Moving Truck Fumigation: Tips For Eliminating A Bed Bug Infestation When You Move

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If you're getting ready to move and you're in an area where bed bugs have been a concern, it's important that you take steps to prevent the bed bugs from moving with you. Although you could spend a month or two undergoing repeated treatments to eliminate the population in the house before you move, you may still want to be sure that you aren't bringing any residual bed bugs into your new place. One of the best ways to do that is to work with a pest control company to fumigate your moving truck. Here is a look at what you need to know about the moving truck fumigation process.

When Should You Do It?

Fumigating the moving truck is an effective way to eliminate a bed bug infestation, but you need to do it at the right time. The best thing to do is to rent your moving truck about 2 days before you're going to move into the new place. That way, you can spend one day loading the truck and then deliver it to a pest control company like Garrie Pest Control to fumigate it. Most pest control companies will need about 24 hours to treat the truck, because that provides sufficient time for the pesticide to do its job before you open the truck to unload it.

How Does it Work?

When you take your truck to a pest control specialist to fumigate it, they'll seal the truck's cargo area completely. Then, they introduce an inorganic gas product that will draw all of the oxygen out of the air in the truck. This will suffocate the bed bugs and their eggs all at once. After treatment, the truck is unsealed and opened. The gas compound breaks down and dissipates safely, leaving no residue of any kind behind on your belongings.

What Do You Need to Do?

There are a few special steps you'll have to take to be sure that the treatment is effective. The gas needs to be able to reach every air pocket in the truck. Here are some tips to ensure that your packing works well.

  • Wrap your furniture in plastic sheeting to keep all of the bed bugs contained when you're moving furniture from the house to the truck. That way, none escape and spread the infestation. Remove the plastic as soon as the furniture is safely on the truck.
  • Leave glass, plastic and metal containers open. This ensures that the gas can reach them, because it cannot penetrate the containers.
  • Don't leave plants or other oxygen-requiring items in the back of the truck. The gas eliminates the oxygen in the air, which will kill those plants.
  • Make sure your prescription medications and toiletries are secured in plastic storage bags so that the pest control company can look through them.
  • Cover your mattresses and box springs with zippered cases. This will keep the bed bugs contained. Once they're on the moving truck, unzip the covers so that the gas can permeate the whole thing.
  • Put everything you own in the truck, because bed bugs can tuck into any corner, including in your backpacks, suitcases, pet bedding and electronics. By having everything fumigated, you'll reduce the risk of spreading the bugs to any other area.

By taking these steps, you'll be able to kill the bed bug population in your belongings safely. You may even want to have your new place treated by a pest control company as a preventative measure, because that can help to keep bed bugs from taking hold in the new place once you've moved in. The more proactive you are about pest control treatments, the easier it will be to keep the bugs from coming back.

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