Benzel Pest Control - Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (picture on the right) likely get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation.

If you do identify bed bugs in your home, contact a pest professional promptly. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend a course of bed bug treatment.


How to Prepare for a Bed Bug Treatment

Bed bugs hitchhike on clothing, bedding, bags, furniture, appliances, etc. You may pick them up from a hotel or private residence, or they may have been brought in on an item, or by a visitor. While you may bring them into your home unwittingly, the exterminator will not be successful in eliminating them without your complete cooperation. Insecticides alone will not eliminate a bed bug problem. You must follow the instructions below as well as possible.


- Strong trash bags with ties.

- Access to a dryer.

- Vacuum cleaner with disposable or washable bag/canister

- Complete these steps to the best of your ability prior to the pest control service.


Collect all fabric items and place in plastic bags. Collect and remove ALL washable fabric items (pillows, sheets, blankets, clothing, rugs, curtains, towels) from bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, including closet floors, or any other area where people sit, sleep, or rest. Place into trash bags and seal. Remove all of the bags from your home.


Dry items on HOT, then seal them in bags.  Dry ALL items on the highest heat setting in a dryer. Place the clean items in NEW, UNUSED PLASTIC BAGS AND TIE CLOSED. Do not bring the clean bags of clean laundry into the home until after the service is complete.

Remove all clutter, boxes, bags, etc. Vacuum all surfaces with a strong suction vacuum. (all furniture, mattresses, floors, crevices, baseboards, picture frames, etc.)

Dispose of the vacuum bag. Immediately place vacuum bag in trash bag and place in a waste container outside of the building, or empty vacuum canister in the same place.


Have home treated professionally. Any questions about preparation or follow-up can be posed to the pest control professional.

Return clean items to your home.


 It is usually necessary to be out of your home for approximately 3 hours for a typical treatment

A follow-up service will be necessary in approximately 4 weeks.