This particular case is not only gross, but it’s also sad tale. With this story, we’ll see what happens when an infestation goes untreated and spirals out of control.
This story starts in a Toronto home where an elderly gentleman lived. He had Parkinson’s disease and was no longer able to properly care for his home, but there he was anyway. In this unfortunate situation, we were called to the home by a caregiver who had finally had enough of working in a home with a major bedbug infestation.
When I spoke to her on the phone she made it sound pretty bad, but I thought surely she was exaggerating. She wasn’t.
I arrived at the home to find the place crawling – we’re talking wall to wall bedbugs. They were not only in the man’s bed, but had taken over the sofa and other furniture as well. They lived in the rugs and clung to the drapes. In other words, they were everywhere.
I knew this was serious business. Bedbugs are notoriously hard to get rid of and this was the worst case I’d ever seen, by a landslide. I formulated my plan and began with an intense spraying. Before I could begin; however, I had to prep the place. Typically, the client is responsible for getting their home ready for a spray treatment, but since this man was disabled he wasn’t able to do it himself. The man and his caregiver had to leave the home for the day while I blasted the place with my strongest, most potent insecticide spray, then I waited for the results.
To my dismay, the bedbugs seemed to alive and better than ever when I came back into the home. It’s not unheard of to spray twice for bedbugs, so I applied another blast. Again, I was surprised and disappointed to see that they were still thriving even after two applications. Not only that, I noticed that they had latched onto me in the process and were clinging to my clothing and boots.
Not wanting to track the bedbugs to my next jobsite or into my van, I applied a third spray treatment to the home and gave myself a good covering in insecticide too, so I could exterminate the little critters that were all over me. I called up one of my fellow Toronto bedbug exterminators from my team to bring a change of clothing for me, including boots, and asked him to come and help.
After three sprays, we had knocked the bedbugs out, and had successfully blasted them from ourselves too. By the time we had finished, it had been an entire day of exterminating, leaving us with a trash bag filled with our clothing so we wouldn’t contaminate the next home we went to.
In this unfortunate situation, the homeowner couldn’t call an exterminator on his own and the situation was left to get way out of hand. Any time you see evidence of an infestation, it’s important to call the professionals right away. Getting the job done right, and early on, is the most effective way to ensure that you don’t end up with your own bedbug horror story.
If you already have a similar tale in the making give us a call at 647-708-7378 or get in touch online. We’ll be on the scene in a flash so we can take care of business and keep your home from making the infestation hall of fame.