Before you begin with you bed bug treatment it is necessary to do the proper preparations for control to be the most effective. This applies to whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional.
All furniture and appliances will need to be pulled away from the walls and baseboards. You need to remove everything from bookshelves and desks; these items need to be treated. Everything in tightly sealed bags will not need to be treated.
Everything that can be laundered should be laundered, a you will want to do this before the treatment, and then place them in plastic bags to keep them bed bug free. This includes clothing, bedding, stuffed animals, and drapes and so on.
The items should be securely tied within plastic bags, and then emptied directly into the machines. You then need to dispose of the empty bag. The heat is what will kill the bed bugs, not the water, so therefore the higher the heat the better. Items should be dried with medium heat to high heat for 40 minutes or more.
If the wash cycle is not an option, then the use of the dryer will be better than nothing.
You should inform your dry cleaners that the items that you are dropping off to dry clean may be infested; they may or may not accept them.
Vacuuming is a very important part of the control method of bed bugs, it will not eliminate your problem but can greatly reduce the population of bed bugs, if a crack and crevice attachment is available it should be used on all furniture pieces and anywhere else there is a possibility of the bed bug hiding.
Baseboards should also be vacuumed using the crevice tool, do not wipe them off with a broom to hand duster. Vacuum bags should then immediately be removed and placed in doubled plastic bags and placed into strong plastic bag for disposal.
Determining how you handle your mattress, box spring and pillows can be a difficult choice. Some people choose to dispose of the entire unit, but this can be costly for someone and not even an option. Getting rid of the infested bedding will not solve any bed bug problem. But if you do opt for replacing everything maybe because it was old and was going to be replaced anyway then it should be done after treatment has occurred.
Placing your bedding material inside vinyl, polyvinyl or polyethylene encasement is a always a good idea that includes the box spring not just the mattress. Bedbugs are very lazy and like to hide near the victim and so they are commonly found on seams of mattresses, or within the structure of box springs. The mattress and box spring encasements serve to reduce this likelihood and in the case of box springs. This will permanently seals any remaining insects inside the encasement. An encasement is a good idea until you have eliminated the infestation and in case of an additional outbreak the bedding will not be as difficult a job.
Bedbug infestations are not successfully handled by one treatment alone. And the area should be re-inspected in about 2 weeks and retreated if evidence of bed bugs are recognized.
Here are some easy to follow steps that should be done prior to the treatment of bed bugs. These few steps will help you kill bed bugs effectively. You will need to Remove mattress and box spring from the bed frame and place the upright against a wall for inspection and possible treatment. After treatment you will want to place both in a high end encasement, the Protect a Bed AllerZip brand is a good choice. You will want to keep the encasement on the mattress and box spring at all time. The encasements must remain in place until bed bug eradication is complete. Linens are placed over these encasements, keep them placed in sealed plastic bags during treatment.
Disassemble bed frames for inspection and treatment. Remove the tacking, fabric cover, from the bases of box spring, sofas, and chairs. You will want to Remove drapes and curtains and have them laundered in hot water and a hot dryer if an option or dry-cleaned. Replace in clean, sealed plastic bag until reinstalling them after treatment has been completed and you are sure that all the bed bugs have been killed. All fabrics must be laundered in HOT water and HOT dryer cycle where possible. Dry clean those items that cannot be laundered. Once everything has been laundered replace in plastic bags.
Remove all items from walls-mirrors, pictures, other items-and leave in the room for inspection Unhook all cables from electronic and electrical devices
Move all furniture away from walls Remove all electrical plates on walls-electric outlets, phone jacks, light switch covers, cable outlets. You will need to remove and check the panels for the heating and air conditioning units and all wall vents. Remove the baseboards if possible and expose the flooring underneath.
Our hope is that this information for preparation for bed bug control treatment will be beneficial for anyone needed to kill bed bugs. Whether you plan on treating your home yourself or hiring a pest control operator this guideline should give you plenty of information on what to expect.