Nobody wants bed bugs in their homes. They’re tiny blood-sucking vampires that can take over your entire house in a matter of days. Worse, they don’t just linger in your beds as their name suggests; they can hide just about anywhere their little legs will take them, right to the smallest spaces and crevices in your home. The best thing you can do is to get in touch with a pest management company to perform heat treatment in your home, but you also have to do your part. Prepare your home for treatment against bed bugs in Phoenix the right way to ensure that these pests are effectively driven away from your home.
Spring clean your home even if it isn’t spring
Preparing your home for heat treatment starts with a thorough cleaning of any bed bug-ridden area in your house. Start with the bed, furniture, the floors, baseboards, and even behind outlet or switch covers. This would grant you the opportunity to inspect every inch of your house to find where these insects are hiding and declutter your home to remove possible hiding places. Remove infested items, place them in plastic trash bags, and seal them up. Lastly, vacuum throughout the entire house and dispose of the vacuum bag properly.
Get ready for the biggest laundry day ever
Bed bugs can practically latch onto anything made of fabric, so when you prepare your home for bed bug treatment in Phoenix, don’t forget to wash every piece of fabric. Clothes, sheets, beddings, pillow cases, curtains, towels, and stuffed toys all need to take a turn in the washer. Wash everything in hot water, but don’t set it to the highest setting possible to avoid damaging the items. After they’ve been put in the dryer, store them in plastic bags and seal them tight.
Leave your home but take nothing with you
Once you’ve completed your chores, you can now step aside and let the professionals do their work. Remember not to take anything with you especially if you haven’t washed or cleaned them. If you take any of your belongings outside the house, you risk bringing infestation to other places or re-infesting your home. Don’t worry: the heat treatment won’t do any damage to them as it is a non-chemical method and will only last for one day.
A professionally done heat treatment from companies like Invader Pest Management is quite effective against bed bugs. After the heat treatment, you can resume your normal day-to-day activities in your house and live a bed bug-free life.
Preparing for Treatment Against Bed Bugs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs, Apartment Therapy