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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

Can you see a bed bug?

Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, but depending on where they are in their life cycle they can be hard to see. Adult bed bugs are the easiest to spot. According to the EPA, they are roughly the size of an apple seed and the height of a credit card. Adults are flat and oval-shaped, have six legs, and are rusty red in color. Bed bug larvae, also referred to as nymphs, are white-yellow or translucent in color and are much harder to spot due to their small size. The nymphs go through five stages of life, shedding an exoskeleton at each stage. Throughout these stages the nymphs grow in size from approximately 1.5 millimeters to approximately 4.5 millimeters. Bed bug eggs can be the most challenging to see as they are roughly 1 millimeter — about the size of a pinhead — and are white or clear. Bed bugs tend to be more active at night, as this is when they feed.

What are the signs of having bed bugs?

There are several signs 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.

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.

Reviews for Pasadena bed bug exterminators
Amber A.
We had this issue for a while and just one treatment was good enough to get rid of all the bed bugs from the house.
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Lauren G.
I found a bug in my apartment and was scared it was a bed bug. I was immediately able to speak with a professional and show them some photos. Within five minutes, it was confirmed the specimen was something else entirely. Amazing and kind service!
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Thumbtack Customer
William was prompt, courteous, communicative and the service worked perfectly. Bed bugs are extremely stressful and William put us at ease. He was so reassuring and easy to work with. Could not have been a better experience.
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Thumbtack Customer
We left our prior apartment due to bed bugs. An exterminator hired by the landlord came by 4 times to spray and could not get rid of the problem. We ended up moving and throwing away most of our bedroom furniture but kept the couches. Within 3 days of moving into our new condo we realized we brought the bugs with us. We were devastated and felt defeated (especially after having purchased 2 new bedroom sets). I was looking for someone to take care of the problem and interviewed 1 additional person who seemed unqualified. William seemed so confident and his price was extremely reasonable I stopped searching once I found him. He came by the next day and took care of the problem. Bed bugs are no match for him. He seems to be the only person in Southern California who can actually take care of bed bugs. I cannot express my gratitude enough! I feel like I have taken control of my home once again.
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Thumbtack Customer
Finding out that we had bed bugs in our daughters beds, was horrific. I had reached out to several other companies and was waiting extensive amounts of time for replies. I wanted the bugs gone yesterday! I stumbled upon Thumbtack and Joe was the first to respond. His quoted price was less than his competitors, but what really sold me was his quick responses, his knowledge, and his caring personality. He responds within minutes to questions, and was able to get us set up with an appointment right away. He came out, checked our home and gave us in depth information about what needed to be done to take care of the situation. We have had him complete two treatments for bed bugs and have not seen any more since! The good thing is, I don't worry that if we ever have any problem again - that Joe would not be right there if we needed him. Him and his wife are great people.
Venom Pest ControlVenom Pest Control
Thumbtack Customer
William was able to come out next day, on a Sunday when nobody else was working, and answered all my questions helping me to feel much more secure about my bed bug problem. He continues to answer questions that I have even post treatment.
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Thumbtack Customer
I liked George, the owner, right from the start. He is very professional and gave me a good quote for the job of getting rid of bed bugs. He also offered a guarantee for his work. His associates were polite and conscientious as well. I would highly recommend him to others.
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Jeanie L.
I was honestly unable to sleep because of a bed bug scare, so I tried to see who was available on holiday weekend to help solve this problem promptly. Thankfully William was willing to analyze my descriptions and talk me through it all over the phone. He truly helped me to understand what I was dealing with or wasn't dealing with. I got so much clarification that by the end, I was much calmer and so very grateful for his expertise. Through process of elimination, my problem was pretty much solved and my holiday weekend restored.
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