Fumigation: What to expect with this bed bug treatment

Of all pests in the world, bed bugs are among the worst. The thought of the tiny pests in your home can send your skin crawling. Your mind may go into a frenzy thinking of ways to get rid of them. Luckily, the solution can be simple and is available at your nearest retailer. Efekto Fumitabs help you clear out your home from nasty bed bugs and other pests. Let’s investigate how this bed bug treatment works and what you can expect on fumigation day.

Where do I begin with bed bug treatment?

Their bodies are flat and oval-shaped. Bed bugs feed on blood and can survive up to a year with little to no food. To stop these tiny pests from making themselves at home in your bedding there is a lot of information to learn.

Identify bed bugs

While cleaning or changing bedding, there are some signs you should be on the lookout for to spot bed bugs. These include:

  • Rusty stains on sheets
  • Shed bed bug skin

If you’re unsure whether your bedroom or home may be infested with these tiny pests, check out our full blog post about how to spot these nuisances.

How do bed bugs spread?

Homeowners can go from having a bed bug-free house one day to having a significant problem the next. These small pests are masters of hitching a ride from one object to another. Bed bugs like to travel by hiding in objects like purses, backpacks, clothing or luggage. This makes travel from room to room, or in some cases, house to house, easy for the small bugs.

Pre-fumigation to-dos

At this point, you would have identified whether you have a bed bug infestation or not. If so, then it is fumigation time.

Efekto Fumitabs are an easy-to-use solution to getting rid of your bed bug problem. There are, however, some important steps involved. Before starting your bed bug treatment, you need to:

  • Remove pets
  • Remove food
  • Remove household plants
  • Strip beds of sheets
  • Turn off gas flames and pilot lights
  • Open all hiding places, such as wardrobes, cupboards and interior doors
  • Cover appliances
  • Cover fish tanks
  • Close all windows, external doors and ventilators
lock up your house when starting to fumigate

Starting the bed bug treatment

After completing all the above steps, you can start with your fumigation process. For the best results, choose to do your fumigation during hours when bed bugs are most active. This would be between 8 pm – 12 pm.

Use 1 tablet per 27 m3 (3x3x3 meter) of space. Place the Efekto Fumitab on a brick inside your home. Light the tablet and blow out the flame that may form. This is a very important step. If you do not blow out the flame, you risk starting a fire inside your house. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling the tablet. Exit the building and keep the doors and windows closed for 3 – 4 hours.

when can you re-enter your home after fumigating?


After 4 hours, ventilate the area well for another 3 – 4 hours. During this time, do not re-occupy the premises. Only once the smoke has completely disappeared may you re-enter your home.

Repeat this bed bug treatment about 2 weeks after the first treatment. This is to control the next generation of bed bugs from finding their beloved hiding places in your bed.

To note: Each Efekto Fumitab tablet produces a cloud of smoke that lifts the insecticide, depositing it in all corners and cracks in the treated space, covering the most inaccessible locations. Its action is immediate and effective. It’s best practice to follow up the bed bug treatment with a residual surface spray insecticide like Efekto’s No Insect Indoors NF Fleas & Bed bugs RTU. Spraying this type of insecticide will kill insects on contact or by means of ingestion.

  • Spray surfaces where you notice bed bugs.
  • Repeat the spray whenever necessary.
  • Treat the areas where bed bugs are a problem.

What to remember

Protect and prevent bed bug infestation with the help of Efekto Fumitabs, but remember the following:

  • Handle the product with care before use and keep away from pets, children or uninformed persons.
  • This product is toxic to bees and fish.
  • This product is highly flammable and should be kept away from open flames while not in use.
  • Store away from food and water sources.
  • Destroy the empty container and do not reuse it.
  • Inhalation of this product is extremely dangerous, so please ensure to ventilate the fumigated area well before reoccupying your living areas.
goldfish in a plastic bag

Great for bed bug treatment, Efekto Fumitabs can also be used for fleas, fish moths, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes and clothes moths.

Alternative bed bug treatment options:

Fumigation, although effective, may not be the best solution for you. There are many other ways to rid your home of those sneaky little pests that don’t include fumigation. Let’s explore:

No Insect Indoor NF Fleas & Bed bugs RTU

As mentioned above, No Insect Indoors NF Fleas & Bed bugs RTU is our recommended follow-up treatment after using Efekto Fumitabs, but this product can also be used alone.

This product is designed for exactly what its name suggests. With this ready-to-use insecticide, you can control bed bugs and other pests in your home.

Spraying surfaces in the house where insects are visible will kill them by contact or ingestion.

Bio Kill Extra GT

Bio Kill® Extra GT paralyses the nerves of cold-blooded insects, causing them to die in fast action. Spray all surfaces in infested areas and internal and external structural surfaces. Infested furniture, mattresses, bedding, and doors and windows should be sprayed (inside and outside the building).

Top tip: Remember to allow your mattresses, bedding and furniture to completely dry before use.

Fendona 6 SC

Efekto Fendona 6 SC is a long-lasting suspension concentrate contact and stomach insecticide and is our fourth option to get rid of bed bugs.

To kill these insects, spray or brush coarse insecticide into cracks, crevices, and any other places they might hide or crawl. You can repeat this process as necessary.

woman lying in a bug free bed

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