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El Cajon Bed Bug Treatments

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  • 4 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cara B.
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I called a different contractor who wanted to tent the house before I called Slate. Gilbert came the day after my call and after offering a number of treatment possibilities, said he could treat the tiny hole found in my ceiling (that was dropping debris) by drilling little holes and injecting Fipronil around the area. Where orange oil is a repellant, fipronil is not and would continue to eradicate termites when they came in contact with it. 5 days later, the treatment took less than an hour and cost was very reasonable compared to other treatments- still guaranteed for a year! The whole process was painless and professional. I am a big fan of Slate Termite!

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San Diego IPM
4.9
from 68 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Terrie R.
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Joe came for an hour or so. we have not seen a bug since!!

American Pest Control
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 56 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Haley H.
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Rick of American Pest Control is an extremely caring guy! We were having a lot of issues with our landlord dealing with the bed bugs problem so it took a while to get Rick in here. I had to cancel on him numerous times and instead of getting frustrated with us he sent me an email that said to let him know at any time if we still need his help! After the landlords guys failed. Rick stepped back in and came out the next morning to inspect the units, is coming back in on friday morning for heat treatment! I'm so excited as i've been waiting for a LONG time to find someone as great as American Pest control. He tore our house apart until he found a "sample" live bedbug! unlike other inspectors who have come in and found nothing because they hardly looked! I would also like to add that because of him, we are also FINALLY getting our fire escape bars on our bedroom fixed!!! He cant get his equipment in without that fixed!! Woot Woot!! THANK YOU Rick for everything!!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Richard C.
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He was outstanding both in customer satisfaction, and in follow up to ensure things went smoothly. Very educational on bug infestation issues. Went around property and pointed out many things that I could improve on in regards to prevention of any future infestation by the narly termites and bugs.

Eagleshield Pest Control
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea A.
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In general with the way society has become so detached and lost in the way we interact with each other I really appreciated Jeremy taking the time to educate me about my bug problem. He explained what to look for and what would need to be done in the event that I need his services. I felt like he cared about making sure I had peace of mind and didn’t pressure me to hire him. His rates are affordable and a company that I will definitely hire if it turns out that my house needs to be treated. Thank you Jeremy!

Bye Bye Bed Bugs, Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kareen F.
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I'd been told by bed delivery men that I had Bed Bugs!!! Yikes. I called Trever @Bye Bye, he came by, inspected, no bed bugs!!! Thank you so much!

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How do you get bed bugs and how do you get rid of them?

The increase in bed bug infestations in the U.S. is a result of increased travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices, explains the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s easy to mistake bed bugs for carpet beetles or similar-looking bugs, so infestations are often not noticed when they first occur. Prevention tips include keeping areas free of clutter, regularly washing sheets and mattress covers in hot water (and don’t forget to wash the laundry bag, too), and vacuuming regularly and safely disposing of the sealed vacuum bag. Not everyone has reactions to bed bug bites, which also may be mistaken for the bites of other pests such as mosquitoes, so timely bed bug extermination depends on identification of bed bug activity. If you notice physical signs of an infestation, contact a bed bug extermination professional as soon as possible to learn about chemical and non-chemical (such as heat) treatment options. An integrated pest management plan may incorporate one or more methods.

How do you check for bed bugs?

If you are concerned you have a bed bug infestation, look for physical signs of their presence. Bed bugs love to hide in small, dark spaces and typically come out to feed (generally on human blood) after dark — although they will come out in daylight if hungry enough. The Environmental Protection Agency states that indications of an infestation can include seeing shed exoskeletons of bed bugs, rusty spots on your bedding (which are either bug droppings or bloodstains), live bed bugs, bed bug egg casings, a sweet and musty odor (if the infestation is severe), and evidence of bites on your skin.

To spot bed bugs, look in and along mattress seams and bedding, in curtain and furniture folds, inside cracks or crevices in the walls, behind picture frames and mirrors, under loose wallpaper seams, on recently used luggage or backpacks, inside electronics, and inside clothing or cluttered areas such as closets. If you see signs of bed bugs, be careful not to disturb them too much as you don’t want them scattering to other parts of your house.

How long does a bed bug treatment last?

Bed bug extermination can last forever as long as the treatment killed all the bed bugs (and their eggs) and if new bed bugs are not transported into the location. Factors that can affect the outcome are how severe the infestation is and whether all bed bug sources were properly identified and treated. When working with a pest control professional, the EPA recommends you check and call references; ask if they offer both chemical and non-chemical treatment options, if they recommend both encasements and interceptors, and if they offer two or more service visits and follow-up. Bed bugs are tiny (adults are roughly the size of an apple seed) and can hide anywhere a credit card can slide into. They squeeze into cracks in walls, behind electrical outlet sockets, in bedding, and in other dark places. Learn how to prepare your home for a bed bug treatment for the best outcomes. Michigan State University shares some examples of possible reasons that a bed bug extermination is not 100 percent effective:

  • Not all sources (aka hiding places) of the bed bugs were identified during initial inspection.
  • Not all sources of bed bugs were treated.
  • The insecticides used were not effective or, in the case of heat treatment, there was insufficient contact time.
  • Infested items such as bedding or other materials were reintroduced into a cleaned area.

How much does it cost to kill bed bugs?

The cost of bed bug extermination depends primarily on how widespread the pest infestation is and how many rooms need to be treated. Other factors that can affect bed bug extermination costs are the amount of clutter in the location, additional furniture that needs to be treated, and construction of the home. Pest management professionals often have rates for room treatments, which can vary based on these factors. As an example, a pest management company treating a 10-by-15-foot room with light infestation might charge clients about $250, while the same size room with a heavy infestation and large amounts of clutter might cost the clients $300-$400. Clutter and heavier bed bug populations mean more product and longer labor time for the workers. Rates will vary from company to company, and from region to region, but the national average bed bug extermination cost is $320-$400. Bed bug heat treatments are an alternative way to exterminate these pests. Heat treatments are typically charged per square foot and tend to cost more than chemical or non-chemical spray solutions. Although effective, they are not usually recommended for occupied spaces, as the extreme temperatures can damage televisions, window dressings and other home furnishings.

What is the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs?

The EPA recommends integrated pest management as the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs. Integrated pest management (IPM) can be carried out by a pest management professional safely and swiftly. The professional will assess the level of infestation in your home or building. The pro will determine the sources of the bed bugs: whether they are hiding in one location, are occupying multiple locations in one room, or have set up camp in multiple locations throughout the house. Based on the severity of the infestation, IPM can include thoroughly cleaning the area using containment protocols (safely packing infested bedding and other items into plastic to be disinfected), the appropriate pesticide treatment, and the necessary follow-up to eliminate any new hatching eggs. The EPA recommends chemical treatments (when safely applied) because “although bed bugs may sometimes be controlled by non-chemical means alone, this approach is often very difficult, potentially less effective, and usually more resource intensive.” Use caution if you attempt to use pesticides yourself. Carefully follow directions and know that some bed bugs have developed resistance to pesticides. Pesticides that are licensed only for use by professionals are known to be stronger and should be applied with the proper tools and techniques.

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