How to Prepare for Bed Bug Heat Treatment

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Bedbugs can be quite a nuisance, and getting rid of them can be a hassle. Pest control experts often recommend treating bed bugs with high heat because it’s effective at killing bed bugs at all stages. Most chemicals will not kill bed bugs as they are able to retreat into small cracks and hiding spots until the chemical has lost its potency. Before using heat to kill bed bugs, it’s important to learn how to prepare for bed bug heat treatment.

How to Prepare for Bed Bug Heat Treatment - Pest Control Tips

Termites can spread and so can bed bugs. There are many termite solutions to consider when getting rid of bed bugs. In this article, we’ll discuss how to prepare your home for bed bug heat treatment. The article discusses everything from talking to your exterminator to reducing clutter and washing items.

Talk to Your Pest Control Provider

Before getting your residence ready for heat treatment, ask your pest control professional about their preferences for getting your home ready. This will save you plenty of time as you’ll understand the exact steps to prepare your home and belongings for heat treatment. Some pest control companies will require you to move furniture and strip all bedding from mattresses. Others prefer to examine your furniture and bedding to find out where the bugs are hiding in your home. Your pest control company will explain their preferences when you schedule bedbug treatments. Be sure to follow their directions for the most effective treatment.

Reduce Clutter Around Your Home

Bedbugs will often hide under your clutter. They prefer wood and fabrics so they’ll likely hide under piles of laundry, furniture and in other spots around your home. Before the pest control company arrives, remove all clothing from cubbies, armories and drawers and pick up all loose piles of fabric items. Since bug bugs can attach onto clothes and lay eggs, you will want to place shoes, clothing, toys and all other items in sealed garbage bags.

Since bedbugs like to hide behind baseboards and at the edges of carpets, clear all clutter from around the edges of walls. Your pest control company may wish to place temperature sensors in other locations and at the edges of walls and they’ll appreciate if you can make it easy for them to access these areas.

Expert exterminators say be sure to pull all items under your bed as well to make it easier for the pest control company to reach those areas with their fans and steamers. It also helps to clear all entryways and walkways so the company has an easy time bringing their heat-treatment equipment indoors.

Heat, Freeze and Wash Items Yourself

You can treat washable items and clothing for bedbugs by placing the sealed bags in a spot that reaches temperatures of lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Both freezing temperatures and high heat will kill the bugs, but for the treatment to be effective, you must maintain the sealed bags at hot or cold temperatures for a couple of weeks.

Another way to treat washable fabric items is by machine washing them in hot water (over 120 degrees Fahrenheit and drying them on your dryer’s high heat setting for at least half an hour.

Bottom Line

With those few tips, you now know how to prepare for bed bug heat treatment. You should also be prepared to throw away some items. For instance, you should be ready to get rid of mattresses and upholstered furniture that are heavily infested with bed bugs. It is also important to check your furniture regularly, as there can be signs of termites in furniture.


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