Bed bug infestations can be difficult to eliminate from your home or place of residence. There are a number of factors that can add to the challenge of bedbug removal including property size, the amount of large and small objects in the home, and the cooperation level of the inhabitants. If you’re planning on hiring a professional bedbug removal service for your home, then you’ll most likely be required to administer a simple, yet time-consuming pre-treatment preparation process.
Bedbug treatment preparation speeds up the removal process, boosts its efficacy, and just makes it go a lot more smoothly in general. The fewer objects you have in the way, the easier it is to inspect your property thoroughly for various infestations and procure proper treatment.
How to Prepare Your Home before Bedbug Treatment
Preparing your home for bedbug treatment and removal can be labour-intensive and time-consuming, but the end results are well worth the effort you put into it. Essentially, preparing your home for bedbug removal involves a deep and comprehensive cleaning and, in some cases, removal of excess items in your home.
To make the task a little less daunting, we’ve included a detailed checklist what to do before bedbug treatment in your home:
- Remove mattresses and box springs from bedframes. Check for bedbugs under all mattresses, on sheets, and pillowcases. To be completely safe, remove all bedding and wash and dry them on high heat for at least an hour each. This will ensure that any bedbugs living on these items will be eliminated completely.
- Empty all closets and dressers and wash your clothes. Despite their name, bedbugs are actually attracted to all kinds of materials including cotton and linen. Remove your clothes from closets and dressers. Then wash and dry them on high heat, if possible, to kill all bedbugs that may be living on them.
- Store away items that can’t be laundered. Articles of clothing that can’t be laundered at home should be taken to the dry cleaner where the steam will eliminate any surviving bedbugs. Once these items have been dry cleaned, be sure to safely store them in clean bags and put them away.
- Remove couch cushions, pillows, and covers. Couch cushions and accessories can also attract bedbugs. Oftentimes, they make their way inside the cushions and live within the stuffing, slowly eating away at it to survive. Make sure to remove these, clean them as much as possible, and then store them in clean bags to prevent bedbugs from getting to them again.
- Empty storage containers and luggage. Bedbugs are attracted to a variety of fabrics, particularly those that are stored for long periods in dark, dry places. They can easily make their way into your storage containers and luggage, so be sure to empty out any clothing and other items stored inside and clean them thoroughly.
- Vacuum all surfaces and storage spaces in your home carefully. Depending on the size of your bedbug infestation, you may have to vacuum and wash your mattresses and other belongings such as bed sheets, comforters, clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, and other household items multiple times. Once you can guarantee everything in your home has been thoroughly cleaned and packed away, you should find an alternate storage solution until the fumigation process is complete.
- Vacuum visible bedbugs as much as possible. One advantage of the cleaning and preparation process is that you might see a few bedbugs along the way. Don’t hesitate to kill, remove, or vacuum them up yourself when you see them!
- Remove, wash, and dry all fabric window dressings. We’re not exaggerating when we say that every square inch of your home needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Yes, even curtains, blinds, and shades on your window should be cleaned—preferably washed in hot water, if possible—and then removed and safely stored away.
- Inspect household belongings carefully. Books, decorative figurines, electronics, picture frames, toys, and knick-knacks that can be found around the house should be carefully inspected for bedbugs as well. Clean or wash these items in hot water and soap or whatever other measures are required.
- Take this time to reduce clutter throughout your home. The less stuff you have around the house, the easier it is for bedbug removal companies to do their jobs more effectively. Fewer objects also reduce the chances of bedbugs surviving in your home for long periods.
- Purchase mattress encasements. Protect your mattress with specialized mattress encasements. These are ideal for protecting your mattress against future infestations.
What Happens if You Forgo the Bedbug Treatment Preparation?
If all of those tasks sound like a lot of work at first glance, that’s because they are. But the potential repercussions of forgoing bedbug treatment preparation could be a lot worse and even more costly in the long run. For one thing, failing to thoroughly clean all of the items in your home that could potentially have bedbugs living on them completely negates the process of removing them from your home.
After all, what’s the point of paying for a bedbug removal service if you’re just going to repopulate your home with items that could potentially have bedbugs still living on them?
GTA Property Service Group Inc.’s Bed Bug Treatment Removal Services
For over 15 years, GTA Property Service Group Inc. has been one of the leading bedbug removal companies in Ontario. We provide thorough pre- and post-removal inspections to ensure your property remains free of bedbugs for a very long time. We only ask our clients to prepare their residences prior to commencing bedbug removal services, so that we can deliver optimal, long-lasting, and effective results.
If you have a bedbug infestation in your home, please contact us for a consultation.