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Preparation for Bedbug Extermination

Posted on Apr 21, 2013

The preparation of a room for the erradication of bedbugs is essential for success.  An inspection of the area generally occurs before the treatment begins.  This gives the technician a sense of the full extent of the problem.  Once the bed bugs have been located and the size of the matter has been identified, room preparation must be completed.


  • Remove all loose soft fabric and material items from the affected area including: sheets, blankets, pillows, shoes, plush toys, towels, draperies or curtains and place them in sealed plastic bags for transport to laundry.
  • Couch cushions that are able to be removed and laundred should be bagged for transport.
  • Take all clothing and other belongings out of drawers, nightstands, tables, closets, wardrobes, and similar storage areas and out from under beds and off shelves and place in sealed plastic bags for transport to laundry.
  • Hard items that cannot be laundered, such as plastic toys and books, should be bagged separately for inspection.
  • The carpet must be vacuumed extensively.  If the vacuum is a bag vacuum, the bag should be transported to the dumpster and discarded away from the home.  If it has a dust cup, it should be emptied away from the home with extreme caution and carfulness.
  • Move all furniture at least 18 inches away from the walls.
  • Remove all electrical wall plates, phone jack plates, and light switch covers.  
  • Remove paintings, picture frames, and other hanging wall decor.
  • Remove television sets from walls, if applicable.
  • Electronic equipment should remain in the area for treatment.
  • Pry baseboards away from walls where possible.

It is important and necessary for you and your pets to vacate the area during the treatment service and re-enter after at least four hours.  Fish aquariums can be left; however, the air filters should be disconnected and the tank should be covered.


Laundering should be performed on all of the bagged soft items.  It is necessary for these items to be placed in hot water >60C or >140F or placed in a dryer on the highest heat setting for no less than 30 minutes.  To kill all stages, each unit should not be over loaded and is best when not more than 50% capacity has been reached.  These items cannot be safely treated with pesticides and chemicals due to the prolonged exposure to skin.  Therefore, this laundering step is crucial to the successful extermination of this problem.  Once laundering has been completed, all items should not be re-introduced to the affected area until the entire bedbug prep and treatment has been completed.


We understand this can be a very daunting process.  We also understand this is sensitive.  Please be aware the extermination process for this pest is lengthy, but by seeking the professional help of Extermco, you have committed to solving the problem.


For your consulation or more information on this nuisance, or other pests, contact us today.

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