Frequently Asked Bed Bug Preparation Sheet Questions
So, you have your first treatment scheduled and the technician has delivered your notice telling you when your service is and what needs to be done but you have a couple of questions. To assist you, please read our frequently asked questions below:
Q: Do I need to empty my kitchen cupboards?
A: No, people are the food of choice for bed bugs, not the food in your cabinets. Just be sure that your baseboards in your kitchen are accessible and that your pet dishes are not left on the floor.
Q: Do I need to wipe down everything on my kitchen counter when you are done?
A: No, our treatment is directed and not necessary in the upper sections of your kitchen. However, if it will give you peace of mind to do so, you are welcome to do that.
Q: I just washed my clothes, do I need to rewash them?
A: No, you don't need to rewash recently washed clothing in the washing machine however, you must dry them in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. If your laundry, bedding and/or linens have not been recently washed then they must be washed in hot water and dryed in a hot dryer. Once that is done, all items need to be bagged and sealed 100%.
Q: Do I need expensive bags to put my clothing, linens and bedding in?
A: No, sturdy garbage bags work fine. Just make sure that you seal them 100% once they are filled.
Q: What should I use to seal the bags?
A: You can use a tight knot, a zip tie or duct tape. Just make sure that they are sealed completely.
Q: Do I need to empty dressers and closets in unaffected bedrooms?
A: Yes, all rooms must be treated in order to gain control and elimination of bed bugs. This means that the prep work must be done for all rooms in the house.
Q: What do I do with my shoes from my closet?
A: If they of a material that can be put into a dryer, then dry them for at least 30 minutes. If not, inspect them thoroughly and then bag and seal them 100% just like your clothes, bedding and linens.
Q: My child has a lot of stuffed animals. Do I need to discard these?
A: No, you do not need to discard them unless the technician states that the infestation is severe enough to warrant. However, we recommend that you put them in a hot dryer for a period no less than 30 minutes.
Q: Do I need to cover my electronics and/or flat screen t.v.'s?
A: No, our treatment will not affect your electronics or television's. However, it is imperative that you have all items removed from the baseboards.
Q: How far away do I need to move my furniture and belongings from the baseboards?
A: You only need to move items approximately 6 inches from the baseboards in order for us to be able to navigate behind them. Larger or bulky items such as entertainment centers and bookcases can remain.
Q: Do I need to empty my bookcases?
A: No, you do not need to empty your bookcases unless the technician states that you must do so.
Q: Can I put things on my bed or couch to get them out of the way?
A: NO! It is important that your bed and living room furniture are free of bedding and other assorted items. This is very important to your treatment.
Q: Do my pet(s) need to leave?
A: Yes, all pet(s) and people must be out of the property for a minimum of three hours after the treatment. Fish can remain however the tank must be covered and the filter unplugged.
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact our office at 607-771-8855 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we thank you for choosing Big R&J Exterminating for all of your pest control and elimination needs!