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Bed Bug Prep Methods and Solutions

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Bed bugs are a nuisance that nobody wants to deal with, but unfortunately, they are becoming an increasingly common problem in homes and apartments. It is essential to be prepared and know how to handle these pests effectively to prevent them from causing more damage to your home and your health. In this blog, we will share expert tips on preparing your home for bed bug treatment, using methods used by Bedbug911 extermination. 

 

  • Make a plan for your mattress

Since bed bugs tend to hide in mattresses, it is important to have a plan with what to do with your mattress. We recommend getting rid of the mattress, especially early on in the prep process. However, some people prefer to use a bed bug mattress cover to encase the mattress and seal the bed bugs and keep them in the mattress.

  • Clear the Clutter

The first step in preparing for bed bug treatment is to declutter your home. Bed bugs love hiding in clutter, which makes it difficult for exterminators to locate and treat infestations. Remove all items from the floor, under the bed, and in closets. Make sure to store these items in sealed plastic bags or containers to prevent bed bugs from spreading to other areas of your home.

  • Launder Your Fabrics

Bed bugs can hide in your bedding, clothes, and other fabrics. Strip your beds and wash all bedding, clothing, and any other fabric items in your home in hot water, and use a bed bug laundry additive.  After washing, dry these items on the highest heat setting, if possible, for at least 30 minutes to ensure complete eradication.

  • Vacuum Thoroughly

Vacuuming is an essential step in preparing for bed bug treatment. Vacuum all carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture to remove any live bed bugs or eggs. Make sure to use the crevice tool to get into tight spaces and along baseboards. Once you have finished vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the canister outside to prevent the spread of bed bugs in your home.

  • Dismantle Furniture

Bed bugs can hide in the smallest of spaces, which means they can be found inside your furniture. To prepare for treatment, dismantle any furniture that can be taken apart, such as bed frames, headboards, and shelving units. This will allow the exterminator to access all hiding spots and ensure effective treatment.

  • Seal Off Entry Points

To prevent bed bugs from entering your home in the future, it’s crucial to seal off any potential entry points. Inspect your home for cracks, crevices, and other openings, and use caulk or sealant to close them off. Be sure to check around windows, doors, and baseboards, as well as any gaps in flooring or walls.

  • Communicate with Your Exterminator

It’s essential to maintain open communication with your exterminator to ensure a successful bed bug treatment. Inform them of any specific problem areas or concerns you may have. Also, ask for any additional preparation steps they may require, as some exterminators may have specific instructions for their treatment methods.

Bed bugs are a frustrating and challenging pest to deal with, but with proper preparation, you can increase the chances of a successful treatment. By following the expert tips outlined above, you can take control of your bed bug problem and create a cleaner, healthier living environment for you and your family. Remember, the key to effective bed bug treatment is thorough preparation and cooperation with your exterminator.