How to Prepare a Room for Bed Bug Extermination
The name "bed bugs" refers to a tiny insect that annoys us as we sleep. Your bedtime becomes unpleasant because of them. The good news is that treating an infested room can stop bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are a type of insect that spread quickly and multiply once a room or area is afflicted.
Steps to Take Before a Bed Bug Inspection
The spread of bed bugs will be stopped, and successful treatment will be more likely with proper preparation of the room for bed bug treatment.
Beds: Remove all linens from the beds and put them in plastic bags for quick laundering. When washing goods, use hot, soapy water only.
Mattress: Before throwing away an infected mattress and box spring, wrap them in plastic.
Box Spring: The box spring's overall surface area and vacuum-sealed seams.
Walls: All items affixed to the walls should be removed but left in the room (pictures, mirrors, lamps fixtures, outlet lids, switch platings, headboards, etc.).
Carpet: At the point where the floor and the walls meet, loosen the carpet's tack strip to allow easy cleaning.
Floors: Use a crack and crevice tool to vacuum the floors under baseboards.
Furniture: All sofa and chair cushions should have seams, and general surfaces vacuumed.
Sofa: Vacuum the fold-out sofa bed if it is a part of the couch.
Cloth Covers: Take off the cloth covering the bottom of the box spring and the chairs, trash it, and then dry the items using the hottest temperature recommended for the fabric. Don't take anything out of your suitcases until the room is clear.
Books: Pack all of the room's books, as well as any other items, into plastic bags before leaving them there.
What to Expect Following a Bed Bug Treatment
About two weeks after the initial treatment, an exterminator will do a follow-up service and will likely give the following advice:
After the bed bug treatment, you'll want to clean up, but you shouldn't wash the baseboards, doorframes, window frames, or bedframes for the time the specialist advises.
Keep all mattress and box spring covers in place. These guard against re-infestation and shield you from bites.
Don't add any additional furnishings to the room.
Every day, vacuum the carpets, remove the debris, place it in a rubbish bag, and toss it in the outdoor trash.
Clean all kitchen surfaces and places used for food preparation ultimately.
All beds should have fresh linens.
After treatment, drape a fresh sheet over the couch.
How Can You Prevent Bed Bugs From Returning?
If you've ever had bed bugs, you'll do everything possible to avoid getting them again and prevent an infestation. The following advice will be beneficial and might give you some ideas on how you initially came into contact with bed bugs.
Always check the mattress, box spring, and bed area when staying at a hotel. Pay close attention to the headboard and mattress piping. This tutorial offers detailed instructions on checking your hotel room to ensure you don't carry bed bugs home.
Never open or remove the covers from the mattress and box spring. Periodically inspect them to make sure they aren't ripped or damaged. If they have, they must replace them right away. The encasements are crucial to bed bug prevention.
Hope these details will assist you in getting ready for a bed bug inspection and extermination. Contact Tornado Pest Control if you have questions or want to speak with an expert.