Here we will discuss when the best time to call in a pro would be and what to look for to ensure you get the right company.
Before calling in the exterminator however, it may be worth trying to get rid of bed bugs in your home yourself. Although it can involve a bit of time and work, it can be the most cost effective method.
To see if it would make more sense to take matters into your own hands and deal with your bed bug problem yourself, check out our Getting Rid of Bed Bugs page.
If you have exhausted all efforts on your own and still seem to have a problem with these pests, or the sheer number of bed bugs is making it difficult to keep any part of a room or the home clean, it might be time to call in an exterminator. It is at these times that bed bugs can become a health hazard from the numerous bites and from the mess they leave behind with their fecal matter. This is when it becomes a hazard to you and your family and calling in a pro at this stage would be highly recommended.
Be careful and choose wisely however since all exterminators and pest control companies are not alike. It is best to do some research before hiring a company to do the job. Look up local pest control companies online and check their status with the Better Business Bureau. If possible try to get a referral from a friend or family member who may have had an experience with bed bugs.
Are They Qualified?
Since the resergenance in Bed Bug infestations lately, Bed Bug exterminator companies seem to be popping up everywhere! Take caution when it comes to these choosing a company that specializes in only bed bugs as many are not qualified or have the training and certification to handle such hard to kill pests.
It pays to do a little research! Each company may have different certifications, use different products and chemicals and charge a different price. Since hiring a pest control company can be quite expensive ($250 to $1,000 per room) you’ll also want to make sure the company has a good reputation and completes follow-up visits which are usually necessary to ensure complete bed bug elimination.
Its nice to have the peace of mind knowing that if you have an issue down the road related to the first service call, that help is just a phone call away.
Preparing for the Exterminators
Prior to any insecticidal treatment, all clothing, bed linen, curtains, fabrics, hangings and the like must laundered. Wrap mattresses in black plastic bag and place in the sun for several hours. The bag will draw in the heat and kill anything inside. Afterwards vaccum the mattress before bringing it back inside. Seal gaps in furniture, floor boards and cracks in wallpaper and other such areas where bed bugs can hide during the day light hours.
Once you have done this, you are ready to call your bed bug exterminator. Be sure to ask if they are using effective pesticides and bed bug control methods. If you have pets or small children, this is especially important. Usually, exterminators will use a combination of pesticides and steam heat – bed bugs can not survive in temperatures of at least 118 degrees Fahrenheit that’s sustained for several hours.
It is not recomended to choose a pest control company that uses bug foggers or bug bombs as their method of extermination as these methods have proven to do very little in controling bed bugs.
Do It Yourself
If tackling the bed bug problem yourself is something you can do, using the techniques demonstrated in the book “Bye Bye Bed Bugs” is highly recommended. The steps to controlling bed bug are explained in great detail and help to ensure that you eliminate the problem quickly and permanently.
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