Some people get bed bug treatment and are rid of the pests forever. Others get bed bug treatment, but then the pests come back, again and again. Have you ever wondered what the difference is? Many times, it comes down to the preparation. If you prepare for a bed bug treatment appointment properly, you can maximize its effectiveness. Here are some tips for better prep that will help get rid of the bugs and keep them away.
Pick up all laundry and clutter
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not just reside in beds. It's common for them to hide out in piles of laundry on the floor and behind other piles of clutter. To maximize the effectiveness of your bed bug treatment, clean up any of these piles prior to the arrival of your pest control company. Launder any clothing that has been sitting on the floor with hot water, and then dry it on high heat. The heat will kill any bed bugs. Set it aside; do not reintroduce it to the living space until your pest control expert has done their job.
Remove outlet covers
A common place for bed bugs to hide is in the wall cavities behind outlets. Most pest control companies are happy to spray some insecticides into these areas, but the outlet covers need to be removed in order for them to access the spaces. Go through the home and remove all outlet covers before the pest control company arrives, and double-check that they will treat these areas.
Arrange to have all bedrooms treated
You might only be having issues with bed bugs in one bedroom, but you need to make plans to have all of the bedrooms in your home treated. This costs more, but it will save you headaches in the long run. There may be a few bed bugs in the other rooms, even if you have not noticed them yet, and if you fail to treat the rooms, those few lingering bugs will quickly reproduce and re-populate your home. It costs less to have your pest control company treat all the rooms at once rather than keep coming back over and over again.
By treating all rooms, cleaning up clothing, and removing outlet covers, you can enhance the effectiveness of your bed bug control efforts. Talk to your local pest and bed bug control company for more tips and information.