If you’ve got bed bugs, exterminators that are bed bug experts are always your best option. While it is possible to get rid of bed bugs yourself, if you take the right pest control approach, it is not recommended unless you absolutely have no other option. Hiring a professional who has verifiable experience and success with exterminating bed bugs, will save you time, money and the risk of worsening the problem.
Why Hire an Exterminator to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Bed bug infestations are usually very difficult to deal with. By calling in a pro, it will save you a lot of headache and hassle. They have access to the tools and techniques that are most effective, so they can help you get rid of bed bugs much more quickly than you could do it on your own. Then of course there’s the “peace of mind” factor.
You could easily end up spending as much or more money by trying to do it yourself. Additionally, some types of bed bug extermination techniques, like whole house heat treatments, can only be done using specialized equipment that has to be operated by a pest control professional.
How to Choose a Bed Bug Expert
If you’ve decided to hire a professional bed bug exterminator, now you need to make the right choice about which company to use. Making the right choice regarding which exterminator you use is much more important than you might think.
Unfortunately, dealing with a bed bug infestation is not like dealing with most other insect problems. And bed bugs are a relatively new problem (at least in recent history). You need to find a pro that really knows their stuff when it comes to exterminating bed bugs. This means asking lots of questions. Then, verify the answers by doing some fact-checking. You should also compare at least three well-qualified bed bug exterminators before you make a choice.
Only consider reputable exterminators with proper credentials. They must be licensed pest control operators and should be members of local, state, or the National Pest Management Association. Don’t forget to check out each company you’re considering at your local Better Business Bureau, Google, Angie’s List and Yelp.
Ask questions like how long they have been doing bed bug treatments and what kind of techniques they use. They should be using more than one technique together in an integrated approach. Ask how long it usually takes for the treatment to be successful. Also ask what their success rate is and whether they provide any guarantees. Ask them how they do their bed bug inspections. (If they say it just takes a few minutes or they don’t have to inspect – mark them off the list.)
What to Expect from a Good Exterminator
There are some expectations a qualified bed bug exterminator should meet:
- They should be knowledgeable and be able to answer your questions. Ideally, they should be asking you questions too – like whether you have any children, pets, health issues or concerns about what types of treatments they use.
- They should complete a thorough inspection to determine whether you really have bed bugs. Even if you’ve found evidence, they should inspect to determine the extent of the infestation and which areas need to be treated. This should take them a while. If they complete their inspection is just a few minutes, they have not done a thorough job.
- They should explain the treatment they are planning and provide you the names of any chemical pesticides they’re planning to use. They should also provide you the MSDS (material safety data sheet) on any chemical they plan to use. That will explain the hazards associated with that product and provide instructions on what to do if you are exposed to it.
- They should provide a detailed estimate. Bed bug extermination often requires multiple treatments. So it should be explicitly stated whether (and how many) subsequent treatments are included and what intervals. Any guarantees should also be clearly spelled out.
- You don’t need a “preventative maintenance plan” for bed bugs. That’s another red flag. A true bed bug exterminator knows this. And if they are reputable, they will not try to sell you that kind of service.
How to Work with Your Exterminator for Optimal Results
Once you have made the decision to hire a pest control professional, you’ll want to do your part to ensure success. Here are some suggestions on how to work with your exterminator to get the best and quickest results possible.
- Be up front with them about anything you’ve already tried to control the situation yourself. They need to take that into consideration when they do their inspection and when they design the pest control strategy for your situation. Some DIY efforts can make the problem worse, so be honest!
- Follow their instructions before the inspection and after the initial treatment. If they don’t give you instructions, ask. There are no hard and fast rules, and different exterminators have different preferences and protocols. Don’t assume that you know what to do because of something you read on the internet.
- Don’t try to do additional treatments yourself (unless it is specifically recommended or pre-approved by your pro). Often people end up interfering with the effectiveness of professional treatment by trying to do more than what the exterminator has done, “just to be safe”. If you’re tempted to sprinkle a little of this or spray a little of that…just don’t do it Even natural products or “miracle cures” can undo the work that you just paid your exterminator for.
- You’re hiring a pro for a reason – and a good one at that. If you choose a bed bug exterminator that is an expert in that area, then they have the know-how to get the job done as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. The last thing you want to do is un-do their work by trying to do-it-yourself.
At Anteater Exterminating, customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We promise to provide you with the most thorough, professional pest control service available. Our exterminators provide friendly, knowledgeable service and go the extra mile to ensure that you are satisfied. That’s why our customers continually refer us to their friends and family.