Bed Bugs are hard to get rid of, that’s for certain, so enlisting the help of a professional service is always the best way to go. If you have bed bugs and have already called a professional bed bug exterminator, there are some things you could do to help eradicate the problem before the professionals arrive.
Do not remove anything from your bedroom or infested area, this could make your bed bug problem worse!
Bed bugs are hitchhikers so removing something from your home that’s infested means they can end up in other places such as your car or work place. Although you may feel like hauling things out to keep them safe or driving to a local dumpster to throw away, it’s best for everyone and everything to keep things contained to make treatment easier and effective. Plus you really can’t be certain about what is and what isn’t infested.
Your washing machine is going to be put to good use because washing everything in hot water comes next. Begin with the obvious, the bedding. This includes sheets, pillow cases, mattress covers, blankets etc..Anything on the bed can be a hiding place for bed bugs. Follow this with drying on the highest setting, getting everything thoroughly dry. Now store it all inside garbage bags and keep them away from possibly infested areas. Do the same thing with clothing.
Take curtains, stuffed animals, towels, etc. and place them in the dryer. Using the hottest setting without destroying them, be sure to set the timer on a minimum of thirty minutes. Double bag these in plastic bags as soon as possible and store them away.
It’s a good idea to go through the infested space and de clutter. Throw out anything you really don’t need. Make sure to place unwanted items inside garbage bags and take them outside to the trash can. Be sure to double bag loose items on the floor of your closet. If they can be washed and dried on high temperature, great. If not, leave them in the room for the professionals to treat. Provide access to walls, closets, areas around furniture so the professionals can do a thorough inspection and treatment.
Now it’s time to vacuum just about everything. This includes floors, furniture (even beyond any dust covers on the bottom, and the underside of everything), mattress, box springs. Put the vacuum bag in a garbage bag and out of the house asap! In the trash it goes. Any floors without carpeting should be washed as well.
Preparing your home for a bed bug treatment is a lot of work but it helps ensure an effective treatment. In some cases, it may take more than one treatment. Hi-Tech Pest Control has been helping Michigan residents eradicate bed bugs for over 30 years. Early bed bug identification is the key to effectively ridding your home of bed bugs so if you think you have a bed bug problem call right away for a Free Inspection. We are so confident in our approach to eliminating bed bugs that we are the only Michigan bed bug company to offer a 6-month warranty on all bed bug extermination services!