LIST 1: PEST HEAT PREPARATION CHECKLIST
If you are unable or do not wish to perform the below, ask us for a quote. We can prepare for you.
ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE REMOVED
– Wax candles (or any items that can melt such as lipstick etc.)
– Musical Instruments (if you have a Piano please call us immediately)
– Art supplies
– Medicines (store in refrigerator)
– Delicate food such as bread, olive oil, wine products. Soda and other carbonated canned beverages (store in refrigerator). Most pantry items are fine to leave in place.
– Smoke detectors
– Vinyl items (records, etc.)
– Wall hangings including oil paintings/photographs should be placed by TV so they may be covered. If they are too large please ask technician to cover in place.
– Plastic/vinyl blinds should be removed or covered. Our technician can assist with covering.
– Vinyl windows must be covered. Please notify technician if you have vinyl windows.
– Fire extinguishers/pressurized cans
– Exit signs (commercial establishments)
– Batteries from all units
– Firearms, fireworks, ammunition
– Soda Cans should be put in refrigerator or outside of heat area
– Expensive jewelry, gold coins, watches, etc.
OTHER ACTION ITEMS
– Sprinkler system disengaged. Heads removed from heated areas.
– Life Safety systems protected/removed.
– Mercury Thermometers removed
– Place cosmetics, shampoo bottles, cleaning aids in tub. Remove aerosol cans. Technician will cover for you.
– Place cleaning aids in kitchen sink. Remove aerosol cans.
– It should take 1 hour to prep most residences. Please call us with questions.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR RETURN
1. We may have to thin out your cluttered drawers or closets to ensure all items reach kill temperature.
Unfortunately it is too hot for us to put all items neatly back so you may have to do some organizing after we leave. If your drawers and closets are not over stuffed and reach the right temperature you may not have anything to do on your return.
Rest assured we only move what is required in order to ensure success.
2. You may find dead bed bugs. Simply vacuum them up and dispose in trash.
3. If your skin reacted to bed bug bites before treatment, you may have additional reactions for up to two weeks. Bed bug bites cause many people to have delayed reactions. Almost certainly “bites” right after treatment are delayed reaction and not cause for concern. This typically dies down within 14 days.
4. Most bed bugs dehydrate and die during the treatment. However not all of them are killed instantly. Some bugs die in the 1-2 weeks after treatment due to being rendered incapable of reproducing due to heat or because their central nervous system fails in the 1-2 weeks after treatment. Finding any of these “dead bugs walking” is also not typically cause for concern.
5. You have a 90 day full guarantee. We will do an additional treatment if necessary and are here to ensure you are bug free and 100% satisfied.
6. If after one month you would like additional peace of mind, we can schedule a follow up K9 inspection. We do not recommend this before 30 days to ensure no false positives occur due to “dead bugs walking” as per point 3.
7. If you have any suspicious bites or find any live bugs after 30 days we will schedule a complementary inspection.
We look forward to serving you.
LIST 2: CHEMICAL TREATMENT PREPARATION CHECKLIST
Preparation of a room for professional chemical treatment is essential to the successful management of bed bugs. Remember this is NOT required if you are having a HEAT TREATMENT.
Suggested room preparation steps when using chemicals include:
- Remove all blankets, sheets, covers, pillows, bath towels, and drapes/curtains from the bed and room and place them into bags for transport to the laundry.
- Empty drawers and closets and place belongings into plastic bags. Place all clothing and coats into bags for transport to the laundry. Shoes, pillows, and children’s plush toys should be bagged for the laundry.
- Plastic toys, books, electronics, and anything that cannot be washed should be bagged separately for inspection.
- The room should be empty of all cloth and plush items, except plush furniture. If possible, the pillows of plush furniture should be removed and laundered.
- Move furniture at least 18 inches away from the walls. People may need help with this.
- Remove outlet covers and switch plates on all walls.
- Picture frames should be removed from the walls and cleaned or treated.
- People and pets must leave the area during treatment and wait the stated amount of time before reentering, usually 4 hours.
- If there is a fish tank in the household, it should be covered with a towel or plastic, because fish are very sensitive to many pesticides.
- All clothing, linens and other items must be cleaned (free of bed bugs) and kept isolated until the client is moved to a new room or location, or until the bed bug problem is eliminated.
- Make sure the pest control professional can get to all furniture, closets, beds, and baseboards to inspect and treat.
Pesticides, alone, will not eliminate a bed bug infestation. Inspecting and cleaning the living area and all personal belongings are critical for bed bug control and elimination. Cleaning should occur before pesticides are used. Follow all the recommended steps as they apply to the individual situation:
- Seal all clothing and linens in large clear plastic bags. Clear bags are good because bed bugs can be seen inside them.
- Seal shoes, coats, pillows, children’s plush toys, and small rugs and mats in large clear plastic bags.
- Personal belongings should be inspected carefully, cleaned, and sealed in plastic bags or bins. Do not use cardboard boxes, bed bugs can hide in folds and will deposit eggs there.
- Newly laundered items should be placed in fresh bags to prevent reinfestation. Commercially available dissolvable laundry bags will limit the possibility of bed bug escapes.
- All clothes, linens, pillows, shoes, coats, and children’s plush toys should be treated by placing them into a HOT dryer for 30 minutes. Do not overstuff the dryer, heat must reach all items.
- Keep cleaned items separate from items that have not been checked or cleaned. Unless you are sure that there are no bed bugs on personal belongings, these should remain in the sealed bag or bin until they can be carefully inspected or washed.
- The room should be emptied of all personal belongings and floors thoroughly vacuumed with a brush attachment (which should later be washed in hot water and detergent).
- The mattress and box spring should be vacuumed to remove any live bugs and debris and immediately encased or prepared for treatment.
- Hard furniture, floors, and walls should be washed liberally with soapy water.
- Outlets and electrical switch plates should be opened and inspected for signs of bed bugs, but not washed!
- Wash in and around any non-electric heating units (such as steam pipes or radiators).