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.