What to Expect after First Bed Bug Treatment

By February 20, 2019Bedbugs

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and easy to track into your home. You can get them from other folks at work or even on public transit. It says nothing about the condition that you keep your house in or your relative level of sanitation. Bed bugs happen to everyone, even experienced exterminators.

When they do, most people want fast results, so in this article, we’ll discuss how Pointe Pest Control goes about dealing with a major bed bug infestation.

Bed bug or bedbug infestation concept as a magnification close up of parasitic insect pests on a pillow and under the sheets as a hygiene symbol and metaphor for inspection and danger of bloodsucking parasites living inside a mattress.

We Conduct a Full Inspection

In some cases, the bed bugs are spread throughout an entire house or commercial building. In other cases, they may be relegated to one room. Pointe Pest Control has certified bed bug specialist that know all the hiding places bed bugs seek. Whether at your work or in your home, we will be able to find the infestation. We begin by identifying all of the bed bug hot spots, this gives us a firm idea of where to begin our extermination. We then use the most current and up-to-date technologies to rid the area of bed bugs. 

Pointe Pest Control Uses a Multi-Pronged Approach

Our pest control experts have dealt with bed bugs on numerous occasions. The first thing that we want to do is seal off the room with a residual insecticide that kills the bed bugs on contact. We will use this insecticide in combination with heat treatments to eliminate the bed bugs in their entirety.

What are Heat Treatments for Bed Bugs?

Whole-room heat treatments are a very effective means of dealing with a bed bug infestation. Many probably know that insecticides that work against adult bed bugs will not work against their eggs. The problem is that the egg creates a protective coating around the larvae that the insecticide cannot penetrate. In the case that the insecticide works to eliminate the entire adult population of bed bugs, the eggs will still be left behind, allowed to hatch and repopulate the problem. The major thing that heat treatments have going for it is that they can take out both the adults and the eggs at the same time.

By raising the temperature in any given room to between 135°F and 145°F we can essentially kill eggs, nymphs, and adults all at the same time. The room will need to be prepared in order for this to work effectively. Any item in the room that could melt or become damaged at 145°F will need to be removed. Additionally, the room will need to be sealed and we will still need to spray some areas. Once the bed bugs realize that the room is becoming too hot for them they will try to escape. By preventing them from doing this, we ensure that we kill all the bed bugs in the room.

What are Insecticide Treatments for Bed Bugs?

Insecticide treatments are still quite effective. Professional pest control experts use three different insecticides to get the job done. The first type kills on contact. The second type is a residual insecticide that hangs around for awhile after the initial spray. The third type is a dust treatment that is meant to get inside cracks and crevices such as electrical outlets and other places where bed bugs like to hide.

What Can I Expect after the First Treatment?

If the heat treatment is appropriate, you can expect that all the bed bugs in the room will be killed on the first try. We may follow up with you and conduct a second spray just to be sure that we got them all and we will need to spray other areas of your home to ensure that the bed bugs don’t escape, but the technique is very effective and doesn’t avail itself to future outbreaks.

When we spray with insecticide, we generally conduct a secondary spray afterward to ensure that the problem has been resolved to our satisfaction. You will, however, notice a significant reduction in bed bug activity to the extent that you will no longer notice that they’re there.

Pointe Pest Control Professionally Handles Your Bed Bug Problem

The professional pest control specialists at Pointe Pest Control will ensure that your bed bug problem is solved safely and efficiently. Our technicians understand bed bug behavior and use the most advanced tools to ensure that the problem is solved as quickly as it can be. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment today.