Regardless of the type of professional bed bug treatment you’ve chosen to undergo, it is essential to be prepared and know what to expect. Below, you will find plenty of helpful information related to the process – on-site, between sessions, and in general.
Will Bed Bugs Disappear Instantly?
The most common concern among customers is based on the false assumption that all bed bugs will vanish after the first session is done. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In some cases bed bug treatment is not a one-time deal, and long-term results can be achieved only after the procedure is repeated. How many times you will have to schedule a visit depends on the severity of the infestation.
Averagely, this happens by the third visit, although it may take less in case the number of bed bugs wasn’t massive in the first place.
Meanwhile, you shall be ready to undergo the bed bug removal process and its natural cycles, including:
- A few days after the initial treatment, bed bugs will typically show increased activity. Or else said: you will start seeing more of the tiny invaders lingering on the surface. That’s normal since the unaffected ones will begin migrating in search of safety and food.
- The speed and effectiveness of the treatment will greatly depend on the extent to which neighbouring environments are populated. These include bed, door, window frames, floorboards, carpeting, nearby closets, or items stored underneath the bed.
Put shortly: bed bug extermination does not happen instantly, and expecting otherwise would be unrealistic. Instead, you can trust an experienced bed bug removal company to provide the most suitable personalised solution for your case.
What To Do Between Treatments?
Once again – bed bugs will most likely not disappear after the first treatment. That is absolutely normal and should not discourage you, as long as you work on the problem with a certified pest removal company.
So, here are a few critical points of behaviour between bed bug treatments:
- Don’t get panicked or even surprised if you notice an increased bug activity between treatments.
- Don’t bother to call your service provider if that happens – they will undoubtedly have instructed you on expecting it during the first on-site visit.
- Do not interfere by applying pesticides on your own to eliminate bed bugs you see between service visits.
Using chemicals different from the prescribed by your bed bug company can interfere with the long-term treatment results. Instead of taking that risk, you can use other methods to remove or kill the bed bugs. We will describe them in detail below.
How to Treat The Bed Bugs Between Professional Treatments?
There are several ways to kill or remove bed bugs between treatments without using pesticides. You can pick one or more of the following approaches:
- Do not use a vacuum cleaner after a treatment is applied to remove the bed bugs visible on the surface. Vacuuming the treated areas may destroy the chemical’s residual effect, and the treatment will stop working.
- If you’re up to that, you can also capture the bed bugs in a tissue, crush them, and throw them away once you make sure none is still alive.
- If you notice bed bugs in places you hadn’t seen before, pay closer attention and inform your bed bug service provider as soon as their next on-site visit.
- Don’t be tempted to use chemical agents on the bed bugs you see between visits. They can be both toxic to your environment and harmful to your provider’s bed bug removal plan.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our team and get all the additional information you might need.
Additional Tips and Recommendations Against Bed Bugs
Your daily habits and increased attention are more critical between visits than ever before. So, make an effort to stick to some fundamental rules in that period, including:
- Do your laundry (bed linen especially) in high temperatures – 60° С or higher;
- Pull the bed away from all other furniture to prevent the spread of bed bugs – these include cupboards, wardrobes, shelves, nightstands, and even the walls themselves;
- Remove all the clutter from the room – including garbage bins, piles of clothing, messy storage boxes, and other hard-to-control environments;
- Remove everything you have under your bed, including clothes, toys, shoes, etc.;
- Try to physically remove bed bugs you see on the surface without using chemicals;
- Do not remove the box spring encasements or the mattress itself for any reason.
Although it may sound rather complicated, bed bug removal is a highly successful procedure that eliminates the problem in the long run. So, at the end of the day, all of our mutual efforts will be more than worth it!