Prepping a house for bed bug treatment is kinda like moving without the fun of actually going anywhere. Everything has to be moved, everything isn’t where it’s supposed to be, and everything is in a state of chaos. Plus, it’s going to stay that way indefinitely. This is what you have to do:
- Every piece of clothing or other textile (rugs, curtains, sheets, towels, etc.) in the house must be treated, either by putting it through the washer and dryer and sealing it in plastic immediately in order to prevent re-contamination, or by sealing it in plastic and either leaving it sealed for two years, or processing it through the deep freeze. While you won’t have had time to process everything before the pest control person comes, everything must be sealed.
- Every piece of paper, book, or piece of cardboard must either be thrown away or sealed in plastic to be put through the deep freeze.
- All furniture, particularly wooden furniture, must be taken apart as much as possible (drawers taken out of dressers, beds disassembled, etc.), and washed with Murphy’s Oil Soap.
- All furniture must be moved to be against only one wall of the room.
- Anything that is not furniture must be moved out of the rooms that will be treated, and stored elsewhere until after the treatment is done.
- All switch plates and outlet covers must be removed so that the pest control guy can spray into the walls.