Usually, 2 to 4 treatment sessions are needed over a period of 3 to 6 weeks to completely eliminate bedbugs, depending on the level of infestation and the size of the house. Usually, pest control professionals return after seven to 10 days and re-spray. This is to catch the bugs that got lost the first time. That said, there may still be eggs that remain inactive for 20 to 30 days.
It is very likely that you will continue to see bed bugs after the initial treatment. In fact, for a few days after the initial service, you may experience an increase in activity and see more errors than before treatment, but with each service you should see fewer and fewer errors. Barring any obstacles to treatment, bedbug infestation in your home should be eliminated before or before the third visit. If you underwent heat treatment, all bedbugs should disappear during the first treatment.
Although, just in case, we recommend keeping an eye out for any bedbug activity for about 2 or 3 weeks, as bed bugs may have been hiding in untreated rooms. Although there is no need for a bed bug monitoring system after a heat treatment, you can install some bed bug traps. That way, if they do come back, you'd notice them in the traps before you notice that bed bugs bite you or your loved ones. If you hired an exterminator and they used pesticides, bed bugs can take weeks to die.
The same applies if you use your own pesticide spray. However, if your exterminator used a heat treatment, all bed bugs should die very quickly. Let's tackle each of these problems in turn. Bed bug infestations are complicated, which can make effective control difficult.
If a treatment does not address all infested areas, which may extend far beyond the bedroom, several treatments will need to be repeated to successfully control the infestation. This will increase the amount of time between the start of the treatment process and the time when your home can be considered free of bed bugs. As you try to assess whether the infestation has been controlled or not, it is important to periodically check for live bites or bed bugs. We strongly recommend that you install mattress covers on all mattresses and box springs in your home.
Installing liners will not only protect your furniture from any possible future infestation, but also make it much easier for you to quickly inspect the bed for signs of infestation. In addition to liners, we recommend installing interceptor traps. These traps are designed to be placed under the legs of beds, chairs and sofas to control bed bug infestations. Pest control professionals may also have other types of traps you can use.
Using these monitoring tools will help you assess if an infestation has been successfully controlled. If you continue to see bed bugs or signs of bed bug infestation, further inspection and treatment may be necessary. Another popular method of treatment is the application of insecticides. This method requires a pest professional to apply a treatment solution.
How long do bed bugs live after spraying? Results vary depending on the insecticide and whether bed bugs were sprayed directly or indirectly. If you do not detect any signs of bed bugs or bites during the first three weeks after treatment, it is likely that the infestation has been contained. After a heat treatment, you have the joy of resuming your life as it was before bed bugs invaded your home. A bed bug can smell that pesticides or other “nasty” have been sprayed in your house, so they naturally want to find somewhere else to live.
If you have used a pesticide treatment, allow 2 to 3 weeks for the bed bugs to be completely dead. On the condition that you have only used a chemical treatment with the company of your choice, you may only destroy the bugs, often only a few at a time. When working with a pest control professional (PMP) to eradicate bed bugs, it is important to cooperate and follow all the steps specified by the PMP. Any surviving bed bugs on the mattress or box spring will not be able to escape the cover or bite.
However, some bed bugs can be alive even after several pesticide treatments, and will take 6 to 8 weeks to reappear. And reliable bed bug controllers will always spend a considerable amount of time inspecting your house for bed bugs. So, if you see bed bugs on these interceptors, it means that there are still bedbugs left in your house. Effective heat treatments destroy each of the stages of the life cycle of bed bugs and all eggs once the minimum heat temperature of 120° is reached and maintained for 4 hours.
It's usually safe to celebrate real success if you haven't seen bed bugs or experienced any bites for six to eight weeks after treatment. Most often, the only reliable and safe method of getting rid of bedbugs is heat treatment. In this post, we also describe how to know that bed bugs have disappeared and what steps you can take if you find them again. After carrying out physical repairs, cleaning and treatment, it is important to monitor for surviving bed bugs.