Tips For Preparing Your Home For A Bed Bug Treatment

Posted on: 21 September 2020

No other pest strikes fear into the heart of homeowners like bed bugs. One of the biggest reasons bed bugs are such a dreaded threat is that this pest is almost impossible to eliminate without the help of a professional. As a homeowner, you cannot get rid of bed bugs on your own, but you can help a pest control agent be more successful by doing your part.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home before a pest control agent arrives to treat your bed bug infestation.

Keep Your Belongings in Your Home

Do not bag up any personal items or those of sentimental value and take the items outside your home. Bed bugs can hide in any number of places and items and if you bag up your infested items and put the items in your friend or neighbor's home, you could inadvertently infest their homes with bed bugs.

Instead, carefully inspect any items that fragile or of sentimental value for bed bugs, and place the items inside a bag and store the items inside your home until the pest control agent is finished with the treatment.

Launder Your Clothing and Bedding

Grab anything in your home that is safe to launder, including your linens, clothing, and children's toys, and wash them on the highest settings that are safe for the items. Place the items in the dryer on the highest safe setting. Once the items are completely dry, place the items in a plastic bag that is tightly sealed. Set the bags in an out of the way spot.

Laundering these items on the highest setting will help kill any bed bugs and their eggs. All the closets and dressers in your home should be empty before the pest control agent arrives.

Vacuum Your Floors and Upholstered Furniture

Grab your vacuum and clean off any surface in your home that is safe to vacuum, from the carpets and throw rugs to upholstered furniture and curtains. This helps eliminate some of the bed bugs that are on the floors and furniture. Empty the vacuum canister outside and throw away the contents in a tightly sealed bag in your outdoor trash can.

Pull Furniture Away from the Wall

Finally, pull the couches, chairs, and any other furniture a few inches away from the wall to provide easier access to the baseboards. Your pest control agent may also ask you to take the mattresses off the beds and set the mattresses against the wall. This will make it easier to treat the area around the bed.

From laundering your clothing to vacuuming all your carpets and furniture, there are several things you can do as a homeowner to prepare your home for a bed bug treatment. For more information about bed bug extermination, check with a local pest control.