Now that you’ve confirmed that you do have bed bugs, it’s time to decide how you are going to treat them. Don’t assume you can’t afford professional treatment. Find out how much it might cost and the best company to provide treatment, before deciding if you will hire a company or attempt D.I.Y. Choosing the wrong company can mean an extended infestation, more bites, wasted money, and more lost sleep.
Being informed about bed bugs and treatment options in advance will help you select the best pest control company for your infestation.
Selecting the right pest company to inspect and treat your home or room is the most important decision you’ll make. You need to be able to trust them. The pest control Industry is made up of two different types of companies, honest and dishonest. There are ethical pest companies out there and you will know who they are by using these questions to ask a pest control company, and then paying close attention to how they answer.
That’s why YOU NEED to be informed BEFORE TALKING TO THEM.
Questions to ask a pest control company
- Where are the bed bugs?
- Are the bed bugs are isolated to one room or have spread to other rooms and furniture (sofas, chairs, curtains, blinds, etc).
- Do they require a specimen to treat your home? Ethical companies require it and would never treat your home based on symptoms and not evidence.
- What if your couch or chairs are also infested?
- Are mattress encasements included in the cost of their service? How many?
Should you isolate your bed now or later?
- How will you ensure you do not re-infest your home or car?
- Should you avoid mopping or vacuuming in the areas after they treat?
- How can you treat personal items that could be infested? You have to operate under the assumption that everything could be infested, even if you’re pretty confident it’s not.
- How many times will they come back and treat the home? A minimum of three is standard practice to address egg laying and hatching cycles. It may depend on the size of your infestation.
- How should you prepare in advance for treatment?
- What should you do if you see a bed bug?
- Where exactly are they going to apply the pesticides in each room. Be very specific, as in “how will you treat the sofa, carpets, etc.”
- How can you organize your laundry
- What should you do about your pets or house plants?
- Is their work guaranteed? What is the guarantee?
- What should you do if they damage furniture or possessions?
- How soon can you sleep in the treated room?
- What detection techniques do they use?
- How long will it be before all the bugs are all gone?
- Is your company licensed and registered under the States Laws?
- What if I still see bed bugs after treatment?
- Do they have liability insurance in case of damage to your home or furniture? What does it cover?
- What are the terms of service agreement?
- Are they also in your car?
- Will you provide a list of all pesticides you will be using?
- How many bed bugs are there?
- What pesticides will they use? (write everything down so you can look it up later)
- How long will the pesticides last, or what is the residual of the pesticides?
- Will they put pesticides or powders inside the walls or on furniture?
- How do residual pesticides work?
- Do they use steam as part of the treatment? What do they steam?
- Will the pesticides hurt your pests if they lick areas they have been applied?