Bed Bug Preparation Checklist
treat for bed bugs, Aapex Pest Control uses a high temperature steam and chemical
treatment. A typical service can range between 4 and 6 hours.
is crucial in bed bug infestations. Please DO NOT move items from one room to
another or between homes while getting ready for service. This may spread bed
bugs to other areas of the home or reintroduce them to your newly treated home
later when retrieving your belongings. Treatment alone does not result in elimination.
To achieve satisfactory results, the following steps must be completed by the
customer prior to our arrival:
- Everything that can be laundered should
be laundered. Gather all bedding (sheets,
pillows, comforters, bed skirts), clothing (from
drawers, closets, under beds), stored linens (blankets, towels), etc… (curtains, stuffed animals) from around the home. Wash in the highest allowable water temperature and then dry on the hottest
allowable heat setting (only high heat eliminates
all stages of bed bugs including their eggs). Place all clean items in new,
unused, thick plastic contractor bags and seal
them tightly. Leave everything bagged until after our treatment. Once our
service is complete and the chemical we apply
has dried, these items can be placed back around the home. All items that
cannot be laundered should be dry cleaned.
- Eliminate all clutter. Place all belongings such as shoes, toys, books,
CD’s, DVD’s, photos, knick knacks, personal effects, etc… from the rooms to be steam treated in plastic storage
containers or thick plastic contractor bags with a ‘no-pest strip’. This includes all items in
closets, vanities, drawers, underneath beds, on and/or in furniture (dressers, night
stands, desks, filing cabinets,
shelves, coffee tables, TV stands), etc… Remove everything attached to the
walls such as headboards, pictures,
artwork, wall clocks, shelves and decorations. Blinds do not have to be taken
down, they can remain in place. If an item
is too large to store in a container or bag, leave it in the center of the room
to be inspected and treated as necessary. All
these stored belongings should remain enclosed with the ‘no-pest strip’ for at
least 3 weeks before being placed back around
- Vacuum home completely. Thoroughly vacuum flooring including hardwoods,
carpet, area rugs and the insides of closets. Use
the crack and crevice attachment tools around the baseboards. Vacuum the seams
and general surface areas of mattresses,
box springs, furniture and cushions. Don’t forget the underside of box springs
and furniture. If a sofa contains a fold
out bed, vacuum and remove the mattress for treatment. Vacuum bed frames,
shelves and drawers. Seal vacuum contents
in double plastic bags and discard outside immediately.
- Remove animals from the home. Pets such as birds, cats, dogs, etc… must remain out
of the home during treatment and after
for at least 1-2 hours or until the chemical has dried. Reptile and fish
habitats should be covered with a plastic bag and the filtration systems turned off if they cannot be removed
from the home.
cannot be performed until the home is completely prepped as stated above. It is
imperative that we all do our part to ensure a successful treatment.