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How To Prepare Your Home for Bedbug Heat Treatment

Catching a case of bedbugs can be overwhelming and taxing to deal with, but by following the right heat treatment checklist, you can properly rid yourself of pesky bedbugs once and for all. Being exposed to bedbugs and having them in your home is more common than you think and has nothing to do with sanitation and cleanliness. These critters are easily spread from place to place by contact. For all you know, your home’s new bedbugs caught a ride on your luggage after a recent trip or on lightly used furniture that you purchased over the internet. It happens, and it can be a stressful and monotonous process to make sure your home is free of them. Take a look at our bedbug preparation sheet below to help you get ready for bedbug removal.

  1. Gather heat sensitive items listed below and place in an open top (preferably plastic) container such as a laundry basket or storage tote. **DO NOT bag heat sensitive items, also refrain from using cardboard boxes as they are a good habitat for bedbugs. Leave heat sensitive items in the residence for the service technician(s) to inspect and they will remove unaffected items prior to beginning the treatment.**

  2. Clean up clothes and clutter from the floor and closets. Ensure there are no piles of clutter on top of beds, couches, and other furniture as this can create cold spots that may interfere with a successful treatment.

  3. Vacuum pet hair, dust, and Diatomaceous Earth (if applicable).

Heat Sensitive Items:

  • Waxy/Meltable Items i.e. Candles, Crayons, Lipstick, Deodorant *NOT Plastics*

  • Combustable/Pressurized Items i.e. Aerosol Cans, Soda Cans, Cigarette Lighters, Fire Extinguishers

  • Plastic or Vinyl Window Blinds shall be taken down and placed next to the window

  • Pets, Fish, Live Plants

  • Prescription Medications, Cough Syrup, and Gel Capsule Pills

  • Loose Leaf Photos, and Plastic Picture Frames (if photos are in a glass picture frame with a wood surround they do not need to be placed in the heat sensitive area)

  • Unplug and Disconnect Small Electronics i.e. TV’s, Gaming Systems, Computer Towers and Modems

  • Vinyl Records

  • Arts and Crafts assembled with hot glue

  • Heirlooms and other Irreplaceable items

  • Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Chocolates, Wines, and Liquors

Bedbugs can be a tedious thing to remove from the home, as they’ll seek out hiding spots in the nooks and crannies of drawers, box springs and carpeting. This makes them difficult to get rid of. How you prepare for a bedbug heat treatment will help prevent the spread of these critters from room to room before the heat treatment process begins. After the heat treatment is finished, remember to follow the instructions given to help ensure that the removal process works. Doing so will also help make sure that bedbugs are not reintroduced to your home after the heat removal treatment.