Aliminator Pest Control requires some basic preparation prior to any chemical or integrated treatment. As believers in integrated pest management, we feel pesticide applications in the home should be administered only after all other non invasive methods of pest control have been applied. Proper preparation for treatment greatly enhances its effectiveness, and these processes have been developed and refined by entomologists over the last decade to maximize their utility. If you are serious about completely ridding yourself of bed bugs, it is in your best interest to adhere to these guidelines as closely as possible. This preparation, combined with our comprehensive structural treatment, are the primary reasons we are typically able to completely eradicate any infestation with a single visit. While multiple treatment options are the industry norm, we believe they are unnecessary, provided that both tenant and pest control technician work together through the treatment process.

How To Prepare For Bed Bug Treatment

Strip your beds entirely including all covers

Remove all sheets, blankets, mattress covers, pillowcases, wraps, etc. from your beds. Wash and fold them and place them in closed plastic garbage bags. Store these bags in the kitchen or bathroom. Do not put them back on the bed until the evening after you've been treated.

Remove everything from bedroom and hall closets

Your closets must be empty. Empty all dresser drawers and night stand drawers. Take everything out of nightstands and other furniture near the beds. Dressers and nightstands must be empty on top and inside. The space under the bed must be empty. All suitcases must be empty. Remove all clothing, toys, boxes, etc. from bedroom floors. Place personal items in the kitchen or bathroom. Remember, if you leave something personal in the room, you are explicitly agreeing to expose it to the treatment.

Wash ALL clothing, towels, and other linens

This means everything… and place the clean items inside plastic storage bins or plastic garbage bags. Store them in the kitchen or bathroom until after treatment.


Vacuum floors, furniture, and inside closets, dresser drawers, and bed stands. Also vacuum mattresses and box springs. Dispose of vacuum bag.

Provide access for pest control technician

Make sure the technician can get into all closets. Make sure all large furniture items are moved off the walls toward the center of the room  so there is a 3 foot space between the furniture and walls. Make sure there is nothing on, below, or around the beds. 

Avoid contact with insecticide until dry

Make arrangements for all people and animals to be out of the apartment for a total of 4 hours. This includes 2 hours during treatment and 2 hours after treatment.