Bed Bug Extermination

What you must know about Bed Bug Extermination

We’re big fans of hiring a professional, particularly when it comes to bed bugs, although we realize that many people may not be able to afford the cost. Just keep in mind that if you’re lazy or half-hearted about the remedies that you undertake on your own, you’ll probably need to hire an exterminator in the end anyway. So if you’re going to do it on your own, make sure that you read the entirety of Home Remedies for Bed Bugs and How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs, since do-it-yourself methods can sometimes lead to a spread of the infestation if not done properly.

I f you do decide to go with the professional exterminator approach, here are some things to keep in mind when hiring one. Don’t be afraid to ask all of these questions. You’re spending a fair amount of money, and a good exterminator should be happy to see that you’re serious about solving the problem.

  • Ask for several quotes and hire a company with middle of the road pricing.

  • Ask the exterminator if they provide a guarantee and what the terms of that guarantee are. You do NOT want to spend a lot of money only to find that you still have a bed bugs problem several weeks later!

  • Confirm that the exterminator has liability insurance and ask what the insurance covers.

  • Usually, one treatment is insufficient to get rid of bed bugs. Therefore, ask the exterminator how many treatments are included in their price. Also, ask them how many treatments they think is needed to get rid of bed bugs. They should tell you 2 or 3 treatments are needed for a successful extermination and that they will provide up to 3 or 4 treatments if necessary.

  • Confirm how long each treatment takes. Usually a 300 sq ft room will take around 2 hours.

  • Ask the exterminator what methods of extermination they will use. Most exterminators now use a combination of methods usually including both dry steamers and pesticides. Some also place powders such as diatomaceous earth in the cracks. Try to use an exterminator that uses more than just pesticide treatment as bed bugs are developing resistance to many pesticides at an alarming speed.

  • Once you’ve picked an exterminator, ask them what preparations you need to do before they come. Some exterminators require you to remove clutter before they arrive so that they can easily get to places, but others prefer you to leave everything as it is so that they can inspect everything for bed bug infestation.

Please also note that if you are using a professional exterminator for your bed bug problem, then you should ask them before applying any extermination methods yourself as you could be undoing what the exterminator is doing.

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