Any personal items that can be removed such as stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets, pillows and cushions should be vacuumed and sealed in tightly secured plastic bags for two to three days.
Take apart bed frames to expose any possible bed bug hiding spots and inspect areas behind peeling wallpaper and wall hangings.
Take out the drawers from desks and dressers and if possible turn furnitures over to inspect all possible hiding spots.
If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation in the house, thoroughly inspect your mattress first. It is best to do this with a bright flashlight to look for bed bugs or their dark droppings in the seams, folds, tufts and labels of your mattress and box spring.
Make use of bed bug traps to aid in the monitoring and detection of bed bugs in the house.
Use caulk to seal any holes in the walls and floor to eliminate bed bugs harborage sites.
Repair and seal any cracks and crevices between baseboards, bed frames and furniture that are potential bed bugs hiding spots.
Before any vacuuming, use a stiff brush to scrub the mattress and carpets to help dislodge any possible bed bugs and their eggs.
To kill bed bugs, you should also remove and wash bed linen and garments in hot water (minimum 120°F) and have them dry in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.
Similarly, you can also use heat or steam cleaners that are commonly used by most professional exterminators to help control infestations and kill bed bugs naturally.
Vacuum the mattresses, bed frames, carpets and upholstered furniture paying particular attention to any cracks, crevices and open spaces.
Immediately after vacuuming, seal the vacuum bag in a plastic bag and dispose of it in an outdoor bin. If you use a canister vacuum cleaner wash it with hot water immediately.
Seal all your mattress/pillows with bed bug proof covers and encasements. This will keep bed bugs out of the mattress and eventually kill any bed bugs trapped within.
Make sure all windows have screens and repair damaged ones to keep out birds and other rodents.
At times to fully eliminate bed bugs, it may be necessary to throw out heavily infested items, especially mattresses or any upholstered furniture.
-Ask to see proper licensing credentials from the pest control professional that comes to solve your pest problem.
-online reviews are a good way to get references of who the pest control service has work for their experience.
-If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management professionals.
-Do not make a purchasing decision based solely on the lowest cost.
-If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, what kind of continuing professional pest control, prevention management are necessary.
-Homeowners business owners can call Washington State Department of Agriculture for information regarding the status of professional pest control companies.
It is not required that you leave. However, if you feel more comfortable, you can leave for about 1 – 3 hours until the application has completely dried.
If you stay in the house, homeowners, children, pets, should not be in the area while it is being treated.
Customers should advise the technician of any health related issues present in the household so that the technician can take any appropriate precautions.
An exterminator will help prevent or remove pests that can trigger asthma. A pest control professional can inspect a home for these pests, treat eliminate them provide homeowners with recommendations to prevent reinfestation.