All Steps MUST be completed PRIOR to treatment
In order for the treatments to be fully effective the tenant and technician need to work together. The tenant will need to help the technician by preparing their homes the following way so that chemicals can be applied in all the hot spots.
1) First remove all sheets, pillow cases, mattress covers, blankets and shams from beds. Immediately wash and dry on the hottest setting possible per labels to ensure no bed bugs are in them. Place in a sealed plastic bag and place in the restroom or kitchen. Do Not Place Or Stack Anything On Beds.
2) Remove all clothing from closets and dressers. Wash and dry all clothing on the hottest setting possible, per label, to ensure no bed bugs are in the clothing. Place bags in the kitchen and restroom. Keep all clothing in the bags until the treatment is fully complete and unit is cleared by technician. Do Not Place Or Stack Anything On Beds.
3) Empty out all Closets.
4) Clear out any night stands, end tables, or stands made from wood. Bed Bugs inhabit wood.
5) Pull all furniture 18 inches away from all walls to expose the baseboards.
6) If you own any pets you will want to remove them for 3 hours minimum during and after treatment.
7) If you own an aquarium, you will want to cover and seal the top of it with plastic.
8) Vacuum before and after treatment is performed. Vacuuming often helps remove any bed bugs that may be located in the carpet. If you have a vacuum with a bag, dispose of the bag immediately, if its a bag-less vacuum, clean thoroughly in hot water with soap.
9) If you have been using any home remedies, over the counter pesticides, or dusts you will need to cease use prior to the first treatment. If dust has been used, you will want to vacuum it up. Mixing chemicals can conflict with the treatment.
You will need to vacate the premises for 3 hours. You will need to be out before the technician begins their treatment.
In order for a heat treatment to take place and be fully effective the tenant will need to be prepared by doing the following tasks:
1) Remove all clothing from closets and dressers. Take clothes and
wash and dry on the hottest setting possible per label to ensure no
bed bugs are in the clothing. Place bags in the kitchen and restroom.
Keep in the bags until the treatment is fully complete and unit is
cleared. Do Not Place Or Stack Anything On Beds
2) Any small items which are not heat sensitive such as shoes, toys,
knick knacks, books, magazines, and other loose items can be
placed in a milk crate or open weave laundry baskets for treatment.
3) Larger electronics such as tvs and computers should be left in place.
Unplug all electronics including lights and fans.
4) Any heat sensitive items should be removed before the process
begins to prevent damage. This includes dvd/blu rays, cds, mp3
players, tablets, smaller pictures, any plastic toys, ect. (See below
5) Pull all furniture away from wall at least 18 inches
6) Clear out any night stands, end tables, or stands made from wood.
Bed Bugs inhabit wood
7) Vacuum before and after treatments.
8) This process takes a minimum of 6-8 hours and you will need to
leave the unit before the treatment begins, and remain out until the
process is over.
Items that Cannot be heated
1) All aerosol and pressurized cans- including hairsprays,
deodorants, bug spray, asthma inhalers, spray paint, fire
extinguisher, oxygen tanks and cleaning products.
2) Any medication, any foods that can melt such as chocolates or
candy, or beverages that are out. Anything in the refrigerator
can remain there.
3) Anything made from wax- candles, waxy cosmetics, crayons and
4) Cds, dvds, vinyl records, photo negatives, ink printer cartridges,
5) All flammable materials- butane lighters, lighters, solvents, fuel for
food warmers, propane, ammunition, ect.
6) Musical Instruments