We wish we could say that getting rid of bed bugs is easy. The sad truth is that removing these bugs is a process--and this process has the greatest chance of success when we work together as a team. That is why we have strict guidelines for bed bug treatments. These guidelines are for your benefit. We know how important it is for you to have your bed bug infestation resolved, and we don't want to miss a single bug. But, there are some things that you must do to help us help you.
Prior To The Initial Visit
Heat kills bed bugs. The first step is to remove all sheets, blankets, mattress covers, and pillow cases from your beds, and wash those items on the highest temperature. This will destroy bed bugs in all stages of development. Once this is done, put these items in plastic garbage bags until after the initial pest control service has been performed. Any clothing and linens should also be washed and dried on the hottest temperature and put into plastic bags. Dry cleaning is acceptable, if necessary.
Bed bugs like to hide, and these hiding places must be treated. In order for your service technician to treat these locations, we ask that you empty all closets, dresser drawers, night stand drawers, and move the items to the dining room, or some other space where bed bugs are not likely to be present. As much as possible, put these items in plastic bags. Pick up all toys, clothing, boxes, and other items off the bedroom floors, and do the same with them. Refrain from storing any items under beds.
Clean up any clutter on the floors. Then, vacuum all floors, the insides of drawers, all closets, and bed stands. Use the vacuum on upholstered furniture in suspected areas. Then, move furniture at least 3 feet away from the walls, and open recliners and sleeper sofas to allow for treatment.
If you have baseboard heating, turn it on and run it for at least an hour prior to the visit.
Make sure all the doors are unlocked, so your technicians can gain access.
If you have pets, make sure they are removed before treatment. Seal any fish tanks and turn off the filter and air supply before wrapping the tank in plastic wrap.
Expect to be out of the dwelling for 3-4 hours, and be sure to bring any items you need for your time away.
When You Return Home
You can expect to find a few things that have changed. These chances are put in place to contain the bed bug problem and help in the monitoring process.
Beds and box springs will have encasements that are in place to prevent bed bugs from getting in or out of their favorite hiding place. Insect interceptors will be under the legs of beds and furniture to prevent any remaining bed bugs from climbing up to feed on you. If bed bugs appear in these interceptors, leave them for your technician to inspect.
Some items may be in sealed bags. These items will need to be washed on high heat like the items you washed before the visit. You can also dry clean, if needed.
You may notice that your home or apartment is hot when you return. If baseboard heating is present, we turn it on during the visit, and turn it off when we leave.
If additional preparations are needed to facilitate the next service visit, you will be notified.
Prior To Follow Up Visits
Before a follow-up visit it is important to follow all of the above steps again, except for the laundering of items. It is important to make sure that each time we visit, our team is able to get into all the places they need to be.
Recommendations For Post Treatment Maintenance
Once the treatments are completed, it is important to do a few things to make sure you don't get another infestation. Be sure to wash and dry your sheets and blankets once a week. Make sure to always do a check for bed bugs anytime you sleep somewhere away from home. Refrain from bringing second hand or used furniture into your home without having it checked for bed bugs. Try to prevent clutter on the floors as much as possible.
If these steps are followed, and we work together, we can make sure those bed bugs are gone. And hopefully, keep them from ever returning. Contact Witt Pest Management today!