Getting rid of bed bugs is a difficult task, but not an impossible one. It is important to choose a bed bug exterminator that is experienced and understands the best way to deal with the small pests. The process is more specialized than other types of extermination. Most bed bug exterminators will use several different methods of extermination, depending on the situation, and how often a person may come into contact with a certain area. Before choosing service, it is best to ask how the process will work, but also it is important to consider communication, cost and other factors.
A bed bug exterminator should begin by doing a visual inspection of your home, paying close attention to problem areas. Once that is completed, the exterminator should be able to recommend a treatment plan to the homeowner. This plan will likely involve several steps, and, potentially, multiple visits.
While choosing the best bed bug exterminator, it is necessary to consider the methods he or she will use. Due to the nature of a bed bug infestation, they are often located in, or on, surfaces that people are in contact with frequently. Therefore, while pesticide may be used to end the infestation in some locations, but the bed bug exterminator will likely use a steam treatment to kill insects that have infested bedding, and upholstery. If a company is not equipped for steam extermination, the could be a sign that it does not have enough experience with bed bugs, and selecting a another company may be in order.
Another thing to consider is the level of communication between the bed bug exterminator and the client. Getting rid of bed bugs involves a substantial amount of preparation work, including stripping sheets and blankets, washing them and drying them, and then putting them in large bags or sequestering them in some other way, so they are not reinfested. It may also involve getting rid of mattresses, moving furniture and other such issues. The best exterminators will thoroughly explain the entire process to the client and explain why each step needs to be performed.
As with any exterminator, issues of cost will play important roles. Getting a written quote beforehand is the best way to determine who will offer the best value. While cost cannot be the only consideration, it may make a difference if services are nearly equal in other ways. Making sure the service has a good record and reputation is another key. Letting strangers into your home is a risk, but it can be a mitigated risk. Therefore, before hiring a bed bug exterminator, checking with the Better Business Bureau is a very good idea.