Bed Bug Extermination Cost Guide
So, you have a home that’s infested with bed bugs and you need help as soon as possible. At the same time, you don’t want to call the first extermination company you find online. You want to find someone, who’s reliable and will get the job done the first time but at the same time won’t charge you an arm and a leg. With that being said, how much does bug extermination cost?
The simple answer is – it depends. It cost somewhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Why such a wide spread? Because there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when arriving at the final price. The size of the infested area and the method used being the main two.
Bed Bug Extermination Methods
In the article below, I will list and describe the main methods employed by bed bug exterminators in getting rid of bugs.
- Heat treatment – as the name suggests bed bugs are being killed by raising room temperature to or above the killing temperature of bed bugs (around 45 degrees Celsius). It’s a time-consuming procedure due to the time it takes to reach the required temperature. It needs to be carried out by a professional. An important thing to keep in mind is that even after the treatment bed bugs might re-appear due to the fact that they are able to retreat into cracks and crevices in walls, ceilings, and floors where they may escape treatment.
- Steam treatment – this procedure is also time-consuming and tedious and needs to be carried out by a trained technician. In addition, steam treatment must be repeated a few times for the full extermination of the bed bugs. And again, just like with the heat treatment, bed bugs may re-appear because the steam might not be able to penetrate materials enough to kill hidden bed bugs.
- Cold treatment – this method of treatment is self-explanatory. Bed bugs are killed with equipment that freezes them (they can’t survive body freezing or extreme heat). The cold treatment procedure has the same drawbacks as the previous two: bed bugs might return if the freezing spray has not reached bed bugs hidden inside walls or furniture.
- Pesticides – this is my least favorite method of dealing with bed bugs and here’s why. It requires multiple visits from a technician, the pesticides used may be harmful to humans (possible side effects are cancer and neurotoxicity). In addition, disposable of furniture and other infested materials might be required. And let’s not forget that bed bugs may be resistant to pesticides, meaning that they may come back.
How to Choose a Good Bed Bug Exterminator?
You might be desperate by now. None of the afore-mentioned procedure doesn’t guarantee 100% bed bug removal. Should you give up then and live with the nasty bugs for the rest of your life? Absolutely not! Here’s what you can do to increase your chances of a positive outcome.
- Do your homework – go online, look up exterminators in your area and read reviews left by past customers. Sure, some of them will be fake, left by family and friends. However, if a pest control company has more than 20-30 reviews you can be sure that the vast majority of them are genuine.
- Pick up the phone and call – you can tell a lot of things about someone right after talking with them for a few minutes, right? The same applied here. Call a few pest control companies up and talk with them. Ask them if they offer any guarantees and what their success rate is.
- Talk with friends – I know it might be embarrassing to admit that you have a bed bug infested home but get over it. After all, you want them gone as soon as possible, right. Ask around, chances are if they haven’t dealt with that issue they know someone who has. Ask for recommendations.
And that’s all. Now you have everything you need to find a reliable best bug exterminator to help you get rid of the nasty pets. If you still need help, give us a call. We have access to a wide network of local pest control professionals.
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