Bed Bug Prep Sheet: Your Ultimate Guide to Pests

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Dealing with a bed bug infestation can be overwhelming, but proper preparation can get you ready for treatment! In this blog, we’ll give you every tip you need to prevent and treat bed bug infestations with ease. 


Whether you’re facing a minor infestation or a serious problem, our step-by-step bed bug prep guide will help you prepare for your pest control visit. 

Bed Bug Prep Sheet for Hotel Stays

Traveling is an adventure, but finding bed bugs during your stay can turn your good time into a nightmare. With the right preparation and careful attention, we’ll help you lower the chances of bringing home unwanted souvenirs. Check out our bed bug prep below!



Here’s our detailed bed bug prep sheet to keep you protected during your next hotel stay

Before Arrival

  • Research: Before booking your hotel, do some research online and read reviews to check for reports of bed bugs. Websites like TripAdvisor or Yelp can provide valuable information from previous guests. 
  • Choose Wisely: Select hotels with a reputation for cleanliness and proactive pest control measures.
  • Pack Smart: Pack your clothing and belongings in sealable plastic bags to make it harder for bed bugs to hitch a ride back home. 

Upon Arrival

  • Hang Up Your Luggage: Before setting your bags down, place them in your bathroom atop a counter, on the toilet, or in your bath. Avoid putting your luggage on any carpeted surfaces or near your bed, as bed bugs can easily climb in without you noticing. 
  • Inspect Your Room: Check the mattress seams, bed frame, headboard, and nearby furniture for live bugs, shed skins, tiny white eggs, or dark spots. Use a flashlight to see these areas better. 
  • Notify Staff: If you discover any evidence of bed bugs, immediately notify hotel staff and request a different room.

During Your Stay

  • Regular Checks: Frequently inspect your bedding and surroundings for signs of bed bugs throughout your stay.
  • Keep Belongings Sealed: Store your clothing and personal items in sealable plastic bags when not in use.
  • Minimize Clutter: Avoid leaving clothes or belongings scattered around the room to reduce hiding spots for bed bugs.

Upon Departure

  • Inspect Belongings: Before checking out, carefully inspect your luggage and belongings one last time for any signs of bed bugs.
  • Wash Clothing: Launder all clothing and washable items in hot water and dry them on high heat to kill any bed bugs or eggs.
  • Inspect Luggage Again: Once you return home, re-inspect your luggage before bringing it inside.

Additional Tips

  • Consider using bed bug luggage liners for added protection.
  • Keep a travel-sized flashlight handy for easy room inspections.
  • Document any evidence of bed bugs with photos or videos to support your claims or complaints.

Bed Bug Prep Sheet: Before Your Appointment

Getting your home ready before bed bug treatment is important! Check out this detailed bed bug prep sheet that will guide you through the process and set you up for success. 

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Before Treatment Day

  • Confirm Appointment: Confirm the date and time of the treatment with your pest control company. Discuss their pre-treatment instructions and ask them any questions you may have. 
  • Plan for Absence: Plan to be away from the house during the treatment and for a few hours afterward to give the treatment time to dry and settle. This is important for both your safety and the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Secure Pets: Arrange for pets to stay elsewhere during the treatment to protect them from the chemicals.

General Preparations

    • Declutter: Clear out clutter from your bedrooms and living room to simplify and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. However, do not move these items away from the affected room. Instead, place them in a large plastic bag and throw them away outside. 
    • Wash Bedding: To kill bed bugs and their eggs, launder your bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, in hot water and dry on high heat. 
    • Remove Items from Furniture: Empty drawers, closets, and other furniture in bedrooms and living rooms. Place items in sealed plastic bags or containers to prevent bed bugs from escaping during treatment.
    • Vacuum: Thoroughly vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture in bedrooms and living rooms. Afterward, dispose of the vacuum bags or empty canisters in outdoor trash bins. 
    • Move Furniture: If possible, move furniture, like your bed, couch, or chairs, away from the wall so the professionals can access and treat baseboards. 

Day of Treatment

  • Provide Access: Make sure pest control professionals have easy access to all treatment areas. Unlock doors and remove any barriers that may complicate your service. 
  • Vacate Premises: During treatment, leave your home. Follow the pest control company’s specific instructions regarding reentry times and safety precautions.

After Treatment

After the treatment, carefully follow all the instructions provided by your pest control technician. These may include cleaning procedures, ventilating your home, and when to reenter.  If you run into problems, don’t hesitate to reach out for guidance and assistance!

Bed Bug Treatments with proof. Pest Control

Dealing with complex bed bug infestations requires more than our bed bug prep sheet; you’ll also need the latest in pest control technology! Our TruDetx™ Bed Bug Rapid Test allows us to quickly detect even the most elusive bed bug activity. 


With early detection, our team can implement powerful, industry-leading treatments that not only eliminate bed bugs but also prevent future invasions.


At proof., we do more than just promise results—we create a bedbug-free environment that lets you enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Trust us to keep your home free from these unwanted nighttime visitors. Contact us today!

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