When you find that you have bed bugs in your home by seeing their signs such as their droppings, blood stains that spread in your mattress and sheets, their bites on your skin and even you see them directly, it will be so stressful. The presence of bed bugs can be a nightmare for everyone. Why? Because they are parasitic which means that they feed on the blood of human and they can be difficult to kill. Usually, bed bugs will make mattresses, box springs, carpet and baseboards their infestation.
There are a lot of methods that you can do to kill bed bugs. You can spray them with bed bugs killer, using rubbing alcohol, using mattress encasement and even call professional. Then, if we try to kill them with these methods, will they die on the spot? Well, talk about killing bed bugs, you have to know that almost no bed bugs treatment is 100% successful on the first attempt. Usually, you have to at least repeat the contact and residual spray applications to finish off the infestation. You will need to wait two weeks after the first treatment to reapply the sprays, then you can repeat that in another two weeks. The follow up treatments will hit any newly hatched bed bugs as well as adults that you may have missed before.
When you spray the bed bugs for the first time, then how long will they live after spraying? Actually, there is no definite answer of this question because it depends on the types of sprays that you use to kill the bed bugs and also the active ingredients in the spray. Sprays consist of two categories. They are contact spray that kill right away and then evaporate, and residual spray that work slowly but last a long time. The most contact sprays usually will kill bed bugs in just seconds. It is assuming that the bed bugs are not from a strain which is resistant to the active ingredient which your spray uses. This is a growing problem, so you have to make sure that you are using professional-strength chemical with the latest formulas. You have to avoid grocery store brands at all costs because these are often using outdated formulas. Different from contact spray, residual sprays will not kill bed bugs soon because they are meant to be laid down in a perimeter and kill bed bugs that pass through the area over a long period of time. Depending on the each spray and the conditions of where it was used, a residual insecticide can be effective for anywhere from two weeks to more than a year. The time from exposure to death will also vary. Several sprays are able to kill exposed bed bugs in under a minute while the other sprays take some minutes to work.
So, you have to decide what kind of treatment that you want to use. If you want to kill the bed bugs using sprays, you also have to decide what kind of spray that you will use with of course the consequences of each type of spray.