Birmingham Bed Bugs can be hard to eradicate if they infest your home unless you do your part by collaboration with the pest control service. The following tips will quickly help you and your pest management company get rid of bedbugs:

-If you know they are not infested, don’t move any of your belongings to another home during or before the procedure. You can spread bed bugs in a backpack or box into another home or your car or workplace and then re-infest your home after it has been handled. Move as few items as possible before removing them, and have them checked for bedbugs (or heat them).

Birmingham Michigan How to Prepare Your House for a Bed Bug Treatment

-Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and other bedding in hot water. Place the items on the highest setting in a dryer that will not damage the items. Thoroughly dry the products, and then place them in trash bags. Keep them apart from potentially infected objects.

-Wash all clothes in hot water, then dry them in the highest setting allowed for the clothes.

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Clothing that can not be washed and dried (including coats and jackets) may be dry-cleaned or must be carefully checked. Do not place clothes in infested rooms/areas until treatment is complete and the bedbugs are removed.

How to Prepare Your House for a Bed Bug Treatment

-Place curtains, pillows, towels, stuffed animals, etc. in the dryer set on the highest setting that won’t damage the items for at least 30 minutes. Immediately after drying, double-bag those pieces.

Inspect carefully all things which can not be washed: books, electronics, picture frames, plastic toys, etc. When insecticides are to be used, place the toys for children in plastic bags or storage bins (only when they are bedbug-free). The pest control company may want these items left in place if heat is used, so they are exposed to heat treatment.

-Keep washed and dried items in plastic bags until your home is handled and the bedbugs have been removed.

How to Prepare Your House for a Bed Bug Treatment

-Vacuum, and wash every floor. Be sure to place the vacuum cleaner in a plastic bag before disposing of it, to prevent bedbugs from escaping.

-To remove live/dead Birmingham bedbugs, vacuum the mattress and box spring. Double-bag and immediately dump the vacuum bags in an outdoor trash can so as not to re-introduce or disperse any bed bugs trapped in the vacuum. If the spring of the mattress and box is encased, be sure to use one which is bedbug proof. These encasements are thick enough to render bed bugs unable to bite through it and have tight zippers from which the bugs can not escape.

-Vacuum couches, chairs, and recliners thoroughly before treatment. Bedbugs are often found in couches and upholstered chairs. If possible, turn the furniture over or on its side/back and vacuum underneath as well. If there is a dust cover attached on the underside, pull it back and vacuum areas that will need to be treated. Double-bag and immediately dump the vacuum bags in an outdoor trash can so as not to re-introduce or disperse any bed bugs trapped in the vacuum.

-It is difficult to inspect a cluttered home and more difficult to treat because bedbugs can find lots of hiding spots. Throw away unnecessary items.