Bed Bug Treatment Preparation Guidelines

How to Leave Bed Bugs Behind When Moving to a New Location:

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  • Bring as few items as possible when leaving a residence,  include everything possible for your bed bug treatment. Remember, bed bugs hitchhiking in suitcases, back packs, boxes, clothing, bedding and pet cages is a common way for these insects to be introduced into buildings. Bed bugs have been found infesting small electronic devices, such as alarm clocks.Preparation Guidelines for Bed Bug Treatment is something that cannot be overlooked!
  • For all fabric items that will not be fumigated, wash in hot water and dry in high heat in a dryer (140°F) before moving them into your new residence. This includes clothing, blankets, pillows, stuffed toys and pet bedding.
  • Do not use boxes, suitcases, back packs, gym bags or any similar items from the infested residence to pack belongings that will remain with you. These items should remain with the contents for bed bug treatment. Pack belongings needed during the fumigation in light colored or clear plastic bags or plastic containers, such as sweater boxes or new luggage not previously stored in the infested residence.
  • Do not place washed or packed items on furniture (beds, sofas, dressers, tables, etc.) or flooring (carpets or rugs) that may be infested with bed bugs. Immediately remove packed items from the infested residence or place them on a clean, hard surface (kitchen or bathroom floor, in a bath tub or shower) until they can be removed from the residence.
  • **Do NOT fumigate anything that requires oxygen to breathe such as live plants.
  • Medicine must be bagged, put in a sealed plastic container or removed.
  • You can fumigate toiletries (shampoos, soaps), makeup, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc because these are items that you do not ingest.
  • All items for human consumption (such as foods, beverages, drugs, and medicines), which are not intact in the original manufacturer’s airtight containers (such as sealed plastic, glass or metal), must be removed for the bed bug treatment, double bagged or put in a sealed air tight plastic storage container. This includes the contents of refrigerators and freezers.
  • Mattresses completely enveloped in plastic covers that cannot be removed or opened, such as infant mattresses, cannot be fumigated. These mattresses must be removed prior to a fumigation bed bug treatment. If there is any evidence that such a mattress is infested with bed bugs or the individual sleeping on the mattress has been bitten by bed bugs, it is advised that a new mattress be purchased.
  • CD, DVD’s and Photo Albums can be packed as is, they do not need to be removed from their cases or plastic sleeves.
  • Pet cages and pet bedding should be fumigated. Pet cages with any small gaps, seams or hollow spaces that could harbor bed bugs should be left with the contents to be fumigated. Food in the cages should be removed prior to the fumigation. The pets should be transferred to new travel cages or housing known not to be infested with bed bugs to remove them from the residence prior to the fumigation. Pet bedding/blankets should not be removed from the residence before the fumigation unless they can be washed, dried and packed as described above.
  • You may put small belongings into furniture that is being fumigated. Fill drawers with your belongings, Sulfuryl Fluoride will penetrate solid oak wood.
  • You may use cardboard boxes to pack for fumigation bed bug treatment, do not use anything plastic. The fumigant cannot penetrate a sealed plastic bag or container.
  • **20% air space in required when loading a container, i.e. truck or trailer to be fumigated which allows for the fumigant to easily circulate. Cardboard boxes used to pack contents can be filled 100%.
  • Be sure to have your pest control company render an intense, residual bed bug treatment to your new residence prior to moving in. Be aware, the gas will kill all life stages: eggs, nymph stages, and adults; however, as a gas it provides no residual action and therefore no permanent control or continuous protection and the items fumigated will be subject to re-infestation. Please have your pest control company treat the premise with a long lasting residual application.

Commonly asked questions:

  • What can be fumigated? EVERYTHING should be fumigated except medicine, live plants and some food items. Please note the fumigant is a gas and leaves no residue; it is colorless, odorless and tasteless and completely dissipates during the aeration process. You should never over your Preparation Guidelines for Bed Bug Treatment.
  • Should I remove the encasement from my mattress before fumigation? Yes, it is necessary to remove the encasement before fumigating the mattress.
  • Do I need to wash my clothes after the fumigation? No, you do not need to wash anything after fumigation.
  • Is the fumigant safe on all of my belongings? Yes, the fumigant can be used safely on electronics, musical equipment, clothes, artwork, books, photographs, etc. You do not need to throw anything out.
  • How do I pack properly for the fumigation? Use cardboard boxes to pack for fumigation, do not use anything plastic. The fumigant cannot penetrate plastic bags or containers. If you have things stored in plastic storage containers transfer into cardboard boxes and fumigate the containers empty.
  • Can I fill the cardboard boxes? Yes, cardboard boxes used to pack contents can be filled 100% and taped shut. The fumigant will penetrate the cardboard.
  • What about suitcases and storage trunks? Fumigate suitcases and trunks empty. Leave them open so fumigant will be able to enter and circulate.
  • How do I prepare my clothes for fumigation? Remove garment bags from hanging and folded clothes, linens, etc.
  • How do I protect breakable items? Wrap breakables in paper, do not use bubble wrap

We hope that this helps you in preparing for your bed bug treatment.
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