Bed bugs can trigger allergic reactions and skin rashes, not to mention cause you endless discomfort. The bottom line is that they need to be dealt with; the sooner, the better. However, that’s easier said than done, as the critters are quite tough and thus require professional assistance.
So, if you
- realize you have a bed bug problem
- tried some DIY methods but got no results
- want to compare bed bug treatment prices
Then read along to learn the bed bug treatment cost in Kenya.
Why are bed bugs so hard to get rid of?
Bed bugs have been coexisting with humans for thousands of years, you read that correctly. During that time, they have adapted in many ways, such as:
They are really, really small
Their bodies are hard, small, and flat, perfect for squeezing into cracks and crevices and remaining there unnoticed. Their size also allows them to hide along baseboards, behind wallpapers, and under floorboards. In this case, their name is somewhat misleading, isn’t it?
They breed constantly
The females spend their entire one-year lifespan being pregnant, with each bed bug being able to lay around 500 eggs. With a single blood meal, each can produce between 1 to 8 eggs per day for 10 days. The baby bed bugs also start to breed several months after hatching. Unless stopped, in one year, several generations of bed bugs can occur.
They can survive without food for a long time
Bed bugs can last without feeding for anywhere from 20 to 400 days, depending on the temperatures and humidity of their surroundings. That means that even if a property has been vacant for a while, you can still get bed bugs from it. The pests can also consume up to 200% of their body weight in one meal, so that will last them quite a while.
Professional bed bug control advantages over DIY methods
As you can see by now the bugs are nearly indestructible, at least by DIY means. However, professional pest controllers can deal with the problem in different ways.
Professional pest controllers have better equipment and know-how
Professional pest controllers have pesticides, bait and lure traps, fumigators, and fog equipment. These tools are far better than anything you will find on the consumer market. Professionals also know how to use all the gear properly to its full potential. For example, pesticides.
A regular person will spray as much as possible. On the other hand, a professional will use just the right amount and only on the area in need of spraying. Exterminators also have respirators to protect them from toxic fumes.
Pros will save you time and money
You need time and resources to research the best pesticide, buy it and try it out. The thing is, bed bugs hide very well, and even if you manage to get some of them, it’s unlikely you will get all of them. That, in turn, makes it a never-ending cycle of you buying pesticides, spraying, and having the pests return eventually. All of this hassle and money on products is saved when you have a pest controller to take care of it. Moreover…
Pest management professionals are efficient
The experts know how to properly fumigate the infested area without it affecting the rest of your home. You don’t have to worry about you or your loved ones inhaling toxic fumes after the treatment. Also, the bed bug treatment is not complete after the spraying is done.
The bodies of the dead bugs, along with their excrements and eggs should be removed, otherwise, the infestation will repeat itself. For you, it is possible to miss an egg here or dropping there, whereas the professional will find all bed bug remains and dispose of them properly.
So what is the cost of bed bug treatment?
Mind you that the cost of professional pest control, especially bed bug removal, is always individually calculated and so it’s very hard to talk about averages. Still, we will present some in the table below, however, take them with a huge grain of salt.
Bed Bug Fumigation Prices in Kenya
- Bedsitter: Ksh 6,000
- Single: Ksh 6,000
- S.Q/Cube: Ksh 6,000
- Studio: Ksh 6,000
- Double: Ksh 6,000
- Guardhouse: Ksh 6,000
- Bar/Lodge: Ksh 6,000
- Single Room: Ksh 6,000
- Kitchen only: Ksh 6,000
- Bus/Matatu: Ksh 6,000
- Pantry/Store: Ksh 6,000
- Lorry/Car: Ksh 6,000
- Camp/Tent: Ksh 6,000
- Cabin/Cottage: Ksh 6,000
- Institution beds: Ksh 500
- Lockers: Ksh 5,00
- 1 Bedroom: Ksh 7,000
- 2 Bedroom: Ksh 8,000
- 3 Bedroom: Ksh 9,000
- 4 Bedroom: Ksh 10,000
- 5 Bedroom: Ksh 11,000
- 6 Bedroom: Ksh 12,000
- 7 Bedroom: Ksh 13,000
- Butchery: Ksh 10,000
- Restaurant: Ksh 20,000
- Jet/Yatch: Ksh 20,000
- Warehouse: Ksh 20,000
- Pallets: Ksh 1,000
- Survey: Ksh 1,500
- Size: Ksh 50/Sq.m
- Size: Ksh 10/Sq.ft
Types of bed bug treatments
As you’ve seen from the prices table, there’s more than one way to kill off bed bugs and the proper method depends on the severity of the situation. All the methods are effective when used under the right circumstances. So, what are they?
Spraying with insecticides
The average price in Kenya:
Between Ksh 6,000 – Ksh 20,000
When should you use it:
Sprays against bed bugs should be used when you find the pests on and on the underside of surfaces you touch frequently such as chairs and sofas. Another instance is when the bugs are in cracks, crevices, and voids around electrical outlets and baseboards. Sprays generally work better for smaller infestations.
How it’s done:
A bed bug spray treatment involves 2 sometimes 3 visits from the exterminator. The first treatment takes care of the bed bugs closest to the surface, but not the ones deep in hiding. Those in hiding will eventually come out though and that’s when the second treatment will get them.
The treatment itself can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours per room. After the treatment is complete you need to wait until the product has dried before returning to your home. In most cases, your exterminator will tell you how long to wait until you return.
