10 Steps to Successful Bed Bug Elimination

Occupant Preparation Requirement

  1. Remove all sheets, pillows, and bedding material. Seal them in a plastic bag until they can be cleaned to prevent the infestation from Spreading.
  2. Wash sheets and bedding in soap and hot water. Items that can’t be washed, such as bedspreads, should be dried at high temperatures for one hour. This will also be necessary for clothing or bedding stored beneath beds or dressers where bed bugs are discovered.
  3. Bag drapes after they have been dried at high temperatures for at least an hour.(Only high heat eliminates eggs in these items.)
  4. Clear all floors of loose items (e.g. toys, change, trash, etc.) including floors in closets and interior storage areas.
  5.  Vacuum entire carpet, especially the edges (with crevice attachment). Debris will interfere with the inspection.
  6. Seal the vacuum bag in plastic bag, and immediately discard in an outside trash bin. For bag-less uprights, dump content into plastic bag and discard in an outside trash bin.
  7. Ensure all items are removed from top within dressers, nightstands, bookshelves, coffee tables,etc. All wood furniture must be turned over and inspected for bed bugs and their eggs, including DVD and CD Stands.
  8. Move all furniture and bed frames at least 18” from the wall, so we can inspect and treat the carpet edge and baseboards where bed bugs prefer to hide.
  9. 9. Lean Mattresses and box springs against the wall for inspection and treatment of small crevices and tufts.
  10. 10. Upholstered furniture (couches and chairs) will need to be inspected and treated. Remove and bag throws, pillows, and slip covers, and dry at high temperatures. Vacuum deep into crevices with crevice attachment.

Pet Considerations:

  1. Aquariums: Disconnect the air pump and cover the top with a towel.
  2. Birds should be completely removed from the residence for 2-4 hours after treatment.
  3. Dogs and cats can stay in residence but should be kept away from directly treated areas.

During and following service, Plan to be out of the residence long enough for treatment to dry. Usually 2-4 hours.

Bed Bugs are difficult to control, because they can hide in the tiniest cracks. Effective control can take 4 weeks or longer, so your cooperation in preparation and patience is necessary and appreciated.