Preparation for NJ Bed Bug Service

How to Get Ready for Your Bed Bug Service Visit


Bed bugs are tough to control. They hide in many places not only in beds but closets, furniture, behind pictures, in tiny cracks in the wall so inspections and treatments must be thorough. Pest control technicians need your cooperation in order to control bed bugs successfully. Before our technician can treat your home, you must prepare your home for service. Here’s how:

Strip your beds

Remove all sheets, blankets, mattress covers, pillowcases, EVERYTHING, and wash. Fold them and place them in plastic garbage bags. Do not put them back on the bed! Remove mattress and box spring from bed frame and tip on side for treatment. Provide access to the entire bed frame. This includes the headboards and foot board.

Remove everything from bedroom and hall closets

Your closets must be empty. Empty all dressers, night stands. This includes all the drawers. Take everything out of nightstands and other furniture near the beds. Dresser drawers and nightstands must be empty! Remove all clothing, toys, boxes, etc. from bedroom floors. Remove all window treatments. Place items in sealed plastic bags, and place in center of room.

Remove all Covers to outlets and switch plates

Please remove ALL switch plate and outlet covers from all rooms. Our technician will be treating these areas.

Wash ALL clothing, towels, and other linens

This means everything! Place the clean items inside plastic tightly sealed storage bins or plastic garbage bags. This includes curtains. Place in center of room out of the way for our technician to have room to work.

Vacuum! Vacuum! Vacuum!

Vacuum every other day prior to treatment date. This includes floors, (including hardwood floors), ALL CARPETING, furniture & UNDER FURNITURE, inside closets, dresser drawers, and bed stands. Also vacuum mattresses and box springs thoroughly. Dispose of vacuum bag OUTSIDE OF BUILDING immediately after vacuuming.  


If you have smoke alarms installed, make sure they are turned off or disconnected during the treatment process.

Provide access for pest control technician

Move all furniture and items away from walls so there is at least a  3 foot space between the furniture and walls.


NO OPEN FLAMES. Make sure ALL pilot lights are extinguished and no open flame at all.


It is imperative to our service that all mattresses and box springs are covered with a high quality Bed-Bug proof encasement.

Avoid contact with treated areas

Make sure there are no animals or people in the area during treatment and for at least 6 hours afterwards (check with the pest control technician for the exact time). If you have a fish tank/aquarium, please turn off all filters and air pumps. Cover the top of tanks with plastic and tape the edges all the way around for an air tight seal.

Caulking and Sealing

Please caulk and seal any cracks you may have. This includes around windows and doors, moldings, pipe chase areas, cracks in walls & ceilings. This will help eliminate any hiding areas and allow our technician to do a more through treatment.

Be prepared to leave the premises for at least 6-8 hours after completion of services. Your servicing Technician will tell you when it’s ok to re-enter.

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