Unlike many other forms of Extermination and Pest Removal, Bedbug Removal is a fairly intensive process that does require some preparation from the homeowner before the Exterminator arrives. This doesn’t mean that you are doing part of your Exterminator’s job for him, it simply means that there are some important steps to the Bedbug Elimination process that are most effectively performed by you. You wouldn’t want an exterminator washing your clothes or messing with your family photos, for example.
Before one of our Professional Exterminators arrives at your home to perform Bedbug Extermination Treatment, here are some steps that you’ll need to take to optimize the effectiveness of the process.
Steps You Need to Take Before Your Exterminator Arrives
Wash All of Your Clothes and Store Them Away from Bedbugs
It doesn’t matter if they are clean or dirty, wash all of the clothes that are in the rooms associated with your Bedbug Infestation. Remove all clothes from the area, seal them in a plastic bag, and transport them directly to the washer and dryer. If the clothes can be washed safely in hot water, send them through a wash cycle on hot.
If they cannot be washed hot, a hot dryer will also suffice. Bedbugs are incredibly resilient at room temperature, but they can’t stand heat and will die off when exposed to high temperatures. After you have washed and dried your clothes, store them somewhere safe until Bedbug Treatments are completed.
Follow the Same Process for other Washable and Dry-able Items
After cleaning and storing your clothes, take other items from the infested area which are washer or dryer safe, such as drapes, sheet, pillows, and stuffed animals, and put these items through the same cleaning process as you performed with your clothing.
Eliminate Common Bedbug Hiding Spots
Bedbugs will hide in any tight, dark spaces that are available in your room. We encourage you to take down picture frames, paintings, and other places where Bedbugs can easily hide. We will also need you to unscrew switch covers in the infested room, such as plug-ins and light switches.
Finally, we need you top take off vents in the room. All of this will help expose the Bedbugs and will allow the fumigation treatment to penetrate more deeply into the areas where Bedbugs are very likely to hide.
Perform Thorough Vacuuming
The last major step you will need to perform is to vacuum the infested room vigorously. You should not only vacuum the floor, but also your mattress, bedspread, furniture, and even your drapes.
These are all places where Bedbugs are likely to lay their eggs, and by performing this deep-cleaning, you will suck suck the eggs right up, and you will likely take some Bedbugs with you.
By doing your part to clean up your home, you make it easy for our exterminators to get rid of the most stubborn Bedbugs and Eggs more easily.
What to Do During Bedbug Treatment
Bedbug Removal is a very thorough process that does involve fumigation and pesticide treatment. The process is perfectly safe for your home, but you will be required to leave the home while the process is being performed, and the home will be off-limits for four hours after the process is complete.
You will also need to take your pets with you, with the distinct exception of animals in fish tanks. In this case, simply turn off the filter and cover the tank so that residue does not enter the tank.
What to Do Between Treatments
Before your home can be considered Bedbug-Free, our Exterminator will need to make one more pass two weeks after the initial Extermination Treatment has been performed. Upon this second visit, our Exterminator will monitor for new signs of Bedbug Infestation and may require a second treatment to be performed.
Between Bedbug Treatments, we suggest that you continue to store your clothes away from infested areas, and if you do return clothes to the area, you will need to wash them again before our Exterminator arrives. It’s also helpful to leave all wall panels, portraits, and pictures down during this period, to make it harder for surviving Bedbugs to hide.
The final step is to acquire a cover for both your box springs and mattress. The hardest area to successfully kill all Bedbugs in your home is your mattress, but if you purchase a seal-able cover, then you will starve any remaining Bedbugs that are living in your mattress and prevent them from re-establishing a presence in your home.
Second Bedbug Extermination Treatment
Two weeks after our initial treatment is performed, our Bedbug Specialist will return to your home for a second inspection. He or she will comb through the previously infested area looking for further signs of infestation, and if they do find signs of infestation, they will perform a second round of Anti-Bedbug Treatment.
Nearly one hundred percent of Bedbug Infestations will be fully eliminated after two treatments. After this point, simply live conscientiously and take the necessary precautions to prevent Bedbugs from returning to your home.
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