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Cleaning After Bed Bug Fumigation

Dealing with bed bugs is never nice. So the last thing you want to do is have to deal with them a second time around.

Knowing what to do after bed bug treatment can help the extermination process be more effective long term.

In this post, we are going to cover the steps you should take with cleaning after bed bug fumigation is complete.

Wait Before Cleaning After Bed Bug Fumigation

Before you jump straight into cleaning after bed bug fumigation, it is important to know how long you should wait. Speak to your pest control technician for guidance on how long to delay before starting your clean up. In any case, more severe infestations can take several sessions to treat. 

It is recommended to avoid steaming or shampooing carpets and soft furnishings immediately after bed bug treatment. You can vacuum, however. Just make sure to keep emptying the hoover after use and discard the contents outside in a sealed, air tight bag.

cleaning after bed bug fumigation

The things you can and should focus on immediately cleaning after a bed bug fumigation treatment are any surfaces you use regularly. Especially those used for food preparation and consumption.  This could include your kitchen worktops, the dining table and the oven. Wipe everything down with warm water and soap.

Once It’s Time To Start On Cleaning

Start by wiping down and wiping over anything that can’t go in the wash. Some items can be rinsed with hot water if they can tolerate it. Focus in on heat, so that any remaining bugs are killed.

The next step when cleaning after bed bug fumigation, is that if it’s soft and you can pick it up, it needs to be put in the washing machine. Here’s how you can rid fabric items around your home of any remaining bed bugs.

washing machine kills bed bugs
  • Clothes, cushions, pillows, bed sheets – anything that is soft needs to be put into your washing machine on the highest temperature allowed.
  • Once everything has been washed, proceed to tumble drying it on a high heat setting. The minimum drying time should be set at two hours if the fabric can tolerate it. The heat permeates the material and kills any bed bugs that may still be lurking there.
  • Items that can’t be washed like delicate clothing, upholstery and draperies still have to be cleaned. To do this, employ the help of a steamer. This allows you to still use heat to kill and stray bed bugs.
  • When it is time to do so, you can steam clean your rugs and carpets as well.

As long as you follow these steps, your home should remain bed bug free. However, if you do see signs of the bed bug infestation persisting, make sure to get in touch with your pest exterminator without delay.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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