BED BUG PREPARATION
Suggested Room Preparation Steps:
First, remove all blankets, sheets, covers, pillows, bath towels and drapes/curtains from the bed and room. Then place them all into bags for transport to the laundry.
Second, empty drawers and closets, and then place all belongings into plastic bags. You should also place all clothing and coats into bags for transport to the laundry, including shoes, pillows and children’s plush toys. Note: If you have plastic toys, books, electronics and anything that cannot be washed, should also be bagged separately for inspection.
Third, the room should be completely empty of all cloth and plush items, except plush furniture. If possible, you should also remove the pillows of plush furniture to be washed.
Move all furniture at least 18 inches away from the walls. Remove outlet covers and switch plates on all walls. Picture frames should also be removed from the walls and cleaned or treated.
Upon inspection, people and pets must leave the area during treatment and wait the stated amount of time before reentering, usually takes about 4 hours. Note: if you there is a fish tank in the household, please cover before leaving with a towel or plastic, as fish are very sensitive to many pesticides. It is also important to make sure the pest control professional can get to all furniture, closets, bed and baseboards to inspect and treat.
All clothing, linens and other items must be cleaned (free of bed bugs), and kept isolated until the client is moved to a new room or location, or until the bed bug problem is eliminated.
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