Bed Bugs Heat Treatment Preparation
This Preparation guide aims to assist you in preparing your home for heat treatment and take necessary precautions to protect your valuable belongings.
It is very important to follow these directions closely as properly preparing your home is a very important step in any treatment process. Improper preparation is one of the main reasons that treatment for bed bugs fail.
- We need unrestricted access to walls, closets, and areas around the furniture to allow for a thorough inspection and treatment.
- To ensure complete heat ventilation and elimination of ‘cold spots’ where bed bugs/eggs hide, our technician may need to move your furniture around, open your drawers, cabinets and closets.
- We may need to re-position certain items throughout treatment and will do our very best to put everything back in place once our job is complete.
- We may open your windows to cool down the equipment and ventilate the air after we have completed treatment.
- Secure the following to prevent damage from air \ movement: Picture frames, loose pictures, and trinkets, loose paperwork etc.
- Success requires treatment of all possible items, leave as much in the structure as possible. Don’t move any of your belongings to another home before the treatment unless you know they are not infested. You might spread bedbugs to another home or to your car or workplace in a backpack or box and then re‐infest your home after it has been treated. Move as few items as possible and have them checked for bedbugs (where possible, heat them in the dryer on high setting) before removing them.
The following need to be removed prior to bed bugs heat treatment:
- Loose paper & clutter subject to air movement & trash of any kind
- Pets, including aquariums containing fish or reptiles
- Household plants
- Musical Instruments, vinyl records
- Vinyl horizontal and vertical blinds
- Lighters, firearms, and other combustible items
- Pressurized cylinders, oxygen tanks and cylinders, aerosol cans, paints, and flammable chemicals. Some common heat-sensitive chemicals include but are not limited to kerosene, propane, gasoline, etc.
- Oil paintings or other art, heirlooms, and items considered irreplaceable