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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

Reviews for Oak Forest bed bug exterminators
Thumbtack Customer
Remove bed bugs so far so good
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
Effectively rid home of bed bugs after two applications
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
BED bug still bite me. Just after 2 weeks.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jony came in and did his job very professionally and the bed bugs have disappeared.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Javier A.
If I could give 11/10, I would. On our free inspection, Eddie confirmed for us that we had bed bugs. He talked us through the process and sent us a prep list. For us, he did a heat and spray combination. I tried to get pricing from other bed bug companies but I guarantee you that in Houston you will not find a better price for the same service. He also gives a 90 day warranty for his services. And on top of that, he also does a second treatment just to make sure the bed bugs are really gone(even though they are gone the first time). I can't say enough about this company. If any of my friends(or me) need anymore pest control services(especially bed bugs), then I will refer them to EnviroCare Pest Services without hesitation.
EnviroCare Pest ServicesEnviroCare Pest Services
Totiana H.
Prompt, efficient. Had no signs of bugs but I still had him spray for all types of bugs (bed bugs, ants, roaches), and he also sprayed for wasps/bees. Covered not only inside my home, but my entire grounds as well. Very thorough. Pleasant demeanor. Would recommend to Anyone needing services but not looking to be ripped of by overpriced extermination companies.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
Jony did a great job and was thorough and so very reasonable! Thank you Jony for getting us through a hellacious bed bug scare easily and as pain free as possible.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Ana R.
We are very happy with his services. We hired him for bed bug extermination, and although it took a couple visits (these bugs can prob withstand a nuking) we are pleased with outcome. Worked around our schedule, prompt, friendly and patient. I would definitely recommend him. Also, great price!
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
My first time using thumbtack got 3 response within less than 10 minutes . I went with John Huac very nice , professional man and price reasonable for the bed bug service. He did an excellent job.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
Bed bugs Thank you for coming out and inspecting our home and giving good advice. Even though our problem was really big, you went beyond higher standards and referred us to someone else you trust will do the job. Thank you and God bless you!
On Point Pest & Termite ControlOn Point Pest & Termite Control
Thumbtack Customer
I used Jony last summer. Three weeks ago my son allowed someone to borrow his jacket at school and they took it home. When his was jacket was returned to him, guess what else was given to him. Bed bugs! Jony was timely and treated the areas where my son's jacket had been placed in his bedroom. No more problems. I highly recommend Jony.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Thumbtack Customer
Had bedbugs in two bedrooms and a double recliner couch. Jony was very thorough and aggressively treated the problem. He successfully cured the beds after two applications but the couch was a problem. After three treatments we still had bugs and were unable to get a response from him after two calls. Wife bought chemicals online and we sprayed the couch thoroughly, have not had any more problems. His service was very reasonable, had he returned my calls I would have paid extra to treat the couch again.
Hathuc Home & Commercial ServicesHathuc Home & Commercial Services
Kyle P.
I never had bed bugs until my roommate found 2 crawling on the couch he was sitting on earlier this week. In less than 24 hours, all the overwhelming panic and anxiety we were enduring immediately dissipated when Julius came to inspect. And Eddie put my mind at ease by providing his expertise and an affordable solution (that worked!), backed with a warranty! Eddie and his team are extremely knowledgeable, patient, and kind. They're real, down-to-earth people! Through their work and actions, it's clear to see that they genuinely do want to help people, as opposed to most other companies. They did a phenomenal job and we love them! We will definitely be calling them again! Thank you!
EnviroCare Pest ServicesEnviroCare Pest Services
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