Bed Bugs are some of the more tenacious pests a person can endure. Although abundant prior to World War II, they all but disappeared in the 50’s and 60’s due to advances in hygiene and pesticide technology. However they have made a serious comeback in recent years due to an increase in global travel, population density and pesticide resistance. To say they are resilient would be an understatement; they can remain physically undetected for extended periods of time, can survive for months without a meal given the proper climate and females lay about an egg a day. Although we at The Exterminators can send them packing, preparation on the part of the customer is key to any efficient bed bug extermination.
The three hallmarks to getting ready for a bed bug treatment are the following: Heat, Isolation and Access.
Heat is vital to any bed bug extermination for one simple reason: it kills bed bugs. We use a combination of insecticides and steam during every bed bug extermination, but customers can get a head start when they are getting ready for the treatment. First off you need to machine wash and dry any anything and everything where the insects could be living at the highest possible heat setting. These items include linens, bedding, clothes of every kind and even stuffed animals. If something’s not machine washable, it’s not a problem. Take it down to your local dry cleaners and they can help out too. When you heat wash and dry these items, you will reduce the population in your home and help us focus on the areas that you can’t prepare (ie: box springs, mattresses, carpeting etc).
Now that you’ve made these items insect free you need to keep them that way. Isolate your prepared clothes, bedding and teddy bears by placing them in containers that bed bugs won’t be able to get into. Place them in unused garbage bags or plastic containers and keep them protected until the extermination is complete. Protect your possessions and you are one step closer to being bed bug free.
One more way that you can help is to provide us with as much treatable area as possible. Give us Access to target spaces by clearing them of items. These areas include closets, dressers, night stands, chests and so forth. If there’s an area that needs to be treated, empty it out so we can exterminate any bed bugs that might be living there. The more areas we can treat, the more successful the extermination.
So remember, when preparing for a bed bug extermination keep Heat, Isolation and Access in mind and you will lay the foundation for an effective extermination. With a bit of teamwork, we can send bed bugs packing and help you rest a little easier. Call today for a consultation and to book a bed bug extermination.Tags: bed bug infestation, bed bug treatments, Bed Bugs