The average price in Kenya:
Around Ksh 10,000
When should you use it:
Bed bug heat treatment is used for a room or entire home severely affected by bed bugs where it makes no sense to treat only one section of the property. The heat gets everywhere no matter how deep bedbugs hide and kills bugs in all stages of their life cycle.
How it’s done:
Before the treatment, it’s important to remove any plastics, pets, plants, and heat-sensitive items from the room. The temperature is not high enough to cause damage to the bedding, so don’t worry about that.
Afterward, the exterminator will set the equipment in the room and switch it on. They will start heating cracks, seams, crack, crevices, metallic hiding spots, and wooden joints to kill live bed bugs and eggs instantly. The process will take between 1 and 2 hours depending on the severity of the infestation. For these reasons, bed bug heat treatment costs are higher than other treatments.
The average price in Kenya:
Between Ksh 8,000 – Ksh 20,000.
When should you use it:
When you find bed bugs on surfaces of beds, chairs and etc. It can penetrate nearly 2cm into the fabric, so you can also use it on cracks, crevices, and gaps to kill bed bugs.
How it’s done:
The exterminator will start from one area and move slowly so they cover every centimeter of the infected piece of furniture. They will also keep the velocity low, so as not to blow the bed bugs and their eggs across the room.
Bed bug treatment price factors
If you wonder why it’s so hard to give an average bed bug treatment price, this is why:
- Level of infestation – light levels of infestation such as one piece of furniture will be over quickly and will require only one visit tops. Heavy infestations such as the entire room or home will require longer hours until the bugs are eradicated and several more visits. The level of infestation directly impacts the next factor…
- Method of bed bug treatment – as you already know different kinds of infestation require different means. Not only will a large infestation require more time for treatment, but also a more expensive way of dealing with the pest such as heat treatment.
- Location – if you live in a hard-to-reach place or outside the city limits you will get charged more. Also, larger cities are naturally more expensive.
- Emergency call-outs – most companies offer this service, and of course, it adds to the final bill. Contracts are cheaper.
How will a bed bug removal service go?
To make the most of your bed bug treatment, it’s highly recommended you make the initial preparations. These actions are entirely up to you and not to the pest exterminator, so do not ignore them. Here is what you do!
- Relocate kids, and pets (including fish) before the treatment.
- Remove all infested bedding and clothes and wash them in a high-degree setting. 60°C to 90°C will be enough.
- Hoover all areas in the infested room, especially under the bed. Afterward, dispose of the bag.
When you’re done, the pest exterminator will perform one or all of the following pest treatment procedures depending on the infestation.
The bed bug treatment is done in one or two visits two weeks apart from each other.
- The exterminator will treat the infested areas with one product on the first visit.
- After the first visit, it’s highly recommended you sleep in your bed as you normally would. This is so you would attract the pests and they would pass through the treated spots and perish.
- The exterminator will use a different product on the second visit. The point is not to let the bugs adapt to the pesticide.
- Recently, exterminators combine all treatment methods in one visit for city populations so they can reuse the property on the same day.
There is an eco-friendly alternative to pest sprays. Unlike that method, here the professional uses only steamers and fabric detergents on the affected area. The detergent will wash away the fecal matter of the bugs along with their eggs. If the infestation is small enough, you can go with steam treatment instead of chemicals. Still, ask your exterminator.
The exterminator will carry out an initial inspection of your home.
- If the infestation proves severe, they will decide to use electric heat guns.
- The device will raise the temperature of the infested areas to 56°C and kill all pests in a matter of seconds. This is by fast the most successful method each company has against pests.
- The professional might deem it necessary to treat the formerly infested areas with spray, just in case.
Is one bed bug treatment enough?
It depends, but mostly no. The heat treatment gives the best results and rarely requires a second visit unless the infestation is huge. Chemical treatment, on the other hand, sometimes requires a second visit so the bugs that remained hidden in the first spraying get eradicated the second time.
How many treatments it usually takes to get rid of bed bugs?
Depending on the level of infestation and size of your property it can take 1 to 3 treatments over 3 to 6 weeks until the last bug is dead.
How long is a professional bed bug treatment cost in Kenya on average?
Thorough insecticide treatment should involve 1-3 visits from the exterminator, as it is unlikely all the bed bugs will be killed in the initial treatment. The insecticide treatment can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours per property. Once that is done you should wait until the chemical is dry before you come back into the room or until the pest controller says it’s okay.
How long does it take the bed bugs to die after treatment?
It depends on what kind of treatment you had. With heat treatment, you can be sure all the bed bugs, regardless of their stage of development, are dead. On the other hand, spraying doesn’t show immediate results. You will see a lot of bugs dropping dead on the floor, but the ones deeply hidden and the eggs have likely survived. That’s why it’s recommended you have a second treatment or combine both methods at once.
Can bed bugs come back after treatment?
If the treatment is successful, the bugs at your home will not return. However, it’s quite possible a new batch of bugs get reintroduced to your home from an infested old piece of furniture or suitcase. If your neighbor has a bad case of untreated infestation, then it’s likely you will have one too.
Consider Using Insecticides
Residual insecticides are applied as spot treatments to cracks and crevices where bed bugs are hiding. Increased penetration of the insecticide into cracks and crevices can be achieved if accumulated dirt and debris are first removed using a vacuum cleaner. Many readily available aerosol pesticide sprays will cause bed bugs to scatter making eradication more difficult. Dust formulations may be used to treat wall voids and attics.
While these tips on how to get rid of bed bugs are effective, you might need the intervention of a bedbug control expert. Identifying their hiding places and exterminating them completely sometimes is not possible without expert advice. Imagine Care guarantees you safe, effective, and affordable bed bug control services.