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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Shoreline bed bug exterminators
Mike M.
Jim was incredibly professional and explained to me every nuance as far as what was going on. Regardless of the circumstances he truly gave me some peace of mind which was priceless. After his evaluation it turned out I didn't have bed bugs! WHEW! I highly recommend him!
Professional Pest Control Inc.Professional Pest Control Inc.
A. N.
DO NOT RECOMMEND: arrived late for first visit, no showed on 2nd visit then told me he had me scheduled on the next day (then asked me what time was good to come, umm, you didn’t have me scheduled) He literally stood in my kitchen and told me about all the houses he owns and vacations spots he’s traveled to and then told me I really didn’t have a bed bug problem (even though he said he found one) and then wanted to change me 500 for the visit and a follow up (read the other comments about his pay upfront and never heard from again behaviors). He told me that he and his tech laughed at my usage of DE and was generally condescending throughout. Meanwhile I found 3 OTHER AREAS where the bugs were hiding, I let him know to check the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room but he never did (also he said he opened my mattress encasement during his inspection- NEVER LET A TECH DO THIS!!) This guy is really good at taking and charging money but not so much at solving problems.
Professional Pest Control Inc.Professional Pest Control Inc.
Sarah H.
We pretty much freaked out when we found a bed bugs in our home and contacted a few companies right away to get estimates. Northwest K9 was an estimate in the middle (which we like), and several factors impressed us right away. Susan set up a phone call with me the day I asked for an estimate, and we spoke for about an hour (on a Sunday, on her own time, answered my many questions, freely offered knowledge and advice). No other company we contacted came close to their customer support, with no strings attached. They didn't require an inspection but trusted the photos I had, and went out of their way to schedule treatment on a day that worked for us. The technicians themselves were a few minutes early (called before they came), very friendly and professional, and took extra steps to safeguard our furniture during the heat treatment (it can cause ikea veneers to peel, they noted our ikea furniture and protected it with tape and more care from the heat when needed). We were warned that our home would look like a disaster zone when done since everything would be moved around (so the heat could penetrate everywhere), but they even took the extra time to move our furniture back into place. I do wish they had warned me about the dust they applied (it's a non-toxic longterm bedbug killer) . . . I knew it would be applied to all of the baseboards but didn't realize it would coat pretty much every surface in the house from being blown around by fans when cooling down the house. It dried out our skin (feet especially) for the first couple weeks after treatment while we got our house back in order (that's how it kills the bugs), and I wish I had known to be more careful and maybe worn shoes inside for a while. There is pretty massive inconvenience with any bed bug treatment from any company (moving most/all furniture, washing/drying tons of loads of laundry/bedding/textiles, vacuuming a million times...). Heat treatment is pricey anywhere, but the peace of mind was worth the cost to us. Susan and the technicians at Northwest K9 (I think their names were Darcy, James, and Gary?) made the experience as positive as possible. They were very attentive to detail, responsive, thorough, quality, and professional. I would highly recommend them.
Northwest K9 Bed Bug DetectivesNorthwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives
Alex G.
I highly recommend Professional Pest Control Inc. for your pest control needs. We unfortunately had a bed bug infestation and were clueless about how to eradicate the problem swiftly. Jim was extremely responsive through the whole process from start to finish. A few of the bigger companies gave us the run around and price gouged the hell out of the treatment. Not PPCI, they gave us an honest and fair quote for the amount of work that needed to be done. Jim came out within two days of initial Thumbtack quote, inspected the situation, and got right to work that day. I was terrified at the first realization that we had BBs but thankfully Jim eased all of my worries and concerns with his relatable and professional demeanor. I can not thank Jim and PPCI enough for the exceptional services provided by them. If you are seeking bedbug extermination or any other kind of pest control service Professional Pest Control Inc. should definitely be your go to!
Professional Pest Control Inc.Professional Pest Control Inc.
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