It’s amazing how quickly things can change in the pest control industry. 5-6 years ago, bed bugs were pretty uncommon in our Middle Georgia communities. Unfortunately, all that has changed. It seems like Titus Pest Control is receiving bed bug inquiries on a daily basis. Below is a collection of the most common questions we receive.
Most Commonly Asked Questions:
Q: Do I need to throw my bed away?
A: No. Bed bugs can be controlled without disposing of your bed. New beds only make it easier for the exterminator.
Q: Is it true ALL bedrooms must be treated?
A: No. Infestations are often localized to one bedroom. In those situations, treatments to the single room may suffice.
Q: What is the method of treatment Titus Pest Control uses?
A: We use a multi-step approach. It involves:
- A non-repellent insecticide
- A product to make male bed bugs incapable of reproduction (Growth regulator)
- Mattress covers (sometimes optional)
- Aggressive follow up
Q: What is aggressive follow up?
A: We will typically perform a full re-treat 2-4 days after the initial treatment. From there, we’ll schedule an inspection within 7-14 days of the second treatment. Based on our findings, we’ll determine the appropriate time frame for the next inspection (usually in 30 days)
Q: What should I do to prepare for the treatments?
A: Preparation is pretty much limited to washing the bed sheets, comforter, pillow cases and throw blankets. We also recommend running the pillows in the dryer for approximately 20 minutes on high heat.
Tip: It’s not sufficient to wash the bedding the day/night before we arrive, then place it back on the bed. This is because bed bugs may re-introduce themselves to the freshly-washed bedding. It’s best to wash the day of or during the treatment (unless the bed was not occupied the night before)