Preparing For Pest Treatments


Preparing For Pest Control Treatments

Preparing a property or bedroom ready for a pest control treatment guarantees the very best results. Here we have provided some advice to help you.

Clothing, Bedding, and Curtains

Place all bedding, clothing, and curtains into bags and close securely. Run the clothing, bedding and curtains through a pre-heated tumble dryer for at least five minutes, so clothes reach a temperature of at least 60C.

At 60C red meat turns grey and most pests die!

Place the heat treated clothing back into “New – Unused Bags” and seal up again.

You can also wash clothing at 60C or above if you have the time and facilities. If this is an option, consider using dissolvable laundry bags. Once all laundering and heat treatment is complete – keep the items in Fresh, sealed bags.

These sealed bags can now be set aside as sterile from insect activity. Once pesticide treatments are complete, the items can be returned to new sterile bags and the original bags disposed of safely in an outside bin.

This advice is a guide and should not replace the garments label instructions for cleaning, etc.

Preparing The Center of The Room

The centre of the room should be vacuumed intensively – go over the carpet at least four times if you have an upright vacuum or several times if you have a compact-pull-along vacuum.

If you have floorboards, we recommended that you buy and use a steam cleaning device to steam between the gaps in the boards. Once again follow manufacturers instructions because in rare cases, heat might alter the appearance of flooring.

Preparing Items Other Than Clothing and Bedding

Furniture and items other than clothing and bedding – excluding the bed.

All other items in a room should be checked by hand, and this includes things in drawers. Smaller items should be placed into clear plastic storage boxes.

Once smaller items have been checked and packed, the more substantial objects in a room, together with furniture, should be placed in the centre of the room. The backs of furniture should face outwards for easy inspected and treatment.

No items should be left on the floor or be left plugged-in. Items include extension leads, chargers, footwear, toys, money, sweets, paper, tissues, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: All items on window sills, shelves, and furniture including wall mounted, hanging mirrors and picture frames must be removed, checked for insect activity and then safely secured.

During treatment, when fully suited and masked, our vision is restricted slightly, increasing the likelihood of us knocking and damaging property not protected or secured correctly.

In most properties, this is not a problem, but space in some rooms is so restricted, it is imperative that extra consideration is given to the items mentioned.

Preparing Beds for Pest Control Treatment

Where possible, beds should be dismantled so that all parts of the bed frame can be inspected and treated. Beds that can’t be disassembled should be placed on their side only where they are safe and secure.

mattresses need to be vacuumed and treated with steam and then placed into mattress protectors (protective sleeves).

Preparing The Rooms Perimeter For Pest Control Treatment

Once everything is securely in the middle of the room, you can prepare the perimeter. The perimeter of the room or edges must be vacuumed intensively to remove all dust and previous pesticide residues.

Skirting boards, chair rail, plug sockets and picture rail should also be cleaned.

Plants, Pets, and Fish

Fish tanks must be removed or sealed to prevent contamination. All houseplants are susceptible to fumigants, and no pets should be left unprotected or even present in a property undergoing fumigation and treatment.


Now that the room is prepared and ready to be treated, the pesticides will sit directly on surfaces. This means the insects will be unable to walk across treated surfaces without becoming contaminated.

What to do After Treatment

Once treated you can usually re-enter the property or treated areas after a few hours. Re-entry times can vary though, depending on the pesticide used and we will advise on this at time of treatment.

You must not walk on treated surfaces in socks or bare feet until surfaces are completely dry. Surfaces can take several hours to dry, depending on surface absorption and temperature.

If you have any additional questions – please let us know so we can improve this guide.


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