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3. HeatRx
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  • Serves Oakland, CA
"are the Bay Area's best bed bug exterminators and an outstanding company which provides comprehensive extermination of bed bugs, through state-of-the-art, sophisticated treatment strategies, including high heat steaming and solve Our bed bug infestation 100% organically and without harsh chemicals. Jared is extremely knowledgeable and highly professional. However, what is most striking about Heat Rx! is their superb customer service and unfaltering dedication to helping people--qualities which distinguish them as clearly going beyond the call of duty. For example, Heat Rx! has an impressive, user-friendly website, which not only describes their services, areas of expertise and treatment approaches, but also provides invaluable information about bed bugs, including blogs, photos, facts, bite symptoms, identification, and travel tips, such as how to inspect hotel beds and rooms, and how to protect one's home against possible infestations. In addition, Jared is truly caring, compassionate and empathic. We are not sure we had bed bug in our apartment and we had multiple insect bites which resembled bed bug bites. I was concerned about the possibility that we could have inadvertently, brought back the insects in our clothing or luggage or from somewhere else. I search on the internet and found Heat Rx! I call to them and spoke with Jared. Schedule a free inspection on call itself and visit my place on that day itself when I called Heat Rx! He was very knowledgeable, patient, kind, understanding and empathic, as he listened to my concerns, and reassured me that in the worst scenario, the situation could be quickly resolved. His words had a calming effect in a difficult moment, and I truly appreciate--and shall never forget--his genuineness and support. Jared was very personable, knowledgeable, resourceful, and generous with his time. He is a true expert in his field, and provided us with a wealth of information about bed bugs and how to protect oneself while traveling. He installed traps for our bedroom, install dead traps at different section of our apartment, treated the baseboards with a long lasting residual product in the event any bed bugs come from neighboring units they will encounter and perish. Treated bed boards and joints. After Jared did his second treatment, due to long lasting residual product, beg bugs came out from their nest and in the midnight I found some of them are crawling on my sofa, I immediately texted on Jared’s mobile and in couple of minutes, I heard back from Jared and quickly schedule an appointment for free treatment. He came on time and treated our bed room, couch with high heat steam and inspected each and every section of apartment where possibility of bedbugs. Thorough inspection conducted by Jared --revealed a complete absence of bed bugs in our home, and no further services were required, I shall never forget their kindness, professionalism and support. I highly recommend Heat Rx! It is an extraordinary company which combines the highest levels of professionalism, technical expertise and honesty, with the almost lost values of compassion, empathy and humanism. I will definitely recommend to my friends and relatives. Bravo!"
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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do pest control companies do?

Pest control companies handle all aspects of bug, rodent and animal extermination or removal. Pest control professionals visit your home or office to identify the type of pest that is troubling you and offer various treatment plans — complete with clearly outlined costs. Once you and the pest control company have a signed agreement, the pro will begin treatment. Pest treatment can range from the use of spray pesticides and gel bait to live and/or kill traps. There are a wide range of types of pesticides, many of them nontoxic for humans and other small animals. This means you may be able to have your home treated for pests without harming nearby wildlife or your dog and cat. The pest control pro will carry out the treatment plan and, depending on the service agreement, provide follow-up such as emptying traps, inspecting access points, or reapplying pesticide spray if the pests return. Costs will vary based on the type of pest you are having removed and the extent of the infestation.The average national pest control price range is $80-$130. From a minor bedbug event to an entire home termite infestation, pest control companies have got you covered.

How do you get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites is to act fast. Termites are a problem that will only get worse — and no matter how much you want them to, they usually don’t magically move out on their own. There are three main types of termites: drywood, dampwood and subterranean. Drywood and dampwood termites sneak through cracks in your exterior paint, nail holes, and gaps near windows and other openings and begin to eat through your wood. Subterranean termites enter your house from the ground up by creating mud tunnels. In all cases, they survive by eating the wood of your house. The type of termites you have can steer the treatment plan.

Methods of termite extermination include fumigation, use of pesticides, and use of natural elements that are poisonous to the bugs. The extent of your termite infestation will help determine the treatment method. If you have drywood or dampwood termites that have infiltrated all aspects of the wood in your home, the pest control pro may recommend enclosing the whole house in a tent and gassing the termites via fumigation. If you have subterranean termites, often the entire footprint of the home must be treated by drilling liquid treatments into the slab or foundation of the home to exterminate the colonies. In any case, once you see signs of termites, it’s time to take action and call a pest pro.  

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.

What are the symptoms of having bed bugs?

There are several symptoms that can indicate you have bed bugs. The first is actually seeing the little pests skittering through your house. They tend to feed at night (generally where their hosts — people or sometimes animals — are sleeping), but can come out in the day if they’re hungry enough. Adult bed bugs are rusty red in color, as thin as a credit card and the size of an apple seed. Sometimes they can be mistaken for carpet beetles or small cockroaches, so if you’re confused you can use this helpful guide by the EPA for identification. Although they are harder to see, spotting the eggs themselves is a surefire sign. Another common symptom of having bed bugs is finding the exoskeletons of the nymphs near your bedding and other bed bug-friendly locations. The more exoskeletons you find, the larger the infestation likely is, because as they mate and proliferate more and more juveniles are born and cycle through moltings. Rust-colored spots — which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains are blood-filled fecal dropping that the bugs excrete on bedding and furniture — are another sign that bed bugs are living in your home. In addition, a sweet, musty odor can be an indicator of bed bugs.

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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