Bed Bug Preparation Checklist
treat for bed bugs, Aapex Pest Control uses a high temperature steam and
product 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 the rooms to be treated. 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). Place all clean items in new, unused, thick
plastic garbage bags and seal them tightly.
Leave everything bagged until after our treatment to your home. Once our
service is complete and the product we apply
has dried, these items can be placed back. 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 treated in plastic storage
containers 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.
If an item is too large to store in a container, leave it in the center of the
room to be inspected and treated
as necessary. All these stored belongings should remain in their containers with
the ‘no-pest strip’ for at least 3 weeks
before being placed back around the home.
- 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. 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 rooms being treated are completely prepped as
stated above. It is imperative that we all do our part to ensure a successful
treatment. Failure to meet expectations can greatly compromise the outcome.