Prep Sheet

BUSY BEE PEST CONTROL PREPARATION FOR BED BUG TREATMENT

The following list must be completed prior to the treatment. Failure to comply with this list will result in a decrease in the effectiveness of the treatment. This will also increase the length of time to properly eliminate the current infestation.

  1. All items blocking access to the baseboard and carpet edges around the room need to be moved away from the wall, but NOT out     of the infested room. Baseboards and carpet edges provide an excellent harborage for Bed Bugs All contents of the dressers, nightstands and closets should be placed in garbage bags and securely tied until they reach the washer/dryer machine. Bagging should be done in the infested room to prevent spreading the bed bugs throughout the residence. All items that are "dryer safe" (including pillows, stuffed animals, tennis shoes, etc.) should be placed in the dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes and brought back into the infested room AFTER the living space has been treated. If items are to be washed, then use the hottest water setting when practical.
  2. DISCARD BAGS OUTSIDE –DO NOT RE-USE "CONTAMINATED" BAGS THEY COULD CONTAIN BED BUGS OR EGGS.
  3. Items that are dry-clean only should be bagged as described above in #2 and brought to the dry cleaners. Dry cleaners should be notified of the infested items so the infestation does not spread within the facility.
  4. All other items such as lamps, clocks, computers, radios, TV’s, etc should be left in the infested room or residence for inspection and treatment. All these items provide harbor-age for bed bugs and if not properly inspected can be a source of re-infestation.
  5. Remove and bag all items under the bed prior to treatment. Wash and dry items that are washable (see point #2). All other items should be placed in bags and labeled "under bed items" and left in room for inspection.  
  6. DO NOT discard mattresses or furniture until a professional does an inspection. Mattresses and furniture may not need to be discarded if infestation is minimal. New mattresses or furniture should NOT be purchased until after the infestation has been eliminated. After mattresses are treated, mattress encasements are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Mattress encasements prevent re-infestation of mattress and box springs. These do not replace other treatment methods.
  7. Pets must be removed during the inspection and treatment. All pet bedding must be laundered (See Point # 2).
  8. Vacuum carpets thoroughly especially along wall edges. Use a crack & crevice vacuum tool to get into tight nooks and crannies where bed bugs like to hide. Discard vacuum bags outside immediately after vacuuming.

        TIPS……It is extremely important not to remove any items from the infested residence before  treatment. By doing this you increase the possibilities of spreading the bed bugs to other rooms or residences. Because bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers they may enter the residence through luggage, furniture, clothing, boxes, backpacks, etc. when these items are moved between rooms, apartments, hotels and homes. Used furniture poses the greatest risk of harboring bed bugs and their eggs especially bed frames and mattresses. One should think carefully about bringing in used or salvaged furniture into their homes.