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About Time: Still seeing bugs? We’re here for you!

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Hey there, dear readers! We often get queries about the aftermath of a pest control treatment. If you’re one of the many who have asked, “Why do I see more bugs after a treatment?” or “How long should I wait to see results?” you’re in for a treat. Let’s dive in, shall we?

A Curious Conundrum: Why Are Bugs Worse After Pest Control?

It’s a puzzling phenomenon, isn’t it? You’ve just had a professional pest control treatment, expecting to bask in a bug-free home, but suddenly, there’s a surge of these little critters. Don’t fret. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Initial Stirring: Post-treatment, bugs come out of their hiding spots due to the treatment’s effects. It’s not the increase in bugs but their movement that becomes more noticeable.
  • Defensive Behavior: Just like us, when threatened, pests react. The treatments signal an alarm, and their increased activity is a defensive response.
  • Dying Off: These visible bugs post-treatment are on their way out. They’ve ingested or come into contact with the treatment and are now in their final hours or days.

The Aftermath: What to Expect After Pest Control Treatment?

Just had a pest control treatment? Here’s what’s likely on the horizon:

  • Increased Visibility: As mentioned, it’s not uncommon to see an initial surge in pest activity. Hang tight; this is a good sign.
  • Possible Odor: While we ensure safety in all our products, there might be a faint scent post-treatment. It’s temporary and will fade, usually within 15 minutes.
  • Guidance from Technicians: Our expert technicians will provide post-treatment advice. This could range from cleaning recommendations to periods you need out of the treated area.

The Countdown: How Long After Pest Control Should Bugs Be Gone?

The million-dollar question, right? Here’s a general timeline:

  • Immediate Aftermath (First Week): As previously stated, you might notice more pests. Their increased activity is due to the treatment affecting them.
  • Tapering Off (2-3 Weeks): By this time, most pests should have died out. However, a few lingering ones- either new arrivals or exceptionally resilient ones- may still be present.
  • Consistent Control (Post 1 Month): With our Quarterly Pest Control (QPC) service, bugs should be rare after a month. And if they do pop up between our four scheduled visits, we offer free retreatments.

Barrier Pest Control: Why Trust Us?

We aren’t just about eliminating bugs. We’re about building trust. We value punctuality, transparency, and superior service quality. We stick by our commitment, from answering every call to ensuring no surprise visits. We’re the kind of company you’d love to do business with, not because of a contract, but because of results and respect.

If you have further questions or are ready to live a bug-free life, call (208) 463-4533. Remember, with Barrier, you’re not just getting pest control but investing in peace of mind.

Till next time, keep those spirits high and bugs low!

Give Us A Shot!

Because of who we are, our history, our commitment to the future, our guarantee, and the specific standards that we hold ourselves to, we are confident that you will want to do business with us. Give us a call at (208) 463-4533 to request a quote! We are open Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Service Area (Southwest Idaho)

Our pest control services are also available in Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Emmett, Meridian, Kuna, Nampa, Melba, Middleton, Star, Marsing, Homedale, Caldwell and Mountain Home.