BBFS Fumigation Preparation Guidelines
Below, you will find BBFS’s Prep Guide for our Structural Fumigation service. This list is our most comprehensive as it addresses the way that our clients can prepare and evacuate their infested premises in a safe, effective manner. For Container/Cimex Cube Fumigations and Truck Fumigations, there are additional steps in the preparation and fumigation of those items. All BBFS Prep Guides, as well as links to other guides, can be downloaded below.
Bed Bug Fumigation Preparation (Structural Fumigation):
- Bring as few items as possible when leaving the residence, fumigate everything possible. Bed bugs are known hitch hikers and can harbor in suitcases, backpacks, boxes, clothing, bedding and pet cages. This is the most common way they are being introduced into buildings. They have even been known to infest small electronic devices.
- For all fabric items that will not be fumigated, wash in hot water and dry on high heat in a dryer, no less than 140 degrees, before moving back into the residence. This includes any clothing, bedding, pillows, stuffed toys and pet bedding.
- DO NOT use boxes, suitcases, back packs, gym bags or any similar items from the infested residence/dwelling, to pack the items that will remain with you. The items you take with you should be packed into a light colored or clear box or bags that have not been stored into the infested residence/dwelling.
- DO NOT fumigate anything that requires oxygen to breathe such as plants and animals.
- Medicinal items need to be removed, especially if they are over-the-counter medications. Prescription medications, while commonly distributed in airtight containers, should also be inspected then removed from structure/property for safety’s sake. Precautionary step.
- You can fumigate all topical toiletries; however, toothpaste and mouthwash need to be removed as they can be ingested in their use. Precautionary step.
- All items that are open and digestible need to be fumigated and discarded after fumigation this is done to ensure that bed bugs are not spread by simply tossing out the items. This includes items in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry.
- Baby mattresses or plastic encased mattresses that have been fumigated CANNOT be placed back into the home. If the encasement can be removed, we can fumigate the mattress and you can place it back into your home.
- Pet Cages and bedding should be included in your fumigated items. Pet cages can contain small gaps in which bed bugs could harbor. Pet food needs to be removed. Your pet needs to be transported in a new pet carrier or placed in a bed bug free housing prior to the fumigation. The pets bedding should not accompany the pet unless it has been washed, dried and packed as previously described.
- Use cardboard boxed when packing for the fumigation. DO NOT use plastic crates or containers. The fumigant cannot penetrate the plastic.
- We require 20% of air space when loading the container/truck to ensure proper circulation of the fumigant.
- Be sure you have your pest control operator apply an intense, residual application of the residence prior to moving back in. The gas will kill all stages of the bed bug in the stored items, however it provides no residual and therefore no permanent control or continuous protection and the items fumigated could be subject to infestation. Please have the pest control operator treat the premise with a long lasting residual application.
Client Duties in Preparing for Structural Fumigation for Bed Bugs (BBFS Contract Form/Required)
How to Move and Leave Bed Bugs Behind – BBFS (BBFS Article + Guidelines)
Dow AgroSciences Structural Fumigation Using Vikane Prep Guide (termite version, methodology and science for bed bugs are the same 3x stronger exposure required)
Zythor Fumigation Preparation Checklist – Structural (Interior/Exterior) (Zythor is alternate product name for Sulfuryl Fluoride under a different manufacturer than Dow AgroSciences “Vikane”)