Ridding Your Home of Insects

4 Supplies You'll Need To Aid The Pros With Bed Bug Removal

by Ted Miller

Creepy, sneaky, and predatory, bed bugs are the pests that nightmares are made of. These tiny little bugs multiply at a rate that seems impossible and can take over an entire house in a very short time frame. If you discover you have a bed bug problem, there's no way around it -- you will need professional help to tackle the problem.

Most homeowners assume they can just call up a pro and have the problem tended to without a lot of effort on their part, but bed bug removal has to be a team effort between the homeowner and the exterminator. You'll be tasked with certain things to do when the pro consults with you and builds a treatment plan. There are also certain supplies you're likely going to need. 

1. Trash Bags - The bed bug removal expert is going to tell you that the best thing you can do is discard items that are severely infested. But you do not want these items hanging out loosely in trash bins around your home. For example, if you have a stack of magazines that are crawling with bed bugs, you need to place them in a heavy-duty garbage bag that can be tied securely closed before being disposed of. 

2. Mattress Covers - The only real way to save a mattress during a bed bug infestation is to slip an air-tight cover on it and wait for the pests to die out. If you don't like the idea of doing so, you'll have no choice but to discard the mattress. 

3. A Dumpster - This is one of those things you may or may not need depending on the severity of the problem, but having a rented dumpster for a bit will be a big help. There are going to be some items that have to be discarded because they are impossible to treat without causing damage. For example, cloth sofas can be exceptionally hard to treat because the bugs get into the interior of the sofa and you can't necessarily spray a sofa down with pesticides. 

4. Sealable Zippered Bags - Bed bugs can be eliminated by running clothes through a high-heat dryer cycle, but once these clothes come out of the dryer, they need a safe place to land other than in your dresser. Zippered bags that completely seal  will serve you better during the treatment period, rather than something like a laundry basket. 

For more help, contact a bed bug removal service in your area.