How To Prepare for Bed Bug Heat Treatment

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THE FOLLOWING CHECKLIST WILL HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR PROPER TREATMENT.

  1. Shut down sprinkler system, cap sprinklers or set system to activate at 200F or above.
  2. Deactivate or remove smoke/heat/fire detectors and alarms in service areas.
  3. Provide access to unit and all interior areas of unit. Unlock storage chests and cabinets in area.
  4. Unplug all electronic devices including, but not limited to, computers, clocks, televisions, etc.
  5. Open luggage and dresser drawers. If drawers are packed, remove some clothing and hang.
  6. Remove all pets and plants (including fish).
  7. All floors must be vacuumed and clean ; All items moved from under beds and furniture
  8. DO NOT remove sheets, linens, covers or encasements from bed and mattress.
  9. Remove all prescription medications from premises or place in refrigerator.
  10. All trash and ash trays must be removed and emptied
  11. Put plastic blinds all the way up or take down (preferably)- the heat can make them droop and become unusable
  12. Our crew will be going into all of your closets and drawers so if there is anything that you do not want them to see please remove it
  13. Do not pile or bag clothing, furniture and personal belongings.
  14. Space clothing in closet. If closet is packed tightly, remove some clothing and hang elsewhere.
  15. Remove all compressed gasses!!! Like Aerosol cans, oxygen tanks, etc.
  16. Waterbeds must be drained of all water.
  17. Air mattresses should be deflated by approximately 5%.
  18. Secure loose papers, photographs and other items that could be damaged by high wind.
  19. FINAL STEP BEFORE TREATMENT: Run clothes that you are going to wear through dryer on high heat for 1 hour, put clothes on and don’t sit down before you leave for treatment.

The following temperature-sensitive articles must be inspected for insects and protected from the heat treatment. Items may be stored in the refrigerator (if not unplugged), inside a chilled cooler or removed from the premises for the duration of the treatment. Any item that is not going to be exposed to the heat treatment should be wiped with a clean rag before storing or removing it from the premises. If any item is found to be infested with insects, it must be brought up to your technician’s attention before the treatment begins.

Chocolate, candy and other melting food items.
•Carbonated beverages, alcoholic or otherwise, in cans and bottles.
•Medical equipment
•Aerosol or pressurized cans of any kind (deodorant, hairspray, spray paint, etc.)
•Candles, deodorant, lip balm, make-up and other items prone to melting.
•Musical instruments & vinyl records
•Wine and other items that could spoil from exposure to heat.
•Christmas trees need to be removed if not in storage

As a rule of thumb, any item that would be damaged or melt if left on the dashboard of a closed car in the summer should be removed from the premises or protected from this treatment. Fuel, paint thinners, turpentine and all other combustible products.
WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO PERSONS, THE PREMISES OR PERSONAL PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF FAILING TO PREPARE THE PREMISES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS.

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About the author 

Jason Dillon

Jason is the founding member of Midwest Bed Bug Services. With close to 20 years experience in heat treatments, Jason is well versed in what it takes to get results getting rid of bed bugs.

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