Bed Bug Extermination2018-09-07T18:45:43+00:00

Bed Bugs have been confirmed…now what?

Once we have confirmed the infestation, our technician or office staff will provide you with a copy of the bed bug preparation checklist.  We typically allow our customers twenty-four to forty-eight (24-48) hours to complete the checklist and prepare for treatment.

We pride ourselves in our ability to create the required necessary partnership and relationship with our customers to achieve bed bug eradication.  This requires both our technicians and the cooperation of our customers to work together for successful treatment and eradication.  Our first step of achieving success can be found with the proper preparation by our customers for treatment.  Our detailed preparation list will go over in detail all areas (bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, etc.) that need to be prepped, cleaned and laundered.  It will also provide in greater detail what to expect during the treatment process.

Initial Bed Bug Treatment Procedures

Here at Mug-A-Bug we provide chemical/insecticide treatments that have proven to be extremely successful.  Our treatment methods work hand in hand with our customers and their proper room preparation.  We have found that a room that is properly prepared, eradication can be achieved in 3-5 treatments.  On the other hand, we have been in homes where the customer did not properly prepare for treatment, and we have found that the total number of treatments necessary to achieve eradication was almost doubled to 8-10 treatments.   We have created a four-six (4-6) chemical product protocol and methods that have proven to offer a quick knockdown and provide our customers with faster eradication results.  There are many different brands of insecticides to use, but one of each of the following should be used for each treatment:

  • A fast acting, contact insecticide for use on surfaces that we frequently touch (sofas, chairs, futons, etc.)
  • A residual insecticide for inside furniture, cracks and crevices, and the underside of surfaces that we touch.
  • A dust insecticide for cracks, crevices, and voids such as electrical outlets and under/behind baseboards.
  • A growth regulator to inhibit and disrupt the reproductive cycle of the bed bugs so that they do not continue to reproduce.

Our typical insecticide treatment should involve three-five (3-5) treatments (initial treatment and 2-4 follow-up treatments), as it is unlikely that all the bed bugs will be killed during the initial treatment.  Our treatments take roughly 20-30 minutes per room depending on the size, condition (preparation), and infestation of the room.  Once the treatment has been completed, we recommend that you wait until all the products have had time to dry before you re-enter the room or place your belongings back inside your dresser drawers or night stands.  This normally takes forty-five minutes to one hour (45 mins – 1hr).  Our technicians will make you aware of any additional precautions that you made need to be made aware of, as well as recommend the follow-up schedule.  At first, our treatment frequency will be every two weeks until you are no longer getting bit or seeing any activity.  After that, we will go 30 days before the next follow-up, and if during those 30 days, you still do not see any activity, we would decide if you would like to do one more pre-cautionary treatment or if you are comfortable with stopping any further treatments since we would have achieved eradication.

FAQs

Do you offer a warranty?2018-08-20T21:03:54+00:00

Unfortunately, bed bugs have become a world-wide epidemic in recent years, and due to this widespread problem, we are not able to offer a warranty.  Life can be very busy with traveling for work, vacations, sleep-overs, school classrooms, etc., and it is just too easy to accidentally re-infest or expose yourself to bed bugs.  Something as simple as your child having a sleep over at their friend’s house, and they take their own pillow to sleep on and bring them home.

Why am I the only one getting bit when I share my bed with someone else?2018-08-20T21:03:12+00:00

There is no logically answer for this question, other than that some people react completely different to bed bug bites and some people show no signs or reactions at all. The most common reaction is the small round bumps, but in some cases, there will be a severe reaction to where the small bumps look and appear as larger whelps under the skin.  We have seen cases where the husband or wife is covered in several dozen bites, and the significant other has no bites or bumps whatsoever.

How long will it take to get rid of them?2018-08-20T21:02:32+00:00

It depends on the severity of infestation and the amount of cooperation we have from our customers when it comes to prepping for each treatment. The better a house or room is prepared for our technician to treat, the amount of areas where bed bugs hide are more exposed and we will be able to treat those “hot spots” more easily.  If a room is only half-way prepared and most areas are not exposed, the longer it takes for bed bugs to come into contact with our products.  It is a true partnership between our customers and their technicians to achieve eradication of bed bugs.  It is important to remember that bed bugs are a process and not an overnight fix.  We typically recommend 2-4 follow-ups that are done every two weeks after the first initial treatment, and then will we recommend going 1 month until the next follow-up just to make sure that there are not any bed bugs lingering behind before we “clear” you of an infestation.  This whole process can take anywhere between 6-8 weeks or more depending on the severity of infestation.

Will I still see bed bugs and continue to get bit even after I have started treatment?2018-08-20T21:01:56+00:00

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is also yes. Because our bed bug treatments are so detailed, and we attempt to treat every crack and crevice where they may be hiding, we tend to flush them out and you may continue to see them during the treatment.  However, the number of new bites and bed bugs that you see will dramatically reduce after the first treatment.  As much as we would like to say that you will not encounter any after we have started treatment, that is not a reality.

Do I have to prepare for a bed bug treatment?2018-08-20T21:01:23+00:00

YES! Our office staff will provide you with a step by step checklist, that will go over in detail what areas/rooms will need to be prepared for treatment and how to go about preparing them.  Whether it is laundry or vacuuming, we have you covered on what you need to do.  If at any time you are not sure what to do, just call our office and we can answer any questions that you may have.

How long does a bed bug treatment/appointment take?2018-08-20T21:00:46+00:00

We will block two hours for your first treatment, but it will ultimately depend on the size of the home as well as the severity of infestation. Any subsequent follow-up treatments will normally take an hour or less.

How do you treat for bed bugs?2018-08-20T21:00:10+00:00

Here at Mug-A-Bug we prefer the chemical approach to bed bug treatments. When using a heat treatment, it is extremely invasive, and many items and belongings will have to be completely removed from your home or apartment.  Electronics, pets, plants, etc. cannot be exposed to the heat temperatures for the long period of time that it takes and requires for a heat treatment to be deemed effective.  There are also no long-term residual products used during a heat treatment, so once the treatment is over and the equipment has been removed, there is nothing left behind to work or help prevent any bed bugs from reproducing.  With the chemical approach that we take, we make sure that you will have a residual product used that will not only continue to work while we are gone (45-60 days), but we also make sure that there are growth regulators used in combination with our other products that will prevent all stages of bed bugs from either developing (eggs hatching) or adult females having the ability to lay eggs.

How and where do I check for bed bugs?2018-08-20T20:59:36+00:00

They prefer to stay in close proximity to where they feed, so your mattress, box spring, bed frame, and headboard is where to start. They are reddish brown in color and similar in size to an apple seed.  If you notice that you have bumps along your feet and ankles, you will want to focus on the bottom areas and portions of your bed.  Strip all bedding to include any mattress pads or memory foam toppers, leaving the mattress and box spring completely bare and exposed.  Examine all seams, buttons, folds and tufts of your mattress and you may even need to remove the fabric batting on the underneath portion of your box spring. This should expose the most commonly used hiding spots for bed bugs.  They may not be limited to just your bed, so be sure to check your nightstands and dresser drawers as well.  Another place to search is on/in other areas where you either sit or sleep for long periods of time (futons, recliners, sofas, chairs, etc.), especially if you take any blankets or pillows from your bedroom to your couch or futon as this is how they may spread to other areas of the home.

How do I know if I have bed bugs and how did I get them?2018-08-20T20:58:58+00:00

Most people do not know that they have been exposed to bed bugs until they start to see or notice small round bumps, which resemble those of mosquito bites. These bumps will tend to be in groups and clusters, or they may even look like they are in a straight line or run along your veins. The bumps start to appear within 24-36 hours of exposure, so you can attempt to retrace your steps to see how or where you may have been exposed.  Another sign of bed bugs is that you may notice blood stains or spots/streaks on your sheets when you are making your bed. You may have stayed at a hotel, stayed with someone else, or someone stay with you, it is that easy to unknowingly expose yourself to bed bugs.

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