Preparing for Bed Bug Heat Treatment
When you are scheduled to have a bed bug heat treatment, your exterminator will likely provide you with a list of things to do in preparation. Regardless of the type of treatment, many of the preparation steps are the same. Common things you may be asked to do include:
- Remove the linens from your bedding and other fabrics from your bedrooms. Wash them in the hottest water possible.
- Stowaway all personal items that are on furniture or on the floor.
- Remove everything from closets and drawers, and possibly remove books from shelving.
- Launder all clothing in the hottest water possible and store in clean storage bags for up to two weeks after treatment.
- Move items and furniture away from the walls to give access to baseboards.
No matter how long your bed bug treatment takes, you are usually able to return to your home within just a few hours. However, there are a few things you should avoid doing in the first few hours. For example, it’s recommended to not shampoo or clean floors for at least three weeks after treatment. In addition, do not replace your bedding until four hours after treatment. In general, treatment should prove to be completely effective within a couple of weeks.
Do I Need Multiple Bed Bug Treatments?
When using a highly effective bed bug treatment that is administered by a professional, you should be relieved of your bed bug problem. If the infestation persists, it’s important to reach out to your exterminator for follow-up inspections or treatments.