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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Are bed bugs common in Atlanta?

In previous reports and rankings, Atlanta has ranked as one of the top cities with the most bed bug cases and treatments. Residents in Atlanta who have bed bug infestations should refer to resources from the Georgia Department of Public Health, take immediate steps to treat the infestation and contact a top-rated bed bug exterminator in Atlanta for help.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Atlanta bed bug exterminators
Gabriel T.
James was really helpful in helping me get rid of the bed bugs in my home. He responded right away and was available at my convenience. The job was done quicker than I imagined which was a plus. I would recommend him to anybody who's in need of a swift bed bug exterminator.
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
Chakia S.
James and just were great! Very professional and punctual. I’m glad he was able to assist with fixing our bed bug problem
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
Thumbtack Customer
Bed bugs - he was a tad late, but definitely made up for it with his thoroughness. He also made sure every nook was covered, and called afterwards to ensure customer satisfaction.
Kuma Pest ControlKuma Pest Control
Robert O.
I was getting the worst bed bug bites and my apartment people kept telling me that I didn't have bed bugs. It was driving me crazy, I started sleeping on my couch. Finally one night I found one crawling and I showed it to them and they finally said "Oh, you do have bed bugs." Go figure. They tried to charge me more than $350 to take care of it. I said "Oh Hell no!" I got in touch with James at One Shot Pest Control and he was able to be accommodating to my schedule and eradicate these pests from my life at a much more affordable price. Thank you so much James!
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
Philip H.
James was very punctual, friendly, and professional. He helped me with my bed bugs. He was very good about following up with the job and staying in communication to track the progress. He works so well with his costumers and is a very trustworthy guy. Not to mention, the price is so much better than other services you will find. Thank you James for all your help! I would recommend him to anyone suffering bed bugs.
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
Jamecia E.
This was an excellent experience for my family and I. He came about two hours earlier than scheduled and was out in about an hour. He did tell me in advance what I had to do to optimize the experience, and I have seen no more bed bugs. I have not had any more bites, and I was getting bit at least three times a night before this. He was very informative about the nature of bed bugs and gave vital information on the prevention of this pest problem. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
AC Quality Termite and Pest ControlAC Quality Termite and Pest Control
Mallikarjuna t.
James is really professional... I love his knowledge and awareness about bed bugs... I love the way he does follow-up ... I am super happy with his service and would recommend based on my experience.
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Darden was professional and on time. He described how to prepare for his visit to treat for bed bugs. He explained all about them and after treatment called to follow up on his treatment. I will say our problem wasn't a huge infestation but these bugs really disrupt your home life and SLEEP. I am confident AC pest control can solve your problem too!
AC Quality Termite and Pest ControlAC Quality Termite and Pest Control
Kenneth N.
Eric responded quickly to my request. He was able to advise us on what to do to prep for his visit, and he arrived on time. We communicated well before and after he took care of our bed bugs problem. I would highly recommend!
AC Quality Termite and Pest ControlAC Quality Termite and Pest Control
Jonah A.
Mr James did an excellent job defending me against the notorious bed bugs..I tried to fight them for several days before I called Mr James but they kept coming back but after Mr James left my house I haven’t seen any bedbugs since Mr James left with his tools! Mr James is a true American hero!
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
Kevin L.
One Shot is exactly what it took! Wow! I had a property that was infested with fleas and bed bugs, James didn't even flinch! He said "oh, I have something for that!" One Shot! He was punctual, respectful, informative, and a great guy. I will definitely give him a call for any issue I have. And the price! Couldn't beat it, and I tried! Lol. Thanks James! One Shot is a go to!
One Shot Pest CentralOne Shot Pest Central
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