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Prepping For A Bed Bug Exterminator

bed bug exterminator prep steps

As well as some initial signs of a bed bug infestation

Bed bug infestation can happen to anyone. They get into our homes in a variety of different ways. Luggage, school bags or even on jackets are just a few ways these hitchhiking pest can get into our living space. Once they have infested you and your family there are some bed bug prep tasks after you call a professional bed bug exterminator. This series is a little more specific but you can also check out our “How To Prep Page”, which summarizes the process of how to do the laundry. Let’s take a look at the first steps:

Signs of bed bugs:

  • Check sheets and mattress for staining
  • Inspect headboards and bed frame
  • Look for bed bug bites
  • Peek under wood trim on walls
  • Inspect behind picture frames or items on dressers

Items you will need to have on hand to prep for bed beg elimination:

Most of the items below you may have handy and some you may need to stop a pick up when going to the store in order to get your home in order for the bed bug exterminator.

  • Access to a Large Washer and Dryer or Laundromat in order to clean linens and fabrics
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Strong Trash Bags (preferably clear) with ties
  • Bag less or Bagged Vacuum Cleaner. Extra bags if you are using a bagging vacuum system for bed bug cleanup.
  • Pillow and Mattress Encasement for each bed and pillow

Preparing for bed bug exterminator

Bagged bed bug infested laundry

Collect and Clean All Fabrics, Linens and Clothing

Take all the fabrics, linens and clothing out of every drawer and off all the bedding including:

  • Bed Sheets
  • Covers
  • Throw Rugs
  • Curtains
  • All Clothing
  • Jackets

We suggest organizing this by room and labeling the bags. All of these items will need to be washed. Meanwhile anything that can’t be washed at home should be taken to a laundromat or dry cleaners to be cleaned. Remember the dryer cycle is the most important due to the heat so make sure it is as hot as the item and the dryer will allow. DO NOT PLACE ITEMS BACK INTO THE ROOMS OR HOME UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN CLEANED OR RUN THROUGH THE DRYER.

Throw Out or Reorganize Items and Furniture

Take all furniture you are not planning on keeping and remove from home. Please label these items as to avoid anyone picking them up and placing them in their homes. Do the same for any items that are bed bug infested. Prepare to sort your items. Now is the time to clear all the unwanted items, clothing and trinkets that are not needed moving forward.

In our next Bed Bug Series, Part 2, we will talk about how to prepare your kitchen and what to do after your bed bug exterminator leaves to avoid re infestation

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