Pre and Post Guide for Bed Bug Treatment
If you are reading this article there’s a good chance you are like many other Auckland’ers who have discovered they are sharing residence with the unwelcome pest of bed bugs and have ordered a professional bed bug treatment service. Well done on making the choice to leaving this to the experts. At A-Jet we only use products that are approved by New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency and offer a 100% guarantee on the professional service and application of our products.
Yes, you read that correctly, we offer a 100% guarantee on the professional service and application of our products.
Now in order to get the most out of your treatment, it is important that you correctly prepare your house for the technician’s arrival. If the home is not properly prepared we may have to reschedule to another date so ensure you take the time to tick everything off the checklist below.
- Wash all your bedding (bed linen, blankets and pillows) using a full hot water cycle
- Once the wash is completed hot air tumble dry for at least 30 minutes
- Additional steps such as steaming and disposal of certain items may be required – your technician will have notified you after the inspection if you were required to take additional steps.
- Cover beds, bed linen and pillows
- Clear any items from window sills and the floor (including from under beds and other furniture)
- Put personal items (e.g. clothing, toys) in cupboards or on a bed with a cover sheet
- Put personal toiletries (e.g. toothbrush, towels, toilet paper) in cupboards or cover them
- Put food and crockery away in cupboards (store food in airtight containers)
- Clean behind and under your whiteware appliances e.g. fridge, dishwasher and oven
- Wash walls and skirting boards several days before the treatment to avoid making the treatment less effective.
Do you have pets?
You must notify our office if there are pets on your property. If you have an ‘inside’ pet you must make alternative arrangements for your animal during the treatment and for at least three hours after the treatment. Reptile or fish tanks must be covered with oxygen supplies turned off.
If you have an outside pets it’s not an issue – just leave them in the garden.
Post Treatment Checklist
- Do not enter the property for at least three hours after your bed bug treatment
- Wipe down food preparation areas (but not walls)
- Wash any bedding/covers that were left out
- Do not touch any installed traps or bait
- Do not wash the product off surfaces.
Despite the treatment being effective, its important to understand that re-infestation is still possible if you travel frequently or if you have guests staying, remember bed bugs are excellent hitch hikers! To prevent a re-infestion we recommend the following:
- Vacuum at least twice a week including furniture and edges of the carpet throughout the entire apartment/house
- Vacuum your mattress and the base when turning your mattress
- Check the box spring base and mattress once a month for bed bugs and their eggs
- Change bed linen once a week and if blood spots are visible, also check for bed bugs and their eggs
- Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags (if you have an active infestation, use a new bag for the journey home). Remove from dryer directly into bag and fold at home. A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.
General Guidlines To Prevent Bed Bugs
The best defense again bed bugs is having an understanding of the pest and knowing what to look for. Have a read of our article on bed bugs NZ which describes how to identify bed bugs and the signs that indicate an infestation. Follow these simple steps below to help prevent you having to deal with this nasty pest.
- Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
- Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots. The light colour of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Be sure to purchase a high quality encasement that will resist tearing and check the encasement regularly for holes.
- Avoid second hand furniture as it could be infested with bed bugs
- If your friends are being bitten at their house, ask them not to visit your home until they have had their pest infestation treated
- Check for signs of bed bug activity when staying at hotels or backpackers – never put bags or clothes on the bed
- Do not use products or chemicals purchased from a shop as they will not stop the infestation
- Do not use ‘flea bombs’ as they will spread the bed bug infestation (flea bombs may also activate the fire prevention system in some apartment complexes)
- Take action early – remember a female bed bug can lay 2 00 500 eggs in her lifetime. If treatment doesn’t take place, the numbers can escalate out of control very quickly.