In addition to making the arrangements for and humans and pets to vacate the home while the spray treatment is being performed, the homeowner with be required to do several other tasks in preparation for spray treatments.
These include washing all bedding and clothing from the effected area in hot water and then drying them in the dryer on the hottest setting that is safe for at least 30 minute. You must also put all window treatments, pillows and stuffed animals in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. Once all of these items have been washed and dried they need to be securely double bagged to avoid re-contamination. Items that cannot be washed like books, picture frames, electronics and plastic toys need to be thoroughly inspected and if found to be bed bug free, placed into plastic bags.
Carefully vacuum and then wash all floors, walls, baseboards and trim. Be sure to remove any outlet and switch covers and vacuum behind them. Then place your used vacuum bag into a plastic bag an immediately take it to your outside trash.
Vacuum the mattress and box spring to remove any bugs. If the company you are working with advises, place both into bed bug proof encasements. If mattresses have any holes or tears, it may be in your best interest to remove it from the home and replace it. Carefully vacuum any couched, chairs, recliners or other furniture with upholstery. Be sure to vacuum the back sides, under sides, and under any dust ruffles.
Remove all clutter as it creates a place for bed bugs to hide. Throw away an item that are unneeded and pick up all items from the floor.
Lastly, make sure there is plenty of room for the professionals to move around your house while they are performing their inspections and treatments.