The harsh truth about bed bugs is that most people live with these wicked creatures for a while before they seek extermination practices. Most times they are embarrassed that such creature can be having fun on their bed, often times causing an element of denial. The problem after much time wasted, they eventually start to treat the issue, and they expect it to be resolved overnight.
It’s important to have realistic expectations before you treat the bed bugs. If you choose to use a local spray, note that it can only kill the bed bugs gradually. The reason is that this spray can only be effective when they come in contact with the bed bugs, and it’s virtually impossible to locate every single bed bug and spray them.
This also applies to professional exterminators. The increase in bed bugs is alarming, and they are able to adapt to the pesticides that they use.
What happens after a bed bug treatment?
There are a number of things to expect after a bed bug treatment. Even expect to see some bed bugs? Yes, there won’t necessarily reduce immediately. These kinds of treatments take time.
Another factor to consider is the brand of the spray, the pressure at a particular space, and the present ingredients all this sums up to determine the time it would take to kill the bed bugs completely.
Although this method can’t be compared to applying heat treatment, which literally kills every bed bug in just a few hours, this method gets the temperature high enough this way all the bed bugs run out.
Once the inner part of the furniture, bed frames and mattresses reach 125 0F (~ 52 0C) , they die instantly, some die while running. This method thoroughly clears all bed bugs in your home.
Now we understand the different methods that can be used to exterminate bed bugs in our home, it’s good we know how soon we are able to return home after the bed bug treatment
How soon can I return home after bed bug treatment?
Using heat treatment requires you leave your house for around six to seven hours. It’s not that the heat is dangerous to your health; the truth is it can be very uncomfortable.
If you hire a professional exterminator, you can ask them how long it would take for the heat treatment beforehand so you’d know how long is required for it to work fully.
For spray, you have to wait for about three to five hours before you can go back into your home because the spray can be detrimental to your health. This happens because the volume needed to kill the bed bugs is too concentrated and can be bad for your health. That’s the reason professional exterminators put on mask as they work, so they prevent health complications that may occur.
If you really need to do some bed bug treatment in your home and you’re not sure about the process, you can consult your local exterminator before treating your home from bed bugs.
Now it’s time we find out how soon we can vacuum our home after the bedbug treatment.
After waiting for the required time, you can have your home back. Once you get in, open your blinds so air can flow through your home for at least an hour.
How soon can you vacuum your home after the bed bug treatment?
Before you think of picking up your vacuum, do your laundry. Especially your bedsheets take out the bedding from your bed, any clothes that were lurking around when the treatment was going on. Make sure you launder your bedsheets and clothes at high heat and dry at high heat also.
As you do your laundry any residual eggs get destroyed because of no room for development. It all depends on the efforts you put into cleaning your room properly.
When you’re done with your laundry and the residue from the spray (if you used this method) is completely dried, then that is when you can vacuum.
You may be wondering why I said you should wait for the residue to be dried before you vacuum. Most times the spray doesn’t go completely after spraying, they stick to carpets and bedding for weeks. The residual effect left also helps in eliminating further infestation.
So I recommend you wait after you notice the residual effect is gone. But if you used the heat treatment, then you can vacuum immediately after doing your laundry
Did you enjoy this post? Was it informative enough? it’s good you vacuum only when you’re sure no sign of the spray residue around.
Although the methods exterminate bed bugs, it’s good to know these methods are not permanent. The only way you make sure bed bugs don’t return to your home is by first identifying where the bugs came from.
If you find any cracks or opening, try to seal them. Always keep your bed quarantined, launder frequently and most importantly vacuum your home regularly.
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