other unqualified individual to attempt this. Bed bugs are very difficult to treat and require highly skilled and licensed professionals. DIY treatments, bed bug “bombing” any self spraying, more often than not will make matters worse. Bed bugs are very sensitive to foreign substances.
DIY Bed Bug Treatments
DIY Treatments often drive the bugs into adjacent rooms or units as homeowners try to “douse everything down with insecticide”. The bed bugs look to escape the onslaught by moving deeper into wall voids making them even harder to detect and treat properly.
In addition to very poor success rates, do-it-yourself bed bug extermination often leads to the misapplication or “misuse” of pesticides and other dangerous substances.
A professional Bed Bug Technician will know how to treat in a way that maximizes success and minimize the risks associated with insecticides.
Bed Bug Prep Assistance Service
The preparation of a living space or housing unit for a “Conventional”, “Liquid” or “Thermal” bed bug treatments, can be an overwhelming task.
People that are elderly, disabled, injured or pregnant, may find prep impossible. Since proper preparation is essential to a successful bed bug extermination, it might be necessary to hire a professional service to oversee the project. We have helped manage even the most extreme hoarding and bed bug infestation scenarios.
Ultra Safe is available for preparation services 24/7. We offer, wash, dry, fold laundry service with pick-up and drop-off included!
Please contact us for additional information or to schedule an on-site consultation.