Bed Bug Treatment Advice – Preparing for your Heat Treatment

Heat Treatments are awesome for knocking down bed bug infestations, providing immediate relief from the bites, but there are some things you need to be aware of, and some things you’ll want to make sure you do to prepare for your heat treatment, in order to help ensure it’s effectiveness, and reduce your own stress in the process.

Before the heat treatment:
– Remove any of the following items from your home before the crew arrives for your heat treatment:
— All plants and pets
— Oil paintings, photos
— Candles, decorative wax items, crayons, lipstick, cosmetics, glue sticks
— Aerosol cans, wine, perishable foods, chocolate
— Music instruments (leave the cases in your home)
— Currency of any kind, jewelry and other valueables
— Anything that has significant monetary or sentimental value and anything that is irreplaceable

Preparing to leave:
– Each person in your home should have a large plastic bag for clothes. The clothes you intend to wear as you leave for your heat treatment should be placed in the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes and placed in the bag.
– Plan to be out of your home as early as 7 am on the day of the treatment, and plan for all members of your household to remain out for the duration of the treatment.

As you leave:
– Inside the entry way of your home, remove your clothes and put on the clothes from the plastic bag. Take care not to set those clothes down while they are outside the plastic bag. Leave the clothes you’ve removed inside your home to be treated.
– Once your “safe” clothes are on, leave your home directly. Do not sit down or lie down inside your home.

About the Treatment:
– The total treatment time will take between 4 to 6 hours for most homes, sometimes up to 8 hours.
– Much of your personal property (clothing, linens, towels, pillows, cushions, mattresses, etc) will be “tossed” every 30 minutes to ensure heat penetration. Don’t be alarmed when you come home and find a mess. If it does not look like a tornado hit your home, the treatment probably wasn’t done properly.

When you return home:
– Read my article on bed bug safe entry procedures to re-enter your home, and follow those procedures to reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs into your home after the treatment.
– Dont be shocked when you return home and it looks like you’ve been robbed. In order to reach the kill temperature in all areas where the bed bug may be hiding, we will “toss” all of your softgoods periodically during your treatment. That means wehn you come home, your clothes, linnens, etc will be in a big pile on the floor of your home.

I hope this article helps you prepare for your bed bug treatment, and answers some of the questions you may have had. if you have any questions it didn’t answer, please call or email me so I can get you the information you need.

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