How to prepare for bed bug extermination?
Isn’t it irritating to wake up having many red and swollen bites in your neck, face, and other parts of your body that is so itchy?
And you wondered what things you need to do to prevent these bites? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Today, we are going to ponder on how you can prepare for bed bug extermination.
Fun fact! Bed bugs are so hard to find since they hide well.
But, they seem to be loving hide and seek, do you agree?
However, they can be seen by the naked eye, and they look like moving apple seeds.
This article will help you prepare your home before bed bug treatment, including cleaning your kitchen and living room.
And your house would be free from bugs. Keep on reading to know more!
What To Prepare Before Bed Bug Extermination
I could somehow tolerate being woken up by a loud roommate rather than waking up to bed bug bites.
What an itchy way to start the day!
You certainly don’t want that to happen again and again, do you?
So, you better call an exterminator and start prepping your home.
We gathered some steps on how to prepare for bed bug extermination so you wouldn’t miss anything.
Step #1. Clean and prepare your home
Here are the things that you should take note of when cleaning and preparing your room:
In the bedroom
Bed bugs are commonly found in the bedroom, so this should be the first thing you need to prepare.
Remove all the linens and sheets from your mattress and pillows. Then, please place them in a laundry basket or bag.
Make sure to move your furniture about 2-3 feet away from the wall for better access during the treatment.
Keep your things in drawers or containers that are big enough to make your items chemical-free.
Clean the floors and windows of your bedroom after.
In the living room
Your couch could also contain many bed bugs, so it is beneficial to clean your living room and other areas besides your bedroom.
If you have pillows on your couch, remove the covers and collect them for laundry.
Do not leave any things above the couch, drawers, or other furniture.
Ensure that the exterminator will have enough access to the walls and other close spaces.
In the kitchen
Though this is not really where bed bugs are found, exterminators still treat this area to be sure.
Keep all food in the refrigerator, pantry, or any sealed containers.
They shouldn’t be exposed to harmful and toxic chemicals.
Who would want that, right?
Also, do the same for your dishes and other kitchenware.
Like the other rooms, there should be enough access in the closed areas.
However, if you happen to have cupboards attached to the wall, you should leave them as it is, and make sure they are well-secured.
In the bathroom
Well, we should always be sure, do you agree? All areas of the house should have equal treatment.
Equality for all!
Kidding aside, do not leave your shampoo, soap, makeup, toothbrush, and other personal essentials above the sink and bathroom drawers.
Also, don’t forget to allow enough access!
Wipe and mop slippery floors to avoid accidents.
Phew, we had a lot of things to do to avoid bug bites. However, this is not the end, and we still have to prepare other things.
Step #2. Do your laundry
Bed bugs could be hiding in your bed sheet and linens.
Don’t forget to include your pillow and couch cover in your laundry, if there are any.
We should remove those bugs by doing our laundry and scrub them off.
Wash them as soon as you can using hot water, and dry them under high heat. Then, say goodbye to bed bugs!
Store them neatly in a sealed plastic bag or any container until the extermination is finished.
However, if you hate doing the laundry, you could fold them neatly and place them in a laundry basket or bag.
Then, please drop them off at the laundry place.
Just make sure to inform and warn the workers in the laundry area of any bed bugs hiding in your sheets.
Step #3. Protect your plants
If you happen to contain plants indoors, you can place them in the living room, bedroom, or area where you place them.
Move them away from the walls and windows for about 2-3 feet.
But if you want to assure yourself that they won’t be affected by the chemicals, place them in your backyard or the open balcony.
Your plants should also feel refreshed after seeing the smiling sun.
Step #4. Stay away from your home during and after 12 hours of treatment
You certainly don’t want to inhale those toxic substances.
Take a day off and go somewhere calm and has fresh air.
Don’t forget to bring your pets and your family, if you’re not living alone.
With this, you will be safe from both bed bugs and toxic chemicals.
And the fun part is you can go wherever you want!
Although, you should go back after the exterminator is done with the treatment to lock your home and keep it safe while you keep yourself away from inhaling those bed bug killers.
Younger children and your pets must be away from your home for a minimum of 12 hours after the treatment.
And that’s all of it!
These are the things that you should keep in mind on how to prepare for bed bug extermination.
We hope that this article helped you out!
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Have a nice day!