After the treatment why do I see more bed bugs?
So now and again we get a call where a customer says he or she is actually seeing more bed bugs after our treatment. So before we say nah or yah on that, let’s look at the behavior of bed bugs. Bed bugs love to hide so much they do it most of their lives. So if they come out it’s probably for a good reason.
So the answer could be yes or no you could be seeing more bed bugs but here are a few reasons why that’s usually not a bad thing at least after a professional treatment.
One obvious reason why you would be seeing more bed bugs after a treatment is that you’re looking for them. Most customers that we service are ready to get rid of them as soon as they find them. So if the client discovers bed bugs today and schedules a treatment 3 days from now, more than likely you will spend those days looking for them or at least hyper-aware of them. You probably never thought to look in your bed until you got them. So in most cases after the treatment, you may find a few stragglers when you expect to see none which is not always the case. So You don’t have more bed bugs, You’re just noticing more.
Bed Bug Behavior
So as we just mentioned behavior plays a crucial role in the time frame of the infestation being exterminated. Because the behavior of bed bugs is to feed and then go hide for safety there are fewer opportunities for a product to kill them. For example, a past like a German cockroach has to continuously scavenge for looking for food so after the exterminator leaves there’s more product more bait more traps that a roach can die from versus I bed bug that goes to feed once every three to four days and usually taking a familiar path way to the to the victim. This sometimes can mean that the product will take longer to kill the bed bug because it’s not in the vicinity or crosses the product multiple times.
Flushing out the bedbugs from hiding spots.
So bed bugs hide most of their life. They only come out usually to feed or to find a mate. This is one reason why bed bugs are so difficult to eliminate. At Tulsa bed bugs specialist we’ve developed a special process that helps flush bed bugs out. This process flushes bed bugs out to the surface and causes them to run out of their hiding spots. because these bed bugs were hiding or not hatched yet they may have not been exposed to a large enough dose of insecticide to kill them as quickly as you’d like.
Because with a middle – larger infestation there are bound to be a few stragglers left behind as well as eggs not hatched. The life cycle of bed bug eggs to hatch is 6 to 10 days. This means having a follow-up and/or using an insecticide that has a residual property to it is crucial. This means as bed bugs continue to hatch there is a product that will kill them or a follow-up appointment ready to exterminate the remaining bed bugs.
Traps and lures
In some situations like vacant apartments or hotels, we have lures and traps that we use. These lures help lower bed bugs out of their hiding spots. Of course, bed bugs only come out to eat or mate. So lures work to mimic a human host and not realizing it’s not they fall for the trap. These traps and lures are used in areas or bedrooms that haven’t been used in a while. Bed bugs can hunker down and survive months after birth without feeding so these lure and traps help to motivate them to look for a blood meal not realizing that they’re just falling for a trap. Tulsa bed bugs specialist we have developed a special trap that mimics heat, H2O, and carbon dioxide which mimics a host. This could be one reason why you went from zero to noticing a few bed bugs. It’s not because the product or the treatment brought them out, it’s because they’re starving and they think a blood meal is available.
So the reality is when obtaining these bite-size vampires it may take some time to kill them off. Bed bugs have the same behavior but the environment they’re in as well as their blood host can be different. What this means is that when exterminators treat your home for bed bugs they usually use multiple products which can include a product that works very fast and also a product that works very slow. What this does is the product that works very fast knocks down a large number of adults in the majority of the infestation. The slower product works on getting any stragglers as well as any bed bug eggs that haven’t hatched yet. What this means is for most infestations we see a 21 to 30 day for a complete extermination of infestation but we’ve seen relief for bed bug bites the same night so it can vary.
In the meantime. We know it sucks but at this point, you’ll just have to wait. Don’t try to self-treat or try to help by adding any other kind of bed bug spray alcohol or dust that could sabotage the treatment. So remain sleeping in the same beds and using furniture as normal so as not to change the pathway patterns of the bed bugs. Do not add or subtract any items or furniture after treatment. The best we can offer is to schedule a follow-up treatment if one has not been scheduled already. You can also dry clothing or bedding in the dryer. This will kill any bed bugs or eggs in your sheets if any are hiding in these materials make sure you allow any bedding to cool down before putting it back on the bed so as not to start the treatment. Also, leave the fitted sheet on the bed.
Check out our after-treatment instructions article if you have any more questions
In conclusion, remember just because they’re not dead doesn’t mean they’re not dying. a lot of companies will advertise that they can eliminate your bed bug infestation in one day. This is somewhat false. They can treat the area in one day but if eggs or bed bugs were hiding where heat cannot penetrate it’s possible they’re still alive and will come out a few days after the treatment. They’re waiting till their environment becomes more comfortable and they feel that it’s safe to feed again.