The news has hit. You’re one of the unlucky ones, but not the few: you’ve discovered bed bugs in your home. It can be a difficult thing to deal with, and a difficult thing to accept and the colder weather can be the worst time for it.
A lot of people immediately feel disgust, which is normal. After all, these micro suckers are preparing even now to suck your blood! But although they might be smart, you’re smarter.
The best thing you can do to rid your home of these vile pests is to call some good old-fashioned Toronto pest control. These experts will know exactly what you’ve got to do to deal with your problem in an effective – and final – way. After all, the last thing you want is to be tossing and turning months from now, wondering if that’s a hair on your leg or another bug. That can cause some severe psychological stress.
So, although a professional bed bug exterminator in Toronto is your best choice, that’s not all there is to it. You see, before the bed bug experts show up, you’ve got some work ahead of you preparing your home for bedbug treatment.
1. Get Rid of the Soft Stuff
You may be deeply in love with your bedding and linens – not to mention your clothing – but these bugs love to hide in cloth. If you want to finally and fully rid your home, there’s nothing else for it. You’ll have to remove all mattresses, clothes, sheets, pillows, and anything else made of textile materials from your home.
Now, you don’t necessarily have to throw it all out. and you certainly don’t want to just dump it at a friend’s house. If these items are infested, you’ll just spread the problem over there. Unless it’s a friend you don’t like very much, let’s try to avoid that.
2. Wash What You Can
Now that you’ve got everything together, let’s fight the bug together. You’re going to be washing everything we just mentioned (sheets, pillows, blankets, clothes) in hot water and then place in the dryer on the highest possible setting.
This isn’t going to be great for certain things, and we don’t want you to go ahead and damage anything expensive. Be aware of what your textiles can withstand. But the hotter the better when it comes to removing bug friends. Don’t skip this step, it’s important.
3. Store Your Stuff in Bags
Remember we said not to bring the stuff over to a friend’s house? We’re going to be doing something else. We want to protect it from re-infestation after it’s been cleaned, heated, and dried. So instead, we’re going to store it all in plastic bags. Ideally you should use large plastic storage bags. You can buy these from moving or storage stores.
But if you can’t get storage bags, you can use sealed bins or garbage bags. The goal here is to make sure that the things are completely sealed off from bugs so they can’t be re-infected before the professionals arrive.
4. Make Sure Everything is Empty
Once the professionals arrive, you’re going to want to make things as efficient for them as possible. So, clear the way. That means emptying closets, clearing under the bed, and picking all the Lego up off the floor. Think of this step like you’re preparing for a visit from your in-laws.
5. Inspect Non-Textiles
While you’re tidying the area, you must inspect the items you find. Even things that you wouldn’t expect, like books, pictures, toys, and electronics can be hiding places for bedbugs if the infestation is large enough.
If these items can’t be washed, then a careful inspection can be a helpful tool. You’re going to have to treat these items if they are infected, or otherwise throw them out. If they can withstand heat treatment, the exterminator may want you to simply leave them there.
6. Wash and Vacuum
If you love housework, you’ll adore this process. You’re going to want to wash and vacuum everything. Start with the mattress to remove any bedbugs there. Next, vacuum couches, chairs and other seats carefully before treatment. These places can be prime hiding spots for bugs. Turn them over and vacuum the back and sides too if you can.
And remember, any time you use the vacuum it’s vital to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately in an exterior dumpster or sealed trash bin.
7. Move Furniture into the Center of the Room
To give the exterminator the best possible access, move your furniture to the middle of your space so that they can fully access the walls, closets, and all other areas. That will help them do the best job possible.
Bed bugs are a pain, but they can be beaten. Give us a call at 647-708-7378 or get in touch online for easy and effective bed bug extermination in Toronto. The sooner you beat the bed bug menace, the sooner you can be sleeping soundly once again.