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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Brooklyn bed bug exterminators
Jessica L.
We had a bed bug scare in the couple months following the treatment. Fortunately, nothing came of it and the folks at BOPM were responsive and kind. Apart from that, we haven't had any incidents and have been bed bug free!
Thumbtack Customer
This company is truly amazing! When a subletter brought in bed bugs to my apt, I was devastated because I had bed bugs 7 yrs ago and had to throw mosy of my stuff out and move to a new apt from the laundromat. I was dreading the same experience because I love my current apt and
Terminators Pest ManagementTerminators Pest Management
Thumbtack Customer
Wow- what awesome service from Bugged Out. I had seen some bed bug activity in my new apartment- and for many reasons knew I had brought it from my old place. I moved to a brownstone where the landlady lives on site, so I really didn't want to get off on the wrong foot and let her know I'd contaminated her home with bed bugs from my old place! They were totally discreet, which was a top priority for me. Obviously first priority was getting rid of the bed bugs! And so far they are GONE. They sent a comprehensive checklist to guide me in preparing for the visit and when they got here were extremely thorough while also working really quickly. The owner himself came with another employee and took the time to answer all of my questions and even some of more hysterical concerns (bed bugs can make you EMOTIONAL y'all). Best thing is that I didn't have to dry clean ALL of my clothes-they brought a high heat steam machine and steamed my clothing right in the closet. I am awaiting my second service (they come back to re-treat) but the bugs definitely seem to be gone already. Big thanks to Bugged Out- i would recommend them to friends in a second.
Thumbtack Customer
Bugged Out came to check whether the possible bed bug situation was a false alarm or an actual truth (it turned out to be false). I only have positive things to say about their visit and would definitely contact them again if we ever have a pest problem in the future.
Thumbtack Customer
I am very grateful to Jerry, Lisa, and Michael for helping me with my bed bug problem. I was not aware that I had bed bugs until a month ago. I have no idea where it came but all I knew is that I wanted them gone, so could enjoy my sleep again. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for all that you did for me and my family.
Terminators Pest ManagementTerminators Pest Management
Ruthie S.
Bed Bugs are every New Yorkers Nightmare! Hernandez Pest Control responded to my email within 10 minutes and arrived the next morning for our consult and treatment before the work day started. Hernandez Pest Control walked us through every part of the treatment and even provided extra support in finding appropriate bedding and pillow covers! After hiring these exceptional exterminators we are bug free and highly recommend Hernandez Pest Control!!
Affordable NYC ExterminatorsAffordable NYC Exterminators
Momo P.
He was very nice and personable. The price was reasonable. Came in and sprayed the place. I had seen insects and wanted them gone. Was afraid I had bed bugs. Definitely 5 star.
Long Island Exterminating coLong Island Exterminating co
Thumbtack Customer
so far so good. Very nice and helpful people. Just started though. I sent them a picture and am waiting for them to call as to whether what I saw was in fact a bed bug or something else.
Katrina M.
Joe was great! He helped us tremendously with our bed bug situation. After the first visit he checked up on us to see how we were doing until the second visit. He is extremely knowledgeable and cares about his work.
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Mickey R.
Professionalism and Punctuality too! Everyone I talked to was very kind and comforting in a time of extreme distress. Luis was great, he reassured me with his experience that everything would be okay, and it is! My bed bugs are gone and I feel completely comfortable in my home again :) I will definitely be recommending this company to anyone in need of extermination services! Thank you Luis!
Affordable NYC ExterminatorsAffordable NYC Exterminators
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent service! He was very knowledgeable about bed bugs, did my entire (small) apartment and showed me exactly what the insects look like so I know what to look out for in the future (God forbid I get another episode). He answer all of my questions and explained each step he took to eliminate the insects.
J and Son ExterminatingJ and Son Exterminating
Shai S.
So first let me start by saying he's my hero and so professional I thought I had bed bug he took his time and was very thoro he checked he didn't find any. He sprayed all over my hse and made feel so safe now I could get some real sleep. If anyone is looking for an exterminator please call this guy he's wonderful.
Thumbtack Customer
I am so far very happy with J & Son, my parents (91 & 94) live in a very nice apt (Trump Village) Brooklyn New York. They experienced a bed bug problem, and since they are entitled to bug control thru their lease, we thought that would solve the problem. Much to my dismay, not only did the Exterminator intimidate my parents, but the bug infestation only got worse. I called the maintenance dept to let them know what was going on, they could not have cared less. At this time my brother & I decided we had to do something, both mom & dad were being bitten. I contacted J & Son Exterminating thru Thumbtack. He (Jaime/owner) called me immediately.He came 2 days later (could have come sooner, but my parents had appts.) 16 Oct 15 & again on 23 Oct 15, my parents have seen a 98% improvement, and are hoping for a 100% after this next friday. If the 3rd time is not the charm, I would not have a difficult time hiring Jaime in the future. I would highly recommend J & Son for any of your "pest" problems.
J and Son ExterminatingJ and Son Exterminating
Thumbtack Customer
Jerry and Lisa are great!!I was traumatized by finding out I had bed bugs in my apartment,they were knowledgable and patient,I sent numerous emails because I was so freaked out about the whole situation and they responded rapidly and answered all my questions,these guys are awesome and affordable and so far so good,just had my second treatment,I hired them for preventative treatment so I never have to deal with this again!i highly recommend these guys for any pest problems!!they are number one!!!
Terminators Pest ManagementTerminators Pest Management
Adelle G.
I own a 4 family brownstone and my second floor got bed bugs. My first pro robbed me and did not take care of the problem. I called J&Sons in desperation. He showed up in 1 day, was diligent and super professional. Took care of the contents of y3he building and treated each floor for a reasonable price. He shared advice with me and scheduled to return for part 2 of the treatment. He was extremely through making sure to get all the areas they could be. He was honest and I intend to use him in the future for regular maintenance. You won't be disappointed with his ssevice!
J and Son ExterminatingJ and Son Exterminating
Grace K.
Great value, price, and service. They responded promptly and even let me text (which was very convenient). Their business sent a professional to come in the same day I requested for help on a bed bug scare. Most of all, I appreciated Cesar’s current knowledge and his patience to explain everything he did. I chose this place for two main reasons. The first was the fact that they require their employees to receive educational training on the latest techniques/news. This was a determining factor for me. The second reason was the price. Compared to quotes from other businesses, theirs was very reasonable. I was about to choose another business, but the fact that C and E offered a secondary complimentary check up visit pretty much sealed the deal. I didn’t even need the second visit, but it definitely gave me piece of mind at the time.
C and E Pest Management, Inc.C and E Pest Management, Inc.
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