1 – Remove all blankets, sheets, covers, pillows and pillow cases from the bed and place them into plastic bags to be transported to the laundry.
2 – Empty all dressers and bed side table drawers that are in the bedroom of items and belongings. These should be bagged-up and taken to the laundry. This includes any clothing and fabric, shoes, pillows, plush stuffed toys and any other laundry washable children’s toys. All clothing and fabric should be washed with hot water and dried on high heat if possible.
3 – All clothing, linens and other items must be cleaned and kept separate in plastic bag or boxes until the problem is treated. Garages and basements are usually safe places to store said items.
4 – Dispose of all paper and plastic bags and containers that were used to store clothing prior to washing. Plastic Tupperware and boxes must be thoroughly washed and sanitized before reuse to protect against re-infestation.
5 – Plastic toys, books, electronics and anything else that cannot be laundered need to be inspected and removed from the treatment area.
6 – Move the furniture away from the wall at least 18 inches if possible. Help can be provided by the technician in most circumstances.
7 – People and pets must leave the area during treatment and wait 4 hours after the completion of treatment to reenter a structure.
8 – If there is a fish tank in the household, it should be covered with a towel or plastic to protect it since fish are very sensitive to many pesticides.
9 – Try and make sure all furniture, closets, beds and baseboards are accessible to be inspected and treated by the technician(s) when they arrive.
10 – Vacuuming prior and post treatment is important to help protect the residence from all stages of bedbugs. Just to sure to empty the vacuum right after completion and dump the bag/contents outside in the trash promptly.