Regarding the awful bed bug: Please read :)
I feel that it is important to relay my experience, in order to help others.
When we first realized we had bed bugs, we were humiliated and embarrassed. We sought quotes from professionals, and were spooked by the pricing, which we originally thought was higher then we could afford. We chose to go down to the local Do-it-Yourself Pest Control to gain knowledge and understanding of these pests, and to purchase products. Our original outlay was approximately $130.00 in products, $40.00 in laundry, $30.00 in a box spring mattress protector, trash bag costs, and countless hours of labor. My boyfriend did most of hard labor (we live on a third floor, trips count!) and protected me from the fumes as best he could. We did two the three follow up treatments and thought we had it licked.
About a month or so later, we were getting bit again, this time it was the couch. We think the cat poked holes in the mattress protector and bags we had under the bed.
We called Scott, and although we were impressed with his professional nature and methods, the apartment complex offered to spray at no charge. We believed, this is how we could be saved from additional expenses! No, no! We had to dump the box spring, dressers near the bed, wicker baskets from Pier One, etc, and the couch (cost truck rental, dump fees approx $170). We had to get a storage unit to store all the bags of miscellaneous items and extra clothing. We will keep items there during the Florida heat summer in order to hopefully kill any remaining bugs or eggs (storage unit cost for 3-4 months approximately $400).
The apartment complex sprayed twice, leaving noxious fumes with out regard for our health. We stayed at a hotel for two nights for the first treatment, bringing the cat (cost cat approx $250), and boarded the cat for one night (cost with shots $45) for the second treatment.
All this with more bags, more laundry, more trips to storage, more fumes to breathe and to fear. We have been living on lawn chairs in the living room and our limited remaining clothing has been on living room shelving for at least two weeks and it will likely remain until we move out of the apartment in a month (moving expenses...?). I cannot express enough the disruption, stress, and expense that this has caused my little family (cat included).
We haven't recovered enough to repurchase furniture yet. We will need a couch, accent chair, dressers, coffee table, misc items.
"If I could turn back time" I would have used Scott's one time treatment. I'm confident this would have cost us less money, time, energy, and stress in the long run.
Scott has been a kind and attentive professional, listening to my concerns and answering my questions, even though we did not hire him. In my various and numerous google hours I have seen numerous references to the effectiveness of the UF's approved method Scott's company uses.
The quoted price really wasn't that bad, even before my more current understanding. The fact is, bed bugs are expensive. Buying the mattress protectors before hand it really the only was to keep the expenses of this problem to a minimum.
Best of luck with your problem!