Preparation checklist


For Initial Service and Follow Up Services for Bed Bugs

Proposed date of treatment: ________________   Time: _________________

Once you confirm that you do indeed have a bed bug problem, it is important to have a licensed exterminator treat your home as this is the most effective means for eradicating bed bugs; however, treatment is only as good as the preparation taken before the exterminator arrives. Every room being treated for bed bugs will need to be prepared in advance, which can be done by following these steps.

  1. Remove all clothing, linens, curtains, towels, etc. from the infected room(s) and wash them in hot water. This includes items found in dressers and closets. Next, dry them using the hottest setting on your dryer for at least 30 minutes. If something cannot be washed in hot water, it should be dry‐cleaned. Place those items in a sealed bag before taking them to the dry cleaner.
  2. Once your clothing and linens have been washed and dried, seal them in tightly tied clean plastic bags or put them in plastic containers with tight fitting lids.
  3. Remove all bedding, including blankets, sheets, pillow cases, and mattress covers from the bed(s). Wash or dry clean these materials as usual; do not return them to the bedroom until after treatment.
  4. Put shoes, purses and other personal items in tightly closed plastic containers or in a tightly tied plastic bag.
  5. Remove dresser drawers from the dresser cabinets and move the dresser(s) away from the walls if you are able to do so.
  6. Move all furniture and stored items at least three feet from the walls if you are able to do so. The exterminator will need to access all of the baseboards in the infected rooms.
  7. Vacuum the floor. When you are finished, place the bag or contents of the dust cup in a tightly sealed plastic garbage bag for disposal.

Special Notes:

  • Before treatment, remove birds, fish and other pets, from the rooms that are going to be treated. If the fish cannot be removed, disconnect the air pumps and cover the tanks with plastic sheeting and secured tight.
  • After initial treatment only, all persons and pets must stay off the floors and upholstered furniture for at least four hours to make sure treated surfaces are dry.
  • The materials (pesticides) used are all government‐approved. When they are applied according to the label directions and are completed by a licensed exterminator, the materials will not be hazardous when they dry after a treatment.
  • The treatment will not harm houseplants.
  • If you are not going to be home on the treatment date, please make arrangements for the exterminator to have access to your home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (604) 771-2505

Thank you for your cooperation!