Professional Bed Bug Removal
We always recommend calling a professional vs. attempting to solve a bed bug problem yourself. Professionals have the experience, equipment and access to insecticides that aren't always as easily available to home owners. The biggest downside of hiring a bed bug exterminator is cost, which can include a charge for the inspection and a separate charge for treatment. Together this can cost $750 or more. For this reason we suggest:
Don't be shy about asking questions as they move through the home. Reputable contractors should be willing and able to explain to you what they're doing, why they're doing it and how they're going to treat your problem. Some also offer or refer dog services, employing specially trained dogs to sniff out evidence of bugs.
Be advised: Sprays merely kill the adult bed bugs which means the eggs that have already been laid will hatch into the same problem approximately one month later. This is why other exterminators will tell you it will take multiple treatments
Also, look for a company that uses the integrated pest management (IPM) approach. Instead of relying entirely on pesticides or chemicals, IPM uses a combination of chemical measures, preventive measures, and sanitation to improve efficacy and limit environmental impact.
1. Designate a Safe Area: Select an area outside of the area being treated, where treated items such as the mattress can be temporarily placed. This can be an adjacent hallway, entry way or bathroom.
The thermal kill point or temperature at which bedbugs die is between 118-130 degrees. We will place our heater(s) outside of your home and run duct work to each individual room, raising the temperature to approximately 160 degrees. We will rotate all mattresses and couches. We also strategically place industrial strength fans throughout the room which circulates the hot air through every inch of the room. This process will be repeated in every room until completion of your entire home.
First, take objects out of the drawers and inspect for bed bugs: Dispose of anything you can in a plastic bag such as books and newspapers. Place objects in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes for added protection (if it can withstand the heat). Objects such as electronics may hide bed bugs and cannot be sprayed. Inspect the underside of lamps and anything near the bed. Objects placed in the freezer for at least 5 days will also be bed bug free (there is some debate here, so if you can, leave items in the freezer for 2 weeks). This can be the perfect approach for objects such as stuffed animals, books and other items that can withstand the cold.
After your appointment is scheduled, you will receive a home preparation sheet which creates the best atmosphere for a successful treatment and also secures the protection of your valuables. Once the home is properly prepped, you will be required to vacate your home for approximately 3-5 hours. You can leave knowing that you are in good hands and that we are fully insured.
People who don't realize they have a bed bug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bed bug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Professional Bed Bug Removal
Bed bugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night. Because bed bugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
Have you been searching for how to get rid of bed bugs? Once an afterthought, these pests have made quite the resurgence recently. The more you know about bed bugs, the better your chances of avoiding them.
Insecticides: Similar to the recommendations listed below for do it yourself bedbug removal, a bed bug exterminator will use the combination of a knock down and residual bed bug sprays. They will also use bed bug dust (also called fossil dust or diatomaceous earth).
Multiple home bed bug remedies are needed. Use the knock down spray to treat the underside of the drawers (Sterifab or Bug Patrol). Then treat the inside of the furniture, including any drawer tracks. Treat the back of the furniture as well. If using bed bug insecticide spray, follow the use of the knock down spray with the residual spray to kill any bed bugs and bed bug eggs you might have missed.
As a side benefit, other harmful bacteria and mold can also be eliminated using this treatment. Although you will have to leave your house during the heat procedure, it will not cause damage to your property or possessions.
2. Vacuum All Surfaces: As mentioned earlier, the vacuum is one of the best tools for bed bug removal. First vacuum the entire room. Then use the crevice tool to vacuum along the baseboards. If you have carpet, consider steam cleaning. For added protection, add a disinfectant designed to kill parasites such as PuraCleenRX to the cleaning solution. Test on an out of the way area to see if the disinfectant will stain the carpet before using. Inspect all carpet edges.
It is important to treat and inspect every inch of an infested room. Bed bugs are very thin and can hide in areas as thin as the width of a credit card. Always follow the manufacturers directions over any suggestions listed here.
11. Return Mattress and Box Spring To the Bed Frame: First apply bed bug dust (fossil dust) in tufts, inside the box spring and other areas where bed bugs may be hiding. The dust is a natural product that will attach to the bed bugs, eventually causing death.
Structural fumigation is your last choice; this involves completely tarping your home and evacuating it for several days. During the process, gas is released to permeate every inch of the house, including behind walls and under floors.
Does Professional Bed Bug Treatment Work
For a full bed bug removal, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500, depending on the method you choose and the experience of your exterminator. Most will charge you a fee for consultation, which includes visiting your home and doing a thorough inspection.
Freezing Dry Ice Spray: Bed Bugs can be killed, basically frozen to death with a liquid carbon dioxide gas (also known as gas from dry ice). The advantages of this approach are like heat, it requires no chemicals and is perfectly safe. A freezing bed bug spray can also be used to treat electronics. The spray will penetrate objects such as furniture.
Professional Bed Bug Removal Process
After applying dust, place Zippered bed bug bed covers, which are tested to be bed bug proof, over the mattress and box spring. It is equally important to cover both. If you can only afford one cover, cover the box spring and leave the mattress uncovered. Covers are used to trap any bed bugs and bed bug eggs you might have missed inside the mattress and box spring. Bed bugs can live for 12 months without feeding.
Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color. Bed bugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bed bugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime. Although they are a nuisance, they do not transmit diseases.