Bed Bug Prep Sheet
Bay-Valley Pest Control makes no guarantee for the elimination of Bedbugs but will treat, generally in a series of treatments approximately three to five weeks apart.
Bedbugs: Bedbugs are considered a travelers bug. Either the bedbugs have been brought home with you as you traveled and stayed in homes, hotels or airplanes with bedbugs or a traveler has stayed with you and brought bedbugs to your home. Sometimes bedbugs could be pre-existing in a home/apartment you just moved into. Occasionally bed bugs can travel between attached units – as in town homes, condo’s and apartments. Bedbugs can also arrive on used furniture you may have acquired from another person’s home.
Bedbugs are nocturnal and feed when they need to molt, mate or lay eggs. Individual bed bugs don’t feed every night. They quietly lie in protected areas until the feeding is necessary. The treatment is designed to leave a residual for the bedbugs to contact as they come out in search of a blood meal. During this time, a bedbug may have time to bite before they die. In a situation where there are hundreds of bedbugs, bites may occur every night due to different bugs needing to feed at different intervals. If you have a bedbug infestation at this level you will need a series of applications generally spaced about three to four weeks apart.
Bedbugs can be eliminated, but each case is different depending on how advanced the bedbug problem has become and the environment we are treating in. The larger the population, the more treatments and time will be involved. A three to five week waiting period will be recommended between treatments to allow the products to work. During this time you may see live bedbugs, get bites or find dead ones. If after the three week period, the problem is still occurring you may request a chargeable re-treat at a discounted price, or a sequence of services will be recommended and scheduled. The discounted rate is guaranteed provided it is scheduled within 60 days of the last chargeable treatment. The product life is approximately 4-6 weeks and waiting longer than 60 days will allow a new life cycle to begin and you will be starting over.
- Strip beds of all bedding, sheets, blankets and comforters and either wash bedding or put in dryer for 10-15 minutes on High Heat. Do not bring back into room until treatment has been done.
- Nightstands, dressers, desks, and vanities: Remove all contents from drawers and place contents in large plastic garbage bags. Any loose items and toys should also be placed in plastic bags. Place bags in middle of the room, garage, living room or outside to allow technician room to work.
- Clothing that will be placed in plastic bags should be washed or run through a hot dryer for 15 minutes before putting them in bags. This will help “sterilize” the items for your piece of mind.
- Closets: Items on the floor and shelves are to be placed into large plastic garbage bags – the hanging clothes can stay hung in the closet.
- Do not vacuum before first treatment/inspection: We want to see the infestation level on the onset of the treatments. Vacuuming can remove bedbugs and their evidence and create the appearance of a lessor problem. Knowing the level of infestation in the beginning will help us determine whether the service is progressing as expected.
- Keep the rooms free of clutter.Wash bedding regularly (at least once a week). The better prepared you are before each treatment will allow the best possible results. Put all food Away: All food, including butter dishes, utensils, fruit ect must be placed into cabinets or the refrigerator. Bathroom items including toothbrushes, must also be put into cabinets or drawers.
- Remove Electrical Outlet Covers (Optional): If Light switch covers and electrical outlet covers are removed at the time of service, the technician will be able to treat the voids. These are easy hiding places for bedbugs.
It is important to be completely prepared before your technician arrives.
Be prepared to leave the home for 3-4 hours
Air out the rooms for 15 minutes upon your return. Open doors and windows to clear out any lingering odors.
These preparation instructions will need to be repeated prior to future bedbug services.
- Vacuum thoroughly and vigorously under bed, under & behind nightstands, dressers and other furniture and along baseboards. Vacuuming these areas regularly (even daily) after the service is recommended.
- AVOID leaving items on the bedroom floors. Hang purses or backpacks in the closet, on door knobs or hangers. Nothing should touch the floor except the bottom of your feet, including discarded clothing and towels. Bedbugs can hide in anything left on the floor and be transported to other rooms or other people’s homes on these items.
- AVOID Self treatments! Do not use sprays or foggers once committed to the profession pest control service. It is important that the correct products are used. Using over the counter sprays or foggers can repel or force bedbugs into areas they would not normally be. This can prolong the number of services that would normally be expected.
- DO NOT ABANDON THE BEDROOMS: Continue sleeping in the bedrooms. Bedbugs will not move around and contact the treated areas if there is no one sleeping in the room. Bedbugs detect carbon dioxide that is expelled when we sleep (breath and body gases). If no one sleeps in the room the bedbugs will stay in their hiding places and survive the treatment. Remember, bedbugs can live for approximately a year without a blood meal and abandoning the room will allow them to wait for your return. If it is very uncomfortable, have someone else sleep in the room or sleep in the room at least 2-3 times a week. The only way to truly know when the bedbug problem is eliminated is when the bites stop and don’t return.
- Make Your Bed In to an “Island”: Many people feel uncomfortable sleeping back in the bedroom before they’re certain the bedbugs have been eradicated. If you have a bed or bedframe with legs you can take either bowls or plastic containers and situate them under the feet posts of the bed or frame (you might be able to find these bedbug traps at the store or online as well). Add talcum powder to the bowls, remove head and foot boards if they’re attached to a metal frame and place away from the bed. Be sure the bed is away from any walls. Remove bed skirts and be sure bed spreads, blankets or comforters do not touch the ground during the night. Make sure no other furniture such as night stands touch the bed, blankets or pillows. The canisters under the feet posts will stop bedbugs from getting from the floor to you in the bed. Keeping the bed away from walls and other furniture will keep bedbugs from bridging from the wall or other furniture to you. In essence your bed will be an Island. This suggestion won’t likely work for sleigh beds and beds that have rails instead of feet. Also note, if you are using a mattress and/or box spring with bedbugs in them on the onset of the service, you may get bites from hatching. If you put “certified bed bug covers” on both the mattress and box spring and follow this suggestion you may find relief once the covers are placed on the mattresses.
- Items that have been “sterilized” (ran through the washer or dryer) and not needed during the course of treatments can remain in the bags so you will not have to repeat the preparation process before the next treatment.
- Before the third service (or what you anticipate to be the last service), put all items back in their normal places at least two weeks before the anticipated final service. If you have accidently bagged any bedbugs, nymphs or eggs, this will allow them to move on treated services before the final service. We can’t be certain all customers have been thorough in their “sterilizing” efforts and this is considered the final test for everyone involved to feel secure in the resolution of the bedbug problem. You may call our office for advice when you get to this stage in the service.
- Items that cannot be washed or put through a hot dryer should be put back into the room where you would normally keep them. These items will have to be re-bagged before future treatments. Note: if any bedbugs or eggs are on these items, returning them to the treated room will allow them to travel on the treated areas in order for them to die.
- DISCARDED FURNITURE: We do not recommend getting rid of good furniture because of a bedbug problem. If you decide to get rid of furniture such as mattresses or box springs, please destroy them before discarding. Example: slash mattresses/box springs especially if putting them by the dumpster, street or taking them to the dumps. Decent looking furniture or mattresses may be picked up by someone else and cause the spread of bedbugs.
- New Furniture brought into the home during the course of treatments will need to be treated. Untreated furniture will become a safe area for bedbugs and prolong the treatment process. Call our office if any new furniture is brought into your home or expected to be brought in.
Reminder: Bedbugs can live for up to a year (on average) without a blood meal. Be sure items that will be left in bags have been thoroughly washed or hot dried prior to bagging. If in doubt, return the items to their normal storage area in the room.
It is normal for customers to feel impatient during a bedbug problem, but in an advanced bedbug infestation there is no immediate cure. It takes time for a bedbug infestation to occur and will take time in many cases, for the problem to resolve.
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