Why Do I See More Bug Activity After A Service? & What To Do
Your home was freshly treated, yet for some reason there’s more bugs running around than before!
“What’s the point of the service if I’m going to end up with more bugs?” many people ask. While it may seem counterintuitive, this is actually a normal occurrence and a positive sign that the treatment is working.
Here’s why this happens and what you can do about it.
The Initial Aftermath of Pest Treatment
We design our services to target not only the visible pests but also those that take refuge within the nooks and crannies of your home. There are more pests hiding in areas you can’t see than there are of those you can.
You might wonder why there’s an uptick in bug activity immediately after we administer treatment. This phenomenon might be surprising, but it’s actually a positive sign.
The increase in activity indicates the effectiveness of the treatment as it stirs up the hidden pests and forces them out of their hiding places. This increase in bug sightings doesn’t suggest a worsening pest problem, but a resolving one.
Rather, it means the pests are responding to the treatment and behaving erratically. We want to make your home as uninviting and uncomfortable as possible to pests that don’t belong.
The Role of Slow-Acting Pesticides
Understandably, many homeowners, such as yourself, want a quick solution to pest activity in the home! However, the harsh truth is quick solutions merely treat the symptoms and not the root cause.
The best solutions to eradicating pest activity in the home may not be an overnight fix, because of the required treatments.
An important aspect of our pest control approach is the use of slow-acting pesticides.
These types of pesticides are designed to not stop the pests in their tracks immediately upon contact. Instead, they are engineered to be carried back by the pests to their nests, contaminating other members of their colony.
During this process, as the pesticide begins to take effect, you may witness a consistent or temporary increase in bug activity.
This is simply a result of the pesticide disrupting their natural behaviors and forcing them out of their nests.
Signs of Success
The short period of increased bug activity post-treatment should gradually subside over the course of 14 days. The treatment usually does not take the full 14 days to be effective; most homeowners experience considerable activity reduction around 5 days after a service.
As the treatment continues to take effect you should notice a substantial decrease in their population and activity in and around your home.
Remember, a temporary surge of activity immediately after a treatment isn’t a sign of a failing pest control strategy, but a testament to its effectivness – flushing out hidden pests and breaking down their colonies.
To leave you more reassured here are some other positive signs that your pest treatment was successful:
- The active pests you see are moving at a noticeably slower pace.
- Pest movement may be jerky or erratic
- Less spider egg sacs and webs around outside of home
- No wasp nests present on the home
- Potential for increase in activity around previously unaffected areas of the home.
The Importance of Monitoring
Monitoring activity after treatment is a crucial phase requiring your alertness and observation. Keep track of where and when you’re witnessing increased pest activity.
Documenting this can help identify patterns or specific areas where pests are predominantly appearing.
If after two weeks, you notice no decrease in pest activity, or if bugs appear in new, previously unaffected areas, it may be an indication that a follow-up service is needed.
The Pitfall of Interference
The post-treatment phase might tempt you to take matters into your own hands, especially with the apparent increase in pest sightings.
However, it’s essential to avoid the use of over-the-counter pesticides during this time. These products could potentially counteract the professional treatment applied, hindering its effectiveness and compromising its designed purpose.
The treatment administered by our team is calculated and comprehensive, formulated to the needs of your home to provide the best results possible.
In short, interference can alter the results, reducing the likelihood of complete extermination.
Part of the Treatment Process
Like most good things, a pest-free environment requires a bit of patience.
The treatment methods we use are designed to ensure that the pests unknowingly carry the pesticide back to their nests, thereby spreading the effect and resulting in the extermination of the entire colony.
Follow Up Treatments
The persistence of pests beyond this window might signal a larger infestation requiring additional treatment.
At Prime Pest Solutions, we’re committed to making your pest control journey as transparent and comfortable as possible. Therefore, we encourage proactive communication during this monitoring period.
Sharing your observations with us will enable us to serve you better and ensure a more effective pest control strategy